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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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Old-Fashioned Fig Newtons

10 Sep

Justin’s aunt and uncle, Rona and Shaya, live right down the block from us and we couldn’t be any happier about it. I know you think I’m being sarcastic, but we really do love having them nearby. We can always rely on them to help watch the kids, pick up packages while we are out of town or even just to lend a cup of sugar. After three weeks visiting my family in Seattle, I returned to my house in Woodmere to a welcomed visit from Rona, whom Zach calls “Bubba Rona”. That’s her grandma name. To my sheer delight, Rona did not come empty-handed but carried a brown paper bag of homegrown fruits and vegetables from her garden. We enjoyed the fresh eggplant and zucchini for dinner that night in a casserole and I saved the beautiful green figs for a special occasion. Well, it didn’t take long for those figs to make their way out of the fridge and in to a nostalgic recipe for Old-Fashioned Fig Newtons. Yum! Continue reading

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

Swiss Chard Moussaka

12 Jul

For weeks, Justin has been telling me to check out the Farmer’s Market in Grant Park, which is like 10 minutes from my house. It’s only around on Fridays in the summer, and Friday is my least favorite day to shop for food since I usually cook for Shabbos on Wednesday and Thursday. But I finally decided to give it a shot, partially to see what kind of fruits and vegetables I could find AND to get Justin off my case. Now, as someone born and raised in Seattle, my farmer’s market expectation are set pretty high with Pike Place Market. I have yet to find a better fresh produce market! Needless to say, I was royally disappointed by the variety in Grant Park (there was actually no fruit at all) but I did find a few unique items. I picked up some Swiss chard, which I have never cooked with or eaten before, and some beets, which I will be blogging about later this week. The chard, a leafy vegetable similar to spinach, has a faster shelf life in the fridge, so I figured I would try it out first. I searched through tons of recipes but was not inspired at all until I came across a recipe for moussaka that contained Swiss chard. I had been meaning to make this delicious Greek eggplant dish for a while and now was my chance! And as it turned out, I already had most of the ingredients in my house. Could it have worked out any better?!? Just wait until you try out this recipe! You will be licking your plate until there is nothing left. Trust me. Just take some pills for the dairy first.   Continue reading

Strawberry Peach Rhubarb Dumplings

6 Jul

I found rhubarb in my local kosher market! I finally found it! I’ve been meaning to cook with rhubarb for years but never found it in stock. Okay, so maybe I wasn’t looking too hard, but I just wanted it to be readily available for me. Is that too much to ask?!? I always drooled when I read recipes that contained this mysterious red root and I just never had the chance to test it out. In fact, rhubarb is so foreign in my kitchen that Justin picked up a raw piece of the stalk and ate it, not realizing how bitter it would be. It was hilarious! Well, I finally found the rhubarb and my world was open to so many new recipes that I had always looked over. But that lead to the next issue of what recipe would break my rhubarb cherry (some pun intended). I took to Facebook, asking my Kitchen Tested followers to come up with some ideas for me and I received some great recipes. But I realized that I would have to be inspired by my own recipe search. So I looked around for a while and came up with a few interesting recipes for rhubarb dumplings. They all seemed so good that I found a way to combine them and came up with this strawberry peach rhubarb dumpling. The fun part is that you can actually come up with your own version of this recipe, or you are welcome to follow mine. Continue reading

Antiguan Ducana and Salt Fish

10 Apr

Two things you may have never heard of: 1. Ducana and 2. Salt Fish! Well, now is your chance to learn about one of the yummiest meals you will ever have. I am totally serious. Salty, sweet, savory…if you can think of it, this meal has it. So let’s all thank Antigua for making this one of their famous local dishes. In fact, while Justin and I were on vacation in Antigua last year, all of the locals we spoke to told us to go try it out. Unfortunately for that occasion, we keep kosher and were unable to give it a shot. I never really thought of recreating this seemingly complicated dish on my own until I started writing this blog.  So here it goes!

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