Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake

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Recipe(s) from THE SILVER PLATTER SIMPLE ELEGANCE: Effortless Recipes with Sophisticated Results
By Daniella Silver and Norene Gilletz

Artscroll/November 2016

pareve • gluten-free option • freezes well • yields 2 loaves

You can’t beat the combination of fruit and chocolate in this fragrant cranberry loaf. Perfectly tart and sweet, it’s a great cake for breakfast, brunch, or an after-dinner treat. It makes two loaves, so freeze the second one for another occasion.

Ingredients
3 eggs
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ½ cups orange juice
2 ½ cups flour (or gluten-free flour with xanthan gum)
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (no need to thaw)
1 ½ cups mini chocolate chips

Method
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat eggs with sugar, oil, and vanilla on medium-high speed for 3-5 minutes, until light.
3. Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually blend in orange juice.
4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until combined. Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.
5. Divide batter evenly between prepared loaf pans; spread evenly. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out dry.
6. Allow loaves to cool for 20 minutes. Invert onto serving platters.

Norene’s Notes
• Muffin Variation: In Step 5, scoop batter into muffin pans coated with nonstick spray or lined with paper liners until ¾-full. Bake at 375°F for about 25 minutes. Yields 18-24 muffins.
• Frozen cranberries don’t need to be thawed. Just rinse and pat them dry with paper towels before folding them into the batter

Giveaway: Simple Elegance: Effortless Recipes with Sophisticated Results Cook Book

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My friends and colleagues, Daniella and Norene are back! Daniella Silver, author of, The Silver Platter: Simple to Spectacular, once again teams up with author Norene Gilletz – to bring their new cookbook, Simple Elegance: Effortless Recipes with Sophisticated Results. As Daniella says, “ It’s not about dozens of hard-to-find ingredients, pricey equipment, and complicated instructions. It’s simply about paying attention to the small details – an unusual garnish, an unexpected ingredient, a touch of flair in presentation.” No surprise, we are friends, right?! I’m all about easy enough for everyday but special enough for Shabbos.

It’s full of recipes with ingredients you probably already have and easy to follow instructions. If you like quinoa, there are many options to try, also sweet chicken dishes, and lots of side dishes.

I tested quite a few things from the book….here’s a sampling, and a few sneak peak recipes.
Mushroom Cauliflower Soup – smooth, creamy without the cream, nice weeknight soup
Hoisin Steak Bites – sweet flavored meat, marinade came together in two minutes. I grilled them though, instead of pan-fried as per the instructions. Flavorful and less fattening.
– Honey Roasted Pistachio Chicken – guests enjoyed it
– Everything Kale Salad – beautiful salad, I’d omit the honey but had beautiful crunch and assorted ingredients.
– Granola Ice Cream Cake – I made it in a loaf pan and served it with a strawberry sauce from the site, but it was a lovely dessert.
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cake/Muffins – sweet and tart contrast is both pretty and tasty in these.

SIMPLE ELEGANCE contains over 160 recipes and each one includes Norene’s Notes, techniques, tips and advice from cooking guru, Norene Gilletz. All recipes have indications whether it’s freezer-friendly for make-ahead cooking, kosher for Passover, gluten-free, and full nutritional analysis. From Appetizers, Soups and Salads to Fish, Poultry, Meat, Dairy, Sides and Desserts.

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THE SILVER PLATTER SIMPLE ELEGANCE:
Effortless Recipes with Sophisticated Results
From the kitchen of Daniella Silver
With tips & techniques from Norene Gilletz
Artscroll/November 2016
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What’s for Dinner ?

