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THANKSGIVING – #9

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Alcoholic, Apples, Apricots, Autumn, Coconut, Cranberries, Crock Pot-Slow Cooker, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Gravies, Honey, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, Marshmallows, Meat, Nuts, Oranges, Pears, Pineapple, Poultry, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Often in everyone’s life, things don’t quite as smoothly as we’d like them to go, and that is the reason I haven’t blogged for the past few days.  I am afraid that for the next month blogging will be a hit and miss thing for me.  So, this post will be a long one as I’m combining many courses into it.  I do hope you enjoy these recipes and my family wishes you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Smooth Sailing Thanksgiving and hope that your turkey is moist and flavorful!  Love, Softa123

I am starting today’s blog with cranberry sauce as you can make it before Thanksgiving Day and store it in an air-tight plastic container.  I think this recipe for Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire is one I’d like to try.  It sounds yummmmy!

Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

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Rated: 5 Stars

Submitted By: Leeza

Photo By: Tricia

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ready In: 45 Minutes

Servings: 12

“A variety of fresh and dried fruits and nuts are used in this cooked cranberry sauce. Serve with turkey.” ~ Leeza

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup water

1 cup white sugar

1 (12 ounce) package fresh Cranberries

1 orange, peeled and pureed

1 apple – peeled, cored and diced

1 pear – peeled, cored and diced

1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 12

Calories: 132 Amount Per

Serving Total Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 101mg Amount Per

Serving Total Carbs: 34.2g Dietary Fiber: 2.5g Protein: 0.6g

The title of this next recipe says it all…not only is it an easy recipe, but the addition of rum will definitely make some people happy, although if there are going to be children present, I would not add the rum.

{Simple And Amazing} Cranberry Sauce Recipe   

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Recipe type: Condiment

Author: Savory Sweet Life

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 17 mins

Serves: 2 cups

“Make your own homemade cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving using fresh Cranberries. This easy recipe is so simple yet yields amazing cranberry sauce.”

Ingredients:

12 ounces bag fresh cranberries

3/4 cup orange juice

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

Optional: 2 oz gold rum

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium-high for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced – stirring occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries popping – don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve.

Cranberry sauce can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving.

I love Alton Brown.  He is my very favorite TV food guru.  The following is his recipe and I am including it for those who like a more jelloie (like that word that I just coined?) consistency.  It looks nicer than the canned stuff and I’m willing to be it tastes better too!

Cranberry Sauce

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Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2007

Prep Time:10 min

Inactive Prep Time:6 hr 0 min

Cook Time:20 min

Level:  Easy

Serves:  6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

1 pound fresh cranberries, approximately 4 cups

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup 100 percent cranberry juice, not cocktail

1 cup honey

Directions

Wash the cranberries and discard any that are soft or wrinkled.  Combine the orange juice, cranberry juice and honey in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens. Do not cook for more than 15 minutes as the pectin will start to break down and the sauce will not set as well.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Carefully spoon the cranberry sauce into a 3 cup mold. Place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to overnight.

To unmold and serve, immerse bottom of mold in hot water for 10 to 15 seconds and turn upside down on plate or serving dish. If necessary, carefully run a warm knife around the edge of the mold.

Most American families include a string bean casserole in their Thanksgiving menu.  I like it too, but here are some kicked up string bean casseroles that sound more interesting than the traditional recipe for it.  If you don’t like cream of mushroom soup, you can always substitute cream of celery soup in these recipes.  I am an anti-mushroom person, and that is what I do.

Never Enough Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: Deb Dessaint

Photo By: Ms. Ho

Servings: 6

“This is NOT your usual plain green bean casserole. This is a recipe that started with my great-aunt and has been passed around our family for years.

People tasting it for the first time ALWAYS want the recipe!”  ~Deb Dessaint

INGREDIENTS:

1 (10 ounce) can condensed Cream of mushroom soup

3 ounces processed cheese (i.e. Velveeta®), cubed

1 tablespoon real bacon bits

1 (4 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained

2 (15 ounce) cans cut green beans , drained

1 (2.8 ounce) can French-fried Onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Heat the undiluted cream of mushroom soup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the processed cheese and bacon, and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the mushrooms, then the green beans until evenly coated. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish, and top with the fried onions, leaving a 1 inch margin around the sides.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and bubbly. Check near the end of cooking to make sure the onions aren’t getting too brown.

