Mustard Rosemary Glazed Salmon

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Serves 4
3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 ½ tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon toasted whole fennel seeds, crushed in a mortar and pestle, optional
4 6-oz. salmon fillets, skin on (or Arctic char)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoon unsalted butter or margarine
3 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Line a small rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
In a small bowl, combine the mustard, honey, rosemary, and 1/2 tsp. of the fennel seeds. Place the fish skin side down on the prepared baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and spread with the mustard mixture. Roast until the fish is just opaque in the center (check by poking into one piece with a paring knife), about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter/margarine over medium heat. Add the remaining 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds, leeks, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, adding 2 to 3 Tbs. of water if the pan becomes dry, about 15 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until nearly evaporated, about 2 minutes. remove the pan from the heat, fold in remaining 1 tablespoon butter/margarine, and season with salt and pepper. Serve the fish over the leeks.

Sweet and Tangy Spare Ribs

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Recipe from OUR TABLE: TIME-TESTED RECIPES, MEMORABLE MEALS
By Renee Muller ▪ Artscroll/October 2016

Meat || Freezer Friendly || 4 entrée servings; 6 appetizer servings

A friend once called me, asking for a meat recipe. “It has to be amazingly good and incredibly easy,” she said. “I’m kidding,” she then added, but I knew she really wasn’t. And I had just the thing. Whenever I meet her husband, he makes sure to thank me, AGAIN, for “those awesome ribs.” Where does it say that great dishes have to be long, hard, and complicated?

about 8 (1-inch-thick) spare ribs, nicely marbled
2½ cups duck sauce
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon paprika
2 Tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 Tablespoon salt
black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a baking pan, arrange ribs in one layer. In a medium bowl, combine duck sauce, water, teriyaki sauce, garlic, paprika, onion flakes, salt, and pepper. Pour over ribs. Cover tightly with foil; bake for 3 hours.

2. Let ribs cool; then refrigerate overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 375°F (use the “roast” setting, if available). Remove congealed fat layer from the ribs. Roast, uncovered, spooning sauce over the ribs once or twice, until ribs are braised and glistening, about 20 minutes.

note
I like to cool the ribs in the middle of the cooking process so I can remove the fat layer, but it’s not a necessity. You can raise oven temperature, uncover meat, and proceed with the braising part immediately after the 3-hour slow roasting.

Apple and Honey Rosh Hashanah Muffins

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Recipe from OUR TABLE: TIME-TESTED RECIPES, MEMORABLE MEALS
By Renee Muller ▪ Artscroll/October 2016

Dairy/Pareve || Freezer Friendly || about 48 muffins

At our house, Rosh Hashanah cannot happen without honey muffins. At least, that’s the way my kids see it. It’s a family project, and by now, a family tradition, too. This recipe was given to me by a relative in Israel who bakes them all the time and claims that no matter how many batches she bakes, there are never enough. She’s absolutely right. We once baked a quadruple batch of these (sans the apples) for a bake sale on our block and we were left without a crumb!

For the apples
2 Tablespoons butter OR margarine
4 Granny Smith apples, diced
4 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the muffins
2 cups prepared tea, lukewarm
2 cups sugar
2 cups oil
2 cups honey
12 eggs
6 cups flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 heaping Tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.

Prepare the apples: In a saucepan, melt butter over a medium-low flame. Add apples, sugar, and cinnamon; cook until apples are fragrant and soften a bit, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Prepare the muffins: In the bowl of a stand mixer, on medium speed, combine tea, sugar, oil, honey, and eggs. Mix until smooth. Reduce speed; gradually add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

Fill each muffin cup halfway with batter. (I like to use a cupcake pen for this; I find it very helpful.) Top with a teaspoon of prepared apples. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out almost dry with some moist crumbs attached.

note
The apples are optional; I find that some children prefer the muffins plain. We add the apple for Rosh Hashanah (very loudly singing, “Dip the apple in the hooooneeeyy” as we do so) but throughout the year, we bake them plain.

tip
I recently discovered an amazing gadget called “The Cupcake (or Muffin) Pen.” It really removes the whole messy aspect of filling cupcake pans with batter. Look for it in specialty equipment stores.

