May 18, 2015

Iceberg Lettuce Slaw

Iceberg Lettuce Slaw

1/2 cup mayonaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 head iceberg lettuce, cored, cut into 4 equal wedges, and sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch0wide strips
1 carrot, peeled and sheredded (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup thinly slice onion ( I used green onion, white and green parts)
2 tablespoon frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds, toasted

Whisk mayonaise, lemon juice, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl. Add lettuce, carrot, onion, peas, and sunflower seeds and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving dish and serve.

Салат из lettuce

1/2 lчашки майонеза
1 столовая ложка лимонного сока
1 столовая ложка мелко нарезанной петрушки
соль и перец
1 головка салата lettuce, мелко насшинкованного
1 морковь, очищенная от кожуры и натертая на терке
1/2 чашки мелко нарезанного лука
2 столовых ложки размороженного зеленого горошка
2 столовых ложек семочек подсолнуха.

Смешать майонез, лимонный сок, петрушку и 1/4 чайной ложки соли и 1/4/ чайной ложки черного молотого перца. Добавить салат lettuce, морковь, лук, горошек и семочки. Все хорошо перемешать. Проверить на соль и перец. Если нужно, добавить. Переложить в блюдо и подать к столу.

Recipe comes sfrom Cook's Country magazine

May 10, 2015

Custardy Apple Squares

I love Dorie's recipes. They are always come out good. This year for Mother's Day I made for my Yiddishe mama. These bars are light, addictive, healthy and absolutely  perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I enjoyed every bite of it.

Custardy Apple Squares

    3 medium juicy, sweet apples, such as Gala or Fuji, peeled
    1/2 cup (68 grams) all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    2 large eggs, at room temperature
    1/3 cup (67 grams) sugar
    Pinch of fine sea salt
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    6 tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature
    2 tablespoons (1 ounce; 28 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Slice the apples using a mandoline, Benriner or a sharp knife, turning the fruit as you reach the core. The slices should be about 1/16 th inch thick-- elegantly thin, but not so thin that they're transparent and fragile. Discard the cores.

Whisk the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl.

Working in a large bowl with a whisk, beat the eggs, sugar and salt together for about 2 minutes, until the sugar just about dissolves and, more important, the eggs are pale. Whisk in the vanilla, followed by the milk and melted butter. Turn the flour into the bowl and stir with the whisk until the batter is smooth. Add the apples, switch to a flexible spatula and gently fold the apples into the batter, turning everything around until each thin slice is coated in batter. Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top as evenly as you can--it will be bumpy; that's its nature.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown, uniformly puffed-- make sure the middle of the cake has risen--and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.

Using a long knife, cut the cake into 8 squares (or as many rectangles as you'd like) in the pan (being careful not to damage the pan), or unmold the cake onto a rack, flip it onto a plate and cut into squares. Either way, give the squares a dusting of confectioners' sugar before serving, if you'd like.

Serving: Most often I serve the squares plain, but whipped cream, crème fraîche or ice cream makes a great partner.

Storing: The cake, which is good a few minutes out of the oven or at room temperature the day it is made, can also be refrigerated, covered, for up to 2 days and served chilled.

Bonne Idées: You can add a couple of tablespoons of dark rum, Calvados, applejack or Armagnac or a drop (really just a drop) of pure almond extract to the batter. If you have an orange or a lemon handy, you can grate the zest over the sugar and rub the ingredients together until they're fragrant. You can also change the fruit. Pears are perfect and a combination of apples and pears even better. Or make the cake with 2 firm mangoes--the texture will be different, but still good--or very thinly sliced quinces. Finally, if you want to make this look a little dressier, you can warm some apple jelly in a microwave and spread a thin layer of it over the top with a pastry brush.

Мягкие яблочные пирожные от Дори Гринспан.

Я обожаю печь рецепты Дори Гринспан. Они всегда получаются. особенно мне нравится экспериментировать с ними. Следующий раз будет с манго.

3 средних яблока, очищенных от кожуры
1/2 чашки муки
1 чайная ложка разрыхлителя
2 яйца, комнатной температуры
1/3 чашки сахара
щепотка морской соли
2 чайной ложки ванильного экстракта
6 столовых ложек молока, комнатной температуры
2 столовых ложек сливочного масла, размягченного

Нагреть духовку до 400Ф (200Ц). Промазать маслом квадратную форму для выпечки размером 20 на 20 см. Положить пергаментую бумагу на дно.

Нарезать яблоки на очень тонкие полукруги. Вынуть серцевину.

Смешать муку и разрыхлитель в маленькой посуде.

В большой посуде смешать яйца, сахар и соль вместе и взбивать 2 минуты, пока сахар почти раствориться и яйца станут бледными. Добавить ванильный экстракт, молоко и сливочное масло.
Добавить мучную смесь и хорошо перемешать. Вложить яблоки в жидкое тесто и смeшать, чтобы все яблоки были покрыты тестом. Выложить тесто с яблоками в приготовленную форму и лопаткой пригладить. Поставить в духовку и пель 40-50 минут. (я пекла 35 минут). Проверить на готовность лучинкой и вынуть из духовки. Дать остыть 15 минут. Нарезать на 8 равных кусков. Посыпать сахарной пудрой и подать на стол.

