March 03, 2015

Poor Man's Purim Cake


Poor Man's Purim Cake

Serve about 8 people.

In 1879, The New York Times ran a recipe for Poor Man's Purim Cake in its household hints section. It was called Poor Man's Cake because the ingredients cost just 20 cents or because it called for so little fat and so few eggs. In later cookbooks this same recipe is called "Quick Cake".

1 & 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Confectioners' sugar (optional)

Place sugar and butter together in a food proceessor with the steel blade and process until creamed. Add eggs and the milk, pulsing after each addition. then add flour, baking powder, and the lemon rind, pulsing until a smooth mass is formed.

Plаce the dough in a greased and floured 9- by 9-inch square pan. pat down and bake in a preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, turn out on a rack.

Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, slice and serve



Торт бедняка на Пурим

Приближительно на 8 человек.


1 & 1/2 чашки сахара
1/4 чашки сливочного масла, комнатной температуры
2 яйца
1 чашка молока
3 чашки муки
1 чайная ложка разрыхлителя
цедта одного лимона
Сахарная пудра для посыпки

Выложить масло и сахар в чашки кухонного комбайна и прокрутить до образования кремообразной пасты. Добавить яйца, молоко и опять прокрутить. Добавить муку, разрыхлитель и лимонную цедру. Пройрутить до образования теста, блинной консистенции.

Выложить тесто в деко размерами приближительно 22см на 22см. Разровнять и поставить в хорошо прогретую духовку притемпературе 180Ц на 30 минут. Готовый торт, вынуть из духовки, дать остыть, посыпать сахарной пудрой (по желанию) и нарезать. Подать к столу.



Recipe came from "Jewish cooking in America" Joan Nathan

February 28, 2015

Country style chicken liver pate


Country style chicken liver pate

Serving a party of 10-12 people

Here's my mom's recipe, which we used to make back in Soviet Union many years ago.

2 pounds fresh chicken livers
1 big potato, cooked and peeled
2 big carrots, cooked and peeled
2 medium size yellow onions, peeled and cut into big chunks
1 & 1/2 tablespoon frozen shmaltz
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot of salted simmering water, poach the chicken livers until ready (40 minutes) on low heat. Drain on paper towels.

In a food processor, puree the livers with the carrots, potato, and onions until smooth. Add shmaltz and puree a little bit more. Season with salt and pepper. Add nutmeg, if desired.


Печеночный паштет по крестьянски

на 10-12 человек

1 кг свежей куриной печенки
1 большая картофелина, вареная и очищенная
2 больших моркови, вареные и очищенные
2 средней луковицы, очищенные и порезанные на большие куски
1 & 1/2 столовых ложки топленого куриного жира (шмалца)
соль и перец по вкусу

В небольшой кастрюле закупятить воду и вбросить печенку. Варить на небольшом огне 40 минут до полной готовности. Выложить на бумажные полотенца и посушить.

В кухонный комбайн сложить печень, картофель, морковь и лук. Прокрутить до получения пюре. Добавить куриный жир и прокрутить опять. Вынуть из чашки комбайна и проверить на соль и перец. Добавить по вкусу.


Corn chowder


In Minnesota we still have cold days and looking forward for warm weather and comfort food. This time I decided to make a corn chowder. This recipe is simple, delicious and healthy.

Corn chowder

Serves 6.

1 & 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 large onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 & 1/2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable stock
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (optional, who likes it)
2 cups corn fresh or frozen kernels
1 large potatoes, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 12-oz can evaporated milk
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne pepper


In a large heavy saucepan, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onions, and saute for 4 minutes. Add celery, red pepper, garlic and cumin and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add vegetable stock, thyme and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add corn and potatoes, return to a simmer and cook until all vegetables are tender, 10 minutes. Place cornstarch in a small bowl, slowly add evaporated milk, stirring until smooth. Stir into thesoup and return to a simmer. Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes, until thickened. Serve immediately.


Recipe came from "The Eating Well recipe rescue cookbook."

February 19, 2015

Mozzarella Lox sandwiches


Mozzarella Lox sandwiches.

Make 4 big sandwiches

4 big pieces crusty bread
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon honey
1 glove garlic, minced
7 oz soft mozzarella cheese
4 oz lox, thinly sliced

green spring onions for sprinkling

Mix together butter, soy sauce, honey and garlic. Apply butter mixture on the bread slices. Place the 2-3 slices of mozzarella cheese and top with lox. Sprinkle with spring onions.


Бутерброды с моцареллой и соленым лососем

4 больших куска хлеба
2 столовых лозки сливочного масла
2 чайные ложки соевого соуса
2 чайные ложки меда
1 зубец чеснока, очень мелко нарезанного
200 грамм мягкого сыра моцарелла
120 грамм соленого лосося.

Зеленый лук для посыпки

Перемешать масло, соевый соус, мед и чеснок. Помазать этой смесью хлеб. Положить по 2-3 куцочка моцареллы и накрыть соленым лососем. Посыпать зеленым луком.

February 16, 2015

Hamantaschen 2015

I'm posting this post for those who is looking for very delicious recipe for hamantaschens. Recently baking hamantaschens, I became one of the winners of local community culinary contest. It's my first contest, and I became a winner. Please, enjoy my hamantaschens!