Super Fast Tandoori Weekday Chicken

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REQUIRES marinating time, but super simple and delicious!
Serves 4 - 6

1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
1 tablespoon fresh chopped ginger
1 jalapeno, seeds removed, chopped
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ cup Tofutti sour cream
1 chicken cut in 1/8’s or chicken pieces of your choice
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients except the chicken. Blend until smooth.

Slash each piece of chicken diagonally a few times, cutting through skin and a bit of the meat. Place chicken in re-sealable plastic bag and toss to coat marinade all over chicken. Marinate for a few hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375F. Place chicken on large baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165F or the chicken is fully cooked through. Serve warm over basmati rice.

Alternatively, this can be prepared on a grill.

Granola – Basic Recipe and Tips

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Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats – use regular rolled oats, they have the perfect chewy texture
¾ cup nuts AND seeds – be generous, use raw
½ cup oil of your choice – neutral, olive oil or coconut oil
½ cup liquid sweetener like maple syrup, less agave, or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, cinnamon, and other spices you like plus extra treats like coconut any spicy flakes – it needs flavor!
Dash of kosher salt – it needs it

Directions:

Spread mixture on a parchment lined sheet pan and bake in a 350F oven until light brown and fragrant, 30 -35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool

ADD CHOPPED DRIED Fruit (or chocolate chips) AFTER baking – this way it won’t get hard and stick to your teeth.

Mesa Grill Spice-Rubbed Steak

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Recipe by Mesa Grill, Las Vegas

This rub works on just about any cut (in fact, it’s served on filet mignon at the restaurant Mesa Grill), and the pan-to-oven method is foolproof.

SERVINGS: 4 - 6

2 tablespoons ancho chile powder (or chili powder)
2 tablespoons finely ground coffee beans
5 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon hot smoked Spanish paprika
1½ teaspoons dried oregano
1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1½ teaspoons ground coriander
1½ teaspoons mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon finely ground red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more
3 pounds Hangar steaks, minute steaks, kosher filet mignon, any grilling steak
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mix ancho chile powder, ground coffee, brown sugar, paprika, dried oregano, pepper, coriander, mustard, crushed red pepper, ginger, and 1 tablespoon salt in a small bowl.

Season steaks with spice rub. Place on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet and chill uncovered 3–6 hours. Bring steaks to room temperature before cooking.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Cook steaks 2 minutes or so on each side to create a nice crust. Transfer skillet to oven; cook steaks until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 120° for medium-rare, about 5 minutes. Transfer steaks to a cutting board; let rest 10 minutes. Slice ½" thick.

Alternatively, heat a grill. Grill for approximately 3 minutes each side or until meat is cooked through. Allow meat to rest and then slice and serve.

Dessert Sauces

Summertime should be warm and relaxing. Most readers take it a bit easier with lighter and easier cooking, lots of grilling (stay tuned for more on that!), and refreshing desserts. In our home, we make a lot of homemade sorbets of all flavors and yummy dessert sauces to serve over pareve ice cream. These sauces keep for weeks in the refrigerator and months in the freezer. I rewarm them before Shabbos and serve them over cold pareve ice cream for a quick, easy and super delicious and refreshing dessert. Jazz each one up for company with toppings like bananas and shaved chocolate, crumbled toffee, mixed berries and whipped cream, cinnamon baked apples and poundcake, or a decorative homemade cookie.
Strawberry Balsamic Sauce
Best Hot Fudge
Honey Caramel Sauce

Need more ice cream dessert ideas?
Mocha Ice Cream Pops (Pareve or Dairy)
Ice Cream Bon Bons
Affogato Sundae with Almond Biscotti

Best Hot Fudge

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Makes 2 cups
Adapted from Bon Appetit

1¼ cups heavy cream or pareve whipping cream
⅔ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
⅓ cup dark agave nectar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Cook cream, brown sugar, agave, butter, and ¼ cup water in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil. Fit saucepan with thermometer and cook, swirling pan occasionally (do not stir), until thermometer registers 220°, 6–8 minutes.

Remove from heat and remove thermometer from saucepan. Add chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring and scraping down sides and bottom of saucepan with a heatproof rubber spatula to prevent scorching, until thickened and bubbling rapidly, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt until smooth.

Strain sauce through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl—it will look oily and separated at this point, but don’t worry! Vigorously whisk 2 Tbsp. water into sauce to emulsify it; whisk until smooth and glossy. Whisk in more water a tablespoonful at a time until sauce is pourable but still thick.

