Rosh Hashanah Quinoa Salad

Serve warm or at room temperature

Serves 8

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 small red onion, diced
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups quinoa
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon orange zest
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped apples
½ cup craisins or pomegranate seeds
Garnish: Chopped parsley

In a 4 quart saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion and cook until soft and lightly browned. Add water, quinoa and salt and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 13 – 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, zest, pepper and the remaining 3 tablespoons oil.

Add hot quinoa (so that it absorbs the dressing), and stir to coat. Add apples and craisins. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Won Ton Soup

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Serves 8

We order this at Chinese restaurants so often that I thought I would give it a shot at home. I merged numerous recipes to come up with this one that was a big hit and much easier than expected. The uncooked wontons can be frozen for up to 1 month. Do not thaw the frozen wontons before cooking; add them directly to the boiling soup and cook until tender, 6 to 9 minutes.

6 ounces ground beef
½ large egg white, lightly beaten
2 medium scallions, minced
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
25 wonton wrappers

1 tablespoon canola oil
2 ounces ground beef
1 onion, chipped
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, sliced thin and smashed
8 cups chicken broth
1 carrot, peeled and grated
3 scallions, sliced

To prepare wontons:
Combine all ingredients (except wrappers) in medium bowl and mix thoroughly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and freeze until chilled, about 10 minutes. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay 3 wrappers on dry work surface. Place 1 slightly rounded teaspoon filling in center of wrapper, brush edges lightly with water, and fold wrapper into wonton.

Place wonton on baking sheet and repeat with remaining filling and wrappers. Loosely cover wontons with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to 4 hours.

For the soup:
Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion, garlic and ginger and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover partially and cook 25 minutes. Strain if you wish.

Return strained broth to clean saucepan and bring to boil. Carefully add wontons, carrot and scallions and simmer until wontons are tender, about 5 minutes. Serve.

Pumpkin Corn Muffins


1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon chili powder
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup soy milk or nondairy creamer
2 tablespoons oil
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and chili powder. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, soy milk, oil and chiles. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just moistened. Do not over mix. Spoon batter into 18 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from pan. Best served warm.

Mocha Almond Bars


If you like almonds you’ll love these bars!

½ cup (1 stick) margarine, softened
¼ cup almond paste
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
1 tablespoon soy milk or nondairy creamer
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/3 cups flour
¼ cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, process the margarine, almond paste and sugar until smooth. Pulse in egg until completely incorporated. Dissolve coffee in soy milk and add to mixture. Add flour and process until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and the nuts. Pour into a greased 9-inch square pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares. Drizzle with some melted chocolate if desired.