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THANKSGIVING – #4

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We Gather Together

Traditional Thanksgiving Song

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

He chastens and hastens His will to make known.

The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.

Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

 

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,

Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;

So from the beginning the fight we were winning;

Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

 

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,

And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.

Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;

Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

I was not going to do a craft article today, but I ran across a project that is too cute and easy not to alert you to.  The project is a “Give Thanks” Fall Banner.  You can find it at a great craft site called “The Kurtz Corner,” and to get there just click on “Give Thanks.”  For today’s recipe theme I have chosen bread recipes.  Don’t forget you can make bread a week or two ahead of time and freeze it, then bake it fresh or if you already have baked it, just reheat it before serving.

When I think of bread, I think of a bread basket teaming with freshly baked bread, rolls, sweet rolls, muffins and quick breads just waiting to be topped with butter, margarine, jams, preserves and jellies of all kinds.  So, depending on my speed putting everything together, this may be part 1 of a 2 part series.  If it is, I will alert you to this fact at the bottom of the article.

My choice for the first recipe is a pumpkin challah.  Challah is egg bread that is eaten on Friday nights and Saturdays by Jewish people to celebrate the Sabbath.  It is also eaten on most holidays.  Flavored challahs such as this one is a very new innovation.  So far my favorite is chocolate chip!

Pumpkin Challah

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Yield: This recipe makes 2 smaller loaves.

“We like to eat one sliced and unadorned, and use the other loaf for French toast.”

Ingredients:

2-1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) yeast

2/3 cup warm water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

4 cups flour, plus more for dusting and kneading

1 egg

Sesame or poppy seeds (optional)

Method:

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let sit 10 minutes until foamy.

Stir in pumpkin puree, salt, and spices. Add three cups of the flour and mix until well incorporated. Add remaining flour, a little at a time, until dough is only slightly sticky to the touch.

Dust counter or wooden board with flour and turn out dough. Knead, adding flour as needed, until you have a smooth, springy dough. Place  in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise two hours, or until doubled in size.

Punch down dough and turn out onto flour-covered counter. Divide dough in half; set one half aside. For each half, divide into three approximately equal pieces. Form pieces into long snakelike strands, about 12 inches long. Braid together strands and tuck both ends under the loaf. Carefully place on a flour-dusted board, greased baking sheet, or in a greased loaf pan. Repeat for remaining dough.

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using a baking stone, start your preheat when you begin the second rise.

Beat egg and brush over the bread, and sprinkle on seeds, if using. Put loaves in oven and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

“In this version of challah, the pumpkin stands in for the eggs. Adding eggs will make for a richer dough, but of course remember that you’ll need to add flour to balance out the additional liquid.”

“Also, this pumpkin challah is only lightly spiced – I wanted to be able to have the bread fit as both breakfast and sliced alongside a savory dinner.”

Tips:

  • Use a kitchen scale to ensure equal division of dough. I’m just as bad at dividing sections for braiding bread as I am for braiding hair.
  • I add 3 cups of flour to start with and then add the rest slowly. Due to different moisture levels, varieties of flour, and measuring methods, it’s easier to start out with less flour and add what you need rather than adding all at once and finding your dough is too dry.
  • On the second rise I preheat the oven and set the dough nearby. My kitchen doesn’t maintain enough heat for bread to rise well on its own most days, so this helps tremendously.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I wish I knew who to credit the pumpkin challah recipe with, if anyone knows, please email me.  It’s such a well written recipe.  I also wonder how this would taste with a confectionery sugar glaze (a small amount of water mixed with a small amount of confectionery sugar for a not too thin consistency) put on it after it is thoroughly cooled.

 Figure 1 Photo by Wally G.

Favorite Sally Lunn Bread For Bread Machine

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Posted by Pink01

INGREDIENTS

For a 1 1/2 lb loaf bread:

 

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 to 3/8 cup water

3 large eggs

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/3 cup butter or margarine (cut up in pieces)

1/4 cup sugar

3 cups all purpose flour (or bread flour)

1-1/2 to 2 tsp yeast

DIRECTIONS

Place all ingredients in bread pan in order listed. Select “Basic/White Bread Cycle” and “Light Crust“. Press “Start. After the baking cycle ends, remove bread from pan, place on a wire rack and allow to cool 1 hour before slicing. Enjoy!

“I got this recipe from a Bread Machine cookbook but I can’t remember the name. This bread is awesome. It almost tastes like a pound cake!! Really delicious. It has a buttery taste. Can be sliced/toasted for sandwiches. My family looooves it!!” ~Pink01

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I absolutely love Sally Lunn bread!  Try it, you might like it too!

Marilyn’s Garden Herb Bread

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1 pound Loaf:  (1 1/2 pound Loaf):

2 cups White Bread Flour, (3 cups)

1 tablespoon Dry Milk, (2 tablespoons)

1 tablespoon Sugar, (2 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon Salt, (1 1/2 teaspoons)

1 teaspoon Chives, (1/2 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon Marjoram, (1/2 tablespoon)

1 teaspoon Thyme, (1/2 tablespoon)

1/2 teaspoon Basil, (1 tablespoon)

1 tablespoon Butter, (2 tablespoons)

3/4 cup Water, (1 1/4 cups)

1 tablespoon Fast Rise Yeast -Or-, (2 teaspoons Fast Rise) Or

2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast, (3 teaspoons Active Dry)

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE: I rewrote the recipe to follow order of my machine. It works wonderfully in my Panasonic.

This bread tastes like stuffing! It is WONDERFUL!!!! Paul and I especially like it to make turkey sandwiches the day after Thanksgiving! ~SOFTA123

Here are some hints from the book I found the recipe in:

1. Use dried herbs that are flaked and not ground.  If using ground, reduce the amt. by half. If using fresh herbs, double the recipe.

2. This recipe can be made with the regular, rapid, or delayed time bake cycles.

This recipes comes from “Bread Electric” from the Innovative Cooking Enterprises. I make the regular size loaf in my machine.

Servings: 8 slices for the small loaf

Now let’s make some delicious dinner rolls.  This is my preference for the bread coarse at Thanksgiving.  I have to admit it, I cheat.  I buy the heat and serve rolls!  But maybe this year will be different.  Anyhow here are recipes for dinner rolls.

Pioneer Woman’s No Knead Dinner Rolls

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Added by Ree on June 26, 2009

Prep Time 4 Hours

Cook Time 20 Minutes

Servings 24

Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

4 cups Milk

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Vegetable Oil

9 cups Flour

2 packages (4 1/2 Tsp.) Active Dry Yeast

1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder

1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda

2 tablespoons Salt

Preparation Instructions

Pour 4 cups of milk into a stock pot or Dutch oven. Add one cup of sugar and 1 cup of vegetable oil. Stir to combine. Now, turn the burner on medium to medium-low and “scald” the mixture/lukewarm (between 90 and 110 degrees). Before the mixture boils, turn off the heat. NOW.

Very important stuff here: walk away. Walk away and allow this mixture to cool to warm/lukewarm. The mixture will need to be warm enough to be a hospitable environment for the yeast, but not so hot that it kills the yeast and makes it inactive. I don’t usually use a thermometer, but if you’d like to, a good temperature is between 90 and 110 degrees. I usually feel the side of the pan with the palm of my hand. If it’s hot at all, I wait another 20 minutes or so. The pan should feel comfortably warm. When the mixture is the right temperature add in 4 cups of flour and 2 packages of (4-1/2 teaspoons) of active dry yeast.

After the yeast and flour are nicely incorporated, add another 4 cups of flour. Stir together and allow to sit, covered with a tea towel or lid, for an hour.

After about an hour it should have almost doubled in size. If it hasn’t changed much, put it in a warm (but turned off ) oven for 45 minutes or so. When it has risen sufficiently add 1 more cup of flour, 1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder, 1 scant teaspoon of baking soda and about 2 tablespoons of salt. Stir (or knead just a bit) until combined.

Butter 1 or 2 muffin pans.

Form the rolls by pinching off a walnut sized piece of dough and rolling it into a little ball. Repeat and tuck three balls of dough into each buttered muffin cup. Continue until pan is full. Cover and allow to rise for about 1 to 2 hours.

Bake in a 400-degree oven until golden brown, about 17 to 20 minutes.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  For step-by-step instructions go to The Pioneer Woman’s

website located at:

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/11/pw_dinner_rolls_-_no_kneading_required/

Whole Wheat Challah Rolls – Pareve

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Posted by : Karen Selwyn

“Flecks of grated carrot add color and flavor to these whole-wheat dinner rolls from cookbook author and food writer Judy Zeidler. The dough is remarkably easy to mix, knead and shape.” Judith Evans

2 cups whole-wheat flour

2 cups unbleached flour

1 package active dry yeast

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more to coat bowl and top of dough

2 tablespoons honey

2 eggs, divided

1 cup peeled, grated carrots

Poppy seeds or sesame seeds

Combine whole-wheat and unbleached flours. Place 2 cups flour mixture, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Heat warm water, oil and honey in a saucepan or microwave oven until very warm, about 115 to 120 degrees. Add water mixture to flour-yeast mixture, beating until well blended. Add 1 egg, carrots and enough reserved flour to make a soft dough.

Turn dough onto a floured board. Knead 5 to 10 minutes, adding additional reserved flour as needed to make a smooth and elastic dough.  Place dough in an oiled bowl. Oil the top of dough. Cover with a towel; let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Divide dough into about 30 small pieces. Form into long ropes, twist into knots and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Beat remaining egg and use to brush tops of rolls. Sprinkle rolls with poppy seeds. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Yield: About 30 rolls.

Source: “The 1994 Favorites” Judith Evans ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH (On-line edition), 1/2/95

Perfect Dinner Rolls

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“These rolls melt in your mouth. I loved them as a child, and I’m happy to make them for my kids because I know I am making for them the same wonderful memories my mom made for me!” —Gayleen Grote, Battle View, North Dakota

24 Servings

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup shortening

1/4 cup powdered nondairy creamer

2-1/4 teaspoons salt

6 to 7 cups bread flour

Directions:

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, shortening, creamer, salt and 5 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.

Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Shape each into a roll. Place 2 in. apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray.

Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks.

Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 roll equals 142 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated

fat), 0 cholesterol, 222 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g

protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Golden Sweet Cornbread

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Submitted By: bluegirl

Photo By: larkspur

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 25 Minutes

Ready In: 35 Minutes

Servings: 12

“If you like sweet cornbread, this is the recipe for you! My mom made this for me as a child, and now it’s my family’s favorite.”

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 12 Calories: 188 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 7.4g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 354mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 28.2g Dietary Fiber: 1g Protein: 3.1g

White Chocolate Cranberry Quick Bread

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2-1/4 cups All-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Baking soda

5 ounces White chocolate; coarsely chopped

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter; softened

1 cup Granulated sugar

3 large Eggs; at room temperature

1/2 cup Buttermilk

3 tablespoons Orange juice

1 teaspoon Grated orange zest

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

3/4 cup Dried cranberries; chopped

YIELD: 1 loaf

PREPARATION:

45 minutes plus baking and cooling times.

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Dust the pan with flour and tap out the excess.

2. In a medium bowl, using a wire whisk, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

3. Melt the white chocolate according to the directions in the chocolate Melting Tips. Set aside to cool.

4. In a 4 1/2-quart bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed for 2 minutes until creamy.  While continuing to beat the butter, gradually add the sugar 1 teaspoon at a time until completely incorporated into the butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the side of the bowl and beat the mixture for 1 minute more. At low speed, beat the buttermilk into the batter. At this point the batter will look curdled.

Add the melted white chocolate, orange juice, zest, and vanilla to the batter and mix just until blended.

5. At low speed, add the dry ingredients to the batter one-third at a time and mix until blended. Stir in the chopped dried cranberries.

6. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 70 to 75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Cool the bread in the pan set on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Remove the bread from the pan and cool it completely on a wire rack.

Thanksgiving Bread Recipe

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Thanksgiving Bread ingredients list:

4 medium eggs

4 cups of all purpose flour

3 cups of sugar

2 cups of cranberries (fresh or frozen)

2 cups of pumpkin (cooked or canned)

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

 

Instructions for Thanksgiving Bread:

In a suitably sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar. Add the pumpkin and vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.

Add all of the dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.  Fold in the fresh or frozen cranberries.

Spoon into suitably sized loaf pans.

Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 60 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove to wire racks.

Orange Praline Quick Bread

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“A crusty brown sugar glaze adds just a touch of the South to these Orange-scented mini loaves.”

20 min. Prep time

60 min. Total time

32 servings (4 mini loaves)

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup LAND O LAKES® Sour Cream

1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened

2 eggs

1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

Glaze

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Set aside.

Combine all remaining bread ingredients except pecans in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low. Beat, gradually adding flour mixture, just until moistened. Stir in 1 cup pecans.

Spoon batter evenly into 4 greased (5 1/2×3-inch) mini loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans.

Meanwhile, combine brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil (3 to 4 minutes).

Spoon glaze mixture over warm loaves. Immediately sprinkle with 1/4 cup pecans.

Substitute for Mini Loaf Pans:   1 greased (9×5-inch) loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes.

Recipe Tip:

Serve bread with maple-flavored butter. Combine 1/3 cup softened butter, 1/4 cup orange marmalade and 1 tablespoon maple syrup in small bowl; mix well.

