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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!
Looking for a great Chanukah gift? Shop ArtScroll’s selection of best-selling Kosher cookbooks.
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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
Introducing: The newest member of ArtScroll’s popular cookbook lineup:
Something Sweet, by Miriam Pascal | Desserts, Baked Goods, and Treats for Every Occasion
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR …
… a fabulous dessert to enhance your Shabbos and holiday meals?
… everyday baked goods and cookies to keep in a jar on the counter?
… delicious treats to please every member of the family?
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You’ll find it all – and more! – in Something Sweet.Scroll down for a sample recipe and giveaway, then click here for more information and to order your copy.
Reproduced from Something Sweet by Miriam Pascal, with permission from the copyright holders, ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications
Dairy or Pareve | Yield about 3½ dozen
Traditional tiramisu is a coffee-flavored dessert, noted for its ladyfingers soaked in espresso. I reinterpreted this fabulous dessert into cakey cookies, packed with coffee flavor and rolled in coffee-soaked ladyfinger crumbs.
1 cup coarse ladyfinger crumbs
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon brewed coffee (or ½ teaspoon instant coffee granules dissolved in 1 Tablespoon hot water)
¾ cup oil
4 ounces cream cheese or soy cream cheese
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
¼ cup espresso or strong coffee (see Note)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- Prepare the crumbs: Combine ladyfinger crumbs, brown sugar, and coffee in a small bowl. Stir until combined. Mixture should have the texture of damp sand. Set aside.
- Prepare the cookie dough: In the bowl of an electric mixer, on medium speed, beat together oil, cream cheese, and sugars until smooth.
- Add espresso, egg, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy.
- Reduce mixer speed to low; add flour, one cup at a time, beating after each addition, until combined.
- Use a medium cookie scoop (or a heaping tablespoon) to portion out dough. Roll into balls; then roll in prepared ladyfinger crumbs until fully coated. Place onto prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for 10-11 minutes, until cookies are set.
Note: You can use 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules dissolved in ¼ cup hot water instead of espresso.
Plan Ahead: These cookies freeze well in an airtight container or bag. They’re on the soft side, so handle with care when packing them. Defrost fully before serving.
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To help you plan and prepare for the upcoming holiday of Shavuos, we’ve combed through ArtScroll’s selection of best-selling cookbooks and picked five fabulous dairy recipes for an incredible meal that will enhance your shavuos menu.
Scroll down for a fantastic five-course meal – click each recipe title for a printable PDF of that recipe.
By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek
By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek
by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek
by Daniella Silver with Norene Gilletz
by Susie Fishbein
You might not know the name Daniella Silver yet, but you’re about to! Daniella’s upcoming cookbook is scheduled for release on May 6th.
Daniella Silver, a fresh face in the world of Kosher Cookbooks, has teamed up with famed Kosher cookbook author Norene Gilletz to create this phenomenal new cookbook that delivers over 160 wholesome, family-friendly recipes that you’ll make again and again.
The Silver Platter is scheduled for release on May 6th, but we’re giving our blog readers a bonus Pesach recipe from Daniella Silver, to give you a taste of her recipes. Daniella’s cooking style is all about taking simple ingredients and turning them into spectacular and wholesome meals.Here’s a bonus recipe from Daniella Silver, author of the forthcoming cookbook, The Silver Platter. This phenomenal yet easy side dish recipe is great for Passover – and year round!
With their crispy golden crust and a creamy whipped center flecked with fresh scallions, these Garlicky Potato Mounds are an elevated take on classic comfort food. Serve two mounds per plate for an elegant presentation.
pareve | passover | gluten-free | freezes well | yields 10-12 mounds
4-5 medium potatoes, (Idaho or Yukon Gold), peeled and cut into chunks
4-5 cloves garlic
1/2 cup (approximately) vegetable broth
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 scallions, thinly sliced
- In a large saucepan, combine potatoes and garlic. Add enough lightly salted water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Remove from heat; drain well.
- Return potatoes and garlic to saucepan and place back on the heat for 1-2 minutes to evaporate any excess moisture. Remove from heat.
- Mash potatoes and garlic until smooth. Gradually blend in broth, oil, salt, and pepper. Whip until light and creamy. Stir in scallions.
- Line a rimmed baking with parchment paper.
- Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop rounded mounds of potato mixture onto prepared baking sheet. (Can be made in advance up to this point.)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, until crusty.
- Dry, mealy potatoes have high starch content and are perfect for baked or mashed potatoes. Waxy potatoes have lower starch content and are best for boiling, scalloped potatoes, or potato salad.
- If you don’t know which type of potato you have, put it in a brine of 2 Tbsp salt dissolved in 1½ cups cold water. Mealy potatoes will sink; waxy ones will float.
- If your potatoes are tinged with green, cut off and discard any green parts. The green layer under the skin is called solanin and is poisonous.
Recipe by Daniella Silver, author of the upcoming cookbook, The Silver Platter, coming 5/6/15. © ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications
The Silver Platter features:
- Over 160 wholesome, family-friendly recipes that you’ll make again and again
- Turn fresh, healthy, and easy to find ingredients into spectacular dishes
- Mouthwatering full-color photo accompanies every recipe
- Each recipe includes cooking tips, techniques, and advice from best-selling cookbook author Norene Gilletz
- Many recipes are naturally gluten-free or offer a gluten-free option
- Nutritional information included for every recipe
Stay tuned for more information on the book, an interview with Daniella, and giveaways!
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