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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THANKSGIVING – #2

Posted on November 14, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Cheese, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Kosher Recipe, Paerve, Parve, Poetry, Poultry, Rainy Day Foods, Soup, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


 

 

 

T’was The Night of Thanksgiving

 

T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
with anticipation.
The thought of a snack
became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!

by Lauren

Today is about soups you can serve with your Thanksgiving dinner.  Soups are truly comfort food and is always welcome on a crisp Autumn day.  So, without further adieu, here are soup recipes just for you!

 

Pumpkin And Onion Soup

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TOTAL TIME 1 hour

COOK TIME 45 minutes PREP TIME 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

6 cups thinly sliced onions

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon sugar

1 3-pound pumpkin

4 cups well-seasoned chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 to 8 slices French or Italian bread, toasted

1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

PREPARATION

In a heavy saucepan, sauté the onions in the butter over medium heat until they are golden. Sprinkle with sugar and continue cooking until they just begin to brown.

While the onions are cooking, peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and stringy core and cut it into half-inch cubes. Steam the pumpkin until it is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Puree the pumpkin with a little of the stock in a blender or food processor. Better results are obtained in a blender.

Add the pumpkin puree and the remaining chicken stock to the onions, bring to a simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Just before serving, preheat a broiler. Top each of the toasted bread croutons with some of the cheese. Divide the soup among six ovenproof ramekins, crocks or bowls and float a cheese-topped crouton on each.

Place under the broiler just until the cheese melts, then serve.

YIELD:  6 servings

Originally published with FOOD; THE PUMPKIN: NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE By FLORENCE FABRICANT, November 8, 1987.  I found this recipe at The New York Time’s website’s recipe archive. ~Softa123

SOFTA123’S  NOTE:  To make this pareve, use margarine instead of butter and leave off the cheese.  Omit the last step of the recipe.

Pease Porridge

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TOTAL TIME 2 hours 30 minutes (plus at least 6 hours for steeping)

INGREDIENTS

1 pound whole dried peas (split dried green peas may be substituted)

1/3 pound slab bacon, cut in 1/2-inch cubes

2 medium-size carrots, scraped and diced

2 medium-size onions, peeled and chopped

2 small white turnips, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, mint or summer savory, or 1 teaspoon dried sage

1 tablespoon butter or oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half, optional

Minced fresh mint or savory for garnish

PREPARATION

Place peas in a bowl and cover with water to a depth of 2 inches above the peas. Set aside to steep six hours or overnight. Drain peas and place in a soup kettle.

Add bacon, carrots, onions and turnips and stir to mix well. Cover with water to a depth of 1 inch above the mixture. Add sage.

Place over medium-low heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat until soup is barely simmering, cover and simmer 2 to 3 hours or until peas lose their shape and start to become creamy. Add a little boiling water from time to time if necessary. You should have a thick soup, but not what we think of today as porridge.

When soup is done, remove bacon chunks. Saute bacon in butter until brown on all sides.

Add salt and pepper. Soup may be put through a sieve and cream may be added if desired to make it a bit richer.

Serve garnished with the fried bacon chunks, sippets (triangles of thin crustless bread lightly fried in butter or bacon fat) and a little minced mint.

YIELD 8 to 12 servings

Originally published with COOKS ON THE MAP – This Month: Susan McGowan, Deerfield, Mass.; Giving Thanks With Porridge and Oysters By NANCY HARMON JENKINS, November 21, 1990.  I found it at The New York Times website’s recipe archive. ~Softa123

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTES ON HOW TO MAKE THIS KOSHER:

1.  Use Rice or other non-dairy milk substitute for the light cream.  It will make a thinner soup, but should still work well.

2.  Substitute Beef Frye cut into large slices OR Kosher Hot Dogs cut into chunks for the slab bacon.  What’s not to like?

3.  I would use margarine instead of the butter.  I don’t think I’d like the oil in this recipe.

Mini-Pumpkin Soup With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Shaved Parmesan, Fried Sage

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16 mini-pumpkins, 3 1/2 to 4 inches across

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Kosher salt to taste

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 onions, finely chopped

About 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying

1 cup fresh sage leaves

Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice off about 1/4 inch of the top with the stems from 8 of the pumpkins. Slice the other 8 in half.

Scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Pull the seeds away from the stringy membrane, clean, rinse, and pat dry.

