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Susie Fishbein does it again!
In this beautiful and fitting finale to her best-selling Kosher by Design series, Susie Fishbein shares recipes, stories and photos inspired by her travels throughout the world.
Can’t wait to get to get your hands on a copy to try a recipe? Here’s a sample recipe from Kosher by Design Brings it Home!
chef michael katz’s fish kebabs
D or P yields 4 servings
One of the perks of leading a culinary tour to Israel is meeting many prominent chefs. One of my favorites, Chef Michael Katz, is so sweet, I can only describe him with the Yiddish word “aidle.” He is executive chef of the Adom Group, among the best restaurants in Israel. Our stop was Trattoria Haba, outside the shuk. Michael treated us to a demo, including this dish, which we devoured. To listen to Michael is to learn through food about science, history, art, love, and life in Israel.
Michael used ras el hanut, a local spice blend made of approximately 15 spices. Pick up some next time you are in the shuk. I subbed in spices easier to find here in the States.
The main “secret” is to chop all the fish by hand and not with a meat grinder or a food processor. This keeps the proteins from becoming a sticky mass. I say, leave it to the professionals with the razor-sharp knives, and have the fishmonger chop it for you to make prep work a snap.
½ pound tilapia fillet, cut into ½-inch dice
½ pound cod fillet, cut into ½-inch dice
¹∕³ cup unflavored breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon pine nuts
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon chili pepper
¼ teaspoon schwarma spice or ras el hanut
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 fresh cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh curly parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 scallion, chopped, white and pale green parts only
¼ small white onion, peeled, finely chopped
extra-virgin olive oil
techina, yogurt, or tartar sauce, for serving
Place the diced fish into a medium bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, pine nuts, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, schwarma spice, baking soda, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, cilantro, scallion, and onion. Mix gently. Oil your hands with olive oil. Knead the mass until it combines and holds together, but don’t over-knead or the fish will be chewy. If it won’t hold together well, sprinkle in a little more breadcrumb.
Dampen your hands. Divide mixture into 8 portions; shape each into a kebab form, like a small egg. Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook the kebabs until golden on all sides, 4-6 minutes total, turning until colored on all sides and cooked through.
Serve 2 kebabs per plate with techina, yogurt, or tartar sauce.
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In honor of Chanukah, we are sharing a selection of recipes from ArtScroll’s popular cookbooks. We’ve hand-selected a variety of treats to enhance your chanukah parties and please your families.
Churros from T Fusion – Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes
This popular dessert makes a great alternative to donuts this chanukah!
Lemon Olive Oil Biscotti – Something Sweet
Olive oil is a theme on chanukah, so enjoy it in these light and refreshing cookies.
Parsnip Potato Latkes – The Silver Platter
Smoked Short Rib Tacos from Reserve Cut – Secret Restaurant Recipes
These elegant appetizers will be the star of your Chanukah party!
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Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek
Following their bestselling Secret Restaurant Recipes, Leah & Victoria go back into the kitchens of your favorite cafes, takeout spots, and restaurants to bring you family-friendly recipes that are easier to prepare.
Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes Features:
- Over 100 Family-Friendly Recipes for Any Day of the Week
- Secret Techniques and Tips Direct from Restaurant Kitchens
- Exquisite Full-Color Photos for Every Dish.
- Shortcuts and Easy-to-Find Ingredients for Home Cooks
Click here to order your copies, then scroll down for a sample recipe!
Gong Bao Chicken – Dini’s Kosher Restaurant
Owner: Chabad Beijing | Location: Beijing, China | Yield: 4 servings | Category: meat
At Dini’s, Beijing’s only kosher restaurant, the chefs cook authentic Chinese food along with traditional Jewish dishes and Western favorites that travelers expect (there’s a sushi bar too). The restaurant is named for Dini Freundlich, the local Chabad shlucha. Local Chinese residents also enjoy eating at Dini’s because they feel that kosher food is
safer to eat; the Chinese term for kosher is “Jie Shi,” “clean food.”
1 lb chicken breast, cubed
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp water
Pinch coarse black pepper
oil, for frying
2 Chinese leeks or scallions
3 Tbsp salted peanuts
2 tsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
4 tsp vinegar
2 tsp hot sauce
4 tsp ketchup
Place chicken into a small bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch; top with water and black pepper. Mix to coat the chicken. Let stand for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok or sauté pan over high heat. When oil is very hot, add chicken cubes in batches; fry for 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Drain oil from the pan. Add soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, and ketchup. Cook until sauce thickens slightly, 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and scallions; toss to coat. Top with peanuts.
Tidbit: Dini makes her own version of hot chili sauce to use in the restaurant. She says it’s the Asian equivalent of Israeli red schug.
Home Cook: We’ve tested this with all different types of hot sauce and they’ve all been successful. Halve the quantity if serving this dish to children -L.
Recipe from Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, reproduced with permission from the copyright holders, ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications
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This Yom Tov, let ArtScroll’s popular cookbooks enhance your menus. With recent releases such as Something Sweet, The Silver Platter and Secret Restaurant Recipes, you’re going to find something perfect to enhance your menus. We’ve picked six fantastic recipes to share from these cookbooks, so download them, share them, and enjoy them.
Appetizer: Duck Spring Roll from Secret Restaurant Recipes
Soup: Sweet Potato Soup from Secret Restaurant Recipes
Main: Honey Roasted Chicken with Squash and Onions from The Silver Platter
Side: Sweet Potato Scallop from The Silver Platter
Dessert: Pomegranate Cupcakes from Something Sweet
Hot Gooey Caramel Pie from Something Sweet