I get a lot of cooking questions, especially now that I am fortunate enough to personally meet so many people at my demos. The questions range and of course fall into every category, but what is actually downloaded from my website (thank you loyal readers for 9 amazing blogging years!) is more narrow. Readers want meats, chickens and desserts. Yes, salads and soups are popular too (especially in my book 🙂 but that evil question, “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?” weighs heavy on every family. Don’t worry I’ll keep posting lots of different types of recipes and always bring you the latest in food trends, but this week, I’m helping with a few new dinner ideas. Simple skillet chicken dishes that are quick and full of flavor. The first, Chicken with Paprika, is a traditional Hungarian recipe, that I’ve updated with a bit more garlic, a little cayenne, and a pinch of sugar for contrast. It’s a one skillet recipe and goes great with any terrific bread to dip in the sauce, baked potatoes or my favorite, basmati rice. The second is a Pan Roasted Chicken with Tropical Sweet and Spicy Glaze, flavored with cumin, pineapple, and chile. It’s robust and complex flavors make it very satiating.

A few other weeknight tips. Keep side dishes simple, make sure they pair well with the main, i.e. simple rice, potatoes, roasted vegetables and make a fresh salad, one night spinach, another kale, another cabbage or romaine to keep it all interesting. Remember complex flavors mixed with whole grains and veggies keep people full and well nourished. I love soups this time of year too but I’ll get to more of that when the weather gets colder.

Remember, send me recipes you would like to share, send me questions, or other types of recipes you want to see more of, at ekurtz@gourmetkoshercooking.com

Recipes:
Skillet Pan Chicken with Paprika
Pan Roasted Chicken with Tropical Sweet and Spicy Glaze

Pan Roasted Chicken with Tropical Sweet and Spicy Glaze

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Serves 4, can be doubled

1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 3½–4-pound chicken, halved
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ fresh pineapple, sliced ½ inch thick
1 jalapeno chile, sliced, seeds and membrane removed for less heat
2 garlic cloves, crushed
¾ cup pineapple juice
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika

Place a rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 425°. Mix coriander, cumin, and cayenne in a small bowl. Sprinkle chicken with spice mixture, pressing to adhere; season with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Cook chicken, skin side down, until browned and beginning to crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and arrange pineapple slices in pan. Place chicken, skin side up, on top. Transfer to oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165°, 40–45 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring jalapeno chile, garlic, pineapple juice, vinegar, brown sugar, and paprika to a boil in a small saucepan and cook until thickened and syrupy, 12–15 minutes; season glaze with salt.
When chicken is done, brush with glaze and roast just until glaze is bubbling, about 2 minutes; repeat with any remaining glaze. Transfer chicken and pineapple to a cutting board; let rest 10 minutes. Serve chicken and pineapple with any juices from skillet alongside.

Skillet Pan Chicken with Paprika

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Serves 4, can be doubled

4 tablespoons unsalted margarine or canola oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
Kosher salt
Pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Hungarian sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
Pinch of sugar
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup soymilk or non-dairy creamer

In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the margarine. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden and tender, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika and cayenne and cook, stirring, until dark red in color, 2 minutes. Add the flour and the remaining 1 tablespoon of margarine and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and sugar and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken to the sauce and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderately low heat until the chicken is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the soymilk and season with salt and pepper.

I serve it with white or brown rice or atop baked sweet potatoes

Kosherfest 2016

International food lovers this was your show. Matcha. Kimchi, baklava, spanikopita, tahini were all there for the tasting. Plus artisanal and farm-fresh products looking to introduce themselves to the kosher market. It’s a fun and fattening day filled with food and foodie friends (that is the best part – sharing it with others who obsess about food as much as I do).

A few standout products for me this year, that I must share…

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KoKo Kosher Korean – 2 faves here, kimchi and gochujang (a fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, rice syrup, soybeans, and salt – I’ve been looking for it with a hecksher for months and am very excited to post some recipes featuring this ingredient.) Korean food is a big food trend, kimchi has been on restaurant menus for a few years now, so its very exciting that this product is new to our market and coming soon to your market.

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Parvella – Italian chocolate spread available in 4 flavors, intense hazelnut, vanilla, coffee and orange. This is a delicious, NO palm oil, NO milk, NO peanuts, NO eggs and NO gluten and PAREVE chocolate spread. It’s rich, creamy and I’m excited to use it as a ganache, a frosting, in mousse, swirled in hot cocoa, the possibilities are endless and super scrumptious. I know the name of the product is not exactly inviting, but taste it, it’s divine.