Calories: 160Fat: 10gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates:

16gDietary Fiber: <1gProtein: 2g

This recipe was reprinted from landolakes.com.

http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/7 6

Pina Colada Quick Bread

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“Think pina colada, think summer time … but do you think bread? It sounds like the oddest of combinations, but there are lots of variations on recipes for pina colada quick bread (or coconut pineapple bread).”

Ingredients

4 eggs

1 & 1/4 cup oil

2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon coconut extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon orange extract

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Instructions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease and flour well two 7 x 4-inch loaf pans.

Beat eggs slightly. Stir in oil and sugar. Add extracts, pineapple juice and orange zest.

In a separate bowl, soft together flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to egg mixture and miX just until ingredients are moistened.

Gently stir in crushed pineapple, coconut, maraschino cherries and nuts. Do not stir too much or bread will be heavy.

Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing.

CulinaryTradition: USA (Nouveau)

 

Sparkling Orange Scones

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“These buttery sugared scones are perfect for gift-giving or a warm breakfast tea.”

30 min. Prep time

1 :10 Total time

16 scones

Topping

 1/4 cup sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel

Scones

 

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold LAND O LAKES® Butter, cut into 8 pieces

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries or blueberries or finely chopped dried aprico s

3/4 cup LAND O LAKES™ Half & Half

1 egg

1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel

Almond Butter

  

1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine all topping ingredients in small bowl; mix well. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar and cranberries.

Stir together half & half, egg and 1 tablespoon orange peel in small bowl until smooth. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 8 to 10 times until smooth, adding small amount of flour, if necessary.

Divide dough in half. Pat each half into 7-inch circle. Place 2 inches apart onto large ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle topping evenly over dough. Score each half into 8 wedges; do not separate. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until scones are lightly browned. Cool 15 to 20 minutes on baking sheet.

Meanwhile, combine all almond butter ingredients in small bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

To serve, separate scones while warm. Serve with almond butter. Store leftover scones in container with tight-fitting lid at room temperature. Store remaining almond butter covered in refrigerator.

TIP: One large or two medium oranges will yield what is needed for the grated orange peel.

TIP: A pastry blender is made of 5 or 6 parallel U-shaped steel wires attached at both ends to a handle. It cuts the butter into small pieces so the flour can coat the particles. Two knives may also be used.

Calories: 240Fat: 12gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates:

30gDietary Fiber: 1gProtein: 3g Recipe #11682©2001Land O’Lakes, Inc.

This recipe was reprinted from landolakes.com.

Almond Muffins

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Almond Muffins ingredients list:

1 medium egg, beaten

2 cups of flour

3/4 cup of milk

1/2 cup of almonds, chopped

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of oil

1 tablespoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of almond extract

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon of salt

Instructions for Almond Muffins:

Mix together the egg, milk, oil and almond extract.

In another bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg,

cinnamon, salt and chopped almonds.

Mix the two mixtures.

Bake at 390F for about 15 minutes.

Pear Upside-Down Muffins

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Recipe #386216

| 1 1/4 hours | 40 min prep |

By: daisygrl64

Aug 19, 2009

“These cakelike muffins with sticky tops turn out of the pan perfectly, if you Let them cool a little first. And Oh Boy….are these Fabulous!!” ~Daisygrl64

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping

2 pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2inch slice

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup raisins

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

1 grease nonstick muffin cups. line bottoms with parchment or waxed paper and set aside.

2 Topping:.

3 peel, core, and cut pears into 1/2 dice, place in a bowl. add sugar, raisins, and cinnamon, stir to mix.

4 in skillet melt butter over medium heat, cook pear mixture, stirring, until pears are tender, about 5 minutes. divide among muffin cups and set aside.

5 in bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. in separate bowl whisk buttermilk, butter, egg, and vanilla. add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. spoon over each muffin cup that has the pear mixture in.

6 bake in centre of 375*F oven until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

7 let cool on rack for 10 minutes. invert onto baking sheet.

8 serve topping side up.

Carrot, Sunflower Seed And Raisin Bran Muffins

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CDKitchen http://www.cdkitchen.com

Serves/Makes: 12

Difficulty Level: 3

Ready In: 30-60 minutes

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups Wheat Bran

1-1/2 cups Whole-Wheat Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Soda

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon ground Nutmeg

1-1/2 cups Apple Juice

1/4 cup Blackstrap Molasses

2 tablespoons Sunflower Oil; plus additional for oiling pan

3/4 cup Carrots; shredded

1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds

1/2 cup Raisins

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F.

Using a little sunflower oil, LIGHTLY OIL a muffin pan and set aside. In a large bowl, place the wheat bran, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and nutmeg, and stir well to combine.

In a small bowl, place the apple juice, molasses, and sunflower oil, and whisk well to combine.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and gently fold them into the muffin batter.

Fill each of the prepared muffin cups 3/4 full with the batter. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow the muffins to cool for several minutes before removing them from the muffin tin. Store the completely cooled muffins in an airtight container.

Recipe Location:

http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/503/Carrot-Sunflower-Seed-And-Rai1

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Recipe ID: 97797

Watch for tomorrow’s post (11/16/2011) for spreads to go with these breads!

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Thanksgiving – #1

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Be thankful for our bounty.

Thanksgiving

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!

~Old Rhyme

 

I’m back to blogging and I am looking forward to writing about Thanksgiving and sharing recipes and decorating ideas with you.

The first Thanksgiving must have been incredible.  Just think, two or more distinct cultures gathered together to share food, to break bread as we say.  They got together in peace and friendship and each to thank their creator in their own separate way.  Of course, there was talking, although few knew the language of the other, I assume, but they managed to communicate.  Just picture what it must have been like, celebrating the harvest, and survival in a new land with a new culture that was willing to teach what they knew about the land, if only we had listened!  If only we had more respect for the Native Americans; and not only the Native Americans but for others who shared our experience but believed differently than we did.  What a unique and tremendous opportunity we were offered and we blew it.  But, that is a discussion in of itself and I want to talk about the positive.

Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest, for which, especially as Americans, we have much to be thankful for.  We have a beautiful, bountiful country that produces a variety of crops.  We have apples of different varieties , corn, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, pumpkins, squashes of all kinds, orange, grapefruit, tangerines, beans, horseradish, parsley, onions, garlic, wheat, buckwheat, oats, sugarcane, peaches, berries of all kinds, and more and that’s just to eat.  To cover our bodies we have cotton and probably other crops I am unaware of.  To beautify our homes we have flowers of all colors, shapes and sizes.  We have trees for shade and for building our homes.  The United States was truly a land of plenty.

Thanksgiving celebrates our relationships with family and friends and brings them together at the table for what could be a really unique experience as we relate what we are thankful for with the people who are most important to us.  And most thanksgiving celebrations bring people together to offer prayers to their creator in an inclusive manner.  We can even sing the songs we learned when we were young, and can learn new songs from those that are younger than we are.  So, we celebrate music also.

We celebrate our beloved country and thank all the service men and women who help keep us from harms way and we thank our veterans too.  We pray that our president(s) lead wisely and make decisions based on the values of our country.  We thank our creator for the freedoms we Americans enjoy and pray that we will always have those freedoms.

And, if you are like me, I also celebrate the Internet for bringing me friends I would have probably never have met otherwise, and for bringing me knowledge that I wouldn’t have without it.

And for those of you who are lucky enough to have paying jobs, you must also be thankful for that.

And for those who are lucky enough to have children no matter if they are your natural offspring, adopted or step-children, you are truly blessed.  Be thankful that you were chosen to propagate our world.  And if you have grandchildren, you are blessed even more.  Be thankful.  If you have no children of your own but have nieces and nephews, or a neighbor’s child who looks up to you, be thankful.

I thought that to celebrate Thanksgiving, I would do a different meal course each day, so today I will post some appetizer and some beverage recipes.

An elegant appetizer to serve for Thanksgiving.

Brie Torte

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1 (15 to 16-ounce) wheel Brie

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1/3 cup chopped dried tart cherries

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme)

1. Refrigerate Brie until chilled and firm; or freeze 30 minutes, or until firm. Cut Brie in half horizontally.

2. Combine butter, cherries, pecans and thyme in a small bowl; mix well. Evenly spread mixture on cut-side of one piece of the Brie. Top with the other piece, cut-side down. Lightly press together. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. To serve, cut into serving size wedges and bring to room temperature. Serve with crackers.

Makes about 20 appetizer servings.

Note: If wrapped securely in plastic wrap, this appetizer will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week.

Recipe and photograph are provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I would also serve the Brie Torte with apple and pear slices.  I would make it right after you put your turkey up to roast.  Or, I see no reason why you couldn’t make it the night before.

Always a good choice!

Salmon Deviled Eggs With Homemade Mayonnaise       

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Submitted By: DCTINK

Photo By: suebPrep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 24

“This is a recipe my mother, who is French, has used for years. It is awesome And easy. A delicious twist on the traditional deviled eggs.”~DCTINK

Ingredients:

Homemade Mayonnaise:

2 egg yolks, room temperature

1 clove garlic, pressed

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, or

To taste

Deviled Eggs:

12 eggs

1 shallot, minced

1 (6 ounce) can salmon, drained

And flaked

1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. To make the mayonnaise, beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl with an electric mixer or hand blender. Slowly blend in the oil, one tablespoon at a time while mixing constantly. Continue to add oil until the consistency is a little thicker than regular mayonnaise.

Pierce the garlic clove, and stir it around in the mixture until it releases its juice. Remove the garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Mix in the red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon at a time. Go slow, this will thin the mayonnaise a bit.

Place the eggs in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and cool.

Peel off the shells, and cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks, and place them into a medium bowl. Place the egg whites on a serving plate.

To the yolks, add shallot, salmon, 1/2 cup of the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Mix until well blended. If the mixture seems dry, stir in more mayonnaise. Spoon into the egg white halves and chill or serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 24 Calories: 94 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 7.9g Cholesterol: 126mg Sodium: 94mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 0.7g Dietary Fiber: 0g Protein: 5.1g

Friendship

Pat’s Chickpea, Garlic, And Mint Topping

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1 large can chickpeas (or use 2 small cans)

1 garlic clove

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1-1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons mint leaves torn up small

Mash garlic to a paste with salt and pepper, using a mortar and pestle.  Whip the paste together with lemon juice and olive oil. Toss with chickpeas and mash chickpeas with a fork, leaving some chickpeas formed for texture if you like.

Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Just before serving, stir in mint. Serve on crostini.

Can be mashed and chilled one day ahead, but bring to room temperature and add mint just before serving.

Homemade Gravlax, From The Kosher Palette Cook Book

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3 lb. salmon fillet (I use a smaller one)

1/4 c. kosher salt

1/4 c. dark brown sugar (you can use light too)

2 T. black pepper

1 tablespoon vodka

1 bunch fresh dill

Mix sugar pepper vodka and rub over salmon, top with chopped dill.

Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator for 2-3 days. If you make it today, it will be ready.

Serve on pareve toast points with capers, chopped egg etc.

Now let’s have something to help wash these delicious appetizer recipes down.  The alcoholic recipes will be first and the non-alcoholic recipes will follow those.

Apple Wassail Bowl

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6 small tart apples

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 quart apple cider

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups dry sherry

4 thin lemon slices

“A festively aromatic hot, mulled apple cider punch for the holidays.”

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 10 x 6 x 1 1/2-inch baking pan.

Core and halve apples, arrange (cut side up) in pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until tender.

Set aside.

Just before serving, pour cider in saucepan and heat to just below boiling point. Stir in remaining ingredients over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove lemon slices.

Pour mixture into punch bowl. Garnish with apple halves.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of Fruit From Washington.com.

A toast to you and yours for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!

Mixed-Berry Champagne Ambrosia

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“Juicy berries and tart cherries combine with honey and mint in these festive Champagne drinks. Serve them at a celebration brunch or at a holiday party.”

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

1-1/2 cups red raspberries

1 cup blackberries

1 cup strawberries

1 cup stemmed, pitted cherries

1 bottle champagne, chilled

In a small saucepan, combine honey, lime juice and mint. Warm over low heat until honey is thin. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes; discard mint. Place raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and cherries in a large bowl. Pour honey mixture over berries and stir gently to combine. Divide among serving glasses and refrigerate until served. Pour champagne over fruit and serve. Makes 8 servings.

This tea is also good for colds and sore throats!

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

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By janem123

Added December 06, 2005 | Recipe #147569

Categories: Beverages Very low carbs Low protein

Photo by Sharon123

Total Time: 25 mins.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 20 mins.

Servings:  6

Janem123’s Note: “This recipe came from webmd.com.”

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced

6 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Lemon wedge (to garnish)

Directions:

In a saucepan, simmer ginger, honey, cinnamon, and water for 20 minutes. Simmer longer for stronger tea. 2 Add honey or sugar and srain tea through a sieve.

Nutritional Facts for Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Serving Size: 1 (252 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

Calories 27.6

Calories from Fat 0

95%

Total Fat 0.0 g

0%

Saturated Fat 0.0 g

0%

Cholesterol 0.0 mg

0%

Sodium 6.0 mg

0%

Total Carbohydrate 7.1 g

2%

Dietary Fiber 0.1 g

0%

Sugars 5.8 g

23%

Protein 0.1 g

A colorful punch to serve for festive occasions.