Do Ahead: Hot fudge can be made 2 weeks ahead. Cover and chill. Before serving, gently warm in microwave, stirring every 20 seconds, or in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, adding water to thin if needed.

Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

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Makes 2 cups

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cups ripe strawberries, stemmed, hulled, and roughly diced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon lemon zest

Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vinegar has thickened and reduced to 1/4 of its original volume, 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in strawberries, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until strawberries have released their juices and softened, about 5 minutes.

With an immersion blender, puree slightly, or until smooth with a few pieces. Continue to simmer until sauce has thickened and is syrupy, 5 to 10 minutes more. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature, then use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in refrigerator for up to a week.

Honey Caramel Sauce

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Makes 1 ½ cups, serves 6

¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
¾ cup pareve whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt

In a 2 quart saucepan, heat sugar, honey and ¼ cup water. Melt sugar, stirring and bring to a boil. When sugar is melted, over medium heat, bring to a boil without stirring until golden and a candy thermometer reads 350F, about 10 minutes. Swirl the pan while cooking but do not stir.

When caramel is amber-colored, lower heat to simmer, add the cream, while whisking. Caramel will bubble and may harden, continue whisking until smooth. Simmer 3 minutes. Add vanilla and salt and remove from heat.

Sauce can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 months.

The Brookie

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You may ask, what is a brookie? A brookie or a brownie cookie is the newest trend in fun desserts. Watch out Baked By Melissa and every other cupcake store, Brookies are coming. I’m excited, one decision is not so tough anymore, a delicious classic chocolate chip cookie, or a rich and chocolaty brownie. Here is a classic Brookie recipe. Feel free to get creative, add a bit of mint extract to the brownie batter, or almond extract to the cookie batter. I sometimes add coconut and pecans or macadamia nuts to the cookie batter and raspberry jam to the brownie batter, or the berry jam to the chocolate, and some peanut butter to the cookie batter and make a PB&J Brookie. Some many options, email me your favorites!

Makes 18 standard size muffin cups
Ingredients
Cookie Layer: 


1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 

1/2 cup light brown sugar 

1/4 cup white sugar 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 


1 egg

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 


1/2 teaspoon salt 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 


1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 



Brownie Layer: 


1 cup white sugar 


1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted 


1 teaspoon vanilla extract 


2 eggs 


1/3 cup cocoa powder 


1/2 cup all-purpose flour 


1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease standard muffin cups (this will make about 18, so use 2 trays or 1 tray of 12 and 6 others).

Beat softened butter/margarine, light brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a large bowl until creamy. Add 1 egg; beat until light and creamy, about 2 minutes.

Whisk 1 1/4 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter/margarine mixture until dough is combined. Stir chocolate chips into dough. Pour 2 tablespoons of the cookie batter in muffin tins.

Stir 1 cup white sugar, melted butter/margarine, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together in a bowl; add 2 eggs and beat well. Mix cocoa powder into butter mixture until well-combined. Stir 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt into cocoa mixture until batter is combined. Pour another 2 tablespoons of brownie batter over cookie dough and spread to cover completely.

Bake 16-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brookies come out with moist crumbs.

A few notes:
These can be made with the brownie on the bottom as pictured, but I like to make them with the cookie on the bottom to use the same pan for the batters so I always make the cookie on the bottom. Either way is fine and the recipe will work.

Also, these can be made in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Grease the dish. Spread the batters, again cookie or brownie on bottom and the other on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18 - 25 minutes.

For minis, use 1-2 teaspoons of each batter and cook for 12 - 14 minutes.

Fruit Juice/Mint Infused Ice Cubes

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If you love fruit, summer is the time to take advantage.

Instructions:
For Fruit- Freeze your juice of choice and add a slice of your favorite fruit-then add the cubes to a glass of seltzer, water or a fruity cocktail.
For Mint- Add one or more mint leaf (depending on how minty you like it) and fill the rest of the cube with water, seltzer or any beverage you want to add a minty flavor.

Thank You to the food network for the inspiration on these ice cube recipes.

Coffee Ice Cubes

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If you’ve ever taken more than 20 minutes to finish your iced coffee, you understand the struggle of melted ice and watered down coffee. Behold, the coffee ice cube: an ingenious way to keep your coffee cool and strong till the very last sip.

Instructions:
Just pour some leftover coffee into an ice tray, pop it in the freezer, and let it chill for 3-4 hours.

