Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Best Pumpkin Pie

I think we all can agree that Thanksgiving is not complete until you have had a bite of pumpkin pie.  As much as I tried though, I was never satisfied with the parve pumpkin pies!  That’s when I took matters into my own hands.  I looked and tried tons of different recipes until I came across this gem! 

This recipe for pumpkin pie is adapted from a dairy version in Good Housekeeping.  I used my usual crust recipe, which also happens to be the easiest, quickest and flakiest crust I have ever made! This pie remains a favorite in my family and is requested every year.  I am sure it will become a staple in your home! 

Pumpkin Pie
Makes 8- 10 Servings

Best Pie Crust In The World (below)
16 Oz. Pumpkin
12 Oz. Soymilk
2 Eggs
¾ C. Brown Sugar
1 t. Cinnamon
½ t. Ginger
¼ t. Nutmeg
½ t. Salt

Prepare dough as directed.  Roll out dough and line a greased 9 inch pie plate. Preheat oven to 425.  Prick holes in the pie crust with a fork.  Line the pie shell with foil.  Bake 15 minutes, remove foil and bake 5-10 more minutes, until golden.  If crust puffs up during baking press it to the pie plate with the back of a spoon.  Turn oven to 375.  In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and beat until well mixed.  Pour it into the pie shell and bake for 50 minutes or until knife comes out clean.  Cool and serve with whipped cream.

Pie Crust
Makes 1 Pie Crust

1 ¼ C. Flour
¼ t. Salt
6 T. Earth Balance
3-5 T. Ice Water

Process the flour, salt and earth balance in a blender or with a pastry blender.  Sprinkle in ice water till a ball is formed.    

Monday, October 19, 2015

Udon't You Wanna Make This Recipe

I am always looking for new, interesting and healthy side dishes or meals to make for Shabbat or the weekday.  A lot of my blogging inspiration comes from whatever is in my fridge or pantry.  I technically have a Chopped competition with myself every time I come up with a new blog post. 

I recently bought these huge containers of natural peanut butter from Costco.  They are my new favorite peanut butter because they simply contain peanut and salt.  They also stay super creamy, whereas most natural peanut butters tend to harden and ends up more like a chunky and dry mess.  

I love peanut noodles, but most recipes are not healthy.  By using the natural peanut butter I have more control on the additional sweeteners and sugars I choose to add.  You can either serve this is a side dish or throw in salmon or chicken to make a complete meal!  Either way, this recipe is sure to please the palate and your waistline! 

Peanut Udon Noodles with Sautéed Red Cabbage
Makes About 4-6 Servings

9.5 oz. Udon Noodles
2 C. Shredded Red Cabbage
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
½ C.  Natural Peanut Butter (peanuts and salt)
¼ C. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce/Tamari
1/3 C. Rice Vinegar
¼ C. Honey
2 Tbs. Sesame Oil
1 tsp. Ginger, minced
2 tsp. Garlic, minced
5 Scallions, cut on bias
½ C. Carrots, grated
1 Tbs. Sesame Seeds, garnish
3 Radishes, thinly sliced, garnish

Make the udon  noodles according the package directions.  Rinse and put to the side in a big bowl. Saute the red cabbage in the oil for about 10 minutes just until the cabbage starts to wilt.  In a small bowl combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, ginger and garlic.  Combine the noodles, red cabbage, scallions and carrots.  Add the peanut dressing and mix until thoroughly combined.

Serve room temperature or cold in a big serving bowl or individual bowls and garnish with sesame seeds and radish slices.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Kick It Up A Notch

I love dips! They are mostly packed with protein and make a very tasty snack, appetizer or side dish, plus they are so simple to make and take seconds to whip up.  This black bean dip took me three minutes to make (seriously, I timed it)!  All you need is a food processor and the ingredients listed below and you are in business! 

The dip has a nice kick from the red onion and is amazing to pair with crackers and vegetables.  This dip is also fantastic spread on a wrap or sandwich as a flavorful and healthier alternative to mayonnaise.   The options are endless! 

Kicked Up Black Bean Dip
Makes About 1 Cup

¼ Small Red Onion
1 – 15 oz. Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1 Tbs. Fresh Mint
1 tsp. Cumin
¼ tsp. Salt
Olive Oil, garnish
Mint Leaves, garnish
Red Pepper Flakes, garnish

In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients together until desired consistency is reached.  Place in a bowl and garnish with mint leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.  Serve cold.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Have A Rosy Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana is full of excitement and anticipation, but can be overwhelming and daunting with shopping lists and menus.  My goal, as a personal chef, is to make my clients' lives simpler and less stressful by helping them with tips and techniques to conquer the most overwhelming tasks during this upcoming holiday season (and every holiday for that matter)...COOKING!  