Fruit Punch

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Submitted By: Jo Ann Young

Photo By: Danica

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Ready In: 5 Minutes

Servings: 60

“Cool and easy recipe. Fruit punch is enhanced with pineapple juice and ginger ale, then topped with orange sherbet.”~Jo Ann Young

INGREDIENTS:

1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle fruit punch, chilled

1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled

1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled

1/2 gallon orange sherbet

DIRECTIONS:

In a punch bowl, mix together fruit punch, pineapple juice and ginger ale. Add scoops of sherbet into the punch. Wait for the sherbet to begin melting, approximately 10 minutes, stir gently, and serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 60 Calories: 79 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 0.6g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 28mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 18.5g Dietary Fiber: 0.1g Protein: 0.4g

Maple Cinnamon Coffee

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Ingredients

6 tablespoons ground coffee

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup real maple syrup

4-1/2 cups cold water

Whipped cream or Cool Whip

Ground cinnamon, to garnish

Directions

Place filter in brew basket of coffee maker.  Add ground coffee and cinnamon. Pour syrup into empty coffee pot.  Add water to coffee maker; brew.

After brewing is complete, stir coffee well.  Pour coffee into 6 coffee mugs. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or Cool whip.

Lightly sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.

A Thanksgiving harvest.

Thanksgiving Citrus Punch

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Ingredients

6 cups orange juice, chilled

3 cups pineapple juice, chilled

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate

2 cups granulated sugar

2 quarts ginger ale, chilled

Orange food coloring (optional)

Orange slices for garnish

In punch bowl, combine juices, lemonade, sugar and food coloring, if desired. Add ginger ale just before serving. Float orange slices on top.

Servings: 40

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Halloween Fun #11

Posted on October 28, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Honey, Jello, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Nuts, Party Ideas, Popcorn, Recipes, Rochester, Snacks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


A Spooky Night

Last night, I got into bed to take my medications before going to sleep, and as I was sorting out the vials, the lights suddenly went out and it was pitch black.  I picked up the phone to call Rochester Gas & Electric, our local gas company, and even the phone was dead.  Thank G-d for cell phones!  Paul had a small pen light to make his way to his cell phone and I knew that I had put an electric candle on the bookshelves right outside our bedroom door.  So, Paul got out of bed, got his cell and the candle.  We tried to find the switch and it was as fine as a hair pin or a very thin needle.  We kept trying to manipulate it and figured the batteries were dead.  So, I opened up the battery  compartment to find that there we no batteries in it.  Luckily, Paul knew just where to get the batteries…on his chair in the bedroom.  Then he had trouble closing the compartment up.  It’s hard to do everything by yourself.  He was trying to do it one-handed while he held the penlight.  I suggested that he give me a try.  I had him hold the light and, of course, because I did it with two-hands, I got it closed and it worked.

Next we called 411 for the phone number of RG&E.  We attempted that three times to no avail!  So, I suggested we call my mother who does not live in our area.  At that point I figured that it was area –wide.  Luckily, everything was fine at my mom’s house and we asked her to call.  We wanted to make sure that RG&E knew what was happening because it was about 40 degrees when I last checked the temperature at about 6 pm and this was 8:30-9:00ish.  I didn’t want to freeze to death!  Mom told me they would have us back up by 11:00 p.m.  They were true to their word.  I’d say we were up around 10:00 p.m.

To make matters worse, I just woke up and discovered that snow on the skylight in our bathroom!  I haven’t looked out to see what it’s doing now, but I am going to the beauty parlor to have my hair done and I don’t want it to get ruined before I get home!

Now for today’s article, I thought I would make this a hodge –podge of recipes for popcorn balls!  They are much fun to make.

Cinnamon Red Hot Popcorn

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10 cups of air-popped popcorn (1/2 cup unpopped)

1-1/2 cups (7 oz.) coarsely chopped pecans

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons honey

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into thin pats

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Yield: 18 cups

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn and pecans in 5-quart ovenproof bowl or Dutch oven. Bake 15 minutes.

Combine sugars, corn syrup, pepper sauce and honey in 2-quart saucepan.  Bring to a full boil over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugars dissolve. Boil about 6 to 8 minutes or until soft-crack stage (290 degrees on candy thermometer). Do not stir. Remove from heat.

Gradually add butter and cinnamon to sugar mixture, stirring gently until well blended. Pour over popcorn, tossing to coat evenly. Spread popcorn mixture on greased baking sheets, using two forks. Cool completely. Break into bite-size pieces. Store airtight up to two weeks.

Note: If popcorn mixture sets too quickly, return to oven to re-warm.  Popcorn mixture can be shaped into 3-inch balls while warm, if desired.

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls

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6 cups popped popcorn

3 (2.1-ounce) NESTLE® BUTTERFINGER® Candy Bars, chopped

1/4 cup butter or margarine

3-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

These fun-filled popcorn balls are great to make with the kids before settling in for a night of videos and snuggling.

1. Combine popcorn and chopped Butterfinger in large bowl.

2. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows.

Heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.

3. Pour over popcorn mixture; quickly toss to coat well. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray. Form popcorn mixture into six 3-inch balls. Place on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes 6 popcorn balls.

Macbeth's Three Witches

Double Double Toil and Trouble Chocolate Popcorn Balls

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1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/4 cup butter or margarine

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

8 cups freshly popped popcorn

1 cup “M&M’s”® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Baking Bits

Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add popcorn, stirring until evenly coated. Remove from heat. Stir in “M&M’s”® pieces. Cool slightly. Shape into 2” balls.

Yield: 18 balls

Nutritional Information: (Based on 1 ball) Total calories: 160 Fat: 7 g Carbohydrate: 24 g Sugar: 19 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 1 g Sodium: 75 mg Cholesterol: 5 mg

EASY POPCORN BALLS

6 tbsp. butter

3 c. mini marshmallows

3 tbsp. flavored gelatin (any flavor)

3 qts. unsalted popcorn

butter (for hands)

Melt 6 tablespoons butter in large pan; add marshmallows. Stir until melted. Blend in gelatin. Place the popped corn in a large bowl (give yourself room to stir!), pour the gelatin mixture over the popped corn, and stir.

Butter your hands and form corn into balls. Be sure to work quickly as it gets sticky when it cools down! Vary flavor of gelatin for season; orange – Halloween; red and green – Christmas, etc.

Yields: 8-10 large balls.

Nutella Peanut Balls

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“Popcorn balls are an old-fashioned, easy-to-make homemade treat. They can be made in a variety of ways. You can make a basic popcorn ball and add little Halloween candies like candy corns, or you can make different flavors of popcorn balls like the Nutella popcorn balls in the photo above.

Popcorn balls are the perfect, not-too-sweet or fattening treat for Halloween. They make great treats for coworkers, friends, and family. You can serve them in cupcake liners like I have done here, put them on lollipop sticks, or wrap them in cellophane with pretty bows.”

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup honey

• 3 tablespoons Nutella, or chocolate peanut butter

• 3 tablespoons butter

• 12 cups popped popcorn

• additional butter

• Latex or vinyl gloves (to protect hands from hot, sticky candy while forming

Balls)

Pop popcorn. Combine sugar, honey, Nutella, and butter in a saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until it boils. Cook until mixture reaches hard ball stage, 250 – 266 degrees.

Combine popcorn and hot Nutella mixture in a large bowl. Mix well with a spoon. Butter gloved hands well. Form popcorn balls in hands, pressing popcorn together and squeezing balls so that the popcorn sticks together.

Let cool completely on cookie sheet or in cupcake liners as shown.

Makes 12 popcorn balls.

Trick or Treat Popcorn Balls

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8 cups air-popped popcorn

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup orange gumdrops

1/2 cup red gumdrops

1/2 cup yellow gumdrops

Place popped corn in mixing bowl; set aside.

In small saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, water, margarine, and salt to boil. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, for ten minutes or until reaches hard-ball stage of 254 degrees F on candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

Wearing oven mitts to shield against splatters, carefully stir in vanilla extract. Pour over popped corn; using prepared spoon, toss until well coated. Stir in gumdrops.

Wearing rubber gloves, form into 2-inch balls; let cool on baking sheet.

286 Calories; 1g Fat (2% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 71g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 135mg Sodium

Halloween Popcorn Balls

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In Diana’s Recipe Book

Servings: 24

Ingredients:

20 cups popped popcorn

1-1/2 cups light-colored corn syrup

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces or candy-coated peanut butter-flavored pieces

Instructions:

Remove all unpopped kernels from popped popcorn. Place popcorn in a buttered 17x12x2-inch baking pan or roasting pan. Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree F (150 C) oven while preparing marshmallow mixture.

In a large saucepan bring corn syrup and sugar to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallow creme, butter, and vanilla until combined.

Pour marshmallow mixture over hot popcorn; stir gently to coat. Cool until popcorn mixture can be handled easily. Stir in candies. With damp hands, quickly shape mixture into 3-inch-diameter balls. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature up to 1 week.

Makes 24 popcorn balls.

Variations: Popcorn Cake: Turn popcorn mixture into a buttered 10-inch tube pan. Press gently into pan with spatula or damp hands. Let stand about 30 minutes; remove and slice like cake.

To Present This As a Gift: You will need a white glass bowl with lip, glass paint pens in black, orange, green, and silver.

Wash and dry the bowl. Avoid touching the areas to be painted. Paint “Halloween” around the rim of the bowl, drawing pumpkins for the Os and between each word as desired. Let dry. Bake the painted glassware in oven if instructed by the paint manufacturer. Let cool.

Also Try This: Use Halloween stickers in place of painted jack-o’-lanterns.

Source: DianasDesserts.com Date: October 14, 2003

Sweet Popcorn Balls

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From Country Living

“We make this wholesome popcorn treat with an eclectic mix of dried fruit for concentrated bursts of fruit flavor.”  ~Charles Schiller

Ingredients

12 cup(s) popped popcorn

3 cup(s) mixed dried fruit such as golden raisins, cherries, and chopped apricots and figs

1-1/4 Cup(s) granulated sugar

3/4 cup(s) brown sugar

1 cup(s) corn syrup

1/2 cup(s) water

Directions

Toss popcorn and dried fruit together in a large, lightly oiled, heatproof bowl.

Oil 2 waxed paper-lined baking pans and a long metal fork. Set aside.

Bring sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and water to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer.

Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture reaches 260 degrees F.

Carefully pour the syrup over the popcorn mixture. Stir with the fork to distribute. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

With well-oiled hands, form 3-inch balls, place on pans, and cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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HALLOWEEN FUN #8

Posted on October 24, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Halloween, Halloween Munchies, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Munchies, Nuts, Party Ideas, Popcorn, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Snacks, Tried and True Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


When I go to parties, I like to munch.  So today’s article is all about Halloween munchies.  Most can be used at anytime of the year.  Before I begin though, I’d like to give a special thanks to MadLantern  Arts for most of the Halloween clipart used here.  Please visit their website and let them know we appreciate them!  If there is no mention of an artist or website where I got the art, then it’s by Mad Lantern Arts.  I love their  work!  Nice and sharp and clean!  Here is the link for their website:  MadLantern Arts .  I would also like to thank Free Clipart Pictures for their clipart.

MOM’S M&M MIX

My mother used to mix peanuts (out of the shell, of course!), M&Ms (buy Halloween colors) and raisins.  I always loved that mixture, the sweet of the raisins with the chocolate sweet of the M&Ms combined with the saltiness of the peanuts is just perfect!  Mix the amounts to your own taste.  I like everything equal…well, maybe a bit more of the M&Ms.

Halloween Party Treat (Candy Corn And Peanut Mix)

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By Kim D.

Added May 16, 2002 | Recipe #28603

Categories: Lunch/snacks Snacks Fruit More

Photo by Bonnie G #2

Total Time: 10 mins.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Kim D.’s Note: “Great little snack you can easily throw together for your next Halloween party!”

Ingredients:

1 cup candy corn

1 cup salted peanuts

Directions:

Mix the Candy Corn and peanuts together.  Serve in a bowl.

I loved it when my Mom would make us roasted pumpkin seeds.  They were always a treat because we only got them once a year.  Mom would make hers in a skillet with melted margarine and a bit of salt, then she would roast them in the oven.  Here is a grown up version of pumpkin seeds that I think might even be better!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Photo by: Taste of Home

“To enjoy the seeds from a pumpkin you hollow out, spice ’em and bake ’em for a fun snack using this easy recipe from field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren, Minnesota.”

8 Servings

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.

Ingredients

2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil.

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients; spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to 325°. Bake 5 minutes longer or until seeds are dry and lightly browned.

Serve warm, or cool before storing in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 cups.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds published in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p19.

This next recipe has been around as long as I can remember and is kid-friendly!

Photo by:  Mama’s Kitchen (Hope)

Bumps On A Log

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1 celery rib, washed, ends trimmed

2 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter

10 NESTLÉ ® RAISINETS ® Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins

FILL celery with peanut butter.  Press RAISINETS into peanut butter.

LITTLE KITCHEN HELPER HINTS:

Even the littlest hands can press RAISINETS into the log. Help the children count out the nut and raisin pieces or make little piles of 5 each. It’s fun math! For those who are still hungry, spread peanut butter on small round crackers and have the kids make eyes, nose and mouths with RAISINETS. Have small baby carrots and apple wedges on hand for hungry kids to dip in the peanut butter jar.

Critter Munch

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1-1/2 cups animal cracker cookies

1/2 (6-ounce) package cheddar or any flavor goldfish crackers (1 1/2 cup)

1 cup dried tart cherries

1 cup plain candy-coated chocolate pieces

1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Put animal crackers, goldfish crackers, dried cherries, M & Ms and peanuts in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Makes 6 cups.

