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Peanut-Cashew Brittle Cookies

1 Nov

November 2nd is Cookie Monster’s birthday and I can’t believe he is in his 40’s! He doesn’t look a day over…um…well, I have no idea how old he’s supposed to look. Maybe 10? Cookie Monster’s greatest loves is a delicious chocolate chip cookie but I think he should branch out this year and try something special and unique. On Season 8 of Top Chef, Telly Monster, Cookie Monster and Elmo visited the set to judge a cookie quick fire challenge and it was so fun to watch them “eat” the crazy cookie concoctions from the contestants. It encouraged me that the Sesame Street characters were willing to try something a little different. So here is my birthday cookie for Cookie Monster based on one of my childhood favorites, peanut brittle. I hope he enjoys it!

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Drug Store Candy Pies

30 Oct

There are certain times  of the year that I look on, as an Orthodox Jew, while people around me celebrate exciting holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Instead of sitting back wrought with jealousy, I decided this year that I would take advantage in any way I could and for Halloween, that meant candy, candy and more candy! I drove to my closest drug store and stood in front of the candy section for almost 10 minutes deciding which chocolate morsels I would pile in to my cart. I finally decided on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey’s Kisses Filled With Caramel, and Dove White & Milk Chocolate Swirl Promises, all candy that I knew would melt well in the oven but would still hold on to their delicious integrity. Next came the question of what to do with all of that yummy candy so I figured I should turn to a cookbook made just for kids, since it’s usually kids who collect the candy on Halloween, right?!? Kosher by Design Kids in the Kitchen, by Susie Fishbein, was my answer and the Fruit Pocket recipe was my inspiration! I seriously felt like a kid making this desert and I certainly suggest making this with your own kids.  Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Gushers Meatballs

11 Oct

I would like to thank The Girl Who Ate Everything for coming up with the idea to stuff meatballs with Gushers! The concept seems outrageous but who doesn’t love a little sweet and sour with their meatball, right?!? Gushers really take me back to my childhood and it’s been years since they’ve had a place in my pantry. Speaking of nostalgic snacks, I just have to mention that Dunkaroos are one of my favorite staple snacks (they are only 3 Weight Watchers points) and I keep a few boxes in the house at all times. So now Gushers have joined the party! I altered one of my favorite meatball recipes from my mother to make sure the meat would complement the sour flavor of the gooey jelly fruit candy. Continue reading

Baked Mini Cake Doughnuts

3 Oct

Raise your hand if you ever really stick to your shopping list! Yeah, I didn’t think so. Neither do I. So while on a shopping trip at Bed Bath & Beyond, I happened upon a mini doughnut pan by Wilton and bought two! I mean, each pan only makes twelve mini doughnuts and I knew I would want more that. Are you laughing now? I put the pans aside for the right moment and it came when my three-year-old randomly asked for chocolate doughnuts.

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Feature Friday is Here!

31 Aug

Who’s ready for Feature Friday? Submit your favorite unique and interesting recipes for the chance to be featured on Kitchen Tested!

Every Friday, a new recipe will be posted on Kitchen Tested but it won’t be one of my adventurous concoctions. It’ll be YOURS! All you have to do is send me an email with your own kitchen tested recipe, along with some pictures of your cooking process, and submit it to kitchentested@gmail.com. Each week, I will choose a new submission to be featured and it could be yours! Don’t worry if your recipe doesn’t make the cut right away because you could be next in line.

The first guest recipe will be posted on Friday, September 16th.

Basic information you will need to submit a recipe:

1. A recipe that is uniquely yours

2. A story behind the recipe

3. Measurements and clear directions

4. A picture of the finished product and possibly some step-by-step pictures along the way

5. Bio of the author and picture, if available

6. Link to your website, Twitter, and/or Facebook page, if available

I can’t wait to receive your submissions and start reading all of your individual and exciting recipes! Good luck.

S’mores in the Kitchen

30 Aug

Check out my latest guest blog post, S’mores in the Kitchen, on Cook Kosher! http://www.cookkosher.com/index.php?option=com_zoo&task=item&item_id=137&Itemid=8

Brown Sugar Ice Cream with Candied Pecans

4 Aug

I just bought an ice cream maker and I’m not afraid to use it! So what should my first flavor be??? I got a lot of ideas from the mob but nothing looked better than brown sugar ice cream with homemade candied pecans. It’s a flavor I’ve never had before and it just sounds delicious. And to shake things up a little, my version isn’t even dairy! But don’t worry, you won’t even know that the milk and cream are missing. And to make the whole process even better, you will definitely have extra candied pecans to snack on every day. Mmmm…candied pecans. Yum! You’ll see! Continue reading