FOOTNOTES: Note this recipe uses the submitter’s substitution in place of a bacon cheese spread, as it is not widely available. If the bacon cheese spread is available, use 1 (5 ounce) jar in place of the processed cheese and bacon in this recipe.

Tasty Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: ANDYKNEPPER

Photo By: MORUPE

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 8

“Delicious and easy to make variation of the bland holiday favorite. Green beans in a creamy white wine sauce with bacon and mozzarella cheese. Warning:  They’ll make you bring it every year!”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package frozen whole

Green beans, thawed

4 slices bacon

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup canned French fried onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Fry bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Drain most of the bacon grease from the pan, and place over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the wine, scraping all of the bits of bacon from the bottom of the pan.

Mix in the butter, milk, soup, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the green beans and bacon until evenly coated. Fold in cheese, then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with French fried onions.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through, and sauce is bubbly.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 8

Calories: 225 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 15.4g Cholesterol: 18mg

Sodium: 702mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 14.3g Dietary Fiber: 1.7g

Protein: 5.3g

Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: pearl

Photo By: Lovemyfamily09

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 35 Minutes

Servings: 4

“Green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions make for a classic green bean casserole. An absolute must at American holiday meals!”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (14.5 ounce) can French style green beans, drained

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 (6 ounce) can French-fried onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine green beans and soup in a small casserole dish.

Bake in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with the onions. Bake for another 10 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories: 366 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 26.8g Cholesterol: < 1mg

Sodium: 1223mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 27.1g Dietary Fiber:

1.1g Protein: 2.1g

What would Thanksgiving be without sweet potatoes or yams?  It is the only time of the year that I will eat them, but I am going to change that as I read an article that said it was the best type of potatoes for nutritional value.  Yams have virtually no nutritional value and are a type of sweet potato.  That is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams.  Who knew?  I want to try this first recipe.  I love stuffed baked potatoes, so this might be a good choice for me.  I’ll let you know how I far!

Ambrosia Stuffed Sweet Potato

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“ Serve this recipe as a healthy breakfast alternative or as a dinnertime side dish with baked chicken, turkey or lean ham.”

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato (about 8 ounces)

3 tablespoons light sour cream

2 tablespoons marshmallow crème

1 tablespoon sweetened coconut flakes

1 tablespoon chopped pecans

4 teaspoons drained crushed pineapple

4 dried apricot halves, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400º F Wash the sweet potato, pat dry and pierce in several places with a fork; bake for 45-50 minutes or microwave for 5-7 minutes, or until fork tender; cool slightly.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl; mix well.

Working lengthwise, slice sweet potato in half; use a spoon to scoop out all but ¼ inch of the flesh from each half.  Place the scooped-out potato in a bowl, mash lightly with a fork; add about one-half of the ambrosia mixture to the mashed sweet potato; blend well .

Spoon this mixture back into the potato skins and top each with the remaining ambrosia.

Cholesterol: 8 mg Sodium: 61 mg Vitamin A: 4,139 IU Fiber: 4g Number of

servings (yield): 2 Calories: 216 Fat: 6g Protein: 4g

Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

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“Top this lightened version of the classic sweet potato casserole with both marshmallows and toasted pecans.

YIELD: 16 servings

COURSE: Side Dishes/Vegetables

Ingredients

2-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided

Cooking spray

2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.

Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving

Calories: 186 Calories from fat: 27% Fat: 5.5g Saturated fat: 2g

Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g Protein: 1.6g

Carbohydrate: 33.1g Fiber: 2.5g Cholesterol: 8mg Iron: 0.7mg Sodium:

272mg Calcium: 23mg

Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Living Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2007

Sweet Potato Coconut Casserole       

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3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed

1-1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon dark rum (optional)

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

2-1/2 cups milk

1 stick butter

1 cup flaked coconut (optional)

Wash and peel potatoes and boil until tender in salted water. Mash with butter while still hot. Stir in sugar, vanilla, lemon and seasonings.

Beat eggs well and combine with milk. If using coconut, add to milk.  Slowly add milk to sweet potatoes, stirring until well mixed.

Butter a casserole and transfer potato mixture, spreading evenly. Dot the top with an extra tablespoon of butter, if desired.

Bake at 400°F until firm and lightly browned.

Submitted by: CM

I am also not big on gravies.  I am a purist.  I want to taste the turkey in its entire wonderful flavor.  But, for you that want gravy here are some recipes for different types.