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A bunch of smoked and dried meats – Amsellem, pure beef, dried sausage in a few flavors. Think kosher pepperoni, slightly smoky, flavorful, and softer than beef jerky. Jack’s Gourmet, launched their turkey sausages in both regular and Andouille, wonderful addition to their terrific line of products. And new from Pelleh Poultry, artisanal, hormone and antibiotic free, duck products. From Duck Fry (duck bacon), Duck cherry sausage, duck rillette, duck fat, and fresh duck parts, this makes duck accessible and easy to prepare for the home cook. Admittedly, I went back for seconds and will add these items to my refrigerator.

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Yoffi Israeli products – chocolate tahini, Zaatar tahini, date spread, honey, tasty and totally on-trend.

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Savannah Bee Honey – I’ve been buying from them for years and giving their honey as gifts, but now the entire kosher world is introduced to their wonderful products and packaging. I liked their new chocolate honey (it wasn’t available when I did my Rosh Hashanah order this year) and loved the whipped honey with lemon. Say goodbye to frosting, this is my new glaze on every muffin and cake!

Thank you Kosherfest for the fun-filled day of food and new inspiration. And as I say, every year, now I need to go to the gym

Salted Caramel Whipped Mousse

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Serves 6
1/4 cup very cold pareve whipping cream, plus 1 cup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted margarine, cut into pieces
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 ounces soft Tofutti cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Heat 1/4 cup pareve cream in a small saucepan; keep warm. Combine the sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over high heat without stirring until it becomes a deep amber color, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat, whisk in the warm cream, the margarine and kosher salt and let cool to room temperature. 

Put the Tofutti cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the whip attachment until smooth. Add 1 cup very cold whipping cream and the vanilla extract and whip until the mixture begins to thicken slightly. Add the caramel mixture and continue whipping until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 2 cups.

Serve with solo or with granola or crunchy nut mixture on top or with Sweet Potato Pound Cake.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

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Photo by Barefoot Contessa, recipe adapted from original. GKC recipe is non-dairy and dressing and other ingredients are adjusted.

Serves 10

This cake is best served one day after it is prepared. Wrap it in plastic wrap and store it on the counter until ready to serve. I love it with the whipped caramel cream but its also delicious alongside turkey as a sweet side dish.

Cooking spray
14-5/8 oz. (3-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour; more for the pan
2 tsp. baking powder
1-3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. table salt
1/2 cup soymilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted margarine, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups cooked, well-mashed sweet potatoes (from 2 large)
2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
TIP:
Boil, bake, or microwave whole, unpeeled sweet potatoes before mashing for this recipe. You can also substitute canned sweet potatoes; just pour off the syrup and rinse the potatoes before mashing; though the color may be lighter, the flavor is close to home-cooked. One 29-oz. can of sweet potato chunks yields about 2-1/4 cups mashed.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10- to 12-cup Bundt or tube pan with cooking spray, then dust with flour.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, 1-1/2 tsp. of the ginger, the nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine soymilk and vanilla.
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the margarine and sugars on medium-low speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the sweet potatoes, and mix until the batter is combined. (it may look curdled at this point.) Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.
With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated. Add half of the soymilk mixture, and beat on low until well blended, scraping down the bowl as needed. Repeat with the remaining flour and soymilk, beating on low until the batter is thick and smooth.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and spread it evenly. Bake until the cake springs back when pressed lightly and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a thin knife around the edge to loosen the cake if the pan shape allows, and then carefully invert it onto a rack to cool completely.
Combine the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining 1/4 tsp. ginger. Use a medium fine-mesh sieve to dust the top of the cake with the sugar mixture.