Toss the seeds with the vegetable oil and salt. Arrange in one flat layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the pumpkins and the lids cut side down on lightly oiled baking sheets and bake until tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool the pumpkins on wire racks. Scoop out the cooked flesh from the halved pumpkins. Scrape most of the pulp from the remaining pumpkins, leaving just enough in each so that it retains its shape.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the scooped-out flesh from the pumpkins. Pour in enough of the stock to cover and season with salt and pepper. Simmer over medium-high heat for 20 minutes.

Puree the soup in a food processor or pass through the fine setting of a food mill. You should have about 8 cups of puree. Return it to the pot and season again with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a deep saucepan. Add the sage in very small batches and fry until translucent, about 20 seconds. (The oil will bubble up furiously when you add the sage to the hot oil.) Drain on paper towels.

To serve, warm the pumpkin shells in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Heat the soup until hot, adding water if necessary to thin it slightly.

Put each of the shells into a shallow soup bowl and ladle some of the soup into the shell. Top with a few fried sage leaves, some Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings and a few of the toasted pumpkin seeds.

Place the lid slightly askew on top and serve at once.

Serves 8

SOURCE:  Sarah Moulton

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE TO MAKE THIS SOUP PAERVE:  Use UNSALTED Margarine instead of

Unsalted Butter.  Omit cheese.

Now here is a great idea for those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers!  I know I want to try this recipe out!

Turkey And Stuffin’ Soup

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4 to 6 C. prepared stuffing

1 T. (1 turn around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium carrots, chopped, up to 2 C. leftover baby carrots, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

Salt and pepper

1 bay leaf, fresh or dried

2 quarts chicken stock

1-1/2 lbs. light and dark cooked turkey meat, diced

A handful of flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped

1 C. frozen peas or leftover prepared peas, optional

Preheat oven to 350° F. and transfer stuffing into a small baking dish.

Place dish in oven and reheat 12 to 15 minutes, until warmed through.

Heat a pot over moderate heat and add extra-virgin olive oil. Work close to the stove and add vegetables as you chop. If you are using fresh carrots, cut them into a small dice or slice thin. If you are using leftover baby carrots, cut carrots into bite-size pieces. Add celery and onion and lightly season vegetables with salt and pepper.

Add bay leaf and stock and bring liquid to a boil by raising heat. Add turkey and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer until any raw vegetables are cooked until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley, and peas, if using.

Remove stuffing from oven. Using an ice cream scoop, place a healthy scoop of stuffing in the center of a soup bowl. Ladle soup around stuffing ball. Your soup will look like a chunky matzo ball soup.

Pull spoonfuls of stuffing away as you eat through your bowl of soup.

Yield: 2 quarts, 4 to 6 servings

If you are like me, you like crackers in your soup, so why not make your own and really “wow” your family and friends!

Wheat Crackers

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Submitted By: Ray Anne

Photo By: CC?’s2bake

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes

Servings: 32

“This thin wheat cracker is simple and thrifty to make. It will taste great with any dip or spread, and they will have much more character than factory made crackers.”

INGREDIENTS:

1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

Salt for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS:

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

In a medium bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Pour in the vegetable oil and water; mix until just blended .

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough as thin as possible – no thicker than 1/8 inch. Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet, and mark squares out with a knife, but don’t cut through. Prick each cracker with a fork a few times, and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crisp and light brown. Baking time may be different depending on how thin your crackers are. When cool, remove from baking sheet, and separate into individual crackers.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 32 Calories: 64 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 2.5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 55mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 9.2g Dietary Fiber: 1g Protein: 1.5g

Homemade Soda Crackers

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Recipe courtesy Chuck Hughes

Show: Chuck’s Day OffEpisode: The Green Show

TOTAL TIME:10 hr 20 min

Prep:30 min

Inactive Prep:9 hr 30 min

Cook:20 min

YIELD:about 15 large crackers

LEVEL:Easy

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

2/3 cup warm water

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing bowl

DIRECTIONS

Try Chuck’s homemade soda crackers and you’ll never go back to the store-bought ones. In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water; stir to dissolve and let stand for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Add the yeast mixture and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to blend. If the dough is sticky, add sprinkles of flour until a soft dough forms.

Knead the dough until it is soft and has an elastic consistency, about 5 minutes. Add sprinkles of flour to control the stickiness. If using a mixer or a food processor, the dough will form a soft ball around the revolving dough hook and clean the sides of the bowl. Add flour, if necessary, to firm up the dough.