If you don't live in the Ohio area and cannot hire me to make your Rosh Hashana, I would like to provide simple recipes for my readers to jump in and out of the kitchen.  I love veal and was so excited to order rose vealpepper steaks from Grow and Behold to create this one pot wonder.  This specific veal is ridiculously tender and flavorful and takes literally minutes to prepare!  If you want to be in and out of the kitchen and have a great main dish for Rosh Hashana, this recipe is the way to go.    

And just so you remember…Grow and Behold meat is kosher, raised on a pasture and better than any organic meat! They use NO hormones and NO antibiotics and their sausages and hot dogs have NO nitrates or preservatives. They visit all of their farms and work directly with the growers to ensure that Grow and Behold standards for animal welfare and pasture management are met. 

Use the code “alibabka15” and get $15.00 off your order of $100 or more! Your taste buds will never be the same! (expires 9/30/2015)

Rose Veal Pepper Steak with Glazed Apples
1 lb. Rose Veal Pepper Steak
1/4 Cup Oil
1/2 Cup Flour
1 Cup Vegetable, Chicken or Beef Broth
2 tsp. Minced Garlic
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Whiskey
1 Gala Apple, cored/de-seeded and cut in half and thinly sliced.

In a cast iron or non-stick pan, heat oil over medium high heat.  Coat the veal in flour until fully covered.  Shake off excess flour and place each piece carefully in the hot oil.  Cook for 2 minutes on each side. Remove veal from hot oil and place on a separate plate.  Turn the stove down to medium and pour in vegetable broth.  Using a spatula, scrape all of the brown flour bits off the bottom and simmer for 1 minute.  Add the garlic, brown sugar and whiskey and simmer for another 5 minutes.  Add the veal back into the pan and sprinkle in the apple slices.  Stir to coat the apple and veal in the sauce and simmer for two minutes. Serve hot. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Refreshing Mango-Lime Popsicles

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The thought of making my own popsicles has always enticed me!  I love having the ability to control the sugar content while maximizing the nutritious ingredients that go into this delightful frozen treat.  Adding avocado enhances the creaminess to the popsicle that mimics ice cream and satisfies that creamy craving. 

I am currently pregnant and it’s the middle of the summer, therefore I am always looking for ways to keep cool.  Popsicles are the ultimate way of cooling down on a summer day and cooling my insides from the heartburn that comes with pregnancy. 

These popsicles are a great summertime treat or a refreshing end to a BBQ.  Mango is meant to be in Popsicle form and the lime makes this a zesty and refreshing palate cleanser.  Summertime is the best for get-togethers and these popsicles need to be a part of those events!    

Creamy Mango-Lime Popsicles
Makes 2 ½ cups puree / About 5 popsicles

1 Lime, Zest and Juice
1 Ripe Avocado, peeled and pitted
1 Cup Mango, Fresh or Frozen
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
Pinch of Salt
½ Cup Apple Juice

In a food processor or Vitamix, combine the lime juice, lime zest, avocado, mango, maple syrup, salt and apple juice.  Process until smooth and no chunks are visible.  Add more apple juice if needed to reach desired consistency.  Pour into Popsicle molds or Zipzicle ( tubes.  Freeze for at least 3 hours before enjoying.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Grilled Indian Beef Korma Kabobs For The Fourth!

I have been craving all types of Indian food lately! Cumin and curry….they seem to have this power over my taste buds!  Even though I like a good grilled burger or hot dog on the Fourth of July, I decided, this year to bring my love for Indian food to the grill.  I love beef korma and had this crazy idea that I could grill the meat and still produce a similar texture and flavor while keeping the “grilling” tradition on the Fourth of July alive!  My crazy idea worked.

The combination of juicy Grow and Behold kabob meat and the rich flavorful curry sauce will have everyone second guessing their hamburger traditions.  Serve with a bowl of basmati rice and chopped cilantro to complete this fabulous meal.

And just so you remember…Grow and Behold meat is kosher, raised on a pasture and better than any organic meat! They use NO hormones and NO antibiotics and their sausages and hot dogs have NO nitrates or preservatives. They visit all of their farms and work directly with the growers to ensure that Grow and Behold standards for animal welfare and pasture management are met.