Maple Roasted Carrot Salad

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Serves 6

2 lbs carrots,
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
ground black pepper
¼ cup pure grade maple syrup
2/3 cup dried craisins
2/3 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup arugula
1 cup sliced endive
2 cups romaine, chopped
½ cup toasted almonds

Preheat oven to 425F. Cut peeled carrots in a diagonal slice, 1-inch wide by 2-inches long. Place in a bowl with ¼ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon pepper. Toss and transfer to a baking sheet, making sure carrots are in a single layer. IMPORTANT, if not in a single layer, use two baking sheets.

Roast for 20 minutes, until carrots are tender.

Combine carrots onto one sheet pan, add maple syrup, toss and roast for 10 – 15 minutes, until caramelized. Toss and set aside for 10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, combine cranberries and orange juice and bring to a simmer. Set aside for 10 minutes.

In s small bowl, whisk together vinegar, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons olive oil.

In a bowl, combine arugula, endive, romaine and almonds. Add cooled carrots, craisins with their liquid, and the vinaigrette. Toss and serve.

Roast Your Turkey Like a Pro

Avoid Frozen Bird, if possible
Freezing creates ice crystals that expand and puncture the meat’s cells. Fresh turkey meat stays juicier when cooked.

If frozen, thaw it safely. A refrigerator set no higher than 40F is the safest place. This can take up to six hours per pound, so a 16-pound turkey can take up to four days to thaw.

Never brine a kosher turkey. The koshering process has already brined it. Its no wonder the kosher birds always win the juiciest, tastiest turkey contests.

Start to roast it upside down. Typically breast meat finishes cooking before leg meat. To solve this dilemma, start cooking the turkey upside on 450F for 30 – 45 minutes, to transfer maximum heat directly to the legs and thighs while protecting the breast. After 45 minutes lower the heat to 300F, and cook 20 minutes per pound. For the last hour, raise the temperature to 375 and cook for one hour to brown the skin (if you don’t want to start with this method, cook it right side up 17 minutes per pound in a 325F oven.).

Don’t cover the turkey. Covering the turkey will create moisture and ultimately steam or poach the meat, yuck. It actually will dry the bird out and not create a moist, crispy texture. If your turkey is browning too much, turn the temperature down and continue to cook until it reaches 165F.

Roast it on a rack. This encourages air circulation around the turkey and speeds up cooking. A rack also keeps the bottom skin crisper by raising it above the juice in the pan.

Baste it a bit. Basting just crisps up the skin; it does not make the meat juicier or help prevent drying out (that just happens from overcooking). For a darker skin, add a little brown sugar or agave to the basting juices. The combination of protein and sugar on the skin creates a dark, crispy texture.

Rest for juiciness and easier carving. Just like with BBQ, the turkey needs to rest for the juices to redistribute and not run off in the cutting process.

Degrease the pan drippings by cooling it off and skimming the fat.

Thicken gravy with starch. Use cornstarch, tapioca, or potato starch, mixed into warm gravy without too much thickener. Use just 1 teaspoon (instead of 1 tablespoon flour).

New Thanksgiving Recipes
Maple Roasted Carrot Salad
Sweet Potato Pound Cake
Salted Caramel Whipped Mousse
Cranberry Apple Sauce
Cranberry Sauce with Dried Apricots
Fall Greens with Apples, Pears and Toasted Nuts
Pumpkin Ice Cream and Graham Cracker Torte
Full Thanksgiving Index

Pumpkin Ice Cream and Graham Cracker Torte

Makes 1 9-inch pie, serves 10

8 ounces crisp graham cracker cookies or gingersnap cookies
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, chilled
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
About 1 1/4 cups caramel sauce, homemade or store-bought
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened (see notes), I use pareve
About 1 cup hot fudge sauce, homemade or store-bought
1 cup candied nuts or toffee

Preheat oven to 325F.
In a food processer, pulse cookies until crumbs form. Add sugar and melted margarine. Pour into 9-inch cheesecake pan with removeable sides. Press cookie mixture over bottom and about 1 inch up sides of pan.

Bake crust until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes, then chill or freeze until cold, 5 to 10 minutes.

In a chilled large bowl, mix pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and 1/4 cup of the caramel topping until smooth. Add ice cream and mix until blended.