Drop the dough into a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to rest for at least 1 hour and up to 18 hours (the longer the better.)

Arrange the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

With a heavy rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle about 18 by 6 inches and no thicker than 1/8-inch. Fold the dough from the short ends, brushing off the excess flour, to make 3 layers for extra flaky crackers. Roll again using the rolling pin.

Prick the dough with the tines of a fork to help cook evenly. Evenly cut the dough along the edge of a ruler or yardstick with a pizza or cookie cutter into desired shapes.

Place the crackers close together on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt from 12-inches above the crackers to distribute evenly.

Bake until lightly browned and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on  the thickness of the crackers. Check the crackers several times during  the baking period to make certain  those on the outer edge of the baking sheet are not getting too brown. If so, switch the ones on the outside with the ones in the middle.

Remove from the oven and brush the crackers with melted butter. Let cool on a metal rack.

Variations:

Sesame-Onion Crackers: Add to the dough, with the dry ingredients, 4 teaspoons each sesame seeds and grated onion.

Herb Crackers: Add to the dough, with the dry ingredients, 4 teaspoons each chopped fresh parsley and chives and 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed.

Poppy Seed Crackers: Add to the dough, with the dry ingredients, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds.

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Thanksgiving – #1

Posted on November 13, 2011. Filed under: Appetizers, Apples, Autumn, Beverages - Non-Alcoholic, Cheese, Cherries, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Family, Fish, Friends, Friendship, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, My Ramblings, Oranges, Paerve, Party Ideas, Parve, Pineapple, Poetry, Recipes, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


 

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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TIME TRAVEL

Posted on October 10, 2011. Filed under: Declaration of Independence, My Ramblings, Poetry, Time Machines, Time Travel, U.S. History, U.S. Politics, Women's Rights | Tags: , , , , , , , |


If I could time travel, I would like to have attended the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  I would have liked to have been one of the signers of this brave act of rebellion and would have liked to have met with those farsighted men.  Of course, being a woman, I doubt if they would let me.  However, if they were to think about it (and of course in those days men really didn’t think about women in that way), it would have been more rebellious and even more farsighted.   Alas, the suffragette movement was a long way off.  I would have been content just being able to watch and listen.

Why would I choose this historical event?  I think the birth of a nation is like giving birth to a child.  You want to hold it close to you and you want the child-nation to be better than any other, especially in the case of the United States of America. Just think about it for a moment.  To my recollection, we were the very first nation to be born a free nation.  A nation without a king or queen, a nation without a dictator, a nation without an emperor or empress, a nation without a tsar or tsarina and a nation without a sultan.  Many Americans of that time wanted George Washington to be our king but he wanted a democracy.  There is a cute article posted on MSNBC’s website about who would be our king now if George Washington decided to be a king.  You can find it here:  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28696126/ns/today-today_people/t/was-washington-man-who-wouldnt-be-king/#.TpK3upuImU9 .  I think you will enjoy reading it.

There were 56 signers of the Declaration. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President).[1]  It is interesting to note that George Washington did not sign The Declaration of Independence. “Prior to its work on the Declaration of Independence, the Second Continental Congress included Washington as a congressman from Virginia. But he resigned his position as a delegate when Congress formed the Continental Army and appointed him commanding general on June 14, 1775. So he was unavailable to participate, or to sign the Declaration.”[2]  But just think how interesting it would be to debate points of the document with two future presidents and Benjamin Franklin!  What minds there were!

We all know about Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.  But do you know that Samuel Adams was the first person to propose a continental congress and that he was John Adams’ cousin?  Samuel Chase became public servant of the newly formed United States in 1796 when he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Another interesting signer was Elbridge Gerry who was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1810 and 1811. He was criticized for redistricting the state to the advantage of his own party (Democratic-Republican). That incident was the source of the term gerrymandering.[3]

Another signer of The Declaration of Independence was Benjamin Harrison, father of the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison.  “Francis Hopkinson was a man of extraordinary talent and charm. Born into a family of substance in Philadelphia, he was the first scholar and first Graduate of the College of Philadelphia, which his father, along with good friend Benjamin Franklin, played a role in chartering.”[4]  George Washington appointed him as a Federal District Judge.  There were two brothers from Virginia who signed The Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and his brother Francis Lightfoot Lee.  Richard Lee opposed the federal constitution, as he favored strong state rights. However, he was elected the first State Senator from Virginia under the new federal government.  Well, you get the idea.

