Cookies

COOKIES, COOKIES, COOKIES – CUT-OUTS

Posted on November 24, 2011. Filed under: Amish, Chanukah, Chanukah Cookies, Chocolate, Christmas, Christmas Cookies, Comfort Foods, Cookies, Cut-Out Cookies, Dairy, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, German, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Oranges, Paerve, Parve, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Good morning…well it’s 4:49 AM EST as I begin this post.  I was going to do a 30 Day Cookie Countdown for Chanukah and Christmas, but with my upcoming surgery and going to my Mom’s for the 6 week recuperation period, I don’t know how often I will be able to post.  But, hopefully I’ll be back home faster than I anticipate and I’ll catch up with all of you.  If I can, I will do a Chanukah article and a Christmas article before things get crazier than they already are.  In light of the “no can do” countdown, I thought I would do a cookie category of the day, and since they take the longest to do, I thought I would begin with cut-out cookies, which are my favorite cookies during the holidays.  I tend not to make them any other time of the year; unless there is a special event like a shower or someone requests that I make them.  So let’s get baking!

My first offering is a Chanukah cut-out cookie from my dbase.  I must try to make these this year, if I am up to it.  If not, I may make it for Purim.  I love poppy seed cookies like this following recipe.  They remind me of my beloved maternal grandmother.

Chanukah Poppy Seed Cookies

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Ingredients

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup oil

Juice and rind of 1 orange

4 cups flour

1/4 cup poppy seeds

2 teaspoons baking powder

Salt

Directions:

Beat eggs.  Add sugar, oil, orange rind, and juice.  Stir in dry ingredients.

Roll out thin and cut into desired shapes.

Bake at 350 degrees. Check after 10 minutes. Remove when browned.

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  Don’t frost these cookies.  They taste good plain!

The following recipe is for Chanukah chocolate star cookies.  I have never tasted a chocolate cut-out cookie, but what’s not to like?  It’s CHOCOLATE!

DISCLAIMER:   The above picture does not go along with the following recipe, but  looks to be similar.  ~SOFTA123

CHANUKAH CHOCOLATE STARS

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Yield: About 4 dozen

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Powdered sugar, to decorate

Cream butter, sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy. In another bowl, stir together dry ingredients (except powdered sugar); beat into creamed mixture until well blended. Cover, and chill until firm enough to handle.

On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8″ thick, cut with a Star of David-shaped cookie cutter.

Bake at 350°F, 5 to 7 minutes, or until no imprint remains when touched  ightly. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pan. When completely cooled, sprinkle with powdered  sugar.

Posted by Judith Sobel

I think that these Amish cut-out cookies must be devine!  I love cookies that are fragrantly laced with spices.  I would frost half of the batch with a thin confectioner’s sugar glaze (mix ¼ cup of confectioner’s sugar with a few drops of water, whisk or stir until smooth.  Keep adding water, a drop at a time and mixing till smooth until it is the consistency  you desire.  Don’t make it too thin, but if you find you have, then just add more confectioner’s sugar.  Brush the glaze onto the cookies using a pastry brush.

Amish Christmas Cookies

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1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup light molasses

1 egg, beaten

4 cups flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground clove

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets.

2. Cream butter and sugar. Blend in molasses and eggs.

3. Sift dry ingredients together and stir into molasses-egg mixture. Roll out dough on lightly floured board and cut into shapes with cookie utters.

4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

The next recipe calls for Hartshorne and is a recipe my husband has asked me to make for years.  Maybe this will be his lucky year!  Start calling pharmacies to see who can get the Hartshorne for you!

Hartshorne German Christmas Cookies

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2 cups Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1-1/4 cups Shortening

2 Eggs

1 cup Milk

1 tablespoon Hartshorn ***

1/2 cup Boiling water

2 teaspoons Vanilla

Flour to stiffen

1 ounce Anise seeds

*** Hartshorne can be obtained at your pharmacy. It is ammonium crystals

1. Mix sugar, salt, shortening, eggs, and milk.

2. In a separate bowl, dissolve the Hartshorne in the boiling water. Make sure it is completely dissolved.

3. Add vanilla and anise seeds to the sugar mixture. 4. Add Hartshorne

mixture to sugar mixture.

5. Add enough flour to the sugar mixture to stiffen and not to be sticky. It may require 4-5 pounds! 6. Roll out dough on floured surface, and cut with cookie cutters.

7. Bake immediately after mixing in a moderate oven (325-350F) for 10-15 minutes.

“This entire recipe will make between 180-220 cookies. One half the recipe is suggested (up to 100 cookies). But, they are great!”

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THANKSGIVING – #6

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Chocolate-Mint, Coconut, Comfort Foods, Cookies, Cut-Out Cookies, Dairy, Desserts, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Marshmallows, Nuts, Oranges, Paerve, Parve, Peanut Butter, Poetry, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Refrigerator Cookies, Rochester, Snacks, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Baking Cookies
I was warned that this would happen as I stirred the cookie dough.
“Now, if you eat too much of it, a pain inside will grow.”
I didn’t really listen as the ingredients swirled around.
I took a nip to try it; a better taste could not be found!I couldn’t stop! I ate and ate… a spoonful here then there.
Before I knew it, most was gone; the bowl was almost bare.
I looked down at my belly. It stuck out beneath my shirt.
And that is when the pain began, the ache – the awful hurt.“It hurts!” I clutched my tummy as I sat down on the floor.
“Too much!” I cried to everyone. “The cookie dough… no more!”
I moaned as I regretted having taken every bite.
“I should not have eaten all that dough! I know now – you were right!”

There was nothing I could do but wait, the ache would go away.
I knew it must eventually. It couldn’t stay all day.
I sat and waited patiently, and pouted; rubbed my tum.
Then I heard the ding-dong ring… the cookies! They were done!

Well, cookie dough and cookies are two very different things,
For my tummy feels much better once the oven timer rings.
It knows the fix for too much dough is cookies. I am sure.
It doesn’t really make much sense, but b’lieve me it’s the cure!

By Carrie Heyes

Today we are going to begin our holiday baking with a nice selection of cookie recipes.  Make two or three of these to have on hand for those of you who don’t like pies.  It is especially necessary to have cookies on hand if there are children or if you eat your Thanksgiving meal early in the day and then have people stay through for games, movies, or just plain chatting.  What I suggest is make enough to put out a dozen of each cookie and freeze the rest for Christmas, Chanukah, Kawanza or the Winter Solstice.  If you decide to make cut-out cookies, which I recommend, cut some in Thanksgiving shapes and some in other shapes.  Make all the cookies on one day and decorate the next day.  Don’t forget to figure in drying time for decorated cookies.  Do not freeze frosted/decorated cookies.  It is better to freeze cookies unfrosted and frost them two days before you need them.  Let the kids do the frosting and decorating.  It fosters pride in  themselves and relieves you for the more tedious tasks.

DISCLAIMER:  The above photo is not the photo for the following recipe, but looks like the ones that Fran’s cookie recipe makes. ~Softa123

FRAN SCARMANACH’S KRIS KRINGLE COOKIES

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1 cup Butter

2 cups Granulated Sugar

3 Eggs

5 cups All-Purpose Flour

1-1/2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar

1-1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1/4 teaspoon Salt

2 tablespoons Milk

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Cream butter.  Add sugar.  Cream well together.  Add eggs, one at a time.  Add flour , cream of tartar, boaking soda, salt, milk and vanilla extract.

Divide dough in half.  Roll out one ball of dough.  Cut with cookie cutters of your choice.  Bake at 450° Fahrenheit for about 7 minutes.

Frost and decorate as desired.

