Homemade Chummus

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I love chummus (some people call it hummus)! In my neighborhood, there’s no lacking of delicious chummus. But if shabbat is in only a few minutes and you can’t leave the house because there’s food in the oven, homemade chummus is something that’s almost as easy as walking across the street and buying some. All you need is a few ingredients and a food processor.

It’s a great dish to bring to a party with some cut up veggies, so that’s why we decided to contribute it to Ali and Matan’s virtual sheva berachot. Mabrook to the newlyweds!  Continue reading

Mushroom and Spinach Rice

Rice with an egg on top

Richie loves rice. So I try to make him rice in lots of healthy ways. I like adding veggies, cooking it in vegetable broth, adding an egg at the end for some protein. And of course I use brown rice. Rice is such an easy side dish, so I started trying to make it more often. It’s pretty cheap, can be brightened up in quite a few ways, and again, Richie really really likes to eat it. Eating it with a fried on top just means it’s a full meal for one of those really lazy weeknights. You have all your food groups right there! Vegetables, carbs, and protein. Plus the added deliciousness of the runny egg yolk mixed in makes it exciting enough to call dinner.  Continue reading

Portobello Mushroom “Pizzas”

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Pizza is probably my all-time favorite food. I mean, what’s not to like? But sometimes I like to get creative with my pizzas. And maybe a little bit healthier. So this time, I wanted to make pizza that was made out of only vegetables. And it really worked, except that I had to add a little sprinkle of cheese on top, because cheeseless pizza is really not pizza at all.

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Veggie Muffins

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(Also called Toddler Muffins or Triple-Hitter Muffins)

I’m really not a fan of hiding vegetables in food. I mean, it’s just sneaky. But, there’s nothing wrong with making muffins out of a bunch of fruits and vegetables and them tasting good! who says it’s hiding? Richie loves watching me cook and bake, and it’s no different when I make these muffins. He sees the food processor shredding veggies and the Kitchen Aid mixing and it’s entertainment for an entire evening. Continue reading

Sweet Glazed Corned Beef

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Corned beef is really quite easy to make. You basically put it in a pot with lots of water and watch it boil. It takes a long time (three + hours), but you don’t actually have to do anything…unless you’re doing the corning by yourself, but that’s a different story. Continue reading

Orange Chicken + a Kol Foods Giveaway!

When Kol Foods offered to send me a product of theirs to review, I was super excited. I have never eaten their food before, but have been curiously browsing the site for their organic, pastured, vegetarian-fed (and delicious) meat and poultry options. I got a whole chicken in the mail. Roasting chicken whole is probably one of my favorite ways to cook chicken. It leaves it moist and juicy, and it’s fancy enough for company.

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Kibbe!

…Finally!

Shabbat shalom! In honor of this wonderful shabbat, we’re sharing a our kibbe recipe with you, as well as what I think are pretty good directions on how to shape them. I tried taking a video, but let’s just say my phone got covered in oily meat and had to be wiped clean very carefully. Stephanie and I have been writing about kibbe for a long time now. We use it in recipes all the time. It’s a Friday night staple in the Blanco house, and it’s actually surprising if we don’t eat kibbe for Shabbat dinner.

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Well what is a kibbe, you ask? They’re really small meatballs. Meat-stuffed-meatballs. Continue reading

Rugelach

Ina Garten usually makes  roast chicken for Friday night dinner. When she decided to make a traditional Jewish meal of brisket, she made rugelach for dessert. It looked delicious. There was a small problem with the recipe, though! It was very dairy. She used two sticks of butter and a package of cream cheese to make the dough. For a Shabbat dessert, this is not okay. Luckily, Toffuti makes some pareve cream cheese that you could substitute quite easily.

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Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli

Happy 2013!

I finally got Ina Garten’s new cookbook! It took a while, especially because I pre-ordered it on Amazon. Turns out, shipping during Hurricane Sandy got kinda iffy, and it just never showed up. Thanks to Amazon’s amazing customer service (once I figured out where to find it), they overnighted me a new copy! Yay! After looking through the recipes, and weeding out the very unkosher ones, I decided that a one-pot pasta dish was the perfect first recipe to try. Why? Because we love pasta! Because Richie loves pasta. Because It reheats easily on a weeknight. And because sausage is something I don’t cook much, so I thought I’d give it a try.

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Beef and Broccoli – December Kosher Connection Linkup

Want the taste of Chinese food in your very own kitchen? This month’s link up is Chinese Food, and we decided to report something from our archives. This is a favorite of ours, and if you haven’t tried the recipe yet, it’s definitely time to give it a shot! Continue reading