Pareve Hamantaschen

Lemon hamantaschen with chocolate-chestnut filling



Hamantaschens with Australian dough


 
Hamantaschen with Canadian dough


Cheesy Hamantaschen


Lemon Hamantaschen

February 11, 2015

Apple-Cinnamon crumb cake


I decided to try at least a couple recipes from famous book "Rose's heavenly cakes", which I recently bought. Of course, first one is an apple cake. It's quite refreshing to have an apple cake in February. So, I made it.


Apple-Cinnamon crumb cake

Serves 8 to 10 people.

Cinnamon Crumb Topping

1 cup walnut halves
1/3 cup, firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspooon vanilla extract

In a food processor, pulse the walnuts, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon until the walnuts are coarsely chopped. Remove and set aside 1/2 cup to use for the filling. To the remainder, all flour, butter and vanilla. Pilse briefly to form a corse, crumbly mixture. Scrape it into a medium bowl and refrigirate it for about 20 minutes to firm up the butter and make it easier to crumble.

Apple filling
1 tart apple (I took 2 apples), 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Just before mixing the batter, peel, core and slice the apple 1/4 inch thick. Sprikle with lemon juice and set asinde.

Batter for the cake

2 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sour cream, divided
1 & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 3/4 cup all-pirpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons butter


Preheat the oven to 350F 20 minutes before baking.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, 3 tablespoons of the sour cream, and vanilla just until lightly combined.

Make the batter. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a flat beater, mix the flour. sugar, balong powder, baking soda, and salt on low speed for 30 seconds. Add butter and the remaining sour cream and mix on low speed until dry ingredients are moistened. Raise the speed to medium and neat for 90 second. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Starting on medium-low speed, gradually add the egg mixture in two parts. Using a silicone spatula, scrape about 2/3 of the batter into prepared pan and smooth the surface evenly with a small offset spatula. Sprinkle lightly with reserved 1/2 cup crumb topping(do not press into batter) and top with apple slices. Drop remaining batter in large blobs over apples and spread evenly.

Rose recommends to use one 9-inch springform to bake sich delicate cake. I used rectangle form with similar dimensions, just because I like  rectangle pieces of cake.


Bake the cake 35 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven. Evenly strew the surface with the crumb topping. Return the pan to the oven and continue to bake for 20-30 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the corner comes out clean and the cake springs back when presses lightly in the center.



Recipe came from "Rose's heavenly cakes" by Rose Levy Beranbaum

January 18, 2015

Mama's potato salad.


I found the recipe in "Eating Well Recipe Rescue" book. In most cases we have all ingredients at home and can make wonderful salad in a minutes. It's quite delicious and nutritious, especially in a winter.


Mama's potato salad.

Serves 6

1 + 1/2 lbs. new potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
salt to taste
1/4 cup low-far buttermilk
2 Tbsp. reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tsp American style yellow mustard
1 hard-boiled egg, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped green or red bell peppers
2 Tbsp finely chopped celery
2 Tbsp finely chopped onions
1-2 finely chopped pickles
fresh ground black pepper to taste

In a medium-sized saucepan, cover potatoes with 5 cups water, season with salt and bring to boil. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool.

In a large bowl, stir together buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard, egg, bell peppers, celery, onions and pickles. Add potatoes and toss gently. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Картофельный салат

На 6 порций

750 грамм молодого картофеля, почищенного и нарезанного на большие куски
соль по вкусу
1/4 чашки кефира
2 столовых ложки майонеза
2 чайные ложки американской горчицы
1 круто сваренное яйцо, очищенное и мелко порезанное
1/2 чашки мелко нарезанного зеленого или красно перца
2 столовых ложки мелко нарезанного сельдерея
2 столовые ложки мелко нарезанного лука
1-2 небольших соленых огурца, мелко нарезанного
перец по вкусу

В небольшую кастрюлю выложить картофель и залить 5 чашками воды. Посолить и довести до кипения. Варить 10 минут. Снать с огня и отведить воду. Дать картофель остыть.

В большой посуде смешать кефир, майонез, горчицу, яйцо, перец, сельдерей, лук и соленые огурцы. Добавить картофель и все перемешать. Попробывать на соль. Если нужно досолить и поперчить. Поставить в холодильник хотя бы на 1 час.

January 02, 2015

Puff snails with chicken filling


Puff snails with chicken filling

Makes 16 medium snails

1 package puff pastry dough (2 sheets)
sea salt for sprinkling

Chicken filling:

8 drumsticks with skin on
400 gramm fresh chicken liver
3 medium onions divided, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg
salt, pepper to taste


Cleaned and wash chicken liver very well. Put chicken liver into boiling water and simmer for 20-25 minutes until it's ready. Drain water and cool off the liver. In another pot, boil chicken drumsticks for 30 to 40 minutes.

Heat a saute pan with the olive oil. Add slices from 2 onions to olve oil and saute until onion is soft, but not browned. Add a little bit of salt.

Prepare food processor. Add chicken liver, meat from drumsticks and soft onion. Finally add slices from 3-rd onion and process until smooth. Add egg. Taste for salt and pepper. If you need, add it. Divide filling into 16 equal parts.

Defrost puff pastry shells at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cut each sheet of the dough into 8 stripes 3cm x 35cm each one. Roll out each stripe to make wider, about 6 cm. Place one portion of the filling. Pinch the long sides and fold like snail. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with sea salt. Chill in refrigerator for 30-40 mintues.

Preheat oven to 400F. Bake pastries for 15-17 minutes or until pastries turn lightly golden brown.  Do not open the oven for the first 15 minutes of baking, pastries will not rise to full potential.