Sephardic Charoset

You’re probably not doing much relaxing this Sunday, it’s Passover prep season! That’s right, since tomorrow’s the first seder, you’re probably busy in your hametz-free kitchen, cooking away. Is your local grocery store all out of charoset? Or are you feeling extra eager this holiday season? Maybe you want to make your own.

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Caesar Dressing

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Caesar salad is one of my husband’s favorite dishes to order in restaurants. It’s pretty simple, and seems like kind of a waste to pay $11 for romaine lettuce and croutons (usually they don’t offer anchovies on top. Even if they did, he wouldn’t want them). So, I searched through cookbooks, asked some friends, and finally found a recipe for the dressing that was simple, but had good layers of flavors, and included anchovies in it.

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Pierogis

pierogis!

A few weeks ago, I just got into my head that I should make pierogis. Not the Mrs. T’s kind, either. Real from scratch ones with sour cream in the dough and shallots in the potato stuffing. Now, I’ve never made pierogis before. I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that I wanted some. And all I can say is that, if I can do these, you can, too! I pretty much made them on a whim and they turned out awesome.  Continue reading

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”

mushroom pizza

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

Cheese Sambusak, or Mini Cheese Pies

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What is sambusak, you ask? It’s like a bite-sized turnover, an empanada or a pie. The dough is a savory butter pie crust made with a mixture of semolina and all purpose flours, and the filling is a simple cheese mixture. And that’s it; we just made cheese sambusak! (Just kidding, I’ll go into more detail soon.)

These can really be filled with anything, but we eat two kinds: cheese or meat. And cheese sambusak is the best kind, especially because if you’re making the filling meat, you can’t make the dough with butter. Continue reading

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Genius! Instead of plain old boring croutons, make grilled cheese and cut it into cubes for grilled cheese croutons. Makes the classic winter meal a little fancier and is completely amazing, especially if using fresh mozzarella, which I did.

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Oven Risotto

People think that risotto is hard to make. And it is, but only if you use one of those recipes that has you standing over the stove mixing the wine and chicken stock and adding ladlefuls each time the liquid is absorbed. One of my favorite people ever, Ina Garten, just makes her risotto in the oven. So easy! Especially if you have homemade vegetable broth in the freezer, like I always do.

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