Holiday Turkey Gravy

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Submitted By: cynjne

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Ready In: 3 Hours 35 Minutes

Servings: 10

“Turkey gravy made with from-scratch stock is enriched with the drippings of the roasted turkey, plus a bit of tomato paste and red currant jelly to deepen The flavors.” ~ cynjne

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound giblets, neck, and clipped wing tips from turkey

2 carrots, roughly chopped

1 stalk celery, roughly chopped

6 cups water

2 cups chicken stock

1-1/2 cups turkey drippings from

Roasted turkey

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons red currant jelly

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

While the turkey is roasting, place the giblets, turkey neck, and clipped turkey wing tips into a large saucepan with the carrots, celery, water, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat, skim off any foam that forms on the top, reduce heat to low, and simmer the stock for 3 hours. Strain the stock, skim off the fat, and set aside. There should be about 4 cups of stock.

Skim off and discard all but 1/4 cup of the fat from the drippings in the roasting pan, and place the roasting pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then cook and stir the flour mixture until it becomes pale golden brown, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the stock and tomato paste; bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then whisk in the red currant jelly. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

FOOTNOTES:

Editor’s Notes:  This recipe assumes that the turkey will produce about 1 1/2 cups of drippings after skimming. Actual amount may vary. The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the stock ingredients. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary. The nutrition data also includes the full amount of fat from the pan drippings, although the recipe calls for partially skimming the fat.

Nutrition Information Servings  Per Recipe:

10 Calories: 398 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 36.2g

Cholesterol: 163mg Sodium: 111mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 7.5g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g Protein: 10.1g

Rich Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

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Submitted By: benwa

Photo By: Wyattdogster

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Ready In: 3 Hours

Servings: 18

“You make this richly-flavored turkey gravy ahead, and freeze or refrigerate until the Big Day. Reheat to serve, and mix with the turkey pan drippings if you like. There’s no rush or last-minute stress to make perfect gravy.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 pounds turkey wings

2 small onions, quartered

2 stalks celery, each cut into 4 pieces

2 carrots, each cut into 4 pieces

2 cloves garlic, halved

1-1/2 cups dry white wine

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups water

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons butter, or more if

Needed (optional)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place the turkey wings, onions, celery, carrots, and garlic into a roasting pan, and roast until the turkey wings turn a deep golden brown color, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Transfer the cooked wings and vegetables to a large pot. Place the roasting pan over 2 stove burners on medium-high heat, then pour the white wine into the roasting pan.

Scrape off and dissolve any browned flavor bits from the bottom of the pan into the white wine; heat and scrape the roasting pan until the drippings and wine have reduced to about 1/2 cup. Pour the wine mixture into the saucepan with the turkey wings.

Pour chicken broth and water into the pot, and season with thyme. Push the turkey wings down into the liquid; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes. Skim off any foam that collects on top. Pour the broth mixture through a colander into a large bowl; pick meat from the wings, if desired, to add to gravy, or discard the spent wings and vegetables. Allow the gravy base to stand for several minutes for the fat to collect into a layer on top, and skim as much fat as possible. Transfer the skimmed fat into a saucepan. There should be at least 1/2 cup of turkey fat; add butter to make this amount if necessary.

Whisk the flour into the turkey fat over medium heat until the flour mixture becomes smooth and golden brown. Gradually whisk in the broth until the gravy comes to a boil and thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow the gravy to cool, then refrigerate or freeze. Reheat almost to boiling to serve.

FOOTNOTES:

Editor’s Note:   The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the stock ingredients. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary.

Cook’s Note:   For richer flavor, add turkey pan drippings to the gravy at serving time.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 18

Calories: 108 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 4.6g Cholesterol: 24mg

Sodium: 59mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 4.9g Dietary Fiber: 0.5g

Protein: 7.7g

 

 

Cider-Sage Gravy

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Source: ChrisandAmy

Photo: by Sarah Shatz

This recipe was a finalist in the contest for Your Best Gravy ata food52.com.

A&M’s Testing Notes: ChrisandAmy’s Vermont-inspired gravy would transform even the saddest, most dessicated turkey into a delicacy. It’s ready ten minutes after the turkey emerges from the oven…

ChrisandAmy’s Notes: A recent trip to Vermont acted as inspiration for us to use Vermont ingredients in a Sunday Fall Feast. We used apple cider from the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vermont to make this gravy that we served with a dry-brined roasted turkey. – ChrisandAmy

Yield:  2 cups gravy

1 small bunch sage leaves

3 tablespoons (or more) drippings from turkey

1 cup apple cider

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup homemade or low sodium chicken stock

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Add the sage leaves to the roasting pan with the drippings from roasting the turkey. (If you have at least 6 tablespoons of drippings, you can double the recipe.).