Recipe provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

Halloween Party Mix

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By ratherbeswimmin’

Added July 15, 2002 | Recipe #34045

Categories: Lunch/snacks Snacks Chocolate More

Photo by lets.eat

Total Time: 1 hr. 25 mins.

Prep Time: 40 mins.

Cook Time: 45 mins.

Ingredients:

1 (11 ounce) package pretzels

1 (10 1/2 ounce) package miniature peanut butter filled butter flavor crackers

(I use Ritz)

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 (10 ounce) package M&M’s

1 (18 1/2 ounce) package candy corn

Directions:

1 In a large bowl, combine first 3 ingredients.

2 In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup.

3 Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 5 minutes.

4 Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will

foam).

5 Pour over pretzel mixture and stir until coated.

6 Pour into a greased 15×10 inch baking pan.

7 Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

8 Break apart while warm.

9 Cool completely.

10 Toss with M&M’s and candy corn.

11 Store in airtight container.

This next recipe sounds great to me, but then I do like my sweets.  It may be more appropriate for the younger set.

Halloween Snack Mix

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1/2 cup blood drops (red hots)

1/2 cup cats eyes (blanched almonds) or (gum drops)

1/2 cup cats claws (sunflower seeds)

1 cup chicken toenails (candy corn)

1 cup colored flies (M & M’s)

1 cup butterfly wings (corn chips)

1 cup ants (raisins)

1 cup earthworms (cheese curls)

1 cup cobwebs (Triscuits) or (Golden Grahams)

1 cup snakes eyes (peanuts)

1 cup bats bones (shoestring potatoes)

Mix together in a large bowl. Serve with several pints of blood (cherry punch).

GOBLIN GOOD GORP

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PREP TIME: 5 mins.

START TO FINISH TIME: 5 mins.

SERVINGS: 10

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Peanuts

1 cup Miniature Creme-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (like Oreos)

1 cup Candy Corn

1/2 cup Cheese-Flavored Tiny Fish-Shaped Crackers

1/2 cup Raisins

DIRECTIONS:

In a 1 1/2-2 quart container with cover, mix all ingredients, cover tightly.  Store at room temperature.

SERVING TIP:  “Make cute-take-home treat bags from small snack-size paper bags and black pipe cleaners.  At the party, serve the gorp in waffle cones and call them upside-down wizard hats!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Per 1/2 cup serving:

Calories 330, Total Fat 17 g (Saturated Fat 2.5 g); Sodium 75 mg, Total Carbohydrates 36 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g), Protein 9 g.

Exchanges:  1 Starch, 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrates, 1 High-Fat Meat, 1 1/2

Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:  2 1/2

This recipe comes from my 2011 “Pillsbury Easy Halloween Treats, Cupcakes & More” cookbook. ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

You have to have popcorn on Halloween.  It’s fine if you want the plain ordinary stuff, but if you want to kick it up a notch try these recipes:

Anti-Vampire Popcorn

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Posted by philocrates at recipegoldmine.com May 13, 2001

“You could also call it anti romance popcorn…”

1 bag Pillsbury Microwave Popcorn

2 cups crisp wheat square cereal

2 cups Cheddar cheese-flavored goldfish crackers

1 (1 3/4 ounce) can shoestring potatoes

1 cup unsalted peanuts

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Prepare popcorn as directed on the packaged. Remove any unpopped kernels.

In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, crackers, shoestring potatoes and peanuts.

Place margarine in a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted.

Stir in parsley flakes, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Drizzle seasoned mixture over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Toss until evenly coated.

Transfer half of mixture to ungreased 12 x 8-inch microwave safe dish. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once halfway through heating. Spread on paper towels to cool. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Makes 12 cups.

Halloween Munchie Mix

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By Jolene Green

Added November 28, 2007 | Recipe #268679

Categories: Dessert Lunch/snacks Snacks More

Total Time: 10 mins.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 5 mins.

Jolene Green’s Note: My kids love this!

Ingredients:

1 cup mini marshmallows

1 cup orange and black plain M&M’

1 cup peanuts

1 cup candy corn

2 cups popped popcorn

Directions:

Mix ingredients together in bowl. Serve in plastic pumpkin or witch’s cauldron.

Graphic by ChocolatePug

Monster Mash

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“This Monster Mash Recipe Is A Great “Munchie” Food For Any Haunted Halloween Party.

There are several ways you can serve this ghoulish munchie:

1 ) set it up already measured out in paper cups

2 ) package it up into zip-loc baggies to give as a party favor

3 ) (our favorite) set it out in a large bowl with a spoon

This is an extremely easy and quick recipe.”

Ingredients

10 cups popped popcorn

16 ounces bag of M&M’s

14 ounces bag of chocolate covered peanuts

(You can use the chocolate covered peanut M&M’s)

1 cup candy corn

1 cup peanut butter chips

Preparations

Mix all into one big bowl.  It’s ready!

This next recipe is my favorite recipe for caramel corn!  It is very easy to make and even easier to eat!

Clipart by http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net

DOUBLE CARAMEL MUNCHIN’ MIX

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3 tablespoons Margarine OR Butter

3 tablespoons Caramel Topping

3 cups Double Chex Cereal

1 cup POPPED Popcorn

1/2 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts

In a SMALL MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL, melt margarine and caramel topping on HIGH for 1 minute; mix well.

Pour cereal, popcorn and peanuts into a LARGE RESEALABLE PLASTIC BAG.

Pour topping over cereal mixture inside the plastic bag.  SEAL the bag and shake until all pieces are evenly coated.

Pour contents into LARGE MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL.  Microwave on HIGH for 1-1/2 to 4 minutes, stirring EVERY MINUTE.

Spread on WAXED PAPER to cool.  Store in AIRTIGHT container.

This is a wonderful recipe!!!  I got it  from the Prodigy Food Forum

Bulletin Boards.~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins

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By: ALETA1314

“Popcorn balls are colored orange and made to look like pumpkins. These are a fun Halloween treat for kid and adult parties. Very versatile!”

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 5 Min

Ready In: 20 Min

Yield 12 pumpkins

Ingredients

5 cups popped popcorn

1 cup candy corn

1 cup chopped salted peanuts

1/2 cup butter or margarine

3 cups miniature marshmallows

4 drops red food coloring

3 drops yellow food coloring

4 sticks red or black licorice, cut into thirds (SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE: I would use green licorice.)

Directions

Grease a muffin pan and set aside.

Place popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, red food coloring and yellow food coloring, adjusting color if needed to get a nice shade of orange.

When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn and stir to evenly distribute the candy, nuts and marshmallow.

Use a greased spoon to fill the muffin cups. Insert a piece of licorice to act as the stem, and mold the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes, and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your pumpkin patch!

Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 328

Total Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 221mg

Total Carbs: 45.4g

Dietary Fiber: 1.4g

Protein: 3.8g

Clip art by http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net

Halloween Snack Mix 2

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Photo by Susan Hunter [skhunter51]

Categories: Snacks, Candies, Nuts, Popcorn, Other Snacks, Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

Collections: Halloween Treats

Keywords: Treats, pretzels, halloween

Serves: 16

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 30 Min

Ingredients

2 cups pretzel sticks

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

8 cups popped popcorn

1 cup candy corn

20 hershey kisses (unwrapped)

1 cup walnuts

1 cup candy pumpkins

2 cups cinnamon chex mix

6 tablespoons butter

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup chocolate covered peanuts or raisins

Susan’s Notes: This is a cinnamon treat that your party cannot go without. You can double the batch because it will not last long.

This is a semi-healthy treat that should be at every Halloween party.

It is savory, sweet, crunchy and chewy.

ENJOY

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In the microwave melt the butter mixed with the pumpkin pie spice.

In a large bowl mix the pretzel sticks, walnuts and the sunflower seeds. Pour half of the butter over the mixture. After combining well spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

2 In another bowl mix together the popcorn and the chex mix and pour the remain butter over that mixing well.

3 Mix the popcorn and the pretzels mixture together and bake for 15 more minutes.

4 Let cool and add candy corn candy, pumpkins, chocolate covered peanuts or raisins and Hershey kisses, and serve to all those Halloweeners.

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Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Cheese, Cherries, Dairy, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Ethnic Recipe, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Menu, My Ramblings, Oranges, Pineapple, Recipes, Scottish Recipes, Shimi Atzaret Recipes, Shmini Atzaret, Side Dish, Simchat Torah, Simchot Torah Recipes, Soup, Sour Cream | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |



Did you know that Simchat Torah is actually a ceremony during Shemini Atzeret?  I didn’t, or at least I didn’t remember it.  Most people I know simply refer to the upcoming holiday as Simchat Torah.  Shemini Atzeret is a two-day holiday, beginning on October 21, 2011 (don’t forget, Jewish holidays are not celebrated on the same date on the Gregorian calendar as other non-Jewish holidays do) and ending on October 23, 2011.  We celebrate Simchat Torah immediately following the end of Succot.  The word “simcha” means “joy, celebration, rejoicing” in English.  So, on Simchat Torah, we are rejoicing over the Torah (the Five Books of Moses).  This is because on Simchat Torah we complete our reading of the Torah and we begin it all over again.

Many things happen in our celebration of the Torah, we eat, and eat, and eat.  We say Yizkor, which I explained in my Yom Kippur article.  We add a blessing for rain.  This is the only time that we give a Torah  an  aiiyah  (aliyah has two meanings,  1) a high honor; 2) immigrating to Israel.  In this case it means “a high honor”).  This is the only time that we have three Torahs out during a Torah service.  And this is the only time when we take all the Torahs out and we dance with the Torahs and sing joyous songs.  The children get a Jewish Flag on a stick and an apple and they parade around waving their flags and holding their apples.  It is a great celebration and a lot of fun.

The traditional dish of Shemini Atzeret is stuffed cabbage.  Although Paul loves it, you won’t find this dish in my house!  I can’t stand the smell of the cabbage cooking, let alone eat it…yuk!  But this is a menu  that I can live with and yes, I’ll post a recipe for stuffed cabbage also.

Shemini Atzeret Menu  With A Scottish Bent To It

Wine for Kiddish (blessing)

Challah (not a round one) for Hamotzi

Carrot Soup With Honey And Ginger*

Paula’s Mozzarella and Tomato Salad*

Scottish Baked Brown Trout*

Peas

Dairy Noodle Kugel*

Caledonian Cream*

Iced Cherry Cake*

Carrot Soup With Honey And Ginger Recipe

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This is a Scottish soup recipe.

Ingredients:

10 cups water

1-1/2 cups butter

3 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced

2 tablespoons grated ginger root

12 turns of freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoons sea salt

3 pounds carrots, peeled and shredded

Juice of 1/3 small lemon

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon quality honey

GARNISH:

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup chives

Directions:

Place a large Dutch oven on the stove with 10 cups of water. Bring water to a boil and keep it warm on the stove top.

In a separate stockpot, add butter and onions and cook over medium-high heat until the onions turn translucent. Add the ginger to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the shredded carrots to the stock pot and mix well to combine the ingredients. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon and pour in the honey. Stir the mixture well to blend.

Pour in the 10 cups of hot water and cook the soup on a gentle, rolling boil for 45 minutes. When the soup is cooked and the carrots are tender, transfer the soup into a food processor in batches and puree until smooth. Dish the soup out into individual serving bowls and add a little cream to each bowl, running it through with a butter knife or spatula. Garnish with the chives.

Yield: 10 servings

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Paula’s Mozzarella and Tomato Salad

Recipe courtesy Paula Lambert, The Cheese Lover’s Cookbook and Guide, Simon & Schuster, 2000

 

Total Time:  10 min

Prep:  10 min

Yield:  4 servings

Level:  Easy

 

Ingredients

 

2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4-inch thick

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

8 fresh basil leaves

 

 

 

Directions

Arrange the tomato and mozzarella slices on a platter or individual salad plates, overlapping the slices and fanning them out like a deck of cards.

Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.

Drizzle with the oil.

Garnish with the basil: Cut it into very thin slices or tear into bits and sprinkle on top or leave the leaves whole and tuck them here and there between the mozzarella and tomato slices. Serve immediately.

Scottish Baked Brown Trout

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“Trout, freshly caught from the river, is a dependable dish to have in Scottish restaurants, especially in the Highlands. In this recipe the fish cooks in its own juices, with baking foil keeping it moist. Quantities below are for four people.”

Ingredients:

Four half pound (250g) trout

4 tablespoons dry vermouth

2 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 sprigs of fresh herbs (dill, fennel, chives or parsley)

1 lemon

Method:

Pre-heat oven at 450F (230C or Gas Mark 8).

Clean the trout if required, remove the scales and fins and wipe with kitchen paper. Season the inside of the trout with salt and pepper and insert the herbs.

Cut four pieces of kitchen foil into oval shapes which are long enough to take the fish plus an extra 3″ (7cm) foil. Brush the foil with olive oil and place each trout in the centre. Brush the outside of the fish with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and pour a tablespoon of vermouth over each fish.

Pull the foil up to make a boat shape for the fish and pleat over the top to totally enclose the fish, making sure it is pinched together. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 450F (230C or Gas Mark 8) for 8 to 10 minutes. The time will vary, depending on how plump the fish are. Check by opening up foil and examining the flesh at the thickest part. There should be no opaqueness or pinkness. The fish can be served in the foil with fresh vegetables.

SOFTA’S DISCLAIMER:  This photo is not a photo of this recipe.  It is a Photo I found on the internet that looks similar.