The list is full of men who believed they were patriots (which is another interesting discussion point), who were willing to give up everything for their cause, including their lives.  Most of the signers were leaders in their own areas of the country.  They were men of wealth and men of poverty, many were lawyers and doctors and many were highly educated in the best colleges, some had no formal education, but were self-taught.  They were men who farmed and they were merchants.  They were men who came from diversified backgrounds.  So, I imagine that their discussions were lively and deep.  I would have liked to be a spectator to hear the great orators of their time.  I would have been proud to be counted among them.  And, if I could, I would like to tell them about how their great country evolved to our country of today.  Would I try to change anything?  Yes, I would have them include women in the new government.  I know that would have greatly changed things, but who knows, they could have made things even better.  At the least they could have provided the men with snacks for energy!  I think one thing would have changed for sure, you wouldn’t have the suffragette movement (there would have been no need) and you probably would not have had The Prohibition.

Would I really like to time travel?  I don’t think so.  I am content with the world I know, although it is not perfect.  An interesting website about time machines and time travel is “The Starry Messenger.”  Click on the photo for the link to this website as I found it there.

To explore space and beyond...

If I Could

by Marilyn Sultar

If I could travel in time

It would be sublime.

If I could travel in time

Or travel in space

I would definitely jump at the chance

To explore and wander and learn about the

unknown

And then, perhaps, I could help build something good

for all mankind.

Dedicated to Gene Roddenberry, Stephen Hawking and Jules Verne.


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YOM KIPPUR COUNTDOWN – DAY 6

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Cakes, Dairy, Desserts, Jewish, My Ramblings, Poetry, Recipes, Sour Cream, Yom Kippur | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Remember!

Remembering our past is another theme of Yom Kippur.  I don’t know about you, but I have trouble remembering what happened yesterday!   Ok, so I shouldn’t make light of this.  Yes, I can remember the past, but mostly in feelings about a specific event tied to that time, whether it is a year or a decade.  But it’s not only years and/or decades etc.  that we are asked to remember on Yom Kippur.  We are commanded to remember the times we hurt someone or misspoke.  We are commanded to remember the times that we created difficulties.  The reason for our remembering these things is so we can truly repent because it is only after we remember our past acts that we know what it is we need to change. And by remembering what it is we are supposed to do, we can grow. Memory is what allows us to do teshuvah (repentance).

Remembering in the context of Yom Kippur also means remembering those times we were hurt by someone or we were someone’s victim.  Without remembering these times, even though the feelings of those times may still hurt, we cannot practice forgiveness.  Are we supposed to forgive a Hilter, an Idi Amin or an Osama Bin Laden?  I don’t think so.  Their crimes were too evil to even contemplate forgiveness on a human scale.  Their crimes are against all of humanity and G-d, thus I think their forgiveness must come from G-d.  But we should remember their crimes and evil and we must never let anyone forget them.  To do so would be to forget our martyrs.  That, to me,  would be a sin!

Remember to share your memories!

 Figure 1 Remembering Our Lives

Remembering our lives is very important and is probably one of the most important things we are to do in our lives.  It most probably is what G-d intended the gift of memory to be.  The High Holidays are a “time for remembering the all of our lives—where we have been in order to set the course for the future. This is a time for remembering your life, your own story. We have engaged much with stories over this past year, our own personal narratives and experiences. We shared them around tables, over food. And we did so with the goal of building connections among each other. That by sharing our stories we will come to understand that we all have stories to tell, that they are uniquely ours, that they are no more valid or correct than anyone else’s story, and that among our narratives there may be common themes or situations, challenges and emotions.”[1]

Some suggestions for remembering your life and for sharing those memories are:

  1. Keep a personal journal or diary.
  2. Make a regular or digital scrapbook.
  3. Write a book.
  4. Make a family tree.

If you don’t have someone to leave these gifts with, inquire at your local historical society, genealogy society and libraries to see if you can leave it to them for posterity.  If you have more than one person who would like a copy, make photo copies for each person, but leave the original with someone.  Encourage your children and grandchildren to start their own now so they will have a love of these arts and will remember their whole lives.  As we say, “from generation-to-generation…”

Here is a beautiful poem about remembering that I came across on the Internet at Poemhunter.com.

Write things down to help you remember!

Remember This

By Kat Mercado

Remember where you came from.