This recipe is for my second favorite cut-out cookies.  Thankfully, I gave this recipe to my step-daughter-in-law, Lisa, who makes them for me every Chanukah/Christmas season.  I always look forward to these cookies, as well as all the others Lisa bakes.  I will post my favorite cut-out cookie recipe when I do the Winter holiday cookie post(s). ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

REAL ORANGE COOKIES

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2-1/2 cups SIFTED Cake Flour

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 cup soft Shortening

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tablespoon GRATED Orange Rind

1/2 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup chopped Filberts, Walnuts or Flaked Coconut (SOFTA123’S aka MARILYN’S NOTE: I use walnuts for this recipe.)

Start heating oven to 400° Fahrenheit.

Sift together flour, salt and baking soda.

Mix shortening with sugar, eggs and orange rind until creamy.  Mix in flour mixture ALTERNATELY with orange juice, then mix in nuts or coconut.

Drop by teaspoonfuls, 2″ apart, onto GREASED cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes OR until golden.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

This recipe comes from my Good Housekeeping’s Book of Cookies, published in 1958.  I can remember buying this book at Senzel’s Drug Store on Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York way back when.

These cookies are really good!  ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Andes Mint Cookies

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1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup butter or margarine

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons water

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 ounces Andes mints

Pecan halves

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter or margarine.

2. Add eggs and water. Beat well. Mix flour, baking soda and salt well.  Add gradually to egg mixture. Chill dough overnight (it is important that the dough be well chilled).

3. Wrap each mint completely in cookie dough. Place 2″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheets and put a nut half on top of each cookie.

4. Bake 7-9 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool thoroughly on wire racks.

Foodgeeks.Com: Fruit And Nut Refrigerator Cookies

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Source:  Recipe and Photo by Foodgeek: dorel

Servings: 96 servings

Prep. Time::20

Total Time::30

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 cup chopped candied cherries or mixed candied fruit

Directions:

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Cream shortening, butter or margarine and sugar until creamy, add eggs and vanilla and mix thoroughly (I use my electric mixture usually on high power to really whip it up good). Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture. Mix well. Add fruit and nuts. Chill for at least 1/2 hour for easier handling.

Shape dough into smooth rolls about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper or clear wrap and chill overnight or until firm.

When ready to bake:  Slice with sharp knife in 1/4 inch slices. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes or until golden.

Comments from dorel :

“This is a great looking cookie on a tray of mixed cookies. Good at Christmas or for bazaars or church fellowships. Or just for cookie lovers everywhere. Don’t know where the recipe came from. I’ve had it for years.”

Nutritional Facts for Fruit and Nut Refrigerator Cookies

Serving Size: 1 (841 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

Calories 43.4

Calories from Fat 22

52%

Total Fat 2.5 g

3%

Saturated Fat 0.5 g

2%

Cholesterol 4.4 mg

1%

Sodium 29.0 mg

1%

Total Carbohydrate 4.6 g

1%

Dietary Fiber 0.1 g

0%

Sugars 2.1 g

8%

Protein 0.5 g

1%

Softa123’s Comment:  Most refrigerator cookie dough can be frozen up to 4 or 6 weeks. Use these tips for freezing:

  • Double-wrap dough in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and absorption of odors from your freezer
  • Write the type of cookie dough and the date it was frozen on the outside of the package.
  • When you are ready to bake, simply let the dough defrost in the refrigerator. This will take several hours, so plan ahead.

Mace And Chain Cookies Recipe

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“A friend’s family favorite recipe with a new name…” ~Frisiangirl

Prep:15m Cook:11m Servings:4

Source:  Frisiangirl

* old fashioned cookie

Ingredients:

* 1 C Butter

* 1 C Brown sugar

* 1/2 C sugar

* 1 T. milk

* 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

* 2 eggs

* 1 C. cornflakes

* 3 C. oats

* 1 C. walnuts

* 1 1/2 C. flour

* 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

* 1 1/2 tsp. mace

* 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

* 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

* 1/8 tsp. cloves

* 4 oz. coconut

* 12 oz. milk chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Cream butter and sugar. Add milk, vanilla and eggs; beat until creamy and smooth.

2. Stir flour, soda and spices together; add to egg mixture.

3. Gently stir in cornflakes, oats, walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips.

4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet.

5. Bake at 350 11 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet immediately.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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1 cup Shortening

2 Eggs

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup White sugar

1/2 cup Brown sugar

2 cups White flour

1 teaspoon Baking soda

1 teaspoon Baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 cups Oatmeal

1. Cream shortening.

2. Add sugars and mix.

3. Add rest of ingredients except chocolate chips and oatmeal and mix.

4. Add oatmeal and chocolate chips and mix.

5. Spoon onto greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes at Bake [at]350

Posted to JEWISH-FOOD digest V97 #310 by BNLImp[at]aol.com (Iara Lewin)

Yellow Cake Mix Cookies

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1 cup Crunchy peanut butter

2 Eggs

1/4 cup Oil

1/3 cup Water

1 package Yellow cake mix

1 package chocolate chips (12 ounce)

Mix all ingredients together then drop by teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

Source:  Randy

 

 

One-Bowl Brownies

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4 squares unsweetened chocolate

3/4 cup Margarine

2 cups Sugar

3 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 cup Flour

1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

ROCKY ROAD VERSION-

2 cups Miniature marshmallows

1 cup Semi-sweet real chocolate chips

1 cup Coarsely chopped walnuts

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL VERSION-

 

2/3 cup Peanut butter

Source:  Date: Tue, 11 Jun 1996 21:11:14 -0400 From: Linda Robinson

Heat oven to 350x F.

Microwave chocolate and margarine in large microwavable bowl on high 2 minutes or until margarine is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir sugar into melted chocolate mixture. Add eggs and vanilla; stir until completely mixed.

Stir in flour until well blended. Stir in nuts. Spread in greased 13″ x 9″ pan.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs.

Do not overbake.

Cool in pan; cut into squares.

Makes 24 brownies.

ROCKY ROAD ONE-BOWL BROWNIES: Prepare basic one-bowl brownie recipe above. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Immediately sprinkle with marshmallows, chocolate chips and walnuts. Continue baking 3-5 minutes until topping begins to melt together. Cool in pan; cut into squares.

PEANUT BUTTER SWIRL ONE-BOWL BROWNIES: Prepare basic one-bowl brownie recipe above, reserving 1 Tbs. of the margarine and 2 Tbs. of the sugar from the original recipe. Prepare as directed. Mix reserved margarine and sugar into 2/3 cup peanut butter. Spoon over uncooked brownie mixture and swirl with knife to marbleize. Bake 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Cool in pan and cut into squares.

SOURCE:

EAT-L DIGEST 10 JUNE 1996

From the EAT-L recipe list. Downloaded from Glen’s MM Recipe Archive,

One cookie baking hint from Softa123:  Don’t eat all the cookies up by yourself!  Remember to share with friends and family; they taste better that way!

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HALLOWEEN FUN #4

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Cookies, Dairy, Desserts, General Crafts, Halloween, Halloween Outdoor Decorations, Halloween Recipes, Kids, My Ramblings, Party Ideas, Recipes, Snacks | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Ok, back to Halloween, but before I do, I want to wish everyone a Gut Yom Tov!  We got great news last night, after a couple of years out of work, my step-daughter got a job.  We are all thrilled for her!  Shows you what perseverance can do!  Never give up!  So, Mazel Tov, Rhona!

I am continuing out ghost theme with our outdoor decorations.  I tried to find decorations to make as cheaply as possible and as easy as possible.  I will be decorating with my store-bought years ago decorations.  I know it won’t be as cool as these, but time is short.  I need to do lots of things, including going to Election Inspector School in about an hour.

BOO!


Flying Monsters Of Ghosts

If you have trees in your front yard, or something where you can hang mannequins, this Halloween decoration will look fantastic, and it will be pretty cheap to make it. You will need to buy the scariest costume mask you can find. It must be one of the rubber masks, with the complete head. Fill it with newspaper, cotton, or whatever material you have at hand. For the body you will use fabric, and here is where you can let your imagination fly. You find at Wal-Mart pieces of black or white fabric pretty cheap, what you have to do is break them to make them look old and dirty. To make them look as a gown, you only have to make the form and secure it with headpins. I use a cloth hanger to introduce the round part on the mask, and attach it to the fabric, making the gown take its shape. All that you have to do now is to hang the flying monster of ghost in a tree or in one wall of the house, the wind will move it.

