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07
Nov
14

Levana’s Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Bread Crumbs Topping Recipe. Gluten-Free Variation


A couple of weeks ago, Chef Sara Black and I had the pleasure of dining with the famed Lévana Kirschenbaum at her apartment. She graciously agreed to let me post the recipe of my favorite dish of the the evening.

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower and Bread Crumbs
Gluten-Free Variation

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I love the robust flavor of  cauliflower, and the roasting intensifies it even further.  I use frozen cauliflower, as it is already cut, cleaned, and every bit as delicious and nutritious! Attention Gluten-Free readers: This is for you too!

Although this dish needs no help from the usual pasta suspects to be fantastic, feel free to jazz up this recipe some more with one of the following: Minced anchovies or sardines, capers, grated parmesan, toasted nuts. In this case make absolutely sure to include no salt in your recipes, as one of these additions will be amply enough to salt the whole dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds frozen cauliflower florets, larger pieces cut smaller
  • 6 slices bread, any kind including GF
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup basil leaves, packed
  • 1 bunch flat parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 good pinches nutmeg
  • 1 pound pasta, boiled and drained (rice noodles or other GF pasta OK), 1/2 cup cooking liquid reserved
  • ¼ cup more olive oil
  • Pine nuts, for topping

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment and spray with vegetable spray. Spread the cauliflower florets in one layer on the cookie sheet, and spray again generously with vegetable spray.
  2. Line another cookie sheet with foil or parchment. In a food processor, using the pulse button, process the bread, olive oil, garlic, basil, parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg, until you get coarse crumbs. Place them on the second cookie sheet. Place both sheets in the oven, using upper third rack for the crumbs, and lower third rack for the cauliflower. Bake about 25 minutes, check a couple times on the sheets. The crumbs might be ready first. The cauliflower should be nice and dark.
  3. In a platter, toss the pasta with the cauliflower, the reserved liquid, the crumbs and the added oil, and serve hot. Top with pine nuts.

Together with the Branzino fish entree we had next, we washed it all down with a delightful bottle of red – Ramon Cardova Rioja. Just like every time I ate Lévana‘s homeit was a meal to remember!

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

02
Nov
14

Cooking with Dr. Alan Broner – Fast & Easy Chili


[My good friend and dentist, Dr. Alan Broner, has graciously agreed to let me tape him and share his easy to prepare Chili dish. CS]

Fast and Easy Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 box Jack’s Gourmet Chorizo patties
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 Bell pepper diced
  • 1 can of Kidney beans (or beans of your choice)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • canola oil for sauteing

Directions

  1. Sweat the onions then the peppers in the canola oil until translucent, remove to another dish.
  2. Saute the chorizo patties as you break them apart in the pan until cooked through.
  3. Return the sauteed veggies to the pan with the chorizo.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, beans and and tomato sauce and bring up to temperature.
  5. Serve with taco chips.

One of the advantages of doing food demonstration videos is that I get to taste the results… Though there were no rare, exotic, ingredients, though everything in this recipe is a common item you’d find in almost every home, the result was a truly delicious chili!

Enjoy, gentle reader enjoy!

CS

11
Dec
13

The Prime Grill Cookbook


David Kolotkin, one of our favorite Chefs, has authored a new cookbook together with Prime Hospitality Co.’s CEO Joey Allaham. Some of Prime Grill‘s tastiest recipes are in this book, many of which SYR and I have tasted over the years, now everyone can make and enjoy them anytime they want!

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The book starts out with a history of Prime Grill, photos of the original location and some of the kitchen crew. Then it has a section on Chef David, menus and a listing of potables. The recipe section is organized as follows:

  • Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Appetrizers
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Side Dishes
  • Dessert
  • Cooking Foundations
  • Dressings and Sauces
  • Rubs

It was hard to find just one favorite recipe to feature here, but after reviewing the book a few times I opted for this one:

Porcini Mushroom Soup

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-light olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, small dice
  • 1/2 cup celery, small dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups defrosted frozen porcini mushrooms, rough chopped (reserve defrosted liquids)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 6 cups liquid (defrosted liquid + chicken stock to equal 6 cups)
  • 2 cups pareve cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 2 cups pareve cream cheese
  • Caramelized onions (optional)

In a heavy gauge soup pot, heat extra-light olive oil and sweat the onions and celery until soft and translucent. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic. Add the porcini mushrooms and stir in the flour and cook for another three to four minutes. Add the liquid slowly, working out any lumps from the flour and add salt. Once the liquid is combined bring to  a boil and immediately lower to a simmer in on low heat for a half hour, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Add the pareve cream cheese and combine till smooth. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool. Puree in a blender until smooth. Serve with croutons or a toasted piece of bread and garnish with caramelized onions.

Chef’s tip: Because you are working with roux, you want to add the water slowly, So that there are no lumps, use a whisk to ensure proper incorporation. In addition, because it is a thick soup, it should be stirred very frequently.