Salmon with Scallions and Sesame

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Sweet and spicy and super quick. Omit the jalapeno for no heat at all.

Serves 4

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon sesame seeds, plus more for serving
4 6-ounce skin-on center-cut salmon fillets
Kosher salt
1 bunch scallions
1 jalapeno chile, thinly sliced

Whisk garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, honey, 1 Tbsp. oil, and ½ tsp. sesame seeds in a small bowl. Season salmon fillets with salt and place in a resealable plastic bag; add half of marinade. Seal bag, pressing out air, and let salmon sit 30 minutes. Reserve remaining marinade.

Preheat broiler. Toss scallions with remaining 2 teaspoons oil in an oven-safe dish or cast iron pan; broil until lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Remove salmon from marinade and set on top of scallions. Spoon some reserved marinade over and broil until salmon is charred around edges, about 6 minutes (watch closely to keep from burning). Spoon more marinade over; top with jalapeno. Broil until salmon is charred and medium-rare at thickest part, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with more sesame seeds.

Red Snapper with Tahini Sauce and Nut Gremolata

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Serves 6

For the tahini sauce
6 tablespoons tahini
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt

For the nut gremolata
1/4 cup toasted, finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup toasted, finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespons finely chopped fresh mint
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the fish
1 tablespoon coconut oil
4 6-oz. red snapper fillets (you can also use flounder, sole, tilapia, are another light white fish)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses, silan or honey

Make the tahini sauce
Process the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 5 tablespoons water in a food processor until smooth, about 1 minute.

Make the nut-herb topping
In a medium bowl, gently toss the almonds, walnuts, cilantro, onion, olive oil, parsley, mint, and pepper flakes with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper until well combined. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.

Cook the fish

Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Lightly season the fish with salt and pepper. Put the fish in the skillet and cook, undisturbed, until golden, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until barely opaque in the center (use a paring knife to check), about 1 minute more.
Transfer the fish to a serving plate. Spread the tahini sauce over the top of the fillets, then sprinkle with the nut-herb topping and the pomegranate seeds. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of the pomegranate molasses over each, and serve.

Grilled Asparagus and Onions with Lemon Dressing

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Serves 6

Meyer lemons are in season and available. I picked up a big bag at Costco this week and I can’t wait to use them on everything from roasted chicken, this asparagus dish and for Shavuos when I make limoncello tiramisu.

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon finely grated Meyer lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
¼ cup olive oil, plus more
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
2 large bunches thick asparagus, trimmed
2 bunches scallions or leeks, halved if large

Prepare grill for medium-high. Whisk lemon zest, Meyer lemon zest, lemon juice, Meyer lemon juice, mustard, and ¼ cup oil in a medium bowl to combine; season dressing with salt and pepper (if you don’t have Meyer lemons, use regular lemons in their place)..

Place asparagus and spring onions on a rimmed baking sheet and lightly drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Grill, turning once, until lightly charred and crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Serve drizzled with dressing.

Alternatively, do this in a 425°F oven until roasted, about 11 minutes

Scrumptious Basic Blondies

Makes 20 blondies

My friend Yael sent me this recipe. She apparently got it from her friend Abbey. All I know is that she makes it for guests, and people lick the pan clean. The key is a bit of an ooey gooey, just cooked center. The first time I made them, they came out over-done, so start checking them at about 15 minutes. Sometimes I add crumbled toffee, toasted pecans and coconut, or a variety of chips but they are great basic or with any additional filling you like.

¾ cup canola oil
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

In a mixer or by hand, mix the oil and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix again. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix again. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 9 x13 pan. (the batter is pretty thick, so you have to kind of press it in, helps if your hands are a bit wet).

Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 16-19 minutes. If you leave it in too long, it will not have that great gooey, just cooked but super moist consistency. Remove from the oven promptly, and cut when cool. These freeze well.

Sweet and Zesty Twice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Amazing sweet and savory in each bite.

Serves 4
3 medium sweet potatoes or garnet yams, scrubbed (about 3 pounds)
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (remove seeds and membrane for less heat)
¼ cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted margarine
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350°. Poke holes all over sweet potatoes and wrap each in foil. Place on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and roast until potatoes are tender, 60–70 minutes. Unwrap and let sit until cool enough to handle. Increase oven temperature to 450°. Meanwhile, combine jalapeno, honey, and margarine in a small saucepan; season with salt. Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar.