Working quickly, spoon about a third of the ice cream mixture into the cold crust. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons caramel topping and 2 tablespoons fudge sauce (if fudge sauce is too stiff, warm slightly in a microwave oven at full power (100%), stirring once, just until fluid, 15 to 30 seconds); sprinkle half the Candied Walnuts on top. Repeat with two more layers, omitting nuts on the top layer. Freeze until solid, about 5 hours, then cover and freeze up to 1 week.

About 15 minutes before serving, remove sides from pan, set torte on a serving plate, and let stand in refrigerator to soften slightly. Cut into wedges. Serve with additional caramel topping and fudge sauce (warm and stir again if too stiff) to add to taste.

Fall Greens with Apples, Pears and Toasted Nuts

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Serves 10 – 12

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon finely shredded fresh ginger
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup canola oil
10 ounce kale, torn into bite-size pieces (about 2 qts.)
1 head butter lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 head hearts of romaine, torn into bite-size pieces
1 large Fuji apple, cut into thin wedges
1 large pear, cut into thin wedges
½ cup dried craisins or dried cherries
½ cup toasted nuts
Make dressing: Combine apple cider vinegar, ginger, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until honey dissolves and ingredients are well combined. Add oil and shake vigorously to mix well.

In a bowl, toss kale with 3 tbsp. vinaigrette until leaves are coated evenly. Cover and leave at room temperature, at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Just before serving, add butter lettuce, romaine, apple and pear slices, craisins, and nuts and toss gently.

Make ahead: Dressing, up to 2 weeks ahead, chilled; other ingredients can be prepped several hours ahead and chilled separately (toss apples and pears with a little lemon juice to prevent browning).

Cranberry Sauce with Dried Apricots

Makes 2 ½ cups

1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
4 ounces dried apricots, coarsely chopped
About 3/4 cups sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 bay leaf
About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Zest and juice of 1 large orange

Put all ingredients with 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, until most of the cranberries have popped, 10 to 15 minutes. Add sugar and salt to taste.
Make ahead: Up to 1 week, chilled.

Cranberry Apple Sauce

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Makes 2 ½ cups

1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
3 ounces dried apples, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
¼ teaspooon allspice
1 whole cinnamon stick
About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon
1 tablespoon orange zest

Put all ingredients with 3/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Simmer over low heat, stirring often, until most of the cranberries have popped and apples are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and add sugar and salt to taste.
Make ahead: Up to 1 week, chilled.

Oktoberfest in November

Oktoberfest, a tradition in Germany each October celebrating beer-drinking and merrymaking, has become a worldwide fun festival enjoyed across the USA and many other countries too. It passed me up this year due to our own Jewish festivals but despite it being November, I thought it would be fun and delicious to chat about and cook with some beer.

Admittedly, I’m not a beer drinker ( I strongly prefer wine) but I do love the complex flavors especially infused in some of my favorite dishes, like pulled beef and chocolate. Julia Child’s famous quip, “I love cooking with beer, and sometimes I even put it in food.”

Beer is remarkably complex for something made with only four ingredients, malted grains, hops, yeast and water and each play an important role in the final flavor, which is why there are so many varietals. For drinking, just go with what you like in terms of taste. They do run the gamut from light and citrusy to full, dark and hoppy. For cooking though pale ales, and porters add instant depth to simple dishes while malty and darker beers work well in more complex dishes.

Lighter flavors tend to lose their robustness the longer the cooking time but can act as the acid in a dish and therefore soften it a bit. Heartier beers add a hint of bitterness that softens over a long cooking period and are good in stews and meats.

A final note, beer is a great tenderizer for meat and a flavor enhancer in marinades. I often marinade corned beef overnight in a mixture of beer and orange juice and then pour it off and cook it as the recipe instructs. The orange juice and beer add great flavor and also make the meat super soft. This is true for other cuts too like London Broil, Minute Steak, brisket, and French Roasts etc. Add a ½ cup to any marinade in place of the other acid.