We’ve had this soup quite often as we ate both at Prime Grill and at Solo, we just can’t get enough of it!

Whether you want a recipe to impress the in-laws or your boss, whether you need something fast or you are looking for that special dish for a festive occasion, this is the cookbook for you!

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

19
Nov
13

Thanksgiving Cooking with Gloria Kobrin, Part 2– Root Vegetable Casserole with Caramelized Onions


Here’s Gloria Kobrin again, demonstrating another vegetarian delight:

Root Vegetable Casserole with Caramelized Onions

Serves 10 to 12
Prep time
: Root vegetables-60 minutes, Onions-40 minutes, Baking: 0 min
Equipment: 10 cup pot, large skillet, large mixing bowl, 10 cup casserole, large colander

Ingredients

  •  3 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 pound turnips
  • 2 pounds parsnips large
  • 5 large onions 10 cup casserole
  • 7 cloves garlic- peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium bunch fresh thyme leaves
  • 7 cups fresh/boxed vegetable broth
  • 2 sticks non-dairy margarine-softened
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. Spray casserole with olive oil.
  2. Peel potatoes and parsnips. Cut them into 1½ inch pieces. Peel and cut turnips into ½ inch pieces. Put vegetables in pot with garlic. Tie thyme and bay leaf together and add to vegetables with stock. Bring to a boil. Cover pot and simmer about 40 minutes until vegetables are very soft. Cool slightly. Remove thyme-bay leaf bundle. Drain vegetables in a colander or lift vegetables out with a spider.. Transfer into large bowl. Mash vegetables with 1 stick margarine until blended yet chunky. Spoon into casserole. Set aside.
  3. Peel and core onions. Slice thinly.
  4. Melt remaining margarine in skillet over high heat. Add onions to skillet and sauté until onions are soft and golden brown- about 25 minutes. Spread onions evenly over smashed vegetables. Bake in 375 F oven until vegetables are very hot and onions have crisped.

Note: Completed casserole may be prepared one day in advance and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before baking. To prepare for freezer: Spoon mashed vegetables into oven to table ware serving dish. Cool completely. Cover with waxed paper and foil and freeze. Defrost casserole the night before serving. Sauté onions and smother vegetable casserole with them on serving day. Serve hot!

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

18
Nov
13

Thanksgiving Cooking with Gloria Kobrin, Part 1– Sweet Potato Casserole


Gloria Kobrin, author of Kosher Cookbook, an iphone/ipod app with over 300 step-by-step recipes, a shopping list generator and 52-week meal plans. She’s also a food blooger and is about launch a website (kosherbygloria.com) with more recipes, cooking tips and more. This past week I had the pleasure of taping her as she prepared easy yet delicious dishes for Thanksgiving. Here we present the first one of three:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Serves 18
Prep time: Boiling potatoes- 20-30 min. Mixing- 15 min. Baking- 45 min.
Equipment: Large pot, 6 quart oven to table casserole

Ingredients

  • 6 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup (tightly packed) + 6
  • tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup non-dairy margarine- melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract*
  • 3 cans mandarin oranges – drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes until very soft. Drain, cool slightly and peel. Place potatoes in large mixing bowl. Add 6 tablespoons margarine, 12 tablespoons brown sugar, and vanilla to potatoes. Whip ingredients together well by hand or in electric mixer. Fold in oranges. Spoon mixture into casserole and smooth over the top.
  2. Preheat oven to: 375 F.
  3. Mix together remaining margarine and brown sugar. Scatter chopped pecans over the top of casserole. Dribble sugar and margarine mixture over nuts. Bake 45 minutes or until piping hot.

* Cognac can be used in place of vanilla.

Note: Marshmallows can be used instead of nuts and brown sugar. Decorate the top of casserole with them during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

08
Aug
13

Spinach and Gorgonzola Salad


When I was growing up in Uruguay, my mother a”h must have been a fan of Popeye for she truly believed that having lots of spinach would make me stronger. In fact, almost every day, spinach would make its appearance on our table – in some incarnation – as a main ingredient (cooked or otherwise) in at least one dish at lunch or dinner, or at both! For many years, after leaving my parents’ home I refused to touch spinach until… the kids came along. After all these years, and with kids of their own, they still haven’t forgiven me for all the spinach I made them eat! As I get older, however, I appreciate more and more what fresh spinach leaves can do for a salad.

Yesterday an out of town friend came to visit, and knowing how much I like almost every cheese, brought me a Gorgonzola, which he picked up at CityMarket in Philly’s Center City. We used it in the following, easy, and fast to make dish.