Excerpted from Baking Chez Moi, © 2014 by Dorie Greenspan.

May 05, 2015

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Raisin Treats

Makes: 15 medium size balls
Prep: 15 mins
Stand: 10 mins
 Chill: 30 mins

    1 cup pitted Medjool dates, tightly packed (see Note)
    1 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    3/4 cup raisins
    1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (60% to 70% cacao)
    1 generous tbsp natural peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter
    1 teaspoon chia seeds
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt


Place dates in a medium bowl.

Fill bowl with hot water to cover dates by about an inch. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain. Combine all ingredients In the bowl of a food processor. Process continuously until mixture comes together, forming a dough of sorts.

You want the oats to be pretty much completely broken down, with a few bits of raisins and little chips of chocolate still visible. Using a teaspoon-size scoop, portion out small pieces of dough, using your hands to roll them into balls about 2 inch in diameter. Place balls on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Once chilled, transfer to an airtight container to store in the fridge for up to 10 days. Note: The dates should be nice and tacky here, more like a delicious edible glue than a soft fruit puree, so you should soak them less than you would if you were making baked goods. Medjool dates work best in this recipe because they're extra sticky, but Deglet Noor dates work too --they may require about 10 minutes more soaking time.

Excerpt from Real Sweet by Shauna Sever  published in Family cricle

April 27, 2015

Sweet potato salad with cranberries and pecans

4 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 or 3 large), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon coarse-ground mustard
2 green onions, sliced
1 cup dried cranberries
½ cup roughly chopped pecans, lightly toasted
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet. Place the cubed sweet potatoes on the sheet and bake until cooked but firm, about 35-40 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, curry powder and mustard. Stir in the green onions, cranberries, pecans and cooked sweet potatoes. Adjust seasonings and add salt and pepper to taste. Chill for at least three hours before serving.

Recipe comes from

April 23, 2015

Nutella Banana Bread

Nutella Banana Bread

The recipe comes from the newest cooking book by Marcy Goldman "The Baker's four seasons". I choose several recipes to try and will try all of them.  Today is a first one.

As always, Marcy's recipes are quite tasty and easy to make it. It's not very sweet and goes with coffee very good.  I started with this recipe because Nutella was on hand and wanted to see how Nutella would behave in banana dough. I satisfied. Now it's your turn to bake and enjoy banana bread with Nutella.

Serves 10.

1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 & 2/3 cup all-ourpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Nutella

Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of the loaf pan with parchment paper.

In  a small bowl, hand mash bananas and set aside. In a mixer bowl, mix or cream the white and brown sugar and butter until well-blended. Add in the eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and bananas. Fold remaining flour, baking soda, salt and blend well.

Spoon two-thirds of the batter into the pan and top with dollops of Nutella (reserving 2 tablespoons Nutella). Marbleize the Nutella so that it swirls through the batter. Cover with remaining dollops of batter and the remaining Nutella.Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake 30 minutes and then lower temperature to 325F and bake until cake springs back when lightly presses with fingertips, about 45-50 minutes. Cool well before slicing. (I sliced on next day)

Банановый кекс с Нутеллой.

На 10 порций.

1 чашка банана-пюре (из 2 бананов)
1 чашка белого сахара
2 столовых ложки коричневого сахара
1/2 чашки (8 столовых ложек) сливочного масла комнатной температуры
2 яйца
1 чайная ложка ванильного экстракта
1/2 чашки кефира
1 + 2/3 чашки муки
1 чайная ложка соды
1/4 чайной ложки соли
1/3 чашки Нутеллы

Нагреть духовку до 350Ф (180Ц). Положить пергаментную бумагу на дно формочки, в которой Вы будете выпекать кекс. Обычно для бананового кекса есть специальные формочки прямоугольной формы.

В маленькой посуде, вилкой размять бананы до состояния пюре. В другой посуде смешать сахар и сливочное масло, добавить яйца, ванильный экстракт, кефир и бананы. Размешать и добавить муку, соду и соль. Все хорошо перемешать.

Вылить 2/3 теста в форму и выложить Нутеллу(оставить 2 столовые ложки). Ножом прокрутить Нутеллу до получения эффекта зебры. Вылить оставшееся тесто и выложить оставшуюся Нутеллу. Поставить в дуовку.

Печь 30 минут и уменьшить температуру до 325Ф анд печь еще 45-50 минут. Вынуть из духовки и полностью остудить. Нарезать на следующий день.

April 20, 2015

Layered Lox salad

Layered Lox salad

1 generous serving

1/4 head lettuce, thinly sliced
1 medium size tomato, finely chopped, seeds removed
2 tablespoