Hello, old friends! We’ve been busy with families, moving, working, etc., and clearly not with blogging, but our Jewish New Year’s resolution is to blog more, so when the opportunity came up to test out new recipes with wine pairings, we were all for it! Continue reading
Category Archives: Salads, Sides, Snacks & Soups
Spiralized Cucumber Salad with Peanut Dressing
The one food I would want if stranded on an island would be this peanut sauce recipe. Seriously.
I cannot believe it has taken me this long to share this recipe with you! Really, I probably make this salad once a week, if not more. I actually started tripling the dressing just so that I don’t have to make it so often…I love cooking and baking in advance and getting ready for super easy weeknight dinners, especially now that I have a job and two kids. It is definitely a desert island recipe for me. I usually make it over spiralized cucumbers, but it is really quite versatile. You can use it as a dipping sauce for baked tofu, make noodles with it and add sesame seeds. The list goes on. Continue reading
Edamame is kind of boring these days. I stopped ordering it at restaurants, because I can buy a bag of the frozen stuff and make it the same at home, but even that got boring, and I needed something new to do it besides boiling it and eating with salt.
Bacon-Wrapped String Beans
We just love Jack’s Gourmet’s Facon! It gives us kosher people the ability to add that smoky bacon flavor to our meals. Now, I can’t actually compare it to the real thing, but I know it’s pretty good, works well in BLTs, and adds a great flavor to stews and other meat dishes, like this duck breast and Beef Bourguignone. Continue reading
Last spring, my friend Paulette made this salad for me and I absolutely loved it. I loved it so much that I asked her for the recipe and promised I would feature it on my blog, which I finally got around to today. Seriously, this recipe is great. Fresh salad with pita chips inside to soak up the delicious dressing. Whenever I make it, it all goes, no matter how big the portion is. Continue reading
Shurba, Tomato and Rice Soup with Kibbe
Brrr, it’s cold in New York these days! I know, I know, it’s winter… but I’ve spent all of my winters in NYC, and it is not a normal one. Plus, I’ve been stuck inside with a now 11-month old (today! happy 11 months, Steve-o!) a lot lately, since sometimes we just can’t bundle enough for a pleasant stroll. So we’ve been hanging out at home, playing on the floor, and cooking and eating a lot of soup. Steven loves it, and it’s just what I need after a long day stuck in our apartment together when David finally comes home and I get some grown-up time. This is Syrian comfort food at its finest.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets + January Linkup
Now that my son is 2 1/2, he is starting to like “Kid Food.” You know, the food they serve on children’s menus that you think to yourself, “my kid will be eating regular food, thank you!” to. Luckily for him (and me), I have nothing against kid food, as long as it’s healthy, too. Chicken nuggets are a great source of protein, I just don’t know what they put in the ones that are shaped as stars, moons, and hearts. Continue reading
Tofu Greek Salad
Before I gave birth, I stocked my deep freezer with tins and tins full of dinner. I made enchiladas, lasagnas, casseroles, mechshes, muffins, stocks, and more. One thing I did not have, though, was fresh veggies and salads. And after a few weeks of eating comfort food, well, I really just wanted a salad. Good thing we have friends and family who, despite seeing the contents of my freezer, rang my doorbell with freshly cooked dinners and tins of ready-to-bake ones, as well as side salads and some fruit for dessert. They must know how much food a nursing mother can actually consume, because I ate it all up. Continue reading
Lemony Kale Salad with Almonds, Olives and Pomegranate
I wish I had thought of making this for Rosh Hashana this year. I could have replaced the kale with chard for a non-traditional siman. Oh well, maybe next year. For now, I will just have to share with you a delicious kale salad. It has crunch from almonds, a salty tang from green olives and pomegranate, which can do no wrong in my book. Continue reading
Roasted Vegetable Soup
Fall is here! That means butternut squash and soup weather. Now, I know we always share butternut squash soup recipes with you, but this one is different. This one also has roasted sweet potato and carrot. And coconut milk! Perfect for the rainy and gross weather today.
This is also one of the easiest soup recipes ever. No chopping and stirring, no waiting for the onions and garlic to brown and adding dashes and pinches of things. Just place vegetables in the oven and forget about them until a timer beeps. Then blend it all together. That’s it. It’s delicious and refreshing, and perfect for the cool fall days! Continue reading