 

  

Dairy Noodle Kugel

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Ingredients:

8 ounces fine egg noodles

1/4 pound butter, melted

4 eggs, beaten

2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 cup sugar

16 ounces cottage cheese

16 ounces sour cream

1 can crushed pineapple

Topping

1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed

Cinnamon and sugar to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 330 degrees F.

Cook noodles and drain.

Beat eggs and sugar until light. Add melted butter and vanilla. Add cottage cheese and sour cream. Add noodles and mix well.

Put in greased 9×13 pan. Mix crushed graham crackers with sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over top.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

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Caledonian Cream

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Here is a refreshing dessert which uses marmalade which is a popular ingredient in Scottish cooking since its invention in Dundee in 1797.

Ingredients for the cream:

4 ounces cream cheese (about half a cup)

4 fluid ounces double cream (about half a cup)

1 tablespoon marmalade (thick, bitter marmalade is

suggested but use what you have on hand)

2 tablespoons brandy or rum

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Sugar to taste

Ingredients for base:

4 oranges, segmented and the pith removed

Method:

Blend all the ingredients for the cream in a liquidizer  till smooth.  (SOFTA123’S NOTE:  what the Scottish people call a liquidizer is what we Americans call a blender.)

Place the oranges in four long-stemmed glasses and, if you want, add a teaspoon of brandy (or rum) to these. Add the cream on top.

Garnish with some orange zest (boil for a few minutes in water to  reduce the bitterness).

Serve chilled.

Servings: 4

Iced Cherry Cake

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Cherry cake, with icing on top, is one of the mainstays of Scottish home baking  tearooms.

Ingredients:

8 ounces (250g/One and a quarter cups in North America) self-raising flour

(all-purpose flour with baking powder)

8 ounces (250g/one cup) margarine

8 ounces (250g/one and a quarter cups) caster sugar (fine granulated sugar)

4 eggs (medium)

8 ounces (250g/one cup) glacé cherries

8 ounces (250g/one and a quarter cups) icing sugar (frosting)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 (or slightly higher if not an electric fan assisted oven) and line a baking tray (8″ x 12″ x 1½” or 20cm x 30cm x 5cm) with parchment paper.

Wash, dry and chop up the cherries to remove the glacé coating (but retaining some as quarter  cherries to decorate the top later).  If you coat them in some flour it will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cake.

Cream the margarine and sugar together thoroughly until light and fluffy (to help the cake rise with the trapped air). Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until smooth.

Stir in the flour and then add the cherries. Spread evenly into the tin and bake in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin.

Add a little water at a time to the icing sugar (frosting) until it has a consistency which coats the back of a metal spoon without running off.

Remove the cake from the tin and spread the icing sugar evenly on top.

Decorate with quartered cherries.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  The next recipe, the recipe for stuffed cabbage, does not go along with the above menu as the stuffed cabbage recipe is for a meat meal and the menu is for a dairy meal.

Holishkes (Stuffed Cabbage)

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By Sharon Lebewohl and Rena Bulkin

The Second Avenue Deli Cookbook

The Second Avenue Deli

Recipe Reviews (43)

User rating 88 % would make it again

Main ingredients: Cabbage, Vegetable, Citrus, Onion, Egg, Rice, Garlic, Tomato

Cuisine – Jewish

Dietary considerations – Kosher

Yield: Makes 7 pieces

Ingredients:

Stuffing:

1-1/2 pounds chopmeat (SOFTA123’S NOTE: ground beef, ground veal or ground turkey is fine to use in this recipe.)

3/4 cup uncooked white rice

1 cup finely chopped onion

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon finely chopped or crushed fresh garlic

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Sauce:

2 cups plain tomato sauce

1-1/2 cups finely chopped onion

1/2 orange, chopped with peel into 1/2-inch pieces; remove pits

2/3 lemon, chopped with peel into 1/2-inch pieces; remove pits

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1 large lightweight young green cabbage

1 medium green cabbage. You’ll need 4 cups (if you don’t have enough, supplement with leftovers from the large cabbage).

Preparation:

In a large bowl, combine all the stuffing ingredients. Stir them with a fork, then mix thoroughly with your hands. Cover and refrigerate.

In another bowl, thoroughly mix all sauce ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.

Fill a very large stockpot three-quarters full with water and bring to a rapid boil. While bringing the water to a boil, use a thin, sharp knife to make deep cuts around the core of the large cabbage (cut into the cabbage in a circle about 1/4 inch out from the core). Lift out the core, making a hole about 2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches deep. This is a bit difficult — persevere.

Set out a baking tray neat the stove. Stick a long cooking fork into the core hole of the large cabbage, and plunge it (carefully, so you don’t splash yourself) into the pot of rapidly boiling water. The outer leaves will begin to fall off. Leave them in the boiling water for a few minutes until they’re limp and flexible enough for stuffing; then take them out one at a time, and place them on the baking tray. Try not to tear the leaves. When all the leaves are on the tray, transfer it into the sink and pour the boiling water from the pot over them. Wash the leaves carefully in cold water. With a small, sharp knife, trim off the tough outer spines and discard them.

Find your largest leaves, and set them out on a plate. Set out all other leaves on another plate. One at a time, line each large leaf with another large leaf or two smaller leaves. (The idea is to strengthen your cabbage wrapping so that the stuffing stays securely inside during cooking. Be sure to align the spines of inner and outer leaves.) Stuff with 3/4 cup of the meat-rice mixture, roll very tightly along the spine, and close both sides by tucking them in with your fingers. The spine should be vertical in the center of tour roll.

Stir the 4 cups of chopped cabbage into the sauce. Pour 3/4 inch of the sauce into a large, wide-bottomed stockpot. Arrange the cabbage rolls carefully on top of the sauce, and pour the remainder of the sauce over them to cover. Cover pot and simmer for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Serve with boiled potatoes and a vegetable.

Paul and I wish everyone at Gut Yom Tov!


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HALLOWEEN FUN #3

Posted on October 16, 2011. Filed under: Appetizers, Cakes, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Desserts, Fondue, Freebie, Giveaways, Halloween, Halloween Pizza, Menu, Party Ideas, Pizza, Recipes, Snacks, Special Occasion Cake | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Before I begin today’s article on Halloween, I want to take a few minutes to let you know about the new links I have posted under my blogroll.  I know you will like them!

Jereme’s Kitchen –  This is a great site for recipes written with a great sense of humor.  If you like to laugh, this is the site to go to, hands down!

Savory Simple – This website has some gorgeous photos and same wonderful autumn recipes.  What I like most is her cooking lessons such as Salad 101.  This site you definitely want to visit!

Hungry Happenings – This is the definitive site in cooking creativity.  Do not miss it! I may get lost in it, there is so many of Beth’s creations that I want to try out!  Check out her Black Cat Cheese Ball recipe in this post!

Today we are going to concentrate on our menu.  My give away for today is a printable copy of the menu that you see pictured here.  You can put it in a frame, cut it out, glue it to cardboard and make an easel back on the cardboard or reduce the size and put several around the table and/or the house.  Here is the link for the original that I made as an 8×8” graphic:  http://www.4shared.com/photo/RRsHnwXw/Menu_1.html

And here are all the recipes for you.  Hope you enjoy!

APPETIZERS

Better make at least two batches of this pizza recipe!

 

Candy Corn By The Slice

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YIELD Makes 8 slices

INGREDIENTS

1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust dough

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

1/3 cup pizza sauce

PREPARATION:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Spray 13-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Fit pizza dough into pan, shaping as needed. Sprinkle mozzarella in 4-inch circle in center of pizza dough.

Using 1 cup cheese, sprinkle 3-inch ring of Cheddar around center circle; spoon pizza sauce over Cheddar cheese. Create 1-1/2-inch border around edge of pizza with remaining 1 cup Cheddar cheese.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until edge is lightly browned and cheese is melted and bubbling. Cut into wedges.

Black Cat Cheese Ball

Black Cat Cheese Ball

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Serves 12-18

Ingredients:

8 oz. softened cream cheese, divided

4 oz. shredded Havarti cheese

4 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese

3 roasted red peppers, drained, patted dry and seeds removed

1 small clove of garlic, minced

2 oz. blue corn tortilla chips

1 black olive

Crackers

Special Equipment Needed:

Food processor

Plastic wrap

Disposable pastry bag or heavy duty zip top bag

Instructions:

In food processor, combine 7 oz. cream cheese, Havarti cheese, Gruyere cheese, roasted red peppers, and garlic. Pulse until creamy and smooth. You will need 1 heaping teaspoon of this cheese for the cat’s nose.

Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. Place the remaining cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to mold the cheese mixture into a flattened ball.

Reserve two whole blue corn tortilla chips for the cat’s ears. Place remaining chips in the cleaned food processor bowl and pulse to fine crumbs. Pour onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Set cheese ball round size down on crumbs. Use the plastic wrap to press the crumbs all over the surface of the cheese ball. Set cheese ball on a serving platter.

Put remaining 1 oz. cream cheese into pastry bag or zip top bag. Snip off the tip of the bag. Pipe three whiskers onto cat’s face. Remove the reserved cheese mixture from the refrigerator and mold it into a triangular shape for the nose; place in the middle of the cat’s face, on top of the middle of the whiskers.

To create the eyes I suggest you scoop out the crushed tortilla chips and a bit of the cheese ball in two circles above the nose. Pipe cream cheese into these holes. Smooth it out into a nice circle. Cut olive in half and lay on top of the eyes for pupils.

Press the two reserved blue corn tortilla chips into top of head for ears.

Refrigerate until needed. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving with crackers.

I'd serve this in plastic pumpkins!

Critter Munch

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1-1/2 cups animal cracker cookies

1/2 (6-ounce) package cheddar or any flavor goldfish crackers (1 1/2 cup)

1 cup dried tart cherries

1 cup plain candy-coated chocolate pieces

1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Put animal crackers, goldfish crackers, dried cherries, M & Ms and peanuts in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Makes 6 cups.

BEVERAGES

Leave it to Martha Stewart and her crew to design this spooky Halloween drink!


Pina Ghoulada

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“A frothy drink is tempting enough, but one served in a red-rimmed glass is  Particularly enticing to monsters who drink blood. Corn syrup with food coloring tinges the classic pina colada with a devilish sweetness. Dip the rim of each glass into the red mixture, spinning slowly to coat. Turn glasses upright; the red liquid will drip slightly, then set. Pour drinks, and serve.

Drinkers’ lips may be stained pink, much like those of a sated vampire.”


Martha Stewart Living Special Issues, 2000

Serves 10 to 12

Ingredients

FOR THE “BLOOD”

3 tablespoons corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

FOR THE DRINK

20 ounces pineapple juice

1 can (15 ounces) cream of coconut

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 cup orange juice

10 ounces good-quality rum


Directions

Pour the corn syrup in a shallow bowl. Dip a toothpick into the food coloring, and stir a very small amount into the syrup to combine. Hold a glass by the stem, dip rim into the syrup mixture, and turn glass, coating entire rim. Turn the glass upright, allowing mixture to drip down sides. Dip the remaining glasses. Set aside.

Whisk together drink ingredients. Place 2 1/2 cups ice in a blender, and add 1 cup drink mixture. Blend until smooth; add more pineapple juice if mixture is too thick. Repeat with remaining ice and mixture. Carefully pour into prepared glasses; serve.

SOURCE:  Martha Stewart.com

A Exclusive Drink for Adult Ghosts Only!



GHOSTINIS

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PREP TIME: 5 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup SMALL Ice Cubes OR Shaved Ice

1/2 cup Vanilla Vodka

1/2 cup Whipping Cream

1/4 cup White Chocolate-Flavored Liqueur

1/4 cup Hazelnut-Flavored Liqueur

Directions:

Place ice in martini shaker or pitcher.

Add remaining ingredients; shake OR stir until blended.

Pour into 4 (3-oz.) CHILLED STEMMED Glasses, STRAINING OUT ICE.

MAKE AHEAD TIP:  For a party, quadruple this dessert drink recipe and refrigerate in a pitcher until ready to serve.  Chill the glasses in the freezer.

Nutritional Information:  Per Serving

Serving Size:   about 1/2 cup

Calories  350

Total Fat  11 g (Saturated Fat 7 g)

Sodium  11 mg

Total Carbohydrates  31 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g)

Protein  1 g

Exchanges:  2 Other Carbohydrates, 2 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices:  2

Source:  Pillsbury’s Easy Halloween Treats, Cupcakes & More Cookbook 2011.


Servings: 4

I think the non-alcoholic crowd would love this drink! I know I would!



CANDY CORN SMOOTHIES

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PREP TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pint (2 cups) Coconut Sorbet; slightly softened

6  tbsps. Milk

1 pint (2 cups) Orange Sherbet; slightly softened

1 pint (2 cups) Lemon Sorbet; slightly softened

4 drops Yellow Food Color

Candy Corn; if desired

1.  In blender, place coconut sorbet and 2 tbsps. of the milk.  COVER; blend on HIGH speed 30-60 seconds OR until smooth.  Divide evenly among 8 glasses.  PLACE GLASSES IN FREEZER.

2.  RINSE blender.  In blender, place orange sherbet and 2 tbsps. milk. COVER; blend on HIGH speed 30-60 seconds OR until smooth.  Pour over coconut mixture in glasses, dividing evenly.  RETURN GLASSES TO FREEZER.

