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
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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.

Rosh Hashanah Quinoa Salad

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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.

Maple Apple Almond Torte

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Serves 10 – 12

Torte
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup all purpose flour
½ cup white whole wheat flour (or use regular all purpose)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup pure maple syrup
8 tablespoons unsalted margarine, melted and cooled
2 large baking apples, like Granny Smith, peeled and diced

Glaze
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350F. Coat a 9-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a food processor, process nuts for 20 – 30 seconds, until finely ground. Add flours, baking soda, and salt and pulse to combine.

In a large bowl, beat eggs and syrup until smooth. Gradually beat in margarine. Stir in almond mixture followed by apples. Transfer to prepared pan and bake for 44 minutes, until torte springs back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool.

Make glaze: In small bowl, stir confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup, vinegar and cinnamon.

To serve: Run a knife along edge of pan. Remove sides and spread glaze over torte.

New 2016 Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Rosh Hashanah menus should of course include some wonderfully familiar flavors of the holiday like pomegranate, sweet honey, and apples. I like to combine these with other trendy and fall seasonal foods that together make a scrumptious memorable meal. Below, find some new favorites of mine that will definitely be appearing on my Yom Tov table. Chag Sameach!

Soups
Flavors of Fall Butternut Squash and Corn Soup
Tomato Cumin Soup

Fish
Mustard Rosemary Glazed Salmon

Chicken/Meat/Main
Honey Ginger Apple Chicken
Sticky Sweet and Spicy Pomegranate Chicken
Five Spice Chicken Thighs with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Sweet and Tangy Spare Ribs, by Renee Muller, from “Our Table”

Salads/Sides
Rosh Hashanah Quinoa Salad
Tomato Barley Salad
Honey Sweetened Blackened Carrots
Farro Salad with Apples and Herbs
Balsamic and Honey Sweetened Beets and Onion Salad with Mixed Greens and Apples (and deli meat, optional)
Fall Green Salad with Apples, Nuts and Fall Spices
Gluten Free Apple Kugel , Recipe by Orly Gottesman of Blends by Orly

Desserts
Maple Apple Almond Torte
Cinnamon Swirl Vanilla Ice Cream Bars
Blueberry Lemon Icebox Cake
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Sticky Sweet and Spicy Pomegranate Chicken

sticky-pome-chicken

Serves 4
2 cups pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Sriracha or hot sauce
2 medium cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
8 chicken pieces (about 2 lb.)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium scallion, thinly sliced

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.
In a 12-inch skillet, combine the pomegranate juice, mustard, vinegar, Sriracha, and garlic. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, and cook until the liquid reduces to a thick glaze, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic.

While the sauce is cooking, pat chicken dry with paper towels and season all over with salt and pepper. Arrange on a rack set over a large, foil-lined rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 10 minutes. Brush the glaze all over the chicken and flip. Roast until cooked through (170°F), about 10 – 15 minutes more. Remove from the oven and turn the broiler on high. Brush the chicken with half of the remaining glaze and broil to crisp the skin, about 1minute. Flip, brush with the rest of the glaze, and broil until the other side is crisp, about 1minute more. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with the scallion before serving.

Tomato Barley Salad

tomato-barley

Serves 6

BARLEY
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 1/4 cups pearled barley (8 ounces)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 cup apple juice
2 1/2 cups water
Kosher salt

TOMATOES
1 pound cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons apple juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
8 ounces heirloom or yellow tomatoes, coarsely chopped

DRESSING
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons apple juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon, plus leaves for garnish
Kosher salt

COOK THE BARLEY In a saucepan, heat the oil. Add the shallots and celery and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the barley, garlic and bay leaves. Add the apple juice and water and season with salt. Bring to a simmer; cover and cook over low heat until the water is absorbed and the barley is tender, 45 minutes. Let barley cool and dry. Discard the bay leaves.

PREPARE THE TOMATOES Preheat the oven to 425°F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cherry tomatoes with the oil, honey and garlic. Season with salt. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring, until soft and caramelized. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack.

In a large bowl, whisk the maple syrup with the apple juice and vinegar. Season with salt. Add the green tomatoes, toss to coat and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally

MAKE THE DRESSING In a bowl, whisk the vinegar, oil, apple juice, honey, lemon zest and chopped tarragon. Add the barley and toss. Season with salt. Spoon into shallow bowls and top with the roasted cherry tomatoes and marinated heirloom tomatoes. Garnish with tarragon leaves and serve.

Honey Sweetened Blackened Carrots

carrots-grill
Serves 6

2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste (cayenne is spicy)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons unsalted margarine, melted
1 1/4 pounds medium carrots, halved lengthwise
2 tablespoons canola oil
Kosher salt
Pepper
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk the paprika with the oregano, cayenne and garlic powder. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven for 2 minutes, until the spices are fragrant. Alternatively, skip this step but it adds depth of flavor to the spices.
Put the margarine in a shallow bowl. Dip the cut side of each carrot in the margarine and then coat in the spice mixture, pressing to help the spices adhere; transfer to a plate.
In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Working in batches if necessary, add the carrots cut side down in a single layer and season with salt and pepper. Cook over high heat until blackened on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 12 to 15 minutes, until the carrots are just tender.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and honey. Whisk in the olive oil, then season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the honey vinaigrette.