MeatBalls

MeatBalls

Meatballs1 pound ground beef1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs1 egg1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon corianderSalt and pepper Combine all the ingredients and form into meatballs Stew1 pinch of saffron1 cup water1 large onion, chopped2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil5 small potatoes, peeled and dicedSalt & pepper1 cup cilantro, for garnish  Soak saffron in waterCaramelize onions in olive oil….

TOMATO GALETTE

TOMATO GALETTE

2 large onions, thinly sliced3 tablespoons olive oilCrust dough for 1 galette3 tablespoons Dijon mustard1 cup Gruyere, white cheddar or kashkaval cheese, shredded4 large heirloom tomatoes, cut in thick slicesSalt and pepper to taste1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese1 egg, beaten1/4 cup basil, thinly chopped Sauté onions in olive oil over low flame for 30 minutes until…

SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE GALETTE

SPINACH AND ARTICHOKE GALETTE

16 ounces frozen spinach, defrosted and completely drained of liquid7 ounces frozen artichoke hearts, defrosted2 large onions, thinly sliced3 tablespoons olive oil2 large eggs1 cup Gruyere, white cheddar or kashkaval cheese, shredded3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese2 tablespoons breadcrumbs or matzo meal2 green onions, thinly sliced1 tablespoon dill, finely choppedSalt and pepper to taste1/2 teaspoon nutmeg…

Moroccan Fish

Moroccan Fish

Rachel’s Moroccan Fish 3 lbs of branzino, fileted and cut into 8 pieces 1/4 teaspoon salt, for salting fish 1/4 cup of olive oil 4 to 6 garlic cloves, finely sliced 1 tablespoon cumin 1 tablespoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon salt, for sauce 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 red pepper, sliced in long thin strips…

Am Yisrael Chai Falafel Fest
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Am Yisrael Chai Falafel Fest

Am Yisrael Chai Falafel Fest Is any Israeli Independence Day celebration complete without falafel? Well, not for Israelis who celebrate with a “mangal,” a Middle  Eastern-style outdoor grilling feast. But for us, no food is more Israeli than the golden falafel. During our last visit to Israel, the most memorable, most delicious, most reminisced-about meal…

Tortilla de Patata

Tortilla de Patata

Rachel’s Tortilla de Patata 1 large onion, finely diced 8  large Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 dozen eggs 1 bunch fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped 1 tablespoon turmeric Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying Squeeze of lemon, for serving Boil potatoes and coarsely  mash, leaving a few…

Rachel’s Spiced Kumquat Jam

Rachel’s Spiced Kumquat Jam

2 cups kumquats3 cups water1  1 /2 teaspoons baking soda2 cups fine granulated sugar2 cups water4 teaspoon cinnamon2 teaspoon cardamom2 teaspoon clove powder Place whole kumquats in glass bowl and cover with the water. Sprinkle in baking soda and  soak for 10 minutes. This will remove any mold and dirt. After soaking, rinse kumquats under clean, running water and dry…

Sharon’s Pavlova

Sharon’s Pavlova

8 egg whites1 3/4 cups sugar1 teaspoon vanilla4 teaspoons cornstarch or potato starch2 teaspoons white vinegarPinch of salt2 cups heavy creamPint of strawberries, sliced Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat egg whites slowly and add sugar very gradually until egg whites are thick and  glossy. Gently fold in vanilla, cornstarch, vinegar and salt. Spoon mixture onto…

SHARON’S CHOCOLATE BARK

SHARON’S CHOCOLATE BARK

30 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips2 tablespoons safflower oil1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped1/2 cup pumpkin seeds1/2 cup dried cranberries1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt Place chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Pour oil on top and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir chocolate with spatula to make sure it is completely melted. Pour melted chocolate onto parchment-lined,…

RACHEL’S NORTH AFRICAN PASSOVER FAVA BEAN SOUP

3 tablespoons olive oil2 large leeks, white and pale green parts only, cleaned and sliced1 large onion, chopped2 large carrots, peeled and diced4 stalks celery, chopped2 medium turnips, peeled and diced2 large potatoes, peeled and diced2 cups frozen double-peeled fava beans2 quarts water, vegetable stock or chicken stockSalt and white pepper, to taste1 teaspoon turmeric1/2…

SHARON’S RATATOUILLE

SHARON’S RATATOUILLE

1 large eggplant, cut into 2-inch squares5 Mexican squash, cut into ringsOlive oil, for drizzling1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch strips1 orange pepper, cut into 1-inch strips6 Campari tomatoes, cut into quarters1 purple onion, sliced3/4 cup oil1 1/2 cups tomato sauce4 cloves garlic, crushed1 teaspoon oregano1 teaspoon smoked paprika1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon white pepperFresh lemon…

RACHEL’S LAMB SHANKS WITH DRIED FRUITS

RACHEL’S LAMB SHANKS WITH DRIED FRUITS

4-6 lamb shanks, marinated (recipe follows)1 large onion, thinly sliced2 tablespoons olive oil2 large carrots, sliced into thick rounds2 stalks celery, sliced thinly1 cup pitted prunes1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped2 cups water Marinade1/2 cup olive oil1 tablespoon cumin1 tablespoon paprika2 teaspoons salt1 tablespoon herbs de Provence6 garlic cloves, grated1/2 cup red wine In large bowl,…

Spicy Fish Chowder

Spicy Fish Chowder

1/4 cup olive oil1 large onion, diced4 garlic cloves, chopped6 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 green bell pepper, diced1 yellow bell pepper, diced3 cups shredded green cabbage 3 medium zucchini, diced2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon pepper2 14 ounce cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes1/2 cup white wine (can substitute with 2 tablespoons of wine vinegar)2 tablespoons tomato paste6…