3.  RINSE blender.  In blender, place lemon sorbet, yellow food color and remaining 2 tbsps. milk.  COVER; blend on HIGH speed 30-60 seconds OR until smooth.  Pour over orange mixture in glasses, dividing evenly.

Garnish with candy corn.

SERVE OR FREEZE UNTIL SERVING TIME.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Per Serving

Calories  189

Total Fat  4.5 g (Saturated Fat 3.5 g)

Sodium  51 mg

Total Carbohydrates  36 g (Dietary Fiber 0.5 g)

Protein  1 g

EXCHANGES:  2 Other Carbohydrates, 1/2 Fat

CARBOHYDRATE CHOICES:  2

Source:  Pillsbury’s Easy Halloween Treats, Cupcakes & More Cookbook 2011.

Servings: 8

DESSERTS

Fondues always help parties be more fun!

GHOSTS AT THE WATERING HOLE

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YIELD:   Makes about 2 cups (12 servings)

INGREDIENTS

1 package (12 ounces) chocolate chips

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 tablespoon butter

Pinch salt

Marshmallows

PREPARATION:

Combine chocolate chips, cream, corn syrup, butter and salt in small saucepan. Heat over low heat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour into fondue pot; set over low heat. Place marshmallows in serving bowl. Serve with fondue forks for dipping.

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A Cake That Befits All Elegant Ghostly Feasts

GHOST CAKE

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“For a perfect centerpiece at your next Halloween party, try making this cake. Guests will think it is more cute then scary with its decorative ghost on Top!”—Doree Tateoka, Salt Lake City, Utah

8 Servings

Prep: 3 hours Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) white cake mix

2 eggs

1-1/3 cups water

FROSTING:

3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon meringue powder

1 cup shortening

3 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

1 package (24 ounces) plain ready-to-use rolled fondant

Orange, black, red, brown and green paste food coloring

Additional clear vanilla extract

Directions

PREHEAT oven at 350° F.

GREASE AND FLOUR two 6″ round baking pans.

In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and water; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour 2-1/4 cups batter into each of two greased and floured 6-in. round baking pans (discard remaining batter). Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder. In a large bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, combine the shortening, water and vanilla. Beat in sugar mixture (mixture will be stiff).

Using a serrated knife, level tops of cakes.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread 1-1/2 cups frosting over top and sides of cake.

Cut fondant block in half lengthwise so that one half is slightly larger than the other. Tint the larger half orange; set aside a small amount of orange fondant for pumpkins. Cover fondant with plastic wrap when not in use.

On a clean work surface, roll out remaining orange fondant into a 14-in. circle. Slide an icing knife between fondant and work surface to loosen; transfer to cake. Smooth top and sides of cake. Trim any overlapping fondant with a pizza cutter.

For ghost: Form a 2-1/4 in. tall cone from white fondant; attach to cake with additional vanilla. Roll a 1/2-in. cube of fondant into a 6-in. circle. Drape over cone. Tint a small amount of fondant black.

Form three small dots; attach to face of ghost.

For pumpkins, leaves and tendrils: Tint reserved orange fondant a darker shade of orange with red coloring. Using dark orange and/or white fondant, form five pumpkins; add imprint lines with a veining tool or toothpick.

For stems, tint a very small amount of white fondant brown. Shape into stems; attach to pumpkins using vanilla. Tint a 1-in. cube of white fondant green. Roll out; cut five leaves with a 1-1/4-in. leaf-shaped cookie cutter.

For tendrils, using a pizza cutter cut remaining portion into thin strips. Carefully wrap strips around toothpicks; set aside to dry.

To finish cake: Carefully remove tendrils from toothpicks and attach to pumpkins using vanilla. Attach pumpkins and leaves to cake.

Using shell pastry tip #18 and remaining frosting, pipe shell border along bottom edge of cake.

Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: Meringue powder and fondant are available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit http://www.wilton.com.

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals

920 calories, 34 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 397 mg sodium, 148 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Source:   Taste of Home

CLIP ART “Ghost In A Cemetery” is from a great website called “Halloween Clipart.Com.”   Click on the graphic for a link to their website.  They said if I didn’t link back they would haunt me!  Ouch!

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SUKKOT

Posted on October 13, 2011. Filed under: Brownies, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Cookies, Cupcakes, Dairy, Desserts, Dinner/Supper, Ethnic Recipe, Family, Fish, Honey, Jello, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, Menu, My Ramblings, Pears, Pineapple, Recipes, Sukkot, Sukkot Recipes, Traditions, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetables, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


The holiday of Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei. Known in rabbinic literature as Ha-Chag–“the holiday”–the themes of Sukkot are clearly of high importance in Jewish theology.  Sadly, many Jews, including myself, really don’t celebrate it.  Perhaps we have a festive meal and perhaps we are lucky enough to be invited to eat dinner in a sukkah (open air booth) built by a friend or family member.  Or perhaps our synagogue has a communal meal to celebrate that we can take part in.  In part it is the fault of our school system here in the U.S.  In part it is the fault of today’s world.  And in part, it is the fault of our parents and/or of us.  We have to take so much time off for Rosh  Hashanah and Yom Kippur that we tell ourselves (and it is probably not far from the truth) that we will be fired if we take too much time off from our jobs, even if it is for religious reasons.  At one time employers may have been more sympathetic to our needs, but not any longer.  Our children are allowed to miss only so many days a year and here in the North that means we have to plan missed snow days.  Don’t forget that kids get sick, especially during the winter, as we adults also do.  Doctor appointments, dental appointments, “tummy ache” days, they all add up.  So how can we allow our children to take time off?  Even if we did insist they take the time off, how are they ever going to catch back up with the other kids, let alone bypass them in the race for college scholarships, let alone college admittance?  So our observance of Sukkot, the most beautiful of our holidays, and one of the most important of our holidays takes a back burner to the secular world and our secular lives.  I am glad to say that more and more people that I know do take the time to build their own personal sukkahs and take the time to celebrate.  Last year Paul and I were invited to our Cousin Susan’s sukkah along with many other people.  Susan is the hostess with the moistest and her sukkah and sukkah party were no exception.  This year we have been invited to our good friends’ The Sterns, sukkah for an intimate family dinner.  We are hoping that the weather will be with us so we can at least do the ceremonial part of the meal in the sukkah, if not have our entire meal out there beneath the stars.  I know in Kingston, my step-son-in-law and grandson are helping to build their synagogue’s sukkah and will be celebrating there with the temple family.  My mom will be going to my Aunt’s house or my cousin’s house.

The symbolism of the sukkah is a strong reminder of the dwellings of the biblical Israelites as they wandered in the desert for 40 years after the exodus from Egypt. In this manner, these temporary dwellings return us to a different time in our development and remind us of our journey to nationhood.  That answers the question “is Judaism” a nation?  Yes, in part it is.

Another symbolic definition of the sukkah is that it binds us to G-d as we recall our dependence on him for our daily needs and we celebrate all that he does for us.  We are commanded to be joyous during the whole holiday period (7 days) of Sukkot. We are told that it is a worse sin to be sad during this period than to have a sip of water on Yom Kippur.  I had no idea until I started writing this article of just how important Sukkot is in Judaism.

People take great pride in decorating their sukkah, but it is always decorated with fruits and greenery to remind us that Sukkot is a harvest holiday.  I went rummaging through the Net to find some pictures of the coolest sukkahs.  Here are some I think gives you an idea of the different types of sukkahs you can find.

This is a very basic sukkah.  I found it at the Mont Clair Jewish Organization’s website.

This picture is of a pre-fab sukkah that you can purchase.  I found this picture at Tzvee’s Talmudic Blog.

This is a great example of a sukkah decorated with fruits and greens.  Click on the photo to go to HWPS Organization’s website.

This is my favorite.  I love that it is decorated with colorful paper chains like the ones I made as a child in addition to the fruit and grains.  I was very impressed with the article on Sukkot that this photo was a part of.  Click on to the website after you finish reading my article.  This sukkah, I think is in Israel.  The website is called “Israelity.com.”

“There is also a commandment in the Torah for each person to take the fruit of a “goodly tree,” later interpreted as a fruit called an etrog (citron). Along with this fruit, one must collect certain tree branches and rejoice before God. We therefore take a palm branch and connect to it myrtle twigs and willow branches. There are beautiful narratives in rabbinic literature that discuss the symbolic images of the etrog and lulav (as the combination of the palm, myrtle, and willow is collectively known). They include parallels to the Jewish matriarchs and patriarchs as well as to the body and soul of each individual Jew.”[1]

There are other themes but my typing time is running out and I do want to share a Succot Menu and recipes with you.  For more information, click on the footnote and read the article where I found most of my information.  This menu is for a buffet meal.  The recipes are included for menu items that have an asterisk at the end of the name of the item.

DISCLAIMER:  The only photos that look like the recipes they go with are the Mandel Bread and the Russian Tea Cookies and the mini cupcakes.  Where I could, for the graphics, I attached links to them.

Just click on the picture.

SUCCOT MENU

Raisin Challah for the Blessing

Wine for the Blessing

Tossed Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

Smoked White Fish Salad purchased from a Kosher Deli or a grocery store that carries it

Egg Salad OR Deviled Eggs

Crackers

Aunt Hushie’s Salmon Balls served with Rice*

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna*

Luchshen Kugel*

Molded Fruit Salad*

Al Fuchsman’s Mandel Bread (cookies)*

Chewy Brownies*

Russian Tea Cookies*

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Icing*

Coffee, Tea, Fruit Punch or Soft Drinks, Water

Aunt Hushie’s Salmon Balls

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1 pound Salmon plus liquid

1 small Onion; grated

1 small Carrot; grated

2 Eggs; beaten

1/2 cup Matzah Meal OR Corn Flake Crumbs

Salt

Pepper

Dash of Nutmeg

MUSHROOM SAUCE:

1 Onion; diced and browned

1/2 cup diced, cooked Carrots & liquid

1 small can Mushrooms & Liquid

1/8 teaspoon Ginger

1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg

Salt

Pepper

3/4 cup Ketchup

3/4 cup Water

Mix salmon & liquid, small onion, small carrot, 2 eggs, matzah meal, salt, pepper and dash of nutmeg together and allow to set for 10 mins.

With WET hands, form into small balls (golf size balls), roll in crumbs and fry quickly.  Drain on paper towels.

SAUCE:

Mix together all sauce ingredients. Pour sauce into GREASED baking pan.  Place patties on sauce and heat in 350 degree oven UNCOVERED for 20-30 mins.

This is a wonderful recipe for brunches and luncheons. We have made many times and always get raves.  This was first made for us by my Aunt Hushie and it was Helen Schiller’s recipe (a friend of my Aunt’s) from my older edition of Rochester Hadassah Cookbook.  Please note that Aunt Hushie taught me to make this recipe in the large disposable aluminum 9×13-inch pans.  If you place the patties by the markings on the side of the pan, it works perfectly.  Also note that whenever my Aunt or I have made this recipe, we usually triple it.  I’ve made it for showers and other special occasions, so I think it is perfect for a dairy meal for Sukkot. ~Marilyn aka Softa123

 

 

 

Fruit Noodle Kugel          

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1 (16 ounce) package broad egg noodles

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2-1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 pound butter

2 grated Winesap apples

2 grated pears

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2-1 c. white raisins

Cook noodles in boiling salted water 25-30 minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water. Add butter to noodles and mix until melted. Add sugar,eggs, cinnamon, fruits, juices and raisins. Mix gently. Pour intogreased 9 x 13 x 2 inch Pyrex dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2hours, depending upon crustiness desired. Serve warm or cold.

Softa123’s aka Marilyn’s Note:  I have not tried this recipe yet, but I think it sounds perfect for Sukkot as it features pears in addition to the normal apples and raisins.  Also, what is nice about this recipe is that it is parve, so it can be eaten with either a dairy or a meat meal.

 

 

 

 

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

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By: preciousmom

PRECIOUS MOM’S NOTE:  “My first try with a vegetarian lasagna.”

Prep Time: 50 Min

Cook Time: 45 Min

Ready In: 1 Hr 35 Min

Servings: 9

Ingredients

1 pound eggplant, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms cut into 1/4 inch slices

3 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices

1 onion, chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 (15 ounce) container reduced-fat ricotta cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 eggs, beaten

1 (26 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce

1 can of Italian diced tomatoes

12 no-boil lasagna noodles

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

3 tablespoons minced fresh basil

Directions

Line two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans with foil.  Place all vegetables (except onions) in a zip lock back with the oil, salt and pepper. Shake the bag to make sure everything is coated and let sit for 5 minutes.

Place eggplant and mushrooms on a pan. Place the zucchini on the second pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes. Turn vegetables over. Bake 15 minutes longer. Remove eggplant, onions and mushrooms.

Bake zucchini 5-10 minutes longer or until edges are browned.

Sauté onion in a skillet with olive oil. Add in the tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and egg substitute. Spread about 1/4 cup pasta sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Layer with four lasagna noodles (noodles will overlap slightly), half of ricotta cheese mixture, half of vegetables, a third of pasta sauce and 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with half of basil. Repeat layers. Top with the remaining noodles and pasta sauce.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until edges are bubblyand cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Molded Fruit Salad          

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1 pkg. lemon Jell-O

1 c. hot water

1/2 c. creamy cottage cheese

1/2 c. broken walnut meats

1/2 c. maraschino cherries, quartered

1 c. crushed pineapple, well drained

1 c. heavy cream, whipped

Dissolve gelatin in hot water; chill until partially set. Fold in cottage cheese, whipped cream, walnuts, cherries, and pineapple. Pour into pan and chill until firm. Cut in squares and serve on lettuce.

