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Dark Spiced Hot Chocolate

30 Dec

I’m very excited to introduce this guest post from Avital Greenbaum, a fellow blogger, Registered Dietitian and friend. Her blog, A Slice of Nutrition, is all about helping the average person add healthy choices into the daily routine. It aims to teach nutrition and hopefully help people achieve real goals regarding their wellness. You should all know by now that Kitchen Tested isn’t necessarily about eating healthfully, but sometimes a healthy recipe can really stand out for it’s unique flavors and individuality. Avital’s recipe for gourmet hot chocolate is really special and absolutely divine! I can’t wait to bundle up underneath a pile of blankets to sip my own cup of this dark spiced hot cocoa. Now I’ll hand the reigns over to Avital…

Winter is here and that means we’ll soon enjoy sledding, furry boots, and snowmen. Unfortunately, the cold weather also brings shoveling, icy roads, and frostbitten fingers. There is nothing like a cup of hot cocoa after a cold winter day to help me unwind. Not only does it warm me up but the right kind of cocoa is a natural pick-me-up too! Continue reading

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Apple Pecan Galette with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel

20 Dec

First of all, welcome to all my new followers and subscribers! I’m thankful for a lot of things in my life (like my husband and kids) but right now, I want to give a big thanks to WordPress.com for featuring Kitchen Tested on Freshly Pressed! I was truly honored to be “FP”- First Page. If you haven’t voted for Kitchen Tested in the Kosher Food Blog Awards, you have until January 11. Just click here! 

I’ve been wracking my brain trying to decide what to bake with my beautiful new Mountain Rose Apples from Mikuni Wild Harvest. These extremely rare and limited apples are currently grown in the Mount Hood River Valley of Oregon only once a year and when I found out that they were in short supply, I had to have them! The price is, um, a bit insane but it’s Chanukah time so I just bought a special gift for myself and ordered a package of these special apples. As soon as the box came, I sliced in to one of the delicate green apples to reveal a bright rose-colored center all the way through. Before even taking the first bite, I had to smell the apple since I read that they smell like cotton candy. Can you believe it?!? A cotton candy scented apple! The apple tasted a little bit tart, a little bit sweet and, dare I say it, reminded me a bit of a strawberry. Inspired by the scent and flavors of the apple, I could only think of one thing…a carnival! And what is my favorite thing to eat every time I got to a carnival? That’s easy. Caramel Apples! So here is my deconstructed version of a caramel apple with decadent homemade peanut butter caramel. This recipe truly features the elegance of my new unique fruit. Continue reading

Apricot-Plum Baked Doughnuts

15 Dec

I know, I know! The Chanukah tradition is to fry foods in oil, but I couldn’t resist the challenge to try something a bit healthier on a holiday filled with deep-fried jelly filled doughnuts and pan-fried latkes of all sizes and flavors. I did hop on the fry-train for a bit with my Stuffed Reuben Latkes and Eggnog Cranberry Rice Fritters but I’m back off now and the vegetable oil is taking a much needed break. Hopefully my waistline, which is still trying to remember what life was like before two children, will thank me for this baked doughnut filled with fresh apricot and plum preserve. Continue reading

Coconut Cranberry Scones with Lemon Curd

20 Nov

Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday and I don’t think you need to guess why…it’s all about the FOOD! I love that I could fill my plate to the edges and still have to go back for seconds, or even thirds, to try everything on the table. Little hot dogs wrapped in puff pastry, stuffed mushrooms, duck, turkey, stuffing, sweet potato pie, green been casserole, cranberry sauce, and so many other tasty dishes! And let’s not forget dessert; all sorts of pies like pumpkin, pecan and apple and lots of cookies and pastries. Yum! Last year, I hosted Thanksgiving for around 30 people and had the time of my life cooking and baking for days on end. Since I won’t be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, I figured I could still make at least one dessert to bring as a gift to my host’s. How could I NOT cook on such a special holiday, right?!? These Coconut Cranberry Scones will make the perfect gift and the lemon curd, served right along side the scones, will surprise everyone with its sweet and tart flavor.  Continue reading

Crunchy Fig Galette

23 Oct

Every weekend, whether at my own dining room table or by anyone else who is hosting a Shabbat meal, there is usually some form of kugel side dish. For those of you who don’t already know, a kugel is a traditional Jewish pudding or casserole, similar to a pie, and can be sweet or savory. If you asked me what were the first recipes that I learned to make on my own, I would have to say corn flake crumb chicken strips, broccoli kugel and cranberry crunch kugel, which are all fairly typical Shabbos dishes and I have been making them for too long! A little while ago, I vowed to try not making any standard kugels anymore and have been making every attempt to serve unique side dishes or even just updated versions of a kugel. This galette is my newest accomplishment and I can’t wait to try it with every flavor I can think of. There will be a cranberry apple crunch galette and a spiced pumpkin galette in my near future. Continue reading

Cinnamon-Lavender Brown Butter Challah

27 Sep

I’ve been searching far and wide for the perfect challah recipe and I think my prayers have finally been answered! After too many failed attempts trying to make a light and fluffy sweet challah, I gave up for a while and started buying my favorite grocery store option (Challah Fairy). But nothing beats the smell of homemade challah baking in the oven, so I tried and tried again and here I am with this perfect luscious brown butter challah recipe with layer after layer of sweet fluffy bread! The added flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and lavender take it to another level all together and I know I have found my signature challah. I’m going to assume you don’t have lavender sugar on your spice shelf so here is a link to Whole Spice, where you can find this fragrant purple sugar as well as hundreds of other high quality kosher spices and herbs. You can leave out the lavender or even add some orange or lemon zest to make this recipe your own, but I suggest using the lavender since it really adds something special to the challah.

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Maple-Apple Almost-Upside-Down Cake

21 Sep

Technically, this moist and delicious apple cake is served upside down so maybe I shouldn’t call it “ALMOST-Upside-Down Cake.” The flavor is divine and the apples and maple almost taste like a stack of pancakes so this recipe is definitely a keeper, but things just didn’t work out right with the specific directions I chose to follow from Food & Wine. In fact, I actually made the cake twice to be sure I didn’t make any minor mistakes along the way that would lead to the apples floating in the cake instead of remaining flat on the bottom. Both attempts were an upside-down failure. But hey, if you’re looking for an incredible apple cake recipe for Rosh Hashanah, this one is for you! Maybe yours will work out better than mine. Continue reading