Place the pan over medium heat and allow the sage to infuse the fat and heat until the leaves start to stick to the bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes.

Deglaze the pan by slowly adding the apple cider, stirring to scrape up the brown bits. Simmer for 3 minutes.

Whisk together the flour and chicken stock in a separate container until smooth. Slowly pour the stock/flour mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it reaches the desired consistency, 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the sage leaves and add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and pour into a gravy boat to serve and enjoy.

My very favorite food to make is turkey.  After you rinse the turkey and pat it dry, stuff the cavities with a large fresh juice orange and a large onion, then you can either truss and sew or skewer the cavities closed or stuff them with crushed up aluminum foil.  I always squeeze the juice of the orange into the cavity.  My very good friend, Mary, told me she stuffs her turkey’s cavities with an orange, an apple and a pear.  I going to try that this year.  I love to baste my turkey and watch it turn golden.  I will give you the recipe for the basting sauce I make and tell you the secret to a great turkey is to baste it every ½ hour and to begin cooking it breast-side down and half-way through the cooking time, turn it over and finish the roasting of the turkey with the breast-side up.  Cook the turkey according to the package directions.  If you see the wings are getting too brown, wrap them in foil and the remove foil about 5 minutes before taking the turkey out of the oven and let them cook uncovered for those 5 minutes.

DISCLAIMER:  this photo is just an example of basting a turkey.  It does not go with the recipe below.

 

 

MARILYN’S TURKEY BASTING SAUCE

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1 stick Butter OR Margarine

1-2 tbsps. Honey

1/4 cup Orange Juice

1/8 cup Wine (I prefer a sweet wine when I make this sauce)

1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning

1 tsp. Rosemary

1 tsp. Thyme

1 tbsp. Dried Parsley (a few sprigs if you want to use Fresh Parsley)

1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

2 tbsp. Dried Onion Flakes (optional)

Put margarine in small saucepan and put on lower heat to begin melting it.  As soon as it begins to melt, add the orange juice, honey and wine.  Stir a bit then add your spices.  Mix well.  Use to baste your turkeys!

I’ve been making my turkeys with this sauce that I made up since I can remember, about 50 years now, as I started learning how to cook the turkeys when I was about 10 years old.  Yes, my mother did the hard part of the cooking of the turkey, but I was the baster.  I love the bit of sweetness that the honey and wine imparts to the sauce!  Hope you enjoy it.  You can always adjust the seasonings  to your own tastes!  ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Soy-Sauce-And-Honey-Glazed Turkey

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SOURCE: Joanne Chang at foodandwine.com

PHOTO: © Con Poulos

ACTIVE: 45 MIN TOTAL TIME: 6 HRS 45 MIN

” ‘We never had turkey on Thanksgiving, ” says Joanne Chang, “only duck. I love turkey with sage and butter, but I crave the flavors I grew up with.’ Here, she marinates and bastes the bird with soy, sesame, honey and ginger, giving it superb flavor and a beautiful mahogany color.” ~Joanne Chang

2 cups soy sauce

1 cup honey

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh ginger

One 14- to 16-pound turkey

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

1-1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder

6 scallions cut into 2-inch lengths

2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

In a very large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and half of the ginger. Put the turkey in the bowl, breast side down, and marinate at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Turn the turkey and marinate breast side up for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Set a rack in a large roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and five-spice powder. Remove the turkey from the marinade; reserve the marinade.

Set the turkey on the rack, breast side up, and season it inside and out with the salt mixture. Stuff the cavity with the scallions and the remaining ginger

Turn the turkey breast side down on the rack. Add 2 cups of water to the roasting pan. Loosely cover the turkey with a foil tent. Roast the turkey for 4 hours, basting with some of the reserved marinade every hour and adding a total of 3 cups of water to the pan during roasting.

Turn the turkey breast side up and baste well with the reserved marinade. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes, basting once halfway through cooking.