Try these beer infused recipes. Non-beer lovers, no worries! No fear!…these are for you too, they just have great flavor, try them!
Pulled Chicken Sliders with Pale Ale BBQ Sauce and Pickled Onions
Lentil Salad with Dried Cherries, Kale and Toasted Nuts
Beer and Barbeque Minute Steak
Oven Baked Short Ribs with Beer Boosted BBQ Sauce
Honey and Dark Beer Chocolate Cake

Lentil Salad with Dried Cherries, Kale and Toasted Nuts

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Serves 6 – 8

1/4 cup plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, minced (about 1/3 cup)
Kosher salt
1 cup dried French lentils or red lentils
1 12-oz. bottle amber or brown ale
1/3 cup coarsely chopped dried sweet cherries
1 Tbs. cider vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup hazelnutsor pecans, toasted, and chopped
1 ½ cups fresh curly kale, chopped into 2-inch pieces

Heat 2 tsp. of the olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and 1/4 tsp. salt, and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the lentils, 1cup of the beer, and 1 cup water. Boil over high heat, stirring once or twice, until the beer foam has settled, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer uncovered until the lentils are tender, 40 to 55 minutes, adding more water as needed to keep them covered. Drain, reserving the liquid, and transfer the lentils to a serving bowl.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup beer with the cherries, and let sit until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain, and discard the beer.
In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil with the vinegar, mustard, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Gently stir in the warm lentils. Let sit 10 minutes. Stir in the cherries, parsley, nuts and kale. If the salad seems dry, toss with some of the reserved cooking liquid. Season to taste with more salt or vinegar before serving.

Pulled Chicken Sliders with Pale Ale BBQ Sauce and Pickled Onions

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Serves 10

For the pickled onion
1 12-oz. bottle American pale ale
3/4 cup white-wine vinegar
1 tsp. granulated sugar
Kosher salt
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced

For the chicken
3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or pieces
4 medium cloves garlic, smashed
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Kosher salt
1 12-oz. bottle American pale ale
2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce or to taste
3/4 cup mayonnaise

For assembly
24 slider buns, preferably pretzel or whole grain

Pickle the onion
Combine the beer, vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the onion. Let cool to room temperature, stirring once or twice.

Cook the chicken
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Put the chicken and garlic in a 5-quart Dutch oven or other heavy-duty pot with a lid. In a medium bowl, whisk together the honey, tomato paste, and 1 tsp. salt, then whisk in the beer.  Pour over the chicken.
Place the pot over high heat and bring to a rapid simmer. Cover and transfer to the oven. Braise until the chicken pulls apart easily with a fork, 50 to 60 minutes.
With a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a large bowl. Transfer the garlic cloves to a small bowl and set aside. Using two forks, pull the meat into shreds and set aside.
Over medium-high heat, boil the braising liquid until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot and add 1 teaspoon of the hot sauce and 2 tsp. of the onion pickling liquid. Mix well and season to taste with more hot sauce, pickling liquid, or salt.
Mash the reserved garlic cloves with a fork. Whisk with the mayonnaise and remaining Sriracha.
Make Ahead Tips
The chicken and the garlic mayonnaise can be prepared up to 3 days ahead; refrigerate both and reheat the chicken before serving.
The pickled onions can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks in a covered container.

Fasting and Pre Yom Kippur Seuda

Best tips on fasting and Pre Yom Kippur Seuda, plus a few other recipe ideas

I may add one of these recipes to my menu
Cavatappi with Eggplant and Pine Nuts
Grilled Chicken and Romaine Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing
Avocados Stuffed with Roasted Vegetable Salad
Cobb Salad with Sweet Roasted Onion Dressing
Apple Upside Down Cake
Stuffed Baked Apples

Index for Succot here, get cooking!
Lots of Rosh Hashanah recipes are perfect for Succot too, Rosh Hashanah recipes here
And of course, thousands of options in every section, General Index here

Savory Pulled Beef Brisket Cowboy Style

Serves 10

I got this recipe from one of my Nashville students. The combination of lots of pepper, seasoned salt, and coffee make a rich and savory pulled beef brisket. It can be made days ahead of time and rewarmed or frozen and defrosted in the refrigerator. This one is salty and peppery but scrumptious.

