March Linkup: Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables and Horseradish-Thyme Butter

I guess New Yorkers don’t cook with horseradish very often. When I remembered that this linkup was coming up, I searched high and low for some fresh horseradish root. At my sixth (6th!!!) supermarket stop, I finally found some (It was at Citerella, in case you’re wondering. Whole Foods, Fairway, A Matter of Health, Agata and Valentina, and Gristedes did not have any).

whole wheat spaghetti with roasted vegetables and horseradish-thyme butter {the kosher foodies}

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Broccoli Casserole

broccoli casserole

For some reason, our family always made the traditional Green Bean Casserole with broccoli. I really can’t tell you why, but that’s how we had broccoli. So, when my husband requested this for dinner one night, I accepted the challenge. Instead of using canned soup and canned onions, though, I knew I had to make the whole dish from scratch. Of course, Alton Brown came to the rescue this time, and while reading his rendition of the American classic, I decided it’s easy to make this dish in three steps. And I did. Continue reading

Lentil Bolognese

lentil bolognese by the kosher foodies

Growing up, we always ate spaghetti and meatballs on Monday nights. It’s not like we had a weekly dinner rotation or anything, that was just Monday night dinner. And we loved it. That was before “Meatless Monday” was a thing, anyway. Being kosher, we had a lot of meatless dinners throughout the week, so I don’t even feel the least bit guilty that most of my life was spent eating meat on Monday nights.  Continue reading

Swiss Chard for Rosh HaShanah

syrian swiss chard

I know we just shared a swiss chard recipe, but being that Rosh HaShanah is right around the corner, I also have to share the traditional seder swiss chard recipe.

It’s pretty easy to make, though washing and chopping all the swiss chard takes some time. Unless you let the supermarket do that for you… Continue reading

Salmon with Asparagus and Shiitakes

Salmon with Asparagus and Shiitakes

I love pouch cooking. Why? Because it’s easily prep-able in the morning, and you can just pop it in the fridge till you get home after a long day of school/work/errands and put it in the oven right before dinner. It makes cooking dinner a breeze! Also, it’s a everything you need for dinner…protein from the fish, veggies mixed in, and usually I add some kind of carb or grain. This time I didn’t, but served it with couscous (takes only 5 minutes to cook), so dinner was ready in no time. Also, individual portions make it harder to eat too much for all those people on diets or doing P90X.  Continue reading

Hamud

Hamud by the Kosher Foodies

Hamud is a delicious lemony vegetable broth or sour sauce flavored with mint and filled with kibbe (haven’t heard of kibbe yet? Look at all the things you can do with it!). It’s a traditional Shabbat dish that we love eating on Friday night over rice. You see different families make it with different twists. Some people use citric acid, or sour salt to make theirs tart. I use fresh lemon juice. Continue reading

Braised Leeks

I bet you’re all in the kitchen, getting ready for Shavuot? Well, my favorite part about this Shavuot is the dairy desserts, since it’s our minhag to eat dairy during this chag, instead of the traditional meat holiday meals. But I’m not sharing a dessert with you now, we have plenty of those. I’m going to share a simple side dish instead. (Note: you can never have too many recipes for desserts! Especially ones loaded with cream and butter. But alas, we’ll share those with you some other time.)

I’d like to introduce to you my new obsession: braised leeks!buttery braised leeks, from the kosher foodies

We already know that I love leeks. Like in this lamb and leek hotpot, or this leek-fried rice. But those have other ingredients, in this recipe, the leek really is the star of the show! Continue reading

Couscous with Sauteed Greens and Tomatoes

Couscous with Greens and Tomatoes

I really like couscous, but it can get very boring. So I decided to layer it with some healthy stuff and make it sorta like a lasagna. I thought it was a hit! And so did Richie, who ate two bowls of it for dinner.

I was inspired to make this dish when my friend Danielle told me about a great couscous dish her mother made. Her ingredients were pretty much the same, but she used canned tomatoes and mixed everything together, more like a traditional couscous. When Danielle called it a couscous lasagna, I knew I had to try it. Plus, I’m on a healthy greens kick, so I was excited to use kale and spinach in the same dish. Continue reading

Asparagus Custard Tart

asparagus tart, by the kosher foodies

Spring is here! And spring means asparagus is in season. No more boring roasted or grilled asparagus, we’re going gourmet here. Now, gourmet doesn’t mean hard. Actually, while there are a few steps in this recipe (you should read it over once before actually attempting it – you’ll need to do a bit of juggling), it’s quite easy! and impressive looking. Feel free to use store-bought pie crust or even puff pastry, as in the original recipe.  Continue reading

Guest Post: Ourt-Braised Carrots

Remember Adele? She made something to serve on the side of the ginger chicken. Check it out:

I thought I was making mechshi cusa (stuffed zucchini), but when I went to get it from my freezer, I realized that I had only had dairy meschi, not meat.  I decided to braise baby carrots in the mechshi sauce I already made. They turned out so good!

ourt-braised carrots from the kosher foodies.

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