The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165°.  Carefully pour the juices from the turkey cavity into the roasting pan and transfer the turkey to a carving board. Let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, strain the pan juices into a large saucepan and skim off the fat. Add the chicken stock to the juices along with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

In a medium bowl, blend the butter with the flour to make a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in 2 cups of the hot pan juices until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the saucepan and bring the gravy to a simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened.

Simmer the gravy over low heat, whisking occasionally, until no floury taste remains, about 8 minutes. Carve the turkey; pass the gravy at the table.

Our Pairing Suggestion:   California’s Monterey region is an up-and-coming area for Pinot Noir, thanks to its cool, ocean-influenced climate, which gives the wines great acidity and generous fruit intensity. That balance makes them go especially well with the different flavors of the Thanksgiving feast—especially turkey.

Servings: 12

Winter Fruit Glazed Turkey

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1 (12-pound) whole turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large orange, cut in eight wedges, seeds removed

1/4 cup red currant jelly

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

1/2 teaspoon anise seeds, ground coarse by mortar/pestle or a coffee grinder

1. To Prepare Turkey: Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for gravy. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well. Blot dry with paper towels.

2. Sprinkle salt and pepper in the cavities of the bird. Place orange wedges in both body and neck cavities.

3. Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position.

4. For Winter Fruit Glaze: In 1-cup microwave-safe glass measure, combine jelly, marmalade and anise seeds. Cook in microwave at HIGH (100% power) 30 to 45 seconds or until melted.

5. Brush glaze over turkey during last 20 minutes of roasting time.

6. To Roast Turkey: Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (no more than 2 1/2-inch deep) roasting pan. Insert an oven-safe thermometer into thickest part of the thigh, being careful it does not touch the bone.

7. Roast turkey in a preheated 325 degree F oven about 3 1/2 hours (total roasting time) basting with the pan juices. During the last 20 minutes of roasting time, baste the bird with the Winter Fruit Glaze. Continue to roast until the thermometer registers 180 degrees F in the thigh and 170 degrees F in the breast. 8. Remove turkey from the oven and allow the bird to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. Place on a warm large platter and garnish.

Makes 15 servings.Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Turkey Federation.

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Thanksgiving – #1

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Be thankful for our bounty.

Thanksgiving

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

~Old Rhyme

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An elegant appetizer to serve for Thanksgiving.

Brie Torte

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1 (15 to 16-ounce) wheel Brie

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1/3 cup chopped dried tart cherries

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

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

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

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

Makes about 20 appetizer servings.

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

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

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

Always a good choice!

Salmon Deviled Eggs With Homemade Mayonnaise       

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Submitted By: DCTINK

Photo By: suebPrep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 24

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

Ingredients:

Homemade Mayonnaise:

2 egg yolks, room temperature

1 clove garlic, pressed

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, or

To taste

Deviled Eggs:

12 eggs

1 shallot, minced

1 (6 ounce) can salmon, drained

And flaked

1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friendship

Pat’s Chickpea, Garlic, And Mint Topping

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1 large can chickpeas (or use 2 small cans)

1 garlic clove

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1-1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons mint leaves torn up small

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

Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

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

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

Homemade Gravlax, From The Kosher Palette Cook Book

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

1/4 c. kosher salt

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

2 T. black pepper

1 tablespoon vodka

1 bunch fresh dill

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

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

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

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

Apple Wassail Bowl

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6 small tart apples

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 quart apple cider

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups dry sherry

4 thin lemon slices

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

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

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

Set aside.

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

Pour mixture into punch bowl. Garnish with apple halves.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of Fruit From Washington.com.

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

Mixed-Berry Champagne Ambrosia

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

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

1-1/2 cups red raspberries

1 cup blackberries

1 cup strawberries

1 cup stemmed, pitted cherries

1 bottle champagne, chilled

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

This tea is also good for colds and sore throats!

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

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By janem123

Added December 06, 2005 | Recipe #147569

Categories: Beverages Very low carbs Low protein

Photo by Sharon123

Total Time: 25 mins.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 20 mins.

Servings:  6

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

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced

6 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Lemon wedge (to garnish)

Directions:

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

Nutritional Facts for Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Serving Size: 1 (252 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

Calories 27.6

Calories from Fat 0

95%

Total Fat 0.0 g

0%

Saturated Fat 0.0 g

0%

Cholesterol 0.0 mg

0%

Sodium 6.0 mg

0%

Total Carbohydrate 7.1 g

2%

Dietary Fiber 0.1 g

0%

Sugars 5.8 g

23%

Protein 0.1 g

A colorful punch to serve for festive occasions.