A variation of this Halloween decoration can be made with little plastic skulls, small pieces of fabric and some yarn for the hair. We don’t need to use hangers for these, we only need to attach the fabric to the skulls with safety pins and hang them in trees’ branches.

Source:  Associated Content.com

Have A Safe Halloween!

Spirit Jugs

Total Time Needed:  1 Hour

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

Materials:

Clean plastic gallon milk jugs

Black permanent marker

Craft knife

String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights

Instructions:

Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.

Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).

Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

Source:  http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/spirit-jugs-673388/

Zombie Nights

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You’ll need; Cardboard, old shoes, gray paint, black paint, fake skeleton hands or gloves.

Make a gravestone out of the cardboard, paint gravestone gray then write a name etc. on the stone with the black paint.

Cut the old shoes in half the short way.

If you’ve got gloves, stuff the gloves.  Set the tombstone, hands, and 1/2 shoes so it looks like something is trying to get out of the ground.

Source:  Submitted by:  Kellee, 12, of Minnesota on  A Girl’s World.com

Faceless Ghost

Faceless Ghost

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“I saw this ghost in a catalog called Grand Inroad. They called there for purchase decoration  the faceless specter. It runs for $80. We made ours for about $7. “

Take a milk jug and cut out part of one side. With the jug’s spout up, add a large nut tied to a string, so the ghost will hang. Get some padding and cheesecloth and dip the cheesecloth in liquid starch. Now surround the jug with the cheesecloth, being sure to leave the hole in the milk jug  showing. This will later be his face.

Use some PVC pipe, and joints to form the arms. We cut holes in the milk jugsand glued the PVC into place. We used 2 small skeleton hands we got off some Halloween glasses. But any that are small will do. Glue these into the PVC.

Once the starch has dried and made the fabric solid, you can cover the opening of the milk jug, that forms the face, with paper and spray paint the inside of the milk jug black. You can do this before you add the cheesecloth too if you prefer. Now you have saved $73 and made a very neat prop.

Source:  motomom.tripod.com

(King’s Home Halloween Decorating Ideas)

And here is a sweet treat idea for today:

 

 

These are so bootiful that they look good enough to eat!

 

Coconut Ghost Treats™

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Submitted By: Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 12

“The little goblins at your house will love these ghostly delights.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 (10 ounce) package regular

Marshmallows

6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies

12 wooden ice cream sticks

Flaked coconut

Canned frosting or decorating gel

Assorted candies

DIRECTIONS:

In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated. Using 1/2-cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands shape each portion into ghost shape. Decorate with coconut, frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day .

FOOTNOTES: MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary. Note For best results, use fresh marshmallows. 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow creme can be substituted for marshmallows. Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended. Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in single layer on wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 12 Calories: 348 Amount Per Serving

Total Fat: 12.1g

Cholesterol: 8mg

Sodium: 254mg

Amount Per Serving

Total Carbs: 61.4g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g

Protein: 1.9g

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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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DO IT YOURSELF FORTUNE COOKIES

Posted on October 9, 2011. Filed under: Chinese Recipes, Cookies, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Fun, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Parve, Quotes, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


I don’t know about you, but I love fortune cookies, and I love reading the fortunes even better, so I decided to try my hand at writing some fortunes and I found a fortune cookie recipe on the net that I’m sharing here with you.  After reading the fortunes, why don’t you try your hand at writing some and share it with the rest of us.  You can do so by leaving a comment and I will edit them into this post with credit going to you for the fortune.  Let’s see how many we can come up with!  These are mine.

May you be blessed with good health, happiness and wealth. ~Marilyn Sultar

If you can’t do it the first time, take it apart and see how it works. ~Marilyn Sultar

If the baby talks too much, be glad for it. ~Marilyn Sultar

The glass is definitely half full.  May you be able to fill it up again. ~Marilyn Sultar

Stress is something that you don’t need in your life.  Simplify it. ~Marilyn Sultar

Listen to the music, dance, laugh and smell the roses so your life will be fuller. ~Marilyn Sultar

Take my advice because I don’t. ~Marilyn Sultar

Age is a gift.  Don’t regret those numbers whether they be low or high.  Live your age to the fullest! ~Marilyn Sultar

Bake yourself something special because you are special! ~Marilyn Sultar

Do you want to be Peter Pan or Wendy?  I’d choose Peter Pan if I were you. ~Marilyn Sultar

1 ray of sunshine, 1 moonbeam, 2 special people, 1 bouquet of balloons, 1 bottle of wine, 1 baguette, 1 bunch of seedless red grapes and an array of great cheeses.  Mix together and take to the park.  What a recipe for a great day!~Marilyn Sultar

If you find the road too curvy pull over and find as easier way. ~Marilyn Sultar

Don’t give life just a schmer of effort, give your all. ~Marilyn Sultar

You will find excitement tomorrow and the next day and everyday if you know where to find it! ~Marilyn Sultar

Don’t care more for your animals than you do for the human race. ~Marilyn Sultar

Don’t hide in front of your computer; get out into the real world no matter how much it hurts! ~Marilyn Sultar

Give one of your smiles away at least once a day.  Who knows, you might make a new friend! ~Marilyn Sultar

Sing me a song and let the music of your voice heal our little part of the world. ~Marilyn Sultar

Make a difference in the world, only you can do it! ~Marilyn Sultar

When life gives you fortune cookies, read them! ~Marilyn Sultar

The next fortunes I found on the net at http://www.chinese-fortune-cookie.com/fortune-cookie-quotes.html

Your heart is a place to draw true happiness.

If you want the rainbow, you must to put up with the rain. ~Dolly Parton

Pray for what you want, but work for the things you need.

The greatest danger could be your stupidity.

Love asks me no questions, and gives me endless support. ~William Shakespeare

Don’t forget, you are always on our minds.

And these are quotes that I have found on other places around the net that we can use for our fortune cookies:

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. ~George Burns

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

 

May You Have Only Good Fortune!

Fortune Cookies

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Submitted By: Aleta

Photo By: ShrinkingViolette

 

Servings: 6

 

“Write your own fortunes and place them in cookies. Great for parties.”

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

1 egg white

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch salt

1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose

Flour

1/4 cup white sugar

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a cookie sheet. Write fortunes on strips of paper about 4 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. Generously grease 2 cookie sheets.

 

Mix the egg white and vanilla until foamy but not stiff. Sift the flour, salt, and sugar and blend into the egg white mixture.

 

Place teaspoonfuls of the batter at least 4 inches apart on one of the prepared cookie sheets. Tilt the sheet to move the batter into round shapes about 3 inches in diameter. Be careful to make batter as round and even as possible. Do not make too many, because the cookie have to be really hot to form them and once they cool it is too late. Start with 2 or 3 to a sheet and see how many you can do.

 

Bake for 5 minutes or until cookie has turned a golden color 1/2 inch wide around the outer edge of the circle. The center will remain pale.

While one sheet is baking, prepare the other.

 

Remove from oven and quickly move cookie with a wide spatula and place upside down on a wooden board. Quickly place the fortune on the cookie, close to the middle and fold the cookie in half. Place the folded edge across the rim of a measuring cup and pull the pointed edges down, one on the inside of the cup and one on the outside. Place folded cookies into the cups of a muffin tin or egg carton to hold their shape until firm.

 

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 6 Calories: 54 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 0.1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 74mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 12.4g Dietary Fiber: 0.1g Protein: 1.1g .