Remember you name.

Remember where you have been.

Remember whom you have encountered.

Remember whom you have known,

Remember joyous moments.

Remember sorrows too.

Remember the choices you’ve chose,

Remember the mistakes you’ve made.

Remember all the lessons.

Remember the lessons you forgot.

Remember your Father.

Remember Mother.

Remember your Mentor.

Remember to remember.

Remember gratitude.

Remember to be humble.

Remember your heart.

Remember always to love.

Remember This

And now, today’s sour cream cake recipe!

 

Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake

 

SOUR CREAM PUMPKIN BUNDT CAKE

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A surprise filling of brown sugar streusel makes this pumpkin-flavored cake a special treat. Save a bit of icing for drizzling over each serving of this wonderful cake!

STREUSEL:

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

2 teaspoons butter

COMBINE brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice in small bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly.

CAKE:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

4 large eggs

1 cup LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin

1 container (8 oz.) sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan.

COMBINE flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat granulated sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin, sour cream and vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

TO ASSEMBLE: SPOON half of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle Streusel over batter, not allowing Streusel to touch sides of pan. Top with remaining batter.

Make sure batter layer touches edges of pan.

BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes in pan on wire rack. Invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle with Glaze.

GLAZE:

COMBINE 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice or milk in small bowl; stir until smooth.

Estimated Times:

Preparation – 12 minutes; Cooking – 55 minutes.

Yields 12 to 16 servings.


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ROSH HASHANAH COUNTDOWN: DAY 15

Posted on September 14, 2011. Filed under: Cakes, Desserts, Ethnic Recipe, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Paerve, Parve, Poetry, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


In honor of Rosh Hashanah I wrote this poem which I think really signifies the feeling I get on all holidays. Let me know what you think of it! Look for today’s honey cake at the end of the poem.

RUSH, RUSH, RUSH
A Poem for Rosh Hashanah

by Marilyn Sultar
©Marilyn Sultar 9/12/2011

We rush to start our baking,
The house smells so sweet as honey cakes, raisin and apple challah we bake.

Rush, Rush, Rush

We rush to cook our Yom Tov meals as Rosh Hashanah is swiftly approaching.
We rush to make our briskets, potato or luchsen kugels and tzimesses ahead.

Rush, Rush, Rush

We rush to make our chicken soup and matzah balls, without which it just wouldn’t be Yom Tov.
We want to make as much ahead of time to put in our freezers so we don’t have to rush so much.
Time is ticking, tick, tick, tock.

Rush, Rush, Rush

We rush to clean our houses spic and span.
We rush to vacuum and dust and hide everything away so company doesn’t see our mess.
We rush to clean the silverware and our fanciest serving platters.

Rush, Rush, Rush

Rosh Hashanah is finally here.
Now we rush to set our table so we can quickly gobble down our festive meal.

Rush, Rush, Rush

We rush to wake up early in the morning so we can rush through breakfast.
We rush through breakfast so that we can quickly take our showers, brush our teeth and make room for the next person in line to do the same.
We rush to get dressed in our holiday best.

Rush, Rush, Rush

We rush to get to our synagogues to get a good parking spot.

Rush, Rush, Rush

We rush so much we forget to take the time to enjoy our family and friends because all we do is

Rush, Rush, Rush.

Honey Cake, Chiffon I (P)
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Source: “Spice and Spirit of Kosher-Jewish Cooking”

Serves: 12

4 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1 cup honey
1 cup oil
3-1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup strong tea
1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins

Beat egg whites and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, eat egg yolks until fluffy. Gradually add sugar and beat well. Beat in honey, then oil.

Mix together all dry ingredients, and add alternately to mixture with
tea. Stir in raisins. Fold in egg whites gradually and mix together
again.

Pour into a 9″x13″ greased pan. Bake at 300°F for 1 hour.

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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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6:59 a.m.

Posted on August 18, 2011. Filed under: Photography, Photoshop, Poetry | Tags: , , |


Peace, Love and Art

I StumbledUpon! this great poem that I just had to share with you.  I think it’s just beautiful.  Let me know what you think.

6:59 AM

I’ve been told
that people in the army
do more by 7:00 am
than I do
in an entire day

but if I wake
at 6:59 am
and turn to you
to trace the outline of your lips
with mine
I will have done enough
and killed no one
in the process.

By Riley Dog

http://rileydog.posterous.com/659-am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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