2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon ground oregano
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
One 6- to 8-pound beef brisket
4 parsnips, chopped in large pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 onions, sliced
One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with their liquid
One 6-ounce can tomato paste
2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
Chopped fresh parsley, for serving

Combine the kosher salt, seasoned salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne, thyme and oregano in a bowl. Stir in the brown sugar. Rub the brisket with the dry rub, wrap in plastic TIGHTLY and refrigerate overnight.
When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
Put the brisket in a baking pan. Top with the parsnip, garlic, and onions. Pour over the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir, then add the coffee. Cover with foil and bake until the meat is very tender and shreds easily, 6 to 8 hours.
Remove the meat to a large cutting board and shred. Serve the shredded meat with the vegetables and juices. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Orly’s Gluten Free Apple Kugel

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This apple kugel recipe is really meant to be a side dish, but I like to make it for dessert!  With only 6 ingredients and an apple corer, you can whip this dish up in just a few minutes.  Quick, easy and always a winner! Make this recipe with regular wheat flour or with Blends by Orly Gluten Free Sydney Blend.

Yields: 1 Apple Kugel

Ingredients
8 Granny Smith apples
1 cup Blends by Orly Sydney Blend (you can use regular wheat flour if not making gluten free)
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9×13 inch square or oval baking pan with non stick cooking oil. 
 
Peel and core 8 Granny Smith.  Slice apples thinly and line the surface of the pan with the apples.  

In a large bowl, combine Sydney Blend, white sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix together until you have an even and smooth batter with no lumps. Pour the batter evenly over the layer of apples to cover.  Sprinkle a light layer of cinnamon sugar on top.  
Bake kugel on the center oven rack for about 50 minutes until the edges are lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  For added richness when served as dessert, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream.

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.

Flavors of Fall Butternut Squash and Corn Soup

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Serves 10

1 (3 lb.) butternut squash,
1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup margarine or oil
3 medium onions, chopped
10 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves, or 2 teaspoons dried sage
5 medium carrots, chopped
2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock
½ teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups uncooked corn kernels (from about 4 ears of corn)
½ cup tofutti sour cream, optional
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
Optional: Sriracha or Spicy mayonnaise

Preheat oven to 375F. Cut squash lengthwise in half, and clean out seeds and strings. Score flesh with a knife in a criss-cross pattern and place on baking sheet and drizzle with ½ teaspoon salt and honey. Roast until tender, about 1 ½ hours, basting with juices occasionally. Cool.

Heat margarine or oil in a large pot over medium heat, cook onions and garlic for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown. Add sage and carrots and cook, stirring for 5 more minutes.

Scrape butternut squash flesh into onion mixture and add 1 ½ quarts of stock. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook until carrots are tender, about 30 minutes.

With an immersion blender, puree soup. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt, paprika, pepper and nutmeg. Add corn and stir and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Thin with more stock if necessary.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with a dollop of tofutti sour cream and parsley. Optional garnish for a little heat, add a drizzle of sriracha sauce or spicy mayonnaise.

Honey Ginger Apple Chicken

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Serves 8

1 shallot, finely sliced
¾ cup apple cider
½ cup honey, maple syrup or silan
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried thyme, plus fresh sprigs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper or to taste
8 pieces bone-in chicken
3 apples, pears, peeled, cored and quartered

In a medium bowl, whisk shallot, cider, honey, ginger, vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper. Place chicken in a large resealable bag. Pour marinade into bag, seal it, and refrigerate for 12 – 24 hours, turning or mixing if possible every few hours.

Preheat oven to 400F. Remove chicken from marinade and place skin side up on large baking sheet in a single layer. Tuck apples and thyme sprigs among chicken pieces. Pour marinade over top. Bake, basting occasionally, about 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through and toasty brown on top.

Serve chicken with apples and sauce spooned on top.