SOFTA’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  From the reviews I read for this recipe, which was given good ratings, you need to try your hand at the recipe and be prepared to  fail for at least the first time, if not the second and third.  Just try the original and see what happens, that’s what I’m going to do.

 I posted an earlier article entitled “YOM KIPPUR COUNTDOWN – DAY 1” today, please check it out for more good break fast recipes, especially if you have been following my countdown series.  I did not post yesterday as it was Yom Kippur, therefore, I did one post for yesterday and this one for today!

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YOM KIPPUR COUNTDOWN – DAY 1

Posted on October 9, 2011. Filed under: Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Comfort Foods, Cookies, Dairy, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Hope, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Paerve, Parve, Quotes, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Rochester, Tried and True Recipe, Yom Kippur | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


I think this quote plus our seven themes of Yom Kippur (Self-reflection, Forgiveness,  Remembering our past,  Honoring our ancestors,  Personal change,  Return to good values and ideal, and charity and putting values into action) sums up everything that the High Holidays are about.  I wish all of you a good atonement (I stole that from my friend, Michael Arvé), and an easy fast!

Here are the rest of the recipes for our Yom Kippur Break Fast:

Gladys Gooding’s Deluxe Chocolate Marshmallow Bars

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Ingredients:

BARS:

3/4 cup Margarine OR Butter

1-1/2 cups Granulated Sugar

3 large Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1-1/3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

3 tablespoons Baking Cocoa

1/2 cup Nuts; chopped

4 cups White Miniature Marshmallows

TOPPING:

1-1/3 cups Chocolate Chips

3 tablespoons Margarine OR Butter

1 cup Peanut Butter

2 cups Crisp Rice Cereal  (i.e. Rice Krispies)

Directions:

BARS:

PREHEAT oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

GREASE a 13″x9″x2″ pan.

Cream 3/4 cup butter and granulated sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat until fluffy.

Combine all-purpose flour, baking powder salt and baking cocoa.  Add to creamed mixture.  Stir in chopped nuts.

Spread batter into GREASED 13″x9x2″ pan.  Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 15-18 minutes. Take pan out of oven and sprinkle marshmallows evenly over cake.  Return the cake to the oven for 2-3 minutes.

Using a knife dipped in water, spread the melted marshmallows evenly over the cake.  COOL.

TOPPING:

Combine chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter in a small saucepan. Cook over LOW heat, stirring CONSTANTLY, until melted and well blended.

Remove from heat; stir in cereal.  Spread over bars.  Chill.

SOFTA123’S AKAMARILYN’S NOTES:

For the topping, I would combine chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter in a MICROWAVE SAFE POT OR BIG BOWL.  I would heat in microwave for 1 minute on HIGH, stir and if not all melted and smooth, I would put into microwave for another 30 seconds.  Stir and repeat until everything is melted and smooth, and mixed together thoroughly.

Gladys Gooding, a friend from the Monroe County Branch of the New York  State Home Bureau made this for our annual pot-luck picnic in August of 1994.  These bars were the HIT of the picnic!  I just fell in love with them. I have not made this recipe yet. Gladys belonged to the Bayview Chapter and I belonged to the Nosheri Too chapter, which I began.

The Fleddels will not be this high!!!

 

 

 

FLEDDELS

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SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  This is the BEST recipe I have ever gotten anywhere (except my family’s and my friends’ recipes, of course!)!!!  You have got to try making these.  When you cut them, don’t cut in wedges, cut into squares, diamonds or rectangles.  I made this recipe in two disposable pie pans.  BE WARE!  These are so good I can eat one batch in a sitting!!!

Fleddel Ingredients

3 cups Flour

1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

3/4 teaspoon Grated Lemon Rind

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 tablespoon Grated Orange Rind

1/2 teaspoon Salt (but I always use half)

3 Eggs

1-1/2 cups Thick Jam

1 cup Sugar

1-1/2 cups Raisins

1-1/2 cups coarsley chopped Walnuts

2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

1 tablespoon Sugar mixed with

3/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Instructions for Fleddel

Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Beat eggs slightly; add to flour. Add oil, lemon rind, lemon juice and orange rind. Mix with WOODEN SPOON to combine, and if necessary, use your hands to finish mixing the dough and to shape it into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill thoroughly.

Cut the ball into 6 portions; parts not used leave in refrigerator.

Roll out 1 portion at a time on a floured board; roll to fit an 8 inch pie pan* so that the dough comes up at sides but not over rim.

Spread the dough with 1/2 cup jam, 1/2 cup raisins and 1/2 cup nuts.

Roll out another portion of dough to form the top. Wet edges of dough with water and seal with a fork. Either wet the fork or dip fork into flour as you go, whichever works best as a seal for you.

Refrigerate as you work the other two pies.

Before baking, sprinkle tops with sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake in medium 350° Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

RUTH’S NOTE:  “Fleddel freezes beautifully. I sometimes use a rectangle pan – a jelly roll pan will work. Then you only make 1 large fleddel.”

ORIGINAL SOURCE:  Posted to JEWISH-FOOD digest V97 #011 From: sybel@ix.netcom.com (Ruth Donenfeld) Date: Mon, 2 Sep 1996 21:59:43 -0700

 

This Mandel Bread Will Be Yummy!!!

 

Mandel Bread

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1-1/4 cups Sugar

1 cup Peanut Oil

4 Eggs; at room temperature

3-1/2 cups Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder; (heaping teaspoon)

1 teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoons Vanilla OR 1 teaspoon Vanilla AND 1 teaspoon Orange Juice*

1-1/2 cups Nuts or Coconut*

Sliced Almonds

*SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I use chocolate chips instead of nuts and/or coconut. Also, I use the vanilla and orange juice–1 tsp. each.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Beat eggs until fluffy and pale.

Add sugar, oil, and flavoring. Add sifted dry ingredients. Add nuts or coconut. Flour board and shape dough into strips 2 1/2-3″, or scoop with large cooking spoon directly on UNGREASED cookie sheet and shape into strips with fingers. (SOFTA’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I use scoop method.)

Decorate with sliced almonds or coconut or sugar. Bake at 350 degrees-375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and slice in desired size and then lay slices on their sides on cookie sheets. Use extra cookie sheets, if necessary. (SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I always find it necessary!!) Crisp slices in the oven for 5-10 minutes on each side.

Pack in wax paper in tin or glass containers. Keeps for weeks. (SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I freeze in Tupperware!!)

SUGGESTION: Save crumbs to use in strudel or kuchen.

This is my favorite recipe for Mandel Bread. I first made it for Rosh Hashanna in 1973. This recipe comes from the newer edition of the “Rochester Hadassah Cookbook.”  ~SOFTA123 AKA Marilyn

I am posting another article after this one as this would have been yesterday’s post. So look for DO IT YOURSELF FORTUNE COOKIES ~ SOFTA123

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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 7

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Cakes, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Family, Honey, Hope, Jewish, Jewish Prayers & Blessings, Kosher Recipe, Meat, Menu, Oranges, Paerve, Parve, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes, Side Dish, Traditions, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Sorry I didn’t have time to write a commentary today…lucky you! I just had time to put together this continuation of yesterday’s post as my husband has been in the hospital and was just released today. So here are the recipes I will be using this year for brisket, green beans, potato kugel, a sweet tzimmes and cocoa honey cake. Also included here are links for rugelach and honey-almond cookies recipes. At the end you will find the blessings for the holiday meals.

This year I want to try a different recipe for brisket. This is the one I have chosen. I found it at http://www.bonappetit.com.

A TRUE ROYAL FEAST--SPICED BRISKET WITH LEEKS AND DRIED APRICOTS

Spiced Brisket With Leeks And Dried Apricots
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You’ll need to start marinating the meat at least a day ahead. It can be cooked up to two days before serving.

