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Simplicity and Elegance Rolled Into One – Cooking with Lévana Kirschenbaum


Traditionally women have slaved away cleaning and cooking for Passover, almost making this season into something akin to an Egyptians’ Revenge. While there is no doubt that celebrating the sedorim (aside from the religious reasons) is beautiful, getting there is not easy. While we can’t make your cleaning either easier or faster, Lévana – in the video below – shows us how to cook faster, easier and still enjoy a feast!

Lévana regales us with three fast, delicious, wholesome recipes from her new book: The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen – Glorious Meals Pure and Simple

Chicken and Swiss Chard

  • 8 serving pieces chicken (2 pieces per person, for example: 6 thighs, 6 drumsticks, 4 half breasts – 16 pieces, total for 8 people) with skin on.
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 large bunches of Swiss chard, leaves and ribs sliced thin
  • 3 cups water

Place all ingredients in a wide heavy pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame to medium and cook covered for about an hour. Transfer the chicken pieces onto a platter. If the sauce is not thick enough, reduce it on a high flame, uncovered , just a few minutes until it reaches the consistency of maple syrup. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Serve hot. Makes 8 servings.

Salmon in Pomegranate Sweet-&-Sour Sauce

Sweet-and sour combinations work beautifully with salmon. The onions caramelize and contribute a sweet counterpoint to the vinegar. Another quick and delicious dish, just the way it I like it – one pan, one step.

  • 1 whole side salmon, no skin, no bones, about 3 1/2 pounds, trimmed
  • 1 large red onion, sliced very thin (use the food processor)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Place the salmon in a pan just large enough to accommodate the fish in one layer. Scatter the onions on top and on the sides of the fish. Mix the oil, juice, vinegar, tomato paste, salt, pepper and turmeric in a bowl, and pour over the fish. Cook about 20 minutes, or a tiny bit more until the fish flakes easily and the liquids thicken. Serve hot or at room temperature. Makes 8 main course servings or a dozen or more course servings.

Chocolate Dipped Fruits

  • Bananas, orange, strawberries, pinneapple cubes, banana segments
  • 2 cups very good quality semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons oil

2 cups very good quality semisweet chocolate chips plus tablespoons vegetable oil. Melt in a small saucepan, on a very low flame, stirring, until just melted. Let cool just a few minutes, then dip only half way the fruit of your choice: strawberries, orange segments, pineapple cubes, banana segments etc… Arrange the dipped fruit on a platter sprayed with vegetable spray (to prevent the chocolate from sticking). Serve at room temperature.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS


4 Responses to “Simplicity and Elegance Rolled Into One – Cooking with Lévana Kirschenbaum”


  1. 1 Esther Chana
    April 5, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Woow! I love this video, Lévana makes it so easy. Thank you for the recipes!

    Like

  2. 2 Raizl Greenberg
    April 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Thank you Lévana for making it so easy, thank you CS for bringing it to us.

    Like

  3. 3 Mirale
    April 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for posting this. When I commented to my husband about this post and Levana Kirschenbaum’s new book, he told me he’d just seen it in Judaica Place, here in the neighborhood. I know what he’s buying me next. I’m happy. :)

    Like

  4. 4 Nechama
    April 6, 2012 at 2:55 am

    The chocolate dipped fruit is sooo easy to make, who knew? And the chicken sounds so easy and delicious as well.

    Like


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