Smash sweet potatoes with your palm, then tear into bite-sized pieces (including skin), the more irregular, the better. Place in a large bowl and add half of hot honey (reserve the jalapeño to use at the end because it will burn in the oven). Season with salt. Arrange pieces, skin side down, in a single layer on an unlined rimmed baking sheet and roast until browned and crisp around the edges, 20–25 minutes. Drizzle with remaining honey and Jalapeño.

Serve warm.

Palm Springs Date Shake

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When I was growing up in California we used to travel to Palm Springs for some sunshine on holidays. I know, that’s funny already, looking for more sunshine. We loved going though, nice hotels, fancy pools, great golf and tennis and their infamous date shakes. Doesn’t sound like a milkshake any kid would like, right? and honestly, until I tried it, I would agree….no thanks, but once you taste them, the super sweet, rich, and creamy delight, you will become hooked.

I haven’t thought of this treat in years. Palm Springs has changed so much since those days that I haven’t been back to that memorable Marriott in many many years. But this month, Bon Appetit magazine featured the Palm Springs Date Shake, and WOW!, memories of teenage vacation time fun came flooding back. I made them as an after-school treat and now my kids are hooked too.

Palm Springs Date Shake
Serves 2
¼ cup walnuts
½ cup dates, pitted
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of kosher salt
1 cup vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
½ cup Deglet Noor or Medjool dates, pitted
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of kosher salt
1 cup vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350°. Toast walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until slightly darkened in color and fragrant, 8–10 minutes. Let cool.

Meanwhile, place dates in a small bowl and add ½ cup hot water to cover; soak 10 minutes to soften.

Blend walnuts, dates with their soaking liquid, cinnamon, and salt in a blender until a coarse paste forms. Add ice cream and ¾ cup cracked ice and blend until smooth. Divide shake between 2 glasses.

Gluten Free Hamantaschen

Hamantaschen Almond Flour

Recipe by Orly Gottesman, creator of Blends by Orly

Yields about 20 small or 15 larger hamantaschen. Recipe may be doubled. For a healthier option, substitute the Crisco with coconut oil.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup (150 grams) white granulated sugar (or a bit less sugar if you prefer a less sweet dough)
11 tablespoons (150 grams) Crisco (use Crisco for crispier texture) or margarine/butter
1 egg
3 tablespoons orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups (345 grams) Blends by Orly London Blend

Process:
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F and coat a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In stand mixer using the paddle attachment, mix sugar, margarine, egg, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla extract together for 1 minute on low setting until well blended.
Add Blends by Orly London Blend and mix for 2 more minutes on medium speed until a smooth and slightly thick dough is formed.
Remove the dough from your bowl and form it into a ball. Place the ball on a large piece of cling wrap and flatten the ball out with your hand into a disc. Cover the disc with cling wrap and refrigerate wrapped dough for at least 15 minutes to harden the dough. This will make it less sticky and easier to roll out.
On either a floured surface (or to save time, directly on the parchment lined cookie sheet) roll the dough into a flat circle about 2cm thick with a rolling pin. Continue to flour your surface with London Blend to prevent the rolling pin from sticking to the dough.
Use round dough cutters or the rim of a drinking glass to stencil out uniform round cut-outs of dough. Make as many round cut-outs as you can and set aside. Gather the excess dough into a ball and re-roll out. Repeat the process.
Fill center of dough circle with good quality preserves, jam, chocolate chips, peanut butter or other fillings of choice (get wild and crazy!) and fold the dough into a triangle by sticking the three corners together.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until dough appears a very light brown in color.

Recipe by Orly Gottesman, BlendsByOrly.com

orlyOrly Gottesman discovered her passion for baking while living in Paris. She apprenticed for a French pastry chef at a patisserie in the 5th Arrondissement. Orly received her formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia. She pioneered an independent study on gluten free product development and her research was published in the student curriculum. She was then hired to develop a line of gluten free favorite pastries and breads under the brand "Orly the Baker" for Chompies, an iconic restaurant chain in Phoenix, Arizona. Orly spent over three years developing and perfecting a range of gluten free flour blends and recipes. Her innovation is motivated by her culinary discoveries during her travels around the globe.

