Maybe you are some of the lucky ones who live in old houses but have air-conditioning. I’m not.
The last thing I want to do none of these beastly hot, humid days we’ve been having is to do REAL cooking.
Cucumbers seem to be the perfect main dish, accompaniment or ingredient for summer meals.
By definition, gazpacho is a cold tomato based Spanish-style soup made with vegetables and spices. But there’s no reason other vegetables can’t be adapted to the same type of soup. This cucumber gazpacho is refreshing and incredibly easy to make as are most recipes from Jamie Oliver. No cooking involved. Continue reading
The garden is bursting with fresh basil and the farm fresh tomatoes will soon be in the markets. What a perfect meal when chicken is added in this “genius” recipe from Jamie Oliver. Continue reading
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
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
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
Queen 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.
Queen 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”
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
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.
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:
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