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Creamy Coconutty Chicken Noodle Soup (M)

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Retains the comfort qualities of good ol’ Chicken Noodle Soup, but with the added suggestion of creamy, slightly exotic, coconutty flavor. The Habanero chili pepper adds a really nice jolt of heat that cuts through the rich coconutty creaminess. Serves 6 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, […]

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Shakshook-lets (P)

Shakshooka is my favorite thing to eat when I’m in Israel (and one of my all-time favorite words, c’mon say it- shak-shook-a!).  It’s basically eggs poached in a tomato-onion sauce, and  it’s the perfect anytime meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner- it  always works.  My version offers individual shakshookas (shakshooklets) , prepared […]

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Tasty Tuesdays: Mini Chicken Pot Pies (M)

This pot pie has tons of great flavor and a bit of heat due to the blackening spice used to season the chicken.  Recipe yields approx. 30 mini pies, or, 2 x 9″ pies, if you prefer a more communal pot pie experience. 4 boneless, skinless chicken […]

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Salami & Eggs Fried Rice (m)

Salami & Eggs Fried Rice (M) 2 teaspoons canola oil 4 oz. salami (1 cup) sliced into 1/4 inch pieces and then quartered 2 eggs 5-6 cups prepared rice (white or brown) 7 tablespoons spicy brown mustard 2 tablespoons honey 2 teaspoons sesame oil 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/4 cup soy […]

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Smoked Fish Hash (D)

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This is a hearty smoked fish and potatoes brunch dish. Serve with a dollop of horseradish-caper sour cream for even more flavor. Or if you prefer: one cup of sour cream mixed in with ¼ cup freshly snipped dill. 2 tbsp. butter1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil […]

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Israeli CousCous Salad (D or P)

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2 c. vegetable broth or water corrections 1 c. Israeli cous-cous 1 peeled and chopped cucumber 1 tomato, chopped ½ c. kalamata olives, pitted and chopped 1 bunch trimmed scallions, white and light green portion sliced ¼ c. finely chopped fresh parsley 8 oz. spinach leaves 2 […]

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Macaroni & Cheese

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This was definitely the best loved dish from all of the kiddie cooking classes I taught. So good it inspired poetry: openiam.com/docs/idm-2_3/apidocs/com/bad credit direct lender payday loans 1 lb. elbow macaroni 2 c. 2% milk 1 8oz. package reduced-fat cream cheese, cut into cubes 3 c. shredded […]

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Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Pasta (M)

A good ‘n hearty cold weather pasta dish 1 lb. brussels sprouts 2 tbsp. olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 lb. turkey or beef sausages, cut into 1″ pieces 1 c. veg stock 1 lb. pasta salt and pepper crushed red pepper, optional Rinse and dry brussell sprouts, cut […]

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Hoisin Chicken

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This easy chicken dish is the recipe I turn to on those Friday afternoons when I don’t have tons of time but want tons of flavor. 2 cut-up chickens 2/3 c. hoisin sauce 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger 1 tsp. sesame oil 1 […]

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack