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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Kosher? on: September 16, 2007 01:59:54 PM
L'shana tova everyone!
For the new year, I offer a new recipe:

Mesir Wat (Jewish-Ethiopian red lentil puree)

Servings: 4-6
2 Onions chopped
2 cloves Garlic crushed
2 t Gingerroot, peeled, minced
c Oil or butter (for those going dairy)
1 t Turmeric
2 T Paprika
to 2 t Cayenne Pepper
1 lb Red Lentils
4 c Water or Stock
Salt & Pepper to taste

Puree onion, garlic, and ginger in a food processor or blender.

Heat oil, butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan.  Add turmeric, paprika and cayenne pepper and stir rapidly to color oil and cook spices through, about 30 seconds.  Add onion puree and saut on medium heat until excess moisture evaporates and onion loses its raw aroma, about 5-10 minutes.  Do not burn.

Add lentils and water.  Bring to a boil and simmer till lentils are cooked through and fall apart, about 30-40 minutes.  Add water if necessary to keep from drying out.
Stir in salt and pepper to taste and serve.

"There are Ethiopian Jews?" you say. Yes, friend, of course there are. There are Jewish from all over the world! It is no wonder then that "Jewish food" would be a really complex topic. People blend kashrut with location, and the result is unique regional cuisine!
2  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Dayton, OH: Annual Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 4 on: September 16, 2007 10:09:45 AM
Artists and Crafters Wanted!
Unique and professional quality products only.

Several Craftster members had successful tables last year, and we would love to host more!

4th Annual Hillel Academy Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, November 4
from 10 to 3
100  East Woodbury in Dayton, OH
$35/table

Please contact Mindy at MCD375@aol.com with questions or to register. Slots are filling fast for this popular event!

Hope to see you there!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan/veggie food for craft fair/gig? on: August 09, 2007 06:21:19 PM
There are a lot of mediterranean options that might work well for you. I'm thinking something like hummos (use it as a sandwich/pita filler with any veggie, or serve with homemade pita chips), tabouli (it's a cracked wheat salad with fresh herbs like parsely. Just perfect for hot weather. Put the word in Google for recipe ideas, or grab a mix from the grocery), stuffed grape leaves, or falafel even.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Kosher? on: July 25, 2007 01:08:23 PM
Maybe this is a bit of a tangent, but all these posts have got me thinking (it's a habit that often gets me into trouble), about what it means to keep kosher.

Food is complicated. It is a social, religious, cultural, moral, sometimes even political choice we have to make everyday, multiple times a day. What we choose and especial WHY we choose it reflects who we are. People really are what they eat!

So, after my longer-than-necessary intro, I would like to ask you all a few questions:

How do you define "kosher" for yourself? (Meaning how do you interpret it and keep it)

Why do you (or why don't you) keep the rules of kosher?

When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind?

What's on your Shabbos table?

And, finally, fill in this sentence: "It wouldn't be ___(holiday/event)_____ if we didn't have __(food)____!"

Thanks for indulging my curiosity!  Grin

I look forward to checking out your answers!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Kosher? on: July 25, 2007 09:27:51 AM
Any and all challah recipes are welcome! I am willing to try anything, but I'm looking for one that relies on oil (rather than butter or a pareve shortening) and honey instead of sugar. Any thoughts?
In the meantime, I've got another recipe for you!

Pareve Savory Kugel with Carmelized Onions
4 eggs
3-4 large sweet onions (such as vadalias)
1 bag of wide egg noodles
a few pinches of sugar for carmelizing
enough oil to coat the pan to fry the onions
salt and pepper as desired

Slice onions into thin rings. Coat large skillet with oil, add onions and carmelize over high heat, sprinkling a little sugar just to help the browning. Set caramelized onions on a plate when finished.
Boil and drain noodles. Beat eggs together in a small bowl, adding desired amounts of salt and pepper (I like enough pepper that you can see it evenly distributed over the noodles, and just a dash of salt) to the beaten eggs.
Dump noodles in a greased 9x13 cassarole dish. Pour egg mixture over top. Stir in onions.
Bake at 350 until the top noodles turn firm to crispy (maybe 30 or so min).
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Kosher? on: July 24, 2007 12:53:48 PM
Anybody have a good challah recipe? I'm also on the quest for a perfect (dark, moist, not brick-like) honey cake before Yom Kippur. Any ideas?

In exchange, I'm offering kick-ass kishke. It is a veggie version from The Spice and Spirit (which I consider to be the Jewish "Joy of Cooking"). It tastes just like the meat kind I remember having at Shabbos as a kid! My carnivorous dad and brothers couldn't tell the difference!

VEGETABLE KISHKE
 
1/2 cup oil
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
1 onion, quartered
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
pepper to taste
 
Place 1/2 cup oil and vegetables in blender and make a thick paste. Empty into bowl and blend with flour, seasonings, mix well.
 
Shape into roll on a large piece of greased aluminum foil.Roll tightly in foil. Bake on baking sheet for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at 350. Slice and serve.
 
6 to 8 slices
 
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sunroom turned bedroom! Help! on: July 19, 2007 09:19:17 AM
Maybe this is a stupid question, but when you put the silver stuff on your windows, do you use it like a shade (it rolls up and down) or do you just put it in place and leave it there?
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 19 ENTRIES / Re: Stud Earring Salvage Tiara (img heavy-ish) on: July 16, 2007 07:28:51 AM
I'm inspired! Wear it with pride!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Postcard Mobile on: July 16, 2007 06:58:36 AM
Great ideas! Thanks for your help. I'll try to post it when I've got it done.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Room for two on: July 16, 2007 06:54:24 AM
I've got another idea! What about chalkboard paint? You could make notes for yourself, and have a place for your little boy to draw too.
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