Makes 8 servings

Recipe by Rabbi Miriyam Glazer and Phyllis Glazer
Photograph by Maren Caruso
April 2006
Http://www.bonappetit.com

Ingredients:

2-1/2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 4 1/2- to 5 1/2 pound flat-cut (first-cut) brisket, well-trimmed
2 medium leeks (white and pale green parts only), sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
24 whole dried apricots, divided
10 garlic cloves, peeled
6 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 cups dry red wine
1 tablespoon matzo cake meal
Chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:

Stir first 8 ingredients in small bowl.

Arrange brisket in large roasting pan; spread spice mixture evenly over both sides. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat broiler. Uncover brisket. Broil until brown, about 5 minutes
per side.

Turn brisket fat side up in pan. Set oven temperature to 325°F.
Sprinkle leeks, onion, 12 apricots, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves
around brisket. Pour wine over. Cover pan with heavy-duty foil and bake brisket until tender, about 2 1/2 hours.

Uncover; cool 1 1/2 hours. Transfer brisket to work surface. Pour
juices into large measuring cup. Spoon off fat, reserving 1 tablespoon.

Thinly slice brisket across grain on slight diagonal; overlap slices in 15x10x2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon 1 cup degreased pan juices over brisket. Stir reserved 1 tablespoon fat and matzo cake meal in medium saucepan over medium heat 3 minutes. Add remaining degreased pan juices and remaining 12 apricots. Simmer until sauce thickens and boils, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead.

Cover brisket and sauce separately and chill.

Rewarm covered brisket in 350°F oven 30 minutes or 45 minutes if
chilled.

Rewarm sauce over low heat.

Sprinkle brisket with cilantro and serve with sauce.

This next recipe is for my tried and true potato kugel recipe that was the way my Grandmother made it, with a few modernized methods! I can’t have enough of potato kugel or potato latkes. Either is fine with me, although if I had to choose, I’d choose the latkes. ~Marilyn aka Softa123

I CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH POTATO KUGEL. I COULD EAT THE WHOLE THING!

Softa123’s Grandmother’s Potato Kugel and Latkes
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1 large Onion
4 large Potatoes
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Matzah Meal (or flour)
1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
1 drop of Oil
Pepper to taste

CATEGORIES: Side Dish, Passover, Yom Tov, Parties

Peel and quarter onion. Put into food processor. (Yes, I updated this ecipe just a bit!!) Peel and quarter potatoes. Process the potatoes with the onion with your steel blade till consistency of puree.

Continue till all potatoes are processed. Put potato-onion mixture into a strainer to drain off as much water as you can from it. Then, put the potato-onion mixture into a large bowl.

Beat the egg and add it to the potato-onion mixture. Also add 1
tablespoon of oil, and 1 HEAPING tablespoon Matzah Meal(or flour, if
not for Passover!)[Use a regular tablespoon, not a measuring tablespoon to measure the matzah meal.] Add Kosher Salt and pepper to taste. Mix all together. Pour into greased 9×13 inch pan and bake at 400 degrees for at least 1 hour. I like to bake longer because I like it really crusty!!

TO MAKE LATKES:

Follow directions above, but instead of putting into a pan and baking, heat 1/2 inch oil in a heavy frying pan and drop really
full large spoonfuls of batter into the oil and fry on one side until golden then turn over and fry on the other.

Line a plate with toweling or line a counter with a couple thicknesses of brown paper bags to drain the fried latkes on. Repeat till all of the batter is used.

I use vegetable oil or peanut oil to fry latkes in.

When making latkes you don’t need to add the extra drop of oil to
batter, but you do need it when making kugel.

Triple recipe for 12-18 people, small pieces.

I have never made a sweet tzimmes so I had to do some research. This recipe for a sweet tzimmes sounded interesting to me. I’m going to try it, so let’s hope it turns out for all of us!

This is about the right size dice for this tzimmes recipe.

Tzimmes
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By Leslie in Texas on April 10, 2003

Prep Time: 30 minsTotal Time: 1 hrs 15 mins

Servings: 6-8

“This is from the Houston Chronical’s food section entitled ” Feast at a Jewish Table”. The recipe was reprinted from The Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook, a Compilation of fund raising cookbooks from Hadassah women around the country and Israel.” ~Leslie in Texas

Ingredients

2 medium carrots, coarsely diced
1 medium sweet potatoes or 1 medium yams, coarsely diced
1 large baking apples, seeded and coarsely diced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted margarine, melted
1/2 cup matzo meal
1/2 cup pitted prunes (optional) or 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
2 tablespoons sweet wine or 2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°. Grease an 11×7-inch baking pan. By hand or in
food processor in two batches, chop and mix all ingredients. Put in
prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

I wanted to try something different in the way of green beans this holiday, so, again I searched and searched and searched the Internet, finally I think I struck gold with this recipe for Paula Dean’s Fancy Green Beans.

PAUL DEEN'S FANCY GREEN BEANS

Fancy Green Beans

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time: 15 min
Inactive Prep Time: Cook Time: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

• 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1 tablespoon butter (Softa123’s Note: Use non-dairy margarine)
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 1/2 pounds fresh green beans
• 2 slices bacon (Softa123’s Note: Omit bacon or substitute beef frye.)
• 1/2 cup red bell pepper strips
• 1/2 cup thin onion wedges
• 1/2 cup whole cashews

Directions

In a small bowl, stir together the teriyaki sauce, honey, and butter.

Fill a bowl with cold water and ice cubes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the lemon juice. Drop in the beans and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until beans are bright green. Drain the beans in a colander and then plunge them into the iced water. Drain again and set aside.

In a skillet, cook the bacon until very crispy, crumble and set aside. Sauté the bell pepper and onion in the hot bacon fat for 2 minutes. Add the beans, cashews, and bacon to the skillet. Add the teriyaki-honey sauce and toss gently.

I am dying to try this next recipe. I guess I’m in the mood for changes this year, after all, as a female, I’m entitled to change things around!

COCOA HONEY CAKE


COCOA HONEY CAKE RECIPE

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Ingredients:

2/3 cup honey
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1-1/2 cups flour, less 1 tablespoon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tbsps. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup apple juice (or orange juice, or water)
1 pinch nutmeg (hefty pinch)

Directions:

Step #1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees F, & lightly grease 8 X 4 loaf pan.

Step #2 Line the bottom of the pan with greased parchment paper.

Step #3 Whisk flour with cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, & nutmeg.

Step #4 Place beaten eggs in another bowl, & add sugar & honey, beating until smooth & light in color.

Step #5 Gradually beat in oil until mixed.

Step #6 Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture alternating with juice (or water).

Step #7 Pour the batter into the prepared pan, & top this with sliced almonds.

Step #8 Bake 50 mins, or until pick comes out clean after inserting in center of the cake.

Step #9 Cool 15 mins, then turn out onto rack & peel off paper.

Step #10 Wrap in plastic when completely cool, then in foil wrap.

Enjoy the Cocoa Honey Cake recipe!

Another new recipe to add to my overflowing dbase is this brownie recipe. Paul and I absolutely love dark chocolate, so this is a must try in my house!

SUPER QUICK DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

SUPER QUICK DARK CHOCOLATE BROWNIES
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September 22nd 2011
Contributed by: joyofkosher.com

These better-for-you brownies are rich in chocolate, but balanced in sweetness by adding almonds, which also add a little crunch.

Times

Prep time: 10
Cook time: 25
Ready time: 35 min

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped almonds

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

In large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa powder, flours, baking powder and salt.

In separate medium bowl, combine eggs, canola oil and vanilla. Combine egg mixture into flour mixture, mixing well. Stir in chocolate chips and almonds.

Spread batter in lightly greased 8- x 8-inch (20 x 20-cm) baking pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack before slicing.

Source: Canola Info

Nutritients

Nutritional Information Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies Servings Per
Recipe: 16

Amount Per Serving Calories: 130 Total Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 15mg
Sodium: 55mg Total Carbs: 19g Dietary Fiber: 1g Protein: 2g

You can find the recipes for Rugelach and Honey-Almond Cookies at A Tzimmes

THE BLESSINGS FOR ROSH HASHANAH

Courtesy & Kindness of Chabad.Org

YOM TOV CANDLES - MAY THEY BURN BRIGHTLY FOR YOU!