Fruit Punch

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Submitted By: Jo Ann Young

Photo By: Danica

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Ready In: 5 Minutes

Servings: 60

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

INGREDIENTS:

1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle fruit punch, chilled

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

1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled

1/2 gallon orange sherbet

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

Maple Cinnamon Coffee

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Ingredients

6 tablespoons ground coffee

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup real maple syrup

4-1/2 cups cold water

Whipped cream or Cool Whip

Ground cinnamon, to garnish

Directions

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

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

Lightly sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.

A Thanksgiving harvest.

Thanksgiving Citrus Punch

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Ingredients

6 cups orange juice, chilled

3 cups pineapple juice, chilled

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate

2 cups granulated sugar

2 quarts ginger ale, chilled

Orange food coloring (optional)

Orange slices for garnish

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

Servings: 40

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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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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 2

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


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

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

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

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

Golden Crown Honey Cake

Golden Crown Honey Pound Cake
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Makes 3 loaves

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

Bring butter and eggs to room temperature.

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

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

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

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

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

Makes 3 loaves.

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

Prep Time: About 30 minutes

Bake Time: Less than 1 hour

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

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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 3

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


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

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

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

MY MOST IMPORTANT 3

My three grandchildren: (In order of birth)

Marc
Rachael
Joshua

3 OF MY FAVORITE WOMEN

My Mother
My Aunt Hushie
Golda Meir

3 OF MY FAVORITE MEN

My Father
My Uncle Hockey
My Husband

3 OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES

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

3 WORLD EVENTS I VIVIDLY REMEMBER

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

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

3 OF MY FAVORITE WORDS

Oy
Love
Great

3 OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS

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

3 OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES

Backstreet
Beloved Infidel
A Man and A Woman

3 OF MY FAVORITE SONGS

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

3 OF MY FAVORITE FOODS

Potato Latkes
Potato Kugel
Hot Dogs

3 OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO

Read with my husband
Blog
Crochet

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

A Sweet Treatment for Chicken!

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

Cardamom Honey Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

Marinade

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

Chicken

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

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

Posted by Elise on Jul 2, 2006

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serve with rice, mashed potatoes, or couscous.

Honey Apple Pie With Orange Lattice Crust

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

User rating: 4 forks

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

Cuisine: American

Type: Pie/Tart

Yield: Makes 8 servings

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

Ingredients:

For crust:

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

For filling:

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

Preparation :

Make crust:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spoon filling into bottom crust.

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

Crimp crust edge decoratively.

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

New Years Apple Challah

New Year’s Apple-Cinnamon Challah
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Dough ingredients:

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

Apple filling:

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

Egg wash:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Poster’s Notes:

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

Preparation Time:

1 hour (plus rising time) Cooking Time:

45-55 minutes or longer

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

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

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

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

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

Pistachios in this recipe offer a nice change from walnuts.

Honey Cake
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Ingredients

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

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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

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

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

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

6. Sprinkle the almonds on top of the batter.

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

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

YIELD : 14 to 16 servings

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

GLOSSARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ROSH HASHANNAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 4

Posted on September 25, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Cakes, Desserts, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, My Ramblings, Paerve, Parve, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


WHAT IF?

We think about the story of Adam and Eve frequently during our lives. We think how nice it would be if Adam and Eve had not eaten the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge. But do we really think about what that would mean?

ADAM AND EVE

1. What would our lives be like if Adam and Eve lived for eternity with all of their off-spring doing the same? I don’t think we’d all fit on this earth. So what would happen then? We would know no evil, so there would be no wars, so would we all starve to death? We wouldn’t know anger, so again, where would we all live?

2. If we didn’t have knowledge of good and evil, what would we do all day? Wouldn’t our lives be dull? We wouldn’t have to think if we didn’t have to choose which direction our life should go in. There would be only one direction…the straight and narrow. I think we would bore G-d in a very short time if we were blind sheep going through the motions of living day by day. You see, I like the theory that G-d has created us for his own game. Yes, hopefully, at the end of his game there will be a grand purpose to our lives, but first we need to let him play the game out. We need to do our part to make it a challenge (to a point) for him, thus we need free will. (I’m not really a free will type of person, I believe more that G-d has a grand final plan for us, but I do believe in free will…kind of a 50-50 chance type of belief.) You can’t have free will without knowledge of the good and the bad.