Al Fuchsman's Mandel Bread

 

Al Fuchsman’s Mandel Bread

Source:  The Washington Post, November 28, 2007

  • • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • • Course: Dessert, Snack

Summary:

“Many cultures and cuisines have their own version of this crisp bread that is eaten as a cookie. Dotty Fuchsman says her husband’s is “world famous” because they have taken it to England and Israel.
The mandel bread can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks; the Fuchsmans prefer to wrap it well and freeze it for up to 2 months.”

Makes 64 to 100 slices/cookies

Ingredients:

• 1 cup canola oil, plus more for greasing the baking sheets (optional)

• 5 cups bread flour

• 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

• 1 cup sugar

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1 cup whole raw unsalted almonds, cut into 3 pieces per nut

• 3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins

• 5 large egg whites, plus 1 whole egg

• 2 teaspoons almond extract

• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1/3 cup water

• Juice of 1 medium lemon or lime (2 to 3 tablespoons)

• Cinnamon-sugar mixture, for sprinkling

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet with canola oil or nonstick cooking oil spray.

Combine the bread flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, almonds and dried cranberries or raisins in a large bowl.

Combine the egg whites, egg and oil in a separate bowl; blend well. Add the almond and vanilla extracts, water and citrus juice. Add to the bowl of dry ingredients; mix and knead the dough until it achieves the consistency of putty. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form them into bars on the baking sheet, roughly 3 inches by 12 inches by 3/4 inches thick, spaced apart so they do not touch. Bake for about 20 minutes, and then transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes; the bars will be warm and slightly set.

Meanwhile, position an oven rack 4 to 5 inches from the top broiling element and preheat the broiler. Have ready 2 large, same-size baking sheets.

Use a very sharp knife to cut the bars into 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch slices; there should be about 16 to 25 slices per bar. Working in batches, lay the bars flat on a baking sheet (about 36 should fit snugly on 1 sheet) and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Toast under the broiler for 5 to 8 minutes or until the edges are brown and the sugar has melted. Remove from the oven and carefully place a second baking sheet on top of the toasted slices. Use oven mitts to hold the sheets together and carefully flip over; remove the top baking sheet so that the untoasted second sides of the slices are exposed. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and return to broil for 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the slices to a wire rack to cool thoroughly; the slices should be crisp.

Original Recipe Source:

From Annandale resident Al Fuchsman.

Nutritional Information:

66 calories, 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 2mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium, 8g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, n/a sugar, 1g protein.

I love brownies...all kinds of brownies!

Chewy Brownies

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Ingredients:

6 medium eggs, beaten

3 cups of sugar

2-1/4 cups of flour

1 cup of melted margarine

6 tablespoons of cocoa

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1-1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 large packet of walnuts, broken

Preparation Instructions:

Combine the melted margarine, cocoa, and the sugar.  Add the six beaten eggs.

Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder and add to other mixture.  Add the vanilla and broken walnuts.

Bake in a greased and floured 18*12 inch jelly roll pan at 375°F (190°C) for 20 minutes.

Russian Tea Cookies...Yummy in my tummy!

Russian Tea Cookies

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1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening

2 cups Flour

4 tablespoons Sugar

1/2 cup Butter OR Margarine

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

1-1/2 cups Nuts; ground

Confectionary Sugar

Cream shortening, margarine and sugar. Add vanilla extract, flour and nuts. Form little balls of dough with teaspoon of batter. Place on UNGREASED cookie sheets.

Bake 30 minutes at 300 degrees. After cooling for 15 minutes, roll balls in confectionery sugar.

Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  These are delicious and addictive!!  I  first made this recipe for my eldest nephew, Dov’s, Bar Mitzvah. That was About 15 years ago if I did the math correctly, and I’ve been making them ever since.  I do suggest doubling the recipe.  You won’t regret it!  This is one of my all-time favorite cookies!  Recipe came from the “Rochester Hadassah Cookbook.”

 

I have to try this recipe, don't you?

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Chip Icing

 

“Simple, two ingredient recipe”.

 

1 box spice cake mix
1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin

Mix both ingredients together thoroughly and fill mini cupcake liners almost to the top. These cupcakes will not rise that much and will not shape naturally. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, checking with the toothpick test.

For the icing:

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar, as needed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. cinnamon
4 oz. Hershey’s cinnamon chips, melted and cooled

Whip the butter on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the bowl when necessary. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the powdered sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and add the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon mixing until incorporated. Add the melted cinnamon chips and whip at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Then, ice the cupcakes!

Sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Source: http://www.sprinklemassacre.com/2011/10/06/mini-pumpkin-spice-cupcakes/

NOTE FROM SOFTA123:  I apologize for not posting this article sooner but real life interrupted.  I hope that this will not happen again, but I know better than to say never!


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YOM KIPPUR COUNTDOWN – DAY 5

Posted on October 4, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Cherries, Dairy, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Family, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Recipes, Sour Cream, Yom Kippur | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


The theme running through Yom Kippur that I like the best is remembering and honoring our ancestors.  In our busy daily lives, we often don’t take the time to remember those we cherish who are no longer with us.  We don’t take the time to remember those past generations that we might not have had a personal recollection of but who are a factor in who we are.

Yizkor-Remember

In Judaism, a memorial service, called Yizkor (meaning “remember”), is recited as part of the prayer service four times during the year. This is based on the Jewish belief in the eternity of the soul. Although a soul can no longer do good deeds after death, it can gain merit through the charity and good deeds of the living.[1]  It is a proven fact that more people attend services on Yom Kippur Day than any other time of the year because Yizkor is said on Yom Kippur.  In the synagogues, not only do we pick up a prayer book and a Chumash  (Jewish scriptures are sometimes bound in a form that corresponds to the division into weekly readings (called parshiyot in Hebrew). Scriptures bound in this way are generally referred to as a Chumash.), but we also pick up a pamphlet that gives the names of the congregation’s deceased and a form to fill out for charity.

In many, if not all, the synagogues, you will find a large plaque with the names of deceased loved ones of the congregation and next to it will be a lit light bulb, and in our homes we light a Yahrzeit (memorial) candle or plug in one of the more modern Yahrzeit lamps that is left on from Erev Yom Kippur (the night before Yom Kippur Day) until we end our fast on Yom Kippur at sundown.  We do this in honor of our beloved ancestors, especially for a parent, a grandparent or a child as we believe that the candle flame symbolizes the human soul.  We only light one candle that includes everyone.

History is of the utmost importance in Judaism. Whereas the sacred texts of most ancient religions focus on myths and philosophical concepts, the Jewish Bible is centered on historical narrative; and most Jewish holidays are intended to connect modern Jews with their historical ancestors and traditions.  We see this most acutely on Yom Kippur when we remember our own recent history.

We remember our ancestors during the year in others ways too.  If there is a birth, the baby is named after a deceased relative.  We do this because people believed that if they would not name their children after their ancestors, their heritage would be forgotten. Naming children for the grandparents (which is normal but a baby can be named for any deceased ancestor) fosters a sense of continuity and purpose.

At Passover we recall our ancestor’s Exodus from Egypt and their journey to the Promised land.  As children we are told bible stories which tell the history of our people.  Each time the Torah is read, we remember those of biblical times that came before us.

But the best way to remember and honor our ancestors is to practice charity in whatever way we are able to.  We should strive to be the best person we can be so we can live up to their expectations of us.  We may fail, but if we at least try, that is a mitzvah (a good deed).

So, this year, as you sit around the table at your break fast, tell family stories, remember and pass those stories down to the next generation and remind your own generation of stories that may link them to you whether you know it or not.

This year, I will take the time to remember my beloved father, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles who are no longer with us.  I will remember my cousin, Roger, who died way too young, and I will remember my best friend, Beverly Clark.  I will remember my friends Sam & Florence Vyner, Elaine Rubin, Sam Goldstein and Florence Epstein.  I will remember those that died during the Holocaust at the hands of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party.  I will remember those martyrs that died because they were Jewish.  I will remember those who have fought to protect our freedom and our country in all the wars that we have been involved in.  I will remember those who died on September 11, 2001. May they all rest in peace.  Amen.

To help sweeten the remembrance of these special people, I offer you this sour cream cake recipe:

Sour Cream and Cherry Coffee Cake

Sour Cream & Cherry Coffee Cake

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1 – 18 oz package white cake mix

1 – 8 oz container sour cream

3 – eggs

1/4 – cup water

1 – 21 oz can Lucky Leaf cherry pie filling

1/4 – cup sliced almonds, optional

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a jelly-roll pan or 9 x 13 inch baking pan.

Mix together the sour cream, eggs and water. Combine with the cake mix. Spread mixture into a greased baking dish and drop the pie filling over the batter in spoonfuls. Make sure to swirl the pie filling throughout the batter. If not the pie filling will settle in the middle.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Test with toothpick for doneness. Cool in pan and drizzle with a simple icing if desired.

Simple Icing

1 ½ – cups powdered sugar

2 – tablespoons milk

½ – teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over coffee cake and garnish with sliced almonds.

 

 

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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 2

Posted on September 27, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Cherries, Dairy, Desserts, Family, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, My Ramblings, Paerve, Parve, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


Today I haven’t felt well so this is a short one…just enough to post today’s honey cake recipe. Tomorrow look for a Rosh Hashanah Gift from me to you.

Just a note…I want to say how proud I am of my step-daughter. Rhona made 14 challahs yesterday and is making 11 more today! WTG, Rhona!!! Being out of work for a while made Rhona go crazy, so she decided to go into the challah-making business. She’s just beginning and does it mostly for people from her synagogue. But word of mouth is making business boom for the holidays. She even has my grandson, Marc, working for her! He gets the profits from whatever he makes. Rhona tells me he is an expert braider now. So, it goes to show you, you don’t have to sit back in these lean times. Keep up the good work, Rhona!

My husband is out shopping for Yom Tov groceries. I can’t wait to see what he brings home. I’m going down in a bit to take the brisket out of the freezer so I can make it tomorrow.

Here’s today’s honey cake recipe. Don’t forget, keep your eyes out for tomorrow’s post and in case you can’t stop by tomorrow, I’ll take the time now to wish all of you and yours a Sweet, Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, Love-Filled New Year! L’Shanah Tova Tikatavu.

Golden Crown Honey Cake

Golden Crown Honey Pound Cake
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Makes 3 loaves

1 cup Butter or margarine
3 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole maraschino cherries, drained
1/2 cup broken pecans

Bring butter and eggs to room temperature.

In large mixer bowl, beat butter on medium speed of electric mixer
about 1 minute. Gradually add honey, then sugar; beat 5 to 7 minutes
after all honey and sugar are added.

Add vanilla and lemon peel; mix well. Add eggs one at a time; beat
after each addition. Scrape bowl frequently.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; mix well.

Add flour mixture to egg mixture; beat on low speed only until
ingredients are blended; gently stir in cherries and pecans. Pour
batter into three* (6 x 3-1/4 x 2-1/2 in.) greased and floured loaf
pans.

Bake at 325°F 40 to 50 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near
center comes clean. Cool 15 minutes in pan. Remove from pan; cool
completely on wire rack.

Makes 3 loaves.

*One 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan may be used. Bake at 325°F about 60
minutes.

Prep Time: About 30 minutes

Bake Time: Less than 1 hour

Serving Suggestion: For gift-giving, wrap in colored plastic wrap.

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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 3

Posted on September 26, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Apricots, Breads - Yeast, Cakes, Cherries, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Honey, Jewish, Jewish Prayers & Blessings, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, My Ramblings, Oranges, Parve, Peaches, Pies, Poultry, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


3
 The gematria of the Hebrew letter ג
 A symbol of holiness. The Holy of Holies occupied one-third, and the Holy Place two-thirds, of the entire Temple.
 There were three vessels each for the altar of burnt offering, the altar of incense, and the Ark.
 The candlestick had twice three arms (besides the shaft, which also held a lamp), and each arm had three knobs.
 The priestly blessing consists of three sections (Num. vi. 24, 25)
 In kedusha, word “holy” is recited three times.
 The patriarchs of the Jewish people
 The number of prayers recited daily
 The number of Shabbat meals
 The number of shofar sounds
 The Shalosh Ragalim (Jewish festivals): Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot]
 Number of aliyot for a Torah reading on a weekday or at mincha
 Date in Tishrei of the Fast of Gedalia

SOFTA123’S NOTE: Glossary for the above will appear at the end of this post, after the honey cake recipe. The above I found at Wikipedia.com and for the glossary definitions I went to both Wikipedia.com and Chabad.org.

I was just searching for something to inspire me to write about today when I read a wonderful article by by Rabbi Benjamin Blech which was posted on Aish.com’s website. The article was entitled “Can we be optimistic about the coming new year?” I highly recommend reading this article. Anyhow, in reading this article, I came up with the inspiration of finding out the Judaic symbolism of the number for number 3 (as today is Countdown Day Number 3) and write about lists of three. But first I wanted you to see what the Judaic meaning of the number is according to an article I found on Wikipedia.org. That is the reason why I began this post the way I did. Ok, so this post is all about me.