Spinach and Gorgonzola Salad

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ounces walnut haves
  • 8 ounces young green beans, trimmed
  • 7 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 5 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

For the Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 3/4 tablespoons sherry wine (I used Tio Pepe Kosher Sherry)
  • 1/4 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the honey in a small frying pan, add the walnuts and stir-fry over medium heat for 3 minutes,or until the nuts are glazed. Drop them on a plate and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the beans in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain, refresh under cold waterand shake dry. Put in a large bowl with spinach leaves.
  3. Mix the sherry and vinegar well. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together (including the sherry/vinegar combo) and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the salad and toss well. Arrange the salad in serving bowls, scatter over the Gorgonzola and glazed walnuts and serve immediately.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

09
Jul
13

Briami – Vegetable Casserole


This is a Greek dish, a prime example of healthy, natural, Mediterranean cuisine:

Briami – Vegetable Casserole

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Serves 6
Ingredients

  • 2 pounds zucchini
  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 2 sweet green peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups chopped peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fennel
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • fennel, for garnishing

Directions

  1. Cut zucchini and potatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Remove seeds and white membranes from peppers and slice. Mix together crushed garlic, tomatoes and sugar.
  2. Oil an oven dish and arrange some sliced onion on the bottom. Add a layer of zucchini, potatoes and peppers combined and top with part of the tomato mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle on some of the herbs and oil. Repeat until all ingredients are used, about 3 to 4 layers depending on the size of the dish, finish with herbs and oil.
  3. Cover and put in a preheated 350 F. oven for 90 minutes, until vegetables become tender. Remove cover for the last 15 minutes.
  4. Garnish with additional chopped herbs and serve immediately.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

07
Jul
13

Potato, Mushrooms and Sour Cream Pie


Another 9 Days dish that can easily be made parve:

Potato, Mushrooms and Sour Cream Pie

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter (or margarine, if you prefer to keep it pareve)
  • 1 pound potatoes, thinly sliced and parboiled
  • 2 cups sliced mixed mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives, plus extra for garnishing
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (for a pareve dish, substitute with this pareve sour cream recipe, or with Tofutti Sour Cream)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Grease a shallow round ovenproof dish with butter. Layer a quarter of the potatoes on the bottom of the dish. Arrange a quarter of the of the mushrooms on top of the potatoes and sprinkle with a quarter of the rosemary, chives and garlic. Continue making layers in the same order, finishing with a layer of potatoes on top. Pour the sour cream over the top of the potatoes. Season to to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook in a preheated oven at 375 F., for about 45 minutes or until the top potatoes are golden brown and piping hot.
  3. Garnish with snipped chives and serve immediately

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

01
Jul
13

Hamburgers with Beets – Variation on a Theme


I always liked hamburgers, what carnivore doesn’t? I’m always on a quest to find new ways of making them, I was – therefore – pleasantly surprised with this delightful recipe (and photo) sent in by Ziva A. from Lakewood, NJ:

Hamburgers with Beets

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound 7 ounces ground beef
  • 1 medium egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped capers
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cooked beets
  • 2 tablespoons pareve sour cream (I use Tofutti brand)
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a skillet. Add the onion and cook over low hea, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, until softened
  2. Transfer the onion to a large bowl and add the ground beef, egg, wine vinegar, paprika and capers. Mix well with your hands. Add the beet and parve sour cream, season to taste with salt and pepper, mix well again. Shape the mixture into 4 patties.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons margarine with the remaining oil in the skillet. Add the hamburgers and cook over medium heat for 6 minutes on each side, or until well browned. Remove with a spatula and drain on paper towels.
  4. Melt the remaining margarine in a skillet. Break 2 eggs into separate cups and slide them into the skillet. Immediately collect the whites around the yolks with a spatula to keep them neat and separated. Cook until the whites have set but the yolks are still runny. Cook the remaining eggs the same way in the remaining margarine. Transfer the burgers to a warmed serving plate, top with the fried eggs and serve immediately.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

30
Jun
13

Sautéed Lamb with Eggplant


I always liked cooking in a wok and anyone who’s been following this blog knows we like lamb. Here’s an easy recipe that adds a fresh and unusual flavor to lamb:

Sautéed Lamb with Eggplant

Photo from web, by: Max Falkowitz (not exactly this recipe)

Photo from web, by: Max Falkowitz (not exactly this recipe)

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 large eggplants thickly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 large tomatoes, blanched, skinned and thickly sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced to garnish

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped, plus extra to garnish
  • 2/3 cup pareve sour cream (I used Tofutti brand Better than Sour Cream)
  • black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over high heat until almost smoking. Add the minced lamb and fry until thoroughly browned. Remove from wok and keep warm.
  2. Add the remaining oil to the wok and fry the eggplant with the garlic for 10 to 15 minutes until lightly browned on both sides. Add the tomato slices and stir fry for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a serving dish. Top with the ground lamb and garnish with lemon slices and mint.
  3. Sauce. Mix together the mint and pareve sour cream, season with black pepper, serve with the lamb and vegetables.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy! I plan to make this for tonight’s dinner.

CS




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