3. I also see G-d as a mischievous entity. In that light, could the serpent (who may have not been evil at all) have been G-d? Could he have taken on that persona to not only test us, but to direct us in the direction he wanted us to go? Wouldn’t G-d want us to experience life, so when his plan is revealed we can be worthy, not just robots?

4. So why did G-d make women suffer so for the sin of Eve? Does he really hate women? No, I don’t believe he does. I think he revels in women as he has given us such an important role to play. I think he makes us suffer in child birth in order to make us appreciate the gift of a life he gives us with each new child born. And, as Jews, we experience the knowledge of good and bad and often say, “without the bad, how could we appreciate the good?”, so wouldn’t G-d be the encourager of this attitude?

5. Also, if we didn’t have the good, the bad and the ugly (and the beautiful too), how could we soar to such marvelous heights as to be able to celebrate G-d and his love for us, and how could we make such important discoveries such as penicillin, the wheel, fire, water irrigation, the computer? Isn’t it through such things we feel a sense of pride and a reason for being?

6. And perhaps G-d has given us this knowledge so that when we do meet him in what we call “death” we will be truly thankful and know we did accomplish something, no matter how small that something is.

A Sweet Treat

So, when you go to Temple this Rosh Hashanah, think about these things, and please, share your thoughts here with us. Just leave a comment to this post with your feelings and ideas on this topic. Whatever you do while being in Temple this year, don’t just go through the motions. Think about what you are reading in the prayers and in the Torah and Haftorah portions. Wonder about your interpretation of what is really being said. Don’t sleep through the Rabbi’s sermon this year. Listen with an open mind. Most of all make this a wonderful New Year for you and for your family and friends.

To make this year a bit sweeter, here is today’s honey cake recipe.

Surprise your loved ones with this heart shaped cake!

Heart-Shaped Honey Apple Cake
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Makes 9 servings

1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup water
1 cup (1 medium) pared, cored, & chopped apple
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Honey Apple Topping (Recipe at the end)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; beat after each addition. Beat in honey and lemon peel.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda, spices and salt; mix well. Add to creamed mixture alternately with water; begin and end with dry ingredients.

Stir in apples and nuts.

Turn into greased and floured 9-inch heart-shaped or round cake pan.

Bake at 325°F for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.

Cool completely. Brush top of cake with sauce from Honey Apple Topping; arrange topping on cake.

Nutrition: 349 Calories * 11.7 g Fat Total * 4.9 g Protein * 58.2 g
Carbohydrates * 250 mg Sodium * 86 mg Cholesterol * 2.0 g Dietary Fiber * 30.1%
Calories from Fat *

Honey Apple Topping

1/3 cup honey
2 Tablespoons rose wine
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 medium apples

Heat honey, rose wine and lemon juice. Core and slice 2 medium apples; add to honey. Cook until tender and glazed; turn slices halfway through cooking. Makes topping for 1 9-inch cake.

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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 9

Posted on September 20, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Dairy, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, Paerve, Parve, Prayer Request, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


Talk about short, this will probably be the shortest post I’ve done thus far…My husband is in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer. I’m asking all my readers to please put him in your prayers. In thanks, here is today’s honey cake recipe:

Hazelnuts are also called Filberts.


Hazelnut Honey Cake
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Makes 10 servings

3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 eggs
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
Honey Wine Glaze (Softa123’s Note: Recipe is at end of cake recipe.)

Combine honey, butter, wine and eggs; beat thoroughly.

Combine flour, baking soda, lemon peel, spices and salt; mix well.
Add dry ingredients to honey mixture; beat until thoroughly mixed.
Stir in hazelnuts.

Pour into greased and floured 13x9x2-in. pan.

Bake at 325°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes on rack; invert cake onto serving plate or tray. Brush with Honey Wine Glaze.

Tip: For a kosher non-dairy meal, substitute non-dairy margarine for the butter.

Serving Size: 1/10th of recipe

Nutrition: 444 Calories * 17.8 g Fat Total * 7 g Protein * 67 mg Cholesterol * 65.8 g Carbohydrates * 275 mg Sodium * 1.8 g Dietary Fiber * 35% Calories from Fat *

Honey Wine Glaze

Makes 1/2 cup

1/2 cup honey
2 Tablespoons dry wine
1/2 teaspoon ginger

In small saucepan, honey, dry wine and ginger; microwave at HIGH (100%) 30 seconds or until consistency is thin enough to brush over warm cake.

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