MY MOST IMPORTANT 3

My three grandchildren: (In order of birth)

Marc
Rachael
Joshua

3 OF MY FAVORITE WOMEN

My Mother
My Aunt Hushie
Golda Meir

3 OF MY FAVORITE MEN

My Father
My Uncle Hockey
My Husband

3 OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES

Marrying my husband
Throwing my parents surprise parties
The birth of all three of my grandchildren (ok, so I cheated…I know this should be three separate items, but it’s my blog so I can make up my own rules!)

3 WORLD EVENTS I VIVIDLY REMEMBER

The 1972 Munich Olympics when 11 Israeli athletes were killed by 5 Arab terrorists.
The 1976 Raid on Entebbe
9/11
The Assassination of President Kennedy

I had to include 4 events here because there was no way that I could exclude any of these four horrible events.

3 OF MY FAVORITE WORDS

Oy
Love
Great

3 OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS

God’s Game by Father Andrew Greeley
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
The Eight by Katherine Neville

3 OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES

Backstreet
Beloved Infidel
A Man and A Woman

3 OF MY FAVORITE SONGS

Maggie May – Rod Stewart
500 Miles – Bob Dillon
Atlantis – Donovan

3 OF MY FAVORITE FOODS

Potato Latkes
Potato Kugel
Hot Dogs

3 OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO

Read with my husband
Blog
Crochet

Now, in honor of the number 3, I will post 3 extra recipes for your Rosh Hashanah celebration!

A Sweet Treatment for Chicken!

Cardamom Honey Chicken
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Filed under Chicken, Gluten-Free, Main Course

Cardamom Honey Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

Marinade

4 tablespoons Honey
2 tablespoons Sherry
1 teaspoon Cardamom Seeds; ground with mortar and pestle
1 teaspoon Peppercorns; ground

Chicken

6 Chicken Breasts OR one whole Chicken, cut into parts
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Lemon; thinly sliced
Salt and pepper

ELISE’S NOTE: “On my recent trip to New Zealand, my hosts sent me home with a wonderful cookbook from BeesOnline, a local café and honey factory right outside Auckland. The Cardamom and Honey-Glazed Chicken recipe caught our eye and we made it a few days ago. I’ve never thought to use cardamom as a spice for chicken before; the result was quite fragrant and delicious. The leftovers made for a flavorful chicken salad the next day.”

Posted by Elise on Jul 2, 2006

Method

ELISE’S NOTE: If a recipe calls for ground cardamom, it is best to start with whole pods. Break open the pods to release the tiny brown and black cardamom seeds. Use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to grind the seeds.

1 PREHEAT oven to 390°F. Warm the honey, stir in the sherry, cardamom and peppercorns. Place marinade and chicken in a LARGE bowl, coat chicken with marinade. COVER with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

2 Heat olive oil in a LARGE frying pan at MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Sear the chicken, skin side down, until golden.

3 Place lemon slices in a roasting pan. Lay the chicken pieces on top. Brush with the marinade. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven and bake until done, approximately 15 minutes for breasts, 20 minutes for thighs, wings, and drumsticks.

Remove from oven and LET REST for 10 minutes BEFORE serving. Pour out drippings from the pan into a gravy boat for gravy.

Serve with rice, mashed potatoes, or couscous.

Honey Apple Pie With Orange Lattice Crust

Honey Apple Pie With Orange Lattice Crust
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Source: Bon Appétit | March 1998

User rating: 4 forks

Main ingredients: Honey, Cherry, Orange, Peach, Apricot, Apple

Cuisine: American

Type: Pie/Tart

Yield: Makes 8 servings

“Using orange juice instead of water in the crust enhances the fruit flavors in the filling. To prevent the dough from sticking, lightly flour the work surface and the dough, sprinkling with more flour as needed; also, roll just to the edges of the dough, not over them, rotating the dough often. “

Ingredients:

For crust:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 to 7 tablespoon chilled orange juice

For filling:

2 generous tablespoons coarsely chopped dried tart cherries
2 generous tablespoons finely chopped dried apricots
2 generous tablespoons finely chopped dried peaches
2 tablespoons orange juice
2-1/2 pounds Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
3-1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Preparation :

Make crust:

Combine flour, sugar and salt in large bowl; add butter. Using fingertips, rub in butter until pieces range in size from rice grains to peas. Add shortening; rub in until pieces are size of
small peas. Sprinkle 5 tablespoons juice over, tossing gently with fork to blend. Continue adding enough juice 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; divide into 2 parts, 1 slightly larger than the other. Flatten dough onto disks. Wrap in plastic; chill 1 1/2 hours or up to 1 day.

Make filling: Mix cherries, apricots, peaches and orange juice in large bowl. Let stand 30 minutes.

Mix in apples, flour, cinnamon and cardamom; then mix in honey, butter and orange peel.

Position rack in bottom third of oven, and preheat to 425°F.

Roll out larger dough disk on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer dough to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Trim overhand to 1/2 inch.

Roll out second dough disk on lightly floured surface to 12-inch round. Using fluted pastry wheel or knife, cut dough into 1/2-inch-wide strips.

Spoon filling into bottom crust.

Arrange 6 pastry strips evenly atop filling. Arrange 6 more strips at right angles, forming lattice. Fold under ends of strips with overhanging dough.

Crimp crust edge decoratively.

Bake pie 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake until apples are tender and juices bubble thickly around edge, about 1 hour 10 minutes longer. Transfer pie to rack. Cool 1 hour.

New Years Apple Challah

New Year’s Apple-Cinnamon Challah
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Dough ingredients:

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil or melted butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons dry yeast
5 to 6 cup flour

Apple filling:

3 cups coarsely chopped apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice (skip if apples are tart)

Egg wash:

1 beaten egg
1 teaspoon sugar
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling, optional

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the first seven dough ingredients,
in order listed. Stir in a cup or two of the flour, and then add yeast.

2. Add enough additional flour to equal about 5 cups, and stir/knead
into a smooth dough, adding additional flour if needed. Knead dough for 8-10 minutes. Shape into a ball, place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45-60 minutes.

3. Place apple filling ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to coat.
Set aside.

4. Punch down the risen dough, kneading to remove excess air bubbles.
On a lightly-floured surface, roll the dough into a large round, about 1/2-inch thick. Spread apple mixture over the dough.

5. Fold the edges of the dough over the apples and continue to
fold/roll the dough to make one big lump with the filling enclosed. Let rest 5 minutes.

6. Grease a 10-inch spring form pan. Place spring form pan on a large
cookie sheet (to catch any leaks during rising/baking).

7. Now, this part gets messy. Using a sharp knife (I use a serrated
one), cut off chunks of the dough and place them in the prepared pan.
You should end up with 15-20 chunks of dough (though a particular
number doesn’t matter). The apple pieces should be randomly dispersed
throughout the dough chunks. Sprinkle with any escaped apple pieces.

8. Combine the egg and sugar and then dab the egg wash over the top of the dough. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Cover gently with a piece of plastic wrap and place pan in a warm location to rise.

9. *When dough has almost doubled in size, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and then place baking sheet/spring form in the middle of the oven (remove the piece of plastic wrap first, of course!!!) to bake for 45-55 minutes or until done.

POSTER’S NOTE: When I make this, usually the edges of the top get well-browned before the middle is cooked. So, after about 25-30
minutes, I cover the darker areas loosely with foil — sometimes
forming a large loose “ring” of foil (with no foil in the middle) to
lay on top.

10. When challah is done, remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out of pan onto a cooling rack and cover with a clean towel until completely cool.

Additional Poster’s Notes:

This recipe was passed to me from a friend, Cheryl O. I believe it is
originally from a Jewish cookbook. The instructions and photos are my
own. 🙂

Preparation Time:

1 hour (plus rising time) Cooking Time:

45-55 minutes or longer

SOFTA123’S NOTE: To make the challah truly Kosher, before baking take a piece of dough about the size of a golf ball, roll it into a ball and recite the following blessing over it:

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kideshanu be-mitzvosav ve-tzivanu lehafrish challah min ha-isah.

You are blessed, Lord our God, Sovereign of the world, Who made us holy with His commandments and commanded us to separate challah from the dough.

Then burn the ball (I let it bake alongside the challah) then throw it out. DO NOT EAT IT!!! This symbolizes the sacrifice given to the priests at the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

And for the grand finale….today’s honey cake recipe!

Pistachios in this recipe offer a nice change from walnuts.

Honey Cake
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Ingredients

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups honey
1-1/2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup shelled white pistachio nuts
1/2 cup shelled walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried apricots cut in bite-size pieces
1 teaspoon unsalted margarine for greasing the baking pans
1/4 cup slivered almonds

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. Set aside.

3. In another bowl, mix the honey, orange juice, the nuts except the almonds and the dried fruits together.

4. Add the orange juice-honey mixture to the flour. Mix well with a wooden spoon.

5. Grease two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans with the margarine. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans.

6. Sprinkle the almonds on top of the batter.

7. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for one hour and 45 minutes. Test to see if the cake is done by inserting a skewer in the center. If it comes out dry, the cake is done.

8. Cool the cakes on a rack. Loosen the sides before unmolding.

YIELD : 14 to 16 servings

Originally published with FOOD; HOPE AND HONEY By COLETTE ROSSANT, September 21, 1986

GLOSSARY

gematria – Gematria or gimatria (Hebrew: גימטריה‎, gēmaṭriyā) is a system of assigning numerical value to a word or phrase, in the belief that words or phrases with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other, or bear some relation to the number itself as it may apply to a person’s age, the calendar year, or the like. A good example of Gematria is the Hebrew word Chai (“life”), which is composed of two letters which add up to 18. This has made 18 a “lucky number” among Jews, and gifts in multiples of 18 are very common among Jews.

Holy of Holies – The Holy of Holies, as its name implies, was the most sacred part of the entire ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Entry was forbidden except on Yom Kippur when the High Priest entered the Inner Sanctuary. In Hebrew it is called Kodesh HaKodashim.

priestly blessing – The priest(s) recite(s) aloud the fifteen words of the priestly blessing. In Hebrew it is called Birkat Kohanim. The Kohanim recite the blessings word-by-word as the Cantor recites them. The Birkat Kohanim are only said during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the Diaspora.

‘May G d bless you and guard you.
‘May G d shine His countenance upon you and be gracious to you.
‘May G d turn His countenance toward you and grant you peace.'” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Last year, Paul and I accompanied Rhona, Jeremy and Marc to their synagogue for Rosh Hashanah services. At Congregation Ahavath Israel we were treated to the most poignant recitation and chanting of the Birkat Kohanim that I have ever been to. There an elderly father and his middle-age son, both with wonderful voices, chanted the Birkat Kohanim with such feeling that I was totally in awe. It is one of the things I will miss most by not going to Kingston to celebrate with Rhona, Jeremy and Marc this year. I wish that Scott, Lisa, Rachael and Joshua could experience Rosh Hashanah in Kingston with us.

kedusha – The Kedusha (Hebrew: קדושה‎) is traditionally the third section of all Amidah prayer recitations. The silent Amidah it is a short prayer, but in the repetition, which requires a minyan (10 men over the age of 13, although in Conservative and Reform congregations women over the age of 13 are also counted), it is considerably lengthier. The liturgy varies among different communities and during different services, but they all hold in common three lines from the Bible (though translations vary): Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh Adonai Tz’vaot M’lo Khol Ha’aretz K’vodo (“Holy, Holy, Holy, The Lord of Hosts, The entire world is filled with His Glory”), Baruch K’vod Adonai Mim’komo (“Blessed is the Glory of the Lord in Its Place”), and Yimloch Adonai L’Olam, Elohayich Tziyon L’dor Vador Hall’luyah (“The Lord shall reign forever, Your G-d, O Zion, from generation to generation, Hallelujah”)

The Kedusha is enhanced during the morning and Musaf services of Shabbat and Festivals and between the biblical verses there are more praises. The Musaf service of Shabbat and Festivals as well as all of the Kedushas of Yom Kippur additionally contain the opening line of the Shema prayer.

patriarchs – The three patriarchs of the Jewish people are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

prayers – Jewish Law instructs Jews to pray three times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. These prayers are called Shacharit (morning), Mincha (afternoon) and Maariv (evening).

Shabbat meals – On Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), Jews are required to eat three meals. The first one occurs on Friday night and is a lavish dinner. The second required meal is Saturday afternoon, after everyone goes to the synagogue to prey, and it also is a lavish meal. The third meal is Saturday evening and it is a light meal.

shofar – For an in depth description of the shofar (ram’s horn), please see my post of September 24, 2011. There are three sounds that the shofar makes tekiah, shevarim and teruah. Tekiah is a single long burst of the shofar, shevarim are three medium bursts and teruah is at least nine short bursts.

The Shalosh Ragalim – Jewish festivals Pesach (Passover also known as The Festival of Freedom) celebrates freedom, Sukkot (The Festival of Booths) celebrates Jewish unity, and Shavuot (The Festival of Weeks) celebrates the giving and receiving of the Torah and the 10 Commandments.

aliyot – Honors given at Torah services. There can be no more than seven honors given at one service. These honors include opening and closing the Ark, undressing and dressing the Torah, saying the Blessings over the Torah, carrying the Torah and reading the Torah.

Tishrei – Tishrei (pronounced Tish-ray) is the Hebrew month that corresponds to the Gregorian calendar months of September-October. It is the month in which the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot are celebrated.

Fast of Gedalia – On the third day of Tishrei we mourn the assassination of Gedaliah ben Achikam, governor of the first Jewish commonwealth in the Holy Land. When Gedaliah was assinated, Jewish autonomy came to an end. In his honor and memory Jews fast on this day.

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