Use the code “alibabka15” and get $15.00 off your order of $100 or more! Your taste buds will never be the same! (Coupon EXTENDED and expires 7/31/2015)

Grilled Beef Korma Kabobs
Makes 8 Kabobs

2 Lbs. Grow and Behold Beef Cubes for Kabobs
1 – 13.5 oz. Can Full Fat Coconut Milk
1 – 12 oz. Container Tofutti Sour Cream
1 Lemon
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Medium Onions
1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Ginger Powder
1 ½ Teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Cardamom
1 Teaspoon Coriander
1 Teaspoon Turmeric
1 Teaspoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Curry Powder
Cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Combine the coconut milk, Tofutti sour cream, lemon, sugar and salt in a bowl until fully combine, set aside.  Cut the onion in half lengthwise and cut each half into 4 cubes.  Skewer the kabob: meat, onion, meat, onion, meat.  Repeat until all the meat is skewered.  In a shallow glass bowl pour marinade over the meat and let marinate for 12-24 hours.

Preheat outdoor grill or stove top grill pan on high heat.  When hot place each skewer on the grill or pan for 5 minutes on each side or until the meat reaches desired doneness.  Take leftover marinade and place in a pot on the stove and bring to simmer. Add in the rest of the spices.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sauce from burning.  Pour warm marinade over cooked meat and serve with basmati rice and garnish with cilantro. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Tropical Pulled Beef Tacos

It’s officially summer and that means it’s time for fresh summer fruit and bright, bold, refreshing flavors! 

Pulled tacos are one of my favorite ways to utilize a so called “winter roast” and create a beautiful and tasty summer appetizer or main course.  These tropical pulled deckel tacos are sweet, spicy, bright and amazingly delicious.  We served these as an appetizer for Shabbat lunch with all the fixings. They made such a statement and were enjoyed by my family and guests!  With Father’s Day and the 4th of July coming up this is an easy and show stopping recipe to make for a crowd.

Grow and Behold has the most flavorful and tender meat I have ever tasted.  Seriously…have you tried their ground beef?  You have never had a more tender meatball or in this case a softer roast that literally melts in your mouth.

The meat is kosher, raised on a pasture and better than any organic meat! They use NO hormones and NO antibiotics and their sausages and hot dogs have NO nitrates or preservatives. They visit all of their farms and work directly with the growers to ensure that Grow and Behold standards for animal welfare and pasture management are met.

Ready for this amazing deal?! Use the code “alibabka15” and get $15.00 off your order of $100 or more! Your taste buds will never be the same! (Coupon expires 6/30/2015)

Tropical Pulled Deckel Tacos
Serves 4 Main Courses or 8 Appetizers

Pulled Deckel:
2 Lbs. Deckel
1 Cup Orange Juice
¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
1 Tbs. Honey
1 ½ Tablespoons Soy Sauce
Pickled Red Onion:
1 Medium Red Onion, cut in half and sliced thin in half moon pieces
¾ Cup Rice or Apple Cider Vinegar
4 Peppercorns
½ Teaspoon Sugar
½ Teaspoon Salt
1 Clove Garlic, sliced In half

Pineapple Salsa:
2-3 Cups Finely Chopped Pineapple, fresh
3 Tablespoons Cilantro
1 Jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1 Lime, zest and juice
Avocado Sauce:
1 Avocado
½ Cup Mayonnaise
1 Lime, juiced
Salt and Pepper, to taste

8 Corn Tortillas

Deckel: Preheat oven to 280o Fahrenheit.  Place raw deckel in a baking pan and cover with orange juice.  Cover tightly with foil or a lid and cook for 3 hours until tender.  Let cool.  Remove juice and pull meat apart with two forks or fingers.  Mix the meat with nutmeg, cinnamon, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey until it is completely combined.

Pickled Red Onion: Bring a small pot to a boil.  Place the sliced onions in strainer and pour the boiling water over the sliced onions.  Let drain.  In a glass or plastic container or jar mix together the vinegar, peppercorns, sugar, salt and garlic until the sugar has dissolved.  Place the onion in the container.  Close tightly and keep in the refrigerator for at least ½ hour. The pickled onions will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month.

Pineapple Salsa: Mix all the ingredients together and put to the side. 

Avocado Sauce: In a food processor mix the avocado, mayo and lime juice together until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.
Warm up tortillas in a 300o Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes.  Place meat in the tortilla, top with avocado sauce, pineapple salsa and pickled red onions.  Serve immediately.

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