Before the meal and its accompanying blessings, the woman of the house lights the Yom Tov Candles and recites the following blessing:

Blessing for Rosh Hashanah

Blessed are You, L-rd, our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us to light the candle of the Day of Remembrance.

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam Asher Ki-deshanu Be-mitzvo-tav Ve-tzvi-vanu Le-hadlik Ner Shel Yom Hazikaron.

Blessing For Rosh Hashanah when it coincides with Shabbat

Blessed are You, L-rd, our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us to light the candle of Shabbat and of the Day of Remembrance.

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam Asher Ki-deshanu Be-mitzvo-tav Ve-tzvi-vanu Le-hadlik Ner Shel Shabbat veShel Yom Hazikaron.

Shehechiyanu Blessing recited on the First Night of Rosh Hashanah after the main Blessing (above) is said

Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-heche-ya-nu Ve-ki-yi-ma-nu Ve-higi-a-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh

Kiddush

Before starting the Rosh Hashanah meal, we sanctify the holiday by reciting the kiddush over a cup of wine or grape juice.

When Rosh Hashanah occurs on Shabbat, say all the pre-Shabbat Kiddush prayers (such as Shalom Aleichem and Aishet Chayil) in an undertone before starting Kiddush.

On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to place a new fruit [not yet eaten this season] before the one who makes Kiddush; he is to glance at it while reciting the Shehecheyanu (“Who has granted us life…”) blessing , bearing in mind that it applies to the new fruit as well.

Stand while reciting the Kiddush. Those listening to the Kiddush should respond “Amen” as indicated.

Take the cup of wine in the right hand and glance at the festival candles. The cup should be held at least three handbreadths (approximately 9 in.) above the table throughout the Kiddush.

On Shabbat, begin here.

The sixth day. And the heavens and the earth and all their hosts were completed. And G‑d finished by the Seventh Day His work which He had done, and He rested on the Seventh Day from all His work which He had done. And G‑d blessed the Seventh Day and made it holy, for on it He rested from all His work which G‑d created to function.1

On weeknights, begin here.

Glance at the wine and say:

Attention, Gentlemen!

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the vine. [Amen]

On Shabbat, add the words in parentheses.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has chosen us from among all nations, raised us above all tongues, and made us holy through His commandments. And You, L-rd our G‑d, have given us in love (this Shabbat day and) this Day of Remembrance, the festival of holy assembly,2 a day for (the remembrance of) sounding the shofar, (in love,) a holy assembly, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. For You have chosen us and sanctified us from among all the nations, and Your word, our King, is true and enduring forever. Blessed are You L-rd, King over all the earth, who sanctifies (the Shabbat and) Israel and the Day of Remembrance. [Amen]

When Rosh Hashanah occurs on Saturday night, add the following:

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who created the lights of fire. [Amen]

Glance at the festival lights, then continue:

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who makes a distinction between sacred and profane, between light and darkness, between Israel and the nations, between the Seventh Day and the six work days; between the holiness of the Shabbat and the holiness of the Festival You have made a distinction, and have sanctified the Seventh Day above the six work days. You have set apart and made holy Your people Israel with Your holiness. Blessed are You L-rd, who makes a distinction between holy and holy. [Amen]

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion. [Amen]

Pour some wine from the cup to be distributed to those listening, and drink at least 2 ounces of the remaining wine while seated.

FOOTNOTES
1. Genesis 1:31; 2:1-3.
2. V. Ramban, Leviticus 23:2; Sforno, loc. cit. 23:2-3.
On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to place a new fruit [not yet eaten this season] before the one who makes Kiddush; he is to glance at it while reciting the Shehecheyanu (“Who has granted us life…”) blessing , bearing in mind that it applies to the new fruit as well.

New Fruit

APPLES IN HONEY - HAVE A SWEET YEAR!

On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, a “new fruit,” i.e., a seasonal fruit which we have not yet tasted since its season began, should be present on the table when the holiday candles are kindled and during the kiddush. While reciting the Shehecheyanu blessing after candle-lighting and after the kiddush, one should have the new fruit in mind.

This fruit is eaten following the kiddush, before washing for bread. Before partaking of the fruit we say the following blessing:

Ba-ruch a-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam bore pri ha-etz.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.

Challah in Honey

Immediately following the kiddush (and on the second night, the eating of the new fruit), we perform the ritual washing for bread. When everyone has returned to the table, we raise the two challah loaves and recite the Hamotzie blessing:

Ba-ruch atah A-do-nay, E-lo-hei-nu Melech Ha-Olam, hamotzie le-chem min ha-are-tz.

[Blessed are You, L-rd, our G d, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.]

Cut the challah, dip it in honey (some also dip it in salt), and have a bite. Pass around pieces and make sure everyone does the same.

Symbolic Foods

POMEGRANITES - MAY YOUR BLESSINGS BE MANY!

On the first night of Rosh Hashanah, after eating the challah with honey, it is customary to eat several foods which symbolize the type of year we wish to have:

We dip a piece of sweet apple into honey. Before eating it we say:

Ba-ruch a-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu me-lech ha-olam bore pri ha-etz.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G d, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the tree.

Ye-hi ratzon she-ti-cha-desh alei-nu shanah tovah u-m’tu-kah.

May it be Your will to renew for us a good and sweet year.

A pomegranate is eaten, symbolizing our wish to have a year full of mitzvoth and good deeds as a pomegranate is filled with luscious seeds.

FOOTNOTES
1.If it is Shabbat, the Shalom Aleichem and Aishet Chayil hymns are recited before kiddush in an undertone.
2.Halachically, the two days of Rosh Hashanah are considered as “one long day.” This idea led some halachic authorities to doubt whether the Shehecheyanu blessing, which is normally recited at the onset of a holiday day, should be recited during the candle-lighting and kiddush of the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
To dispel any doubt as to the validity of this blessing, we also have in mind the new fruit, whose consumption also requires the recitation of the Shehecheyanu blessing.

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Rosh Hashanah Countdown – Day 10

Posted on September 19, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Cheese, Cookies, Dairy, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Honey, Hope, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Paerve, Parve, Quote, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes, Tried and True Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Beginnings by Maria Robinson

Note: Click on above image to read the quote.

This morning I got to thinking, “Wouldn’t it be fun if this New Year I could start my life all over! How would I do it?” Think about it…the possibilities are endless, especially if I was gifted with the knowledge I currently have. For one thing, I would stay in school and stay in the educational community. I should have listened to my Mother. But she wanted me to be a nursery school or kindergarten teacher. She was thinking too young. I love children that age, but I could not handle them as a teacher. I could not handle grammar (elementary) school or high school kids either. They would eat me alive. College age young adults, well that is iffy…no, my calling would have been to be a night school teacher for adults or preferably teach senior citizens new skills. I would have looked more into the computer fields of teaching. I always thought you had to be a math whiz to be in computers. But there are so many components to them that I am sure I could have found a niche.

Well, that’s not possible at this stage of my life, so how will I begin my life over? I don’t believe in making resolutions. They set you up for failure and that’s the last thing I need in my life. I do believe in thinking about possibilities but I haven’t thought about them enough in my life. So this year I am going to tackle my social life. I am going to gradually start living more in the real world rather than the cyber world. I am going to go out of my comfort zone. I’m going to look into doing some volunteer work again as that always made me happy. I’m not sure in what capacity this will take, but I’m going to investigate. I’m also going to concentrate on friendships. That is something I have been neglecting the past few years, and that is something important to me. I am also going to concentrate on communicating with my family members more. So, let’s see what the New Year will bring for me. What will it bring for you? What one or two things will you concentrate on in your life?

