Food for Warm Seasons

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As we transition into full summer when no one wants to spend too much time in a hot kitchen, quick and tasty food is called for.

How about a nice crisp salad with a super easy bleu or blue cheese dressing? This is perfect on iceberg lettuce which seems to be making a comeback or on crunchy romaine. Recipes from The Genius Kitchen never seem to fail. Continue reading

Vegan for All

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It seems like ages since I’ve shared recipes with the Shomrei community. Travel, Passover, Kiddush prep got in the way. Finally here are some new ones to try. By plan or coincidence they are all vegan friendly.

But first I must rhapsodize about the delicious paella I sampled in Barcelona. There are probably as many versions of paella as there are cooks. However, traditionally, paella is a mixture of seafood, poultry, perhaps sausage, and seasoned with saffron and other herbs and spices. It’s served over rice which often has green peas mixed in.  Not the dish for kosher or seafood avoidant diners.

But I had the most delicious asparagus and mushroom paella at a friendly restaurant on the beach. It was as good as any could have been, well-seasoned, easy on the eyes and the tongue.  What follows is an approximation of what I was served on that rainy evening by the sea. Continue reading

Seder Eats

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What a treat!  On Sunday a large group of females aged just months old to life experienced seniors joined to celebrate a pre-Passover seder. Hearing the voices of women raised in song and conversation, watching women think what freedom means to them personally, listening to the youngest women ask the Four Questions, recalling our female ancestors-(sadly many of us no names beyond our mothers’), enjoying a Passover meal with nary an ersatz ingredient in any dish…a lovely evening.

Look no further than the recipes for the food served at Shomrei’s Women’s Seder if you want something new and tasty for your seder dinner. Thanks to Lynne Kurzweil for planning this healthy, delicious, and unique meal. Continue reading

How to Eat like Queen Esther

Hortus_Deliciarum_1190Queen Esther must have had good taste. It was a pleasure to see how many people enjoyed the Persian style kiddush.

Here are recipes for some of the dishes that were served so that you, too, can dine like a queen…or king.

Chick pea spinach stewQueen Esther’s Stew ( chick peas and spinach) appeared in a previous Shomrei Week. You can find the recipe by clicking on or Googling “Queen Esther’s Chickpea Stew”

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A Purim Kiddush This Week (Sat, Mar 16)

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Queen Esther’s Stew

Purim is but days away so on March 16, at kiddush we’ll feast like Queen Esther, fulfilling one of the 4 Purim mitzvot.

Legend says that Esther ate nothing but vegetables and beans in King Ahashverus’ palace since she would not eat non-kosher food.

Chick peas were the centerpiece of her meals . They are also the star of Queen Esther’s stew which is served with couscous or basmati rice. Continue reading

Rhapsody for a Pot

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I’ve rhapsodized about my Breville Smart Oven, expensive but well-worth the price especially since my full-sized oven is broken, but the Breville’s place in my culinary heart may have been taken over by the Instant Pot. This appliance, available under several brands, is essentially an electric pressure cooker with added features so that it’s great for making a meal in one pot.

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Shomrei Latke Crew (and John’s recipe)

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This year the Latke Crew baked 720 (gluten free) latkes for the Hanukkah party!  Thanks and “yasher koach” to the entire hardworking Latke Crew: Charlie and Alan Breslin, Adrienne Shulman and Michael Sag.  A number of people asked me for my recipe, so here it is:

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By Request – or Not

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Just in time for Thanksgiving and for a change from the same old menu, here’s a new round of recipes from the Shomrei kitchen.

The following recipe for vegan chickpea salad is one of the most requested in the almost nine years that I’ve been in Shomrei’s kitchen. It’s so simple to make and blends flavors nicely. A well-stocked kitchen should have almost all the ingredients on hand. It’s also slightly magical: close your eyes and you might even think you are eating chicken salad! Continue reading

Heart Healthy for Heshvan

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I’ve had several requests for the potato salad recipe served on a recent Shabbat. There’s no magic to it except that there is no mayonnaise (or if you wish, just a little bit).  I must confess that I didn’t use a recipe but combined items to get the taste I was looking for.  But here’s an equivalent with changes made in the Shomrei kitchen. Continue reading

New recipes for the New Year

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This month’s recipe selection focuses on dishes that will enhance your holiday celebration.

It seems that I spent days and multiple trips to the market,  as well as phone calls and whispered  secret tips about the availability of brisket for my twice a year homage to this traditional holiday cut of beef. If you’ve been lucky enough to score a brisket, this easy recipe is for you.   It allows you to even sit back and relax a little (after all that running around) by using the secret formula for brisket: low and slow.  The recipe is from the Joy of Kosher site developed by Jamie Geller. Continue reading