Orly's mission is to allow people on a gluten free diet to make any recipe without sacrificing taste, texture and quality. Blends by Orly, her line of five uniquely formulated gluten-free flours has been received with enthusiasm as a long-sought solution for the gluten-free consumer. Her drive to make delicious gluten free products is inspired by her husband, a wold class foodie, who was diagnosed with celiac disease. Orly has a B.S from NYU and is a trained vocalist and pianist.

Thai Lemonade

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Makes 3 cups
Amped up lemonade with chile, mint and lime. Fun and yum.

2 limes
3 cups ice cubes
2/3 cup lemonade concentrate
½ cup cold simple syrup (heat 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves – refrigerate)
6 fresh mint leaves
½ - 1 jalapeno, optional (chopped, remove seeds and membranes or leave them for extra heat)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Garnish: extra mint and lime

Quarter one lime with the peel on. Juice the second lime.

In a blender, puree lime with peel, lime juice, lemonade concentrate, simple syrup, mint, jalapeno, and sea salt until slushy. Serve in chilled glasses with mint sprigs and lime slices.

Tiramisu Parfaits

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Makes 12 – 18 servings

1 Store bought or homemade pound cake, cut into 1-inch pieces
Espresso Syrup
1 cup hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Tiramisu Cream
6 egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 cup pareve whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups Tofutti cream cheese
3 tablespoons dark rum

Garnish
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ cup shaved chocolate

12 – 18 shot glasses or small glass demitasse cups

Make the espresso syrup: In a small bowl, combine the espresso and sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the vanilla and set the syrup aside.

Make the tiramisu cream: In a medium bowl over low heat, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and water. Whisk constantly until mixture thickens and is hot, about 7 minutes. Immediately scrape mixture into a cold bowl. Cover and cool in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

In an electric mixer, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add in vanilla extract until blended. Spoon into a bowl and set aside.

Using the same bowl of an electric mixer (use the paddle attachment now), beat cream cheese until creamy. Gradually beat in cooled egg yolk mixture and rum and mix until blended. Fold in whipped cream.

Assemble parfaits: Place one piece of poundcake in the bottom of each shot glass. Brush generously with espresso syrup. Top with a layer of cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and shaved chocolate. Repeat with a second layer of poundcake, brush with syrup and top with cream, cinnamon and chocolate.

Pastrami on Rye Hamantaschen

pastrami-rye-hamantashen

I've seen some creative hamantaschen recipes on pintrist and instagram (send me your fave at ekurtz@gourmetkoshercooking.com), crazy combos that sound both weird and totally awesome all at the same time. My friend, Alex, from thekosherologist.com came up with this super interesting and savory hamantaschen recipe. I think I'd serve this with the meal.
Pastrami on Rye Hamantaschen (btw if you like this one, maybe try Easy Pulled BBQ Brisket Hamantaschen)

I posted Chani Apfelbaum's (from busyinbrooklyn.com) funtastic version, on facebook last week. If you did not see it, here it is, Corndog Hamantaschen
I think I'll have these out for people stopping by with mishloach manot.

Rye Dough
3 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Rye Flour
1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ cups beer (at room temperature)
1/4 cup Caraway Seeds, +more for topping

Filling
3/4 pound Beef Pastrami
2 large or 4 medium Yellow Onions
Oil, for caramelizing
Your favorite Mustard

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Moroccan Spiced Turkey

moroccan-spiced-turkey

Serves 8
One 12-pound turkey, patted dry
Kosher salt
Pepper
1 lemon, quartered
4 sage sprigs, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped sage leaves
1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
1/3 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons ras el hanout (spice blend available at national markets)
Homemade Chutney or Store bought Chutney or onion jam, for serving

Put the turkey on the rack of a roasting pan. Season the turkey cavity with salt and pepper and stuff the lemon quarters and sage sprigs inside. Season the turkey all over with salt and pepper and let stand at room temperature for about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°. Wrap the garlic in foil and roast for 1 hour, until very tender. Let cool completely, then squeeze the cloves into a medium bowl. Whisk in the citrus juices along with the ras el hanout and chopped sage.
Brush the turkey all over with the citrus-garlic mixture. Roast in the lower third of the oven for 30 minutes, then baste with the citrus-garlic mixture. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° and continue to roast, basting every 30 minutes, for 2 hours and 15 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in an inner thigh registers 165°. Transfer the turkey to a board; let rest for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Carve the turkey, drizzle with any pan juices and serve with chutney.