For today’s recipes, I’m going to concentrate on cookies. The first one is for my favorite rugelach recipe.

Ginger Ale

CINNAMON NUT RUGELACH
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FLAKY GINGER ALE PASTRY:

1 cup All-Purpose Flour PLUS
1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup FROZEN Margarine; cut into 6-8 pieces
1/4 cup Ginger Ale, 7-Up, Fresca OR Soda Water (SOFTA’s Note: I use Ginger Ale.)
1/2 tablespoon Vinegar

FILLING:

2/3 cup Walnuts
1/3 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Egg White; lightly beaten

FLAKY GINGERALE PASTRY:

With the steel knife in your food processor, process flour and
margarine with on/off turns (about 2-3 seconds at a time) for 4 or 5
times, until the mixture begins to look like coarse oatmeal.

Combine ginger ale with vinegar and add through the feed tube while machine is running. Process JUST UNTIL the dough begins to gather in a mass around the blades, about 8-10 seconds. DO NOT OVERPROCESS!!!

Remove dough from machine, divide into two balls. Wrap each ball in
waxed paper and CHILL IN THE REFRIGERATOR AT LEAST 1 HOUR, OR
OVERNIGHT. The colder the dough, the easier it is to roll. The dough may be frozen at this point if you are not ready to finish making the rugelach. (SOFTA123’S NOTE: You can freeze the baked rugelach also. This recipe freezes well!)

NOTE: This recipe can be doubled in one batch successfully.

Flour dough lightly. Roll one portion of dough on a floured pastry
cloth or floured board. Roll it into a circle about 1/16″ thick.
(SOFTA123’S NOTE: Make sure to keep second ball of dough in
refrigerator until ready to work with it.)

FILLING:

With the steel knife in your food processor, process walnuts, sugar and cinnamon until nuts are fairly fine, about 12-15 seconds.

RUGELACH:

Sprinkle dough with about 1/4 cup of cinnamon/nut mixture. Cut with a SHARP knife into 12 triangles (each circle). Roll triangle up from the outside edge towards the center. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Dip the Rugelach first in egg white , then in cinnamon/nut mixture.
Place on a GREASED, FOIL-LINED cookie sheet. bake at 375° Fahrenheit
for 18-29 minutes, until lightly browned.

NOTE: Ingredients for filling may also be doubled successfully in one batch. Extra filling may be stored in a plastic bag in the freezer.

I made this for the first time for my nephew, Dov’s, Bar Mitzvah. They were easy to make and turned out delicious. I then began making them for Rosh Hashannah and my step-son, Scott, loved them. One of the reasons I like this recipe is because it is paerve.

This recipe came from “The Pleasures of Your Processor” cookbook by
Noreen Gilletz. ~Softa123

Almonds

Almond Honey Rugelach
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1 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup honey, divided
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries

Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add 3 Tablespoons honey and mix well. Mix in flour until dough holds together. Form into a ball, wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or longer.

Divide dough in 4 portions; on a floured board roll each portion into a 9-inch circle. Combine 2 Tablespoons honey and lemon juice; mix well. Brush dough with honey mixture; sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon over entire surface.

Combine almonds and dried cherries; drizzle remaining honey over
mixture and mix well. Spread 1/4 of almonds mixture onto circle of
dough, stopping 1/2-inch from outer edge. Cut into 8 triangular pieces.

Roll from wide outer edge toward tip. Gently bend both ends to form a crescent. Place on oiled parchment paper-lined baking sheet and
refrigerate 20 minutes or longer.

Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25
minutes or until golden brown. Cool on racks.

Tip: Freezing tip: For longer storage, package unbaked crescents in
freezer-safe container or bags and freeze until ready to bake.
Crescents may be stored in freezer up to 3 months. Thaw before baking.

Servings: 32

Honey Almond Cookies

Honey-Almond Cookies
Source: Diana’s Desserts

Servings: Makes 4 dozen cookies

Comments:

The kids (and the grown-ups too) will love these delicious honey-almond cookies for Rosh Hashanah, bringing you a “sweet” new year! ~ Diana

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg white
Cooking spray
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped

Instructions:

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Combine sugar, honey, butter, and oil in a bowl; beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended. Add extracts and egg white to sugar mixture. Beat until well-blended. Stir in flour mixture (dough will be sticky).

Coat hands lightly with cooking spray; divide dough into 2 equal portions. Shape each portion into a 9-inch log. Wrap logs individually in plastic wrap; freeze 3 hours or until firm.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F/190 degrees C. Cut each log into twenty-four 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Press almonds into cookies. Bake at 375 degrees F for 9 minutes. Cool 2 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Original Source: Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
Date: September 14, 2006

St. Remy's Brandy - My Husband's Favorite!

Lekach Honey Cake
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1/2 cup strong coffee
1 cup honey
1 tablespoon brandy, optional
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves

Combine coffee, honey and brandy; mix well. Beat eggs in mixing bowl. Add oil and brown sugar. Combine flour, baking powder, baking powder, baking soda and spices; mix well. Add flour mixture and honey mixture alternately to egg mixture. Pour batter into greased 9-inch square pan.

Bake at 300°F for 55 to 60 minutes or until cake springs back when
lightly touched.

Nutrition: 226 Calories * 3 g Fat Total * 4 g Protein * 36 mg
Cholesterol * 46 g Carbohydrates * 104 mg Sodium * <1 g Dietary Fiber * 13% Calories from Fat *

Servings: 12

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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 12

Posted on September 17, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Cakes, Chocolate Chip, Cookies, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes, Traditions | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Honey for Sweetness in All It's Meanings.

Today’s topic is honey. Since we eat honey on Rosh Hashanah I thought I would write a bit about the Jewish connection with this sweet. First of all, did you know that bees are not kosher? I didn’t. Who would have thought about it one way or the other? After all, who eats bees? Not I! But the paradox is that honey made from bees is kosher even though it is stored in the bee’s digestive sac. Did we really want to know that? Nah! 🙂 Anyhow, there is more to the connection of honey and Judaism than for symbolizing a sweet and good year on Rosh Hashanah.

Honey is supposed to be served with every meal, smeared on the bread over which we recite the “Hamotzi” blessing (“Hamotzi” is the blessing recited over bread every time you eat it, no matter if it is a holiday or a normal day.) from Rosh Hashana until after Sukkot, honey is served with every major meal. It is smeared on the bread over which we recite the “Hamotzi” blessing. A sweet apple is dipped into honey on Rosh Hashana and we eat dishes prepared with honey. Especially popular in Jewish homes is the honey cake.

The first mention of honey in Jewish writings is in the bible as one of the gifts sent by Jacob with his sons when they went down to Egypt to seek food during the famine as it was a valuable commodity during Biblical times.

The custom of honey on the Jewish table during the High Holiday period is an ancient and universal Jewish custom. It is already recorded in the works of the Babylonian Geonim (the presidents of the two great Babylonian, Talmudic Academies of Sura and Pumbedita, in the Abbasid Caliphate, and were the generally accepted spiritual leaders of theJewish community world-wide in the early medieval era, in the 7th century, and probably dates back to even much earlier times.

Throughout the the Tanakh (the Jewish bible), honey is mentioned in connection with the land of “Milk and Honey.” Today, Jews still refer to Israel as the land of “Milk and Honey.” What is interesting about this is that the honey in the Tanakh is thought by the Rabbis to be honey from dates and figs which grow well in the Middle East. But I didn’t even know that there was such a thing. I thought all honey comes from bees, didn’t you? So now, in that light, I can understand the reason why Israel is called “the land of Milk and Honey.”

