Friday, February 03, 2023

Food & Wine

Quickie Cakes

We all get those last minute calls, “Can I come for Shabbos?” but you have nothing in the house to serve for dessert because your freezer stash was empty. These cakes can be made in no time at all.


1½ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup sugar

½ cup (1 stick)


Good Garlic! Stop The Press!

Sautéed kale is ver­satile, the perfect side dish, dressed up with some crumbled feta, toasted pine nuts or al­mond slices, or served with an over-easy egg for a quick lunch or light dinner. It’s the quin­tessential dark, green vegetable, loaded with vitamins K, A, and C, and is known for its anti-oxidant as well as anti-inflammatory benefits. Two


Popcycle Your Way to Coolness

It’s official! Summer is here! As lovely as summer­time is with its endless sun­shine and lazy poolside days, summer brings heat waves and long bouts of hot weather. But, you can be ready! Prepare yourself now with these four easy pop­sicle recipes that you can keep in your freez­er not only for you, but for your kiddies when they need to cool


Petaks Produces Delicious Bottled Salad Dressings

For years I have en­joyed the delicious deli at Petak’s in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. I was re­cently shopping at Ju­lio’s Fruit Market in Te­aneck when I came across a bottled, re­frigerated, parve salad dressing with the Pe­tak name on it. I imme­diately called the Petak’s store in Fair Lawn and was happily surprised to hear that this dressing was a


Miniature Flourless Chocolate Cakes

There has been an in­creasing demand for glu­ten-free baked goods. Entertaining at home, or bringing a terrific des­sert to a party, can be a bit discouraging. Cake recipes that used to be the “go-to” for any oc­casion are no longer the sure-fire crowd-pleas­ers they had been before. Substitutes for flour can be useful, but more often than not, the re­sult


No Couch Potato: Knish Expert Takes Global Journey for “Jewish Soul Food”

The history of the knish represents more than just the lineage of a fried, dumpling-like food. It demonstrates the often-central role of food in communities and cultural legacies. Lau­ra Silver knows that all too well. She has con­sumed knishes on three different continents, and her exhaustive research on the iconic po­tato treat has resulted in her new


Making It a Rosé Shavuot

While Shavuot may be the shortest of the three pilgrimage festivals, like Pesach and Suc­coth, it has a large number of venerable cus­toms, such as staying awake until dawn to study Torah, serving dairy foods at the Yom Tov meals, and decorating homes and syn­agogues with lots and lots of flowers. This Shavuot, why not enhance your holiday ta­ble with a


Negev-Based Boutique Cheese Maker Offers Travelers a Tasty Shavuot

Standing alone against the desert landscape, Kornmehl Goat Cheese Farm & Restaurant is modest, lacking artsy adornments and embellishments that tourists often favor. But situated about 30 miles south of Sde Boker, the home of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, the farm is a striking example of how the once vast desert region that most tourists


Two Simple Rules, One Great Chicken

All roast chickens are not created equal. There is “great chicken” and then there are the rest. Great chicken follows two indispensable—and interlocked—Rules of the Roost.

1. Please Don’t Freeze

Freezing a chicken changes the texture of the meat. Put simply, the moisture in the cell plasma of the meat expands into ice crystals of


Cupcakes Take the Cake!

The great things about cupcakes is they taste great, they are fun looking, and ba­sically they help with portion control. After you have just one, you should be done! Great slogan! The great thing about cup­cakes is you can take a basic one and decorate it with endless possibilities.

Today with the cupcake stands they have, you can use them as a


Suddenly Snapper

As a rule, the only fish I refer to as beautiful are those brilliant, jewel-toned creatures in high-maintenance salt-water tanks. Then I came across this red snapper. That plump, fresh-caught fish caught my eye, changing this week’s recipe from a vegan side dish to please all palates, to this delicious baked whole snapper, infused with fresh herbs and


Fast and Fabulous: Tuna Steaks with Chili and Lime Sauce

Some people are inspired by a star athlete, others, by true love. In this case, my muse is yet another fresh, locally caught fish.

Tuna steaks are one of those aptly named cuts of fish. Seared in an ultra-hot iron skillet, the results are meaty and satisfying. Unlike delicate flounder, which calls for only a smattering of butter and lemon, tuna is a

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