Although honey was held in great esteem, there is a strict prohibition in the Torah against bringing an offering of honey on the altar of the Beth Hamikdosh (the Holy Temple). In this respect honey was treated like leaven, which was also forbidden. The Torah does not explain why honey was not to be offered at the altar. But in some holy sources one reason, at least, is given: Honey, like leaven, causes fermentation, and is symbolic of the unruly human nature, and of certain bad traits of character like pride, conceit, arrogance. The prohibition of bringing honey (and leaven) to the altar was to remind the people that G-d detests conceit and arrogance, but loves humility and self-discipline. On Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur we pray that G-d forgives us for such behavior, so I again wonder why we eat honey on Rosh Hashanah, again, another paradox. And with that thought, here are some recipes to try out for Rosh Hashanah this year.

Honey Apple Pie Recipe
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Honey apple pie is perfect for Rosh Hashanah, but you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it year-round. A puff pastry crust is filled with spiced, honeyed Granny Smith apples and a streusel topping.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar

Filling:

3 pounds (about 8 to 9) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup margarine or butter (1/2 stick), melted and cooled to room temperature
1/2 cup honey

Topping:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
Cup ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold margarine or butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with non-stick
foil.

Roll out puff pastry between two sheets of plastic wrap to 11 x 15
inches, large enough to cover bottom and up sides of the pan. Place in the bottom of the foil-lined baking pan. Brush lightly with melted
margarine or butter. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons white sugar. Bake for 10 minutes.

Filling:

In a large bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss
sliced apples in flour mixture. Drizzle with melted margarine or
butter, and then honey. Toss again. Let rest while you make the
topping.

Streusel Topping:

Whisk together flour, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Place flour mixture into the bowl of a food processor. Add the cold margarine or butter cubes. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.

Toss the apple mixture again, then distribute in an even layer over
puff pastry in the baking pan. Sprinkle with the streusel topping
mixture.

Bake about 1 hour or until apple are tender.

Yield: 24 to 36 servings, depending on cut size

A Honey of a Chocolate Chip Cookie 4 U!

Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies
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By Bluenoser on August 20, 2005

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 15 mins

Yield: 2 dozen

About This Recipe: “a different twist on this type of cookie”

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1-3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Cream butter and sugar, then add honey. Add egg and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by
teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 375F 10 minutes.

It's Time To Bake!

Soft Honey Cookies Recipe
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Photo by: Taste of Home
Soft Honey Cookies Recipe

This old-fashioned cookie has a pleasant honey-cinnamon flavor and a tender texture that resembles cake. It has been a family favorite for years and I thought the recipe should be shared with your readers.

This recipe is: Quick

16 Servings
Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 egg
3 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a small bowl, beat sugar and oil until blended. Beat in egg; beat in honey and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well (dough will be stiff).

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pan to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 16 cookies.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 77 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.

Soft Honey Cookies published in Reminisce Extra November 2008, p53

Get out the flour, the eggs and the honey...

Spiced Honey Cake Recipe
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115 g /4oz light brown sugar
150 g /5oz butter
175 g / 6oz clear honey
200 g /7 oz self raising flour
Half teaspoon each of: ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon
Quarter teaspoon caraway seeds
1 tablespoon water
2 beaten eggs
350 g / 12 oz icing sugar

Method

Heat the oven to 180 °C / gas 4 / 350 °F, and grease a 900ml/ 1½ pint
fluted mold (Bundt Pan) .

Place butter, honey, sugar and water in a pan, and heat gently until
butter is melted and sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and
allow to cool.

Meanwhile, sift the spices with the flour. Make a well in the flour
mixture, then pour in the cooled honey mixture and the eggs. Beat until smooth. Pour into the tin and bake for 40 – 50 mins. until the cakes is well risen and golden brown.

To check the cake, insert a skewer into the centre – it should come out clean.

Variations: Substitute the honey with orange marmalade or apricot jam. Or, substitute the honey with marmalade with orange marmalade minus one tablespoon, which you can replace with maple syrup.

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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN: DAY 16

Posted on September 13, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Autumn, Cakes, Cookies, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Honey, Jewish, Paerve, Poetry, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


I like to bring poetry into my holiday celebrations. Somehow it just makes them more meaningful to me. I began this trend when I wrote my first Hagaddah many years ago. So I went searching for appropriate poems on the internet that I thought you might enjoy as much as I do.
This poem comes from a website called Poems for Free

ROSH HASHANAH OPENS THE PAGE
Written by and Copyrighted by Nicholas Gordon

Rosh Hashanah opens to the page
On which is writ, for good or ill, our fate.
Still wrestling with angels, we engage,
Harrowing our hearts, our destined state.
However, “we” encompasses us all,
As though we were but droplets in a wave
Suspended on its journey to the shore,
Hard put to any single droplet save.
And so we pray not only for ourselves,
Nor only for our family, friends, or tribe:
All must be our congregation, else,
Having thus lost hope, we won’t survive.

I like this poem because it stresses the fact that we are not alone. That Jews are part of the larger community of mankind. That no one religion should pray just for themselves. As we teach our children to pray for more than themselves, we need to learn to include all in our prayers. Perhaps if we all did that there can be more understanding and peace in the world. So this year, when you are in shul, remember to say an extra prayer for peace and understanding of all people. Let’s make this year the year that we succeed in that endeavor!

In this spirit, I’d like to offer a recipe from for an Italian honey-nut pastry to serve with your traditional honey cake. I haven’t tried this recipe, but it looks like it will be going into my try this year file. My mouth is watering! I found the recipe at Kitchen Daily.

Sfratti
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New Media Publishing / Photography: Flat Art Studios.com / Stylist: Abigail Donnelly

1 hr 20 mins total
1 hr prep

RECIPE FILED UNDER
Nut, Italian, Jewish, Baking, Dessert, Cookie, Winter, Christmas, Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
Provided By: Lauren Braun Costello

Great for kids
Budget friendly
Worth the effort
Quick and easy

Ingredients

Dough Ingredients:

3 cups unbleached flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup sweet white wine
1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted margarine

Filling Ingredients:

1 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 orange, zested
1 pound walnuts, finely chopped

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and make a well in the center.
Place the sugar and salt in the well. Add the wine and oil gradually
while mixing with a fork until you form a smooth dough. Empty the dough onto a floured cutting board and knead for 5 minutes. Return the dough to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside in the refrigerator.

To make the filling, bring the honey to a rapid boil in large saute pan over high heat and cook for 2 minutes without stirring. Add the spices, orange zest, and nuts and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat and continue to stir until the mixture is cool enough to handle. Divide into 6 equal portions. On a floured cutting board, roll each portion into a thin log, about a foot long, and set aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide it into 6 equal
portions. Using a rolling pin, roll one piece of dough to form a 4 x 14 strip. Place one honey/nut log at the edge of the dough and fold the sides over the ends of the log. Then wrap the dough around the filling, covering it completely. Place on a sheet pan, seam-side down.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 20 minutes. Allow the sfratti to
rest only for 5 minutes before removing from the sheet pan, then
immediately wrap in foil. Once completely cool, cut on bias into 1-inch slices, immediately before serving.

Sfratti keep for several weeks without refrigeration when wrapped in
foil. In fact, they taste better after they have been allowed to age
for a few days.

And now for the main event, our countdown honey cake recipe of the day! I haven’t tried to make this cake yet, but it sounds like a winner. I found the recipe at http://www.honey.com . I’m getting fatter just posting all these recipes as I want to try them all!

Harvest Honey Spice Cake
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1 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
3 eggs
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups peeled, chopped tart apples
1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Powdered sugar
Toasted sliced almonds, for garnish

Using electric mixer beat together honey, oil and coffee. Beat in eggs.

Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to honey-egg mixture, mixing
until well blended.

Stir in apples, almonds and cranberries. Pour into lightly greased and floured bundt or tube pan. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Remove from oven; cool on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar; garnish with sliced almonds, if desired.

Nutrition: 325 Calories * 55 g Carbohydrates * 11 g Fat Total * 2 g
Saturated Fat * 6 g Protein * 2 g Dietary Fiber * 53 g Cholesterol *
265 mg Sodium * 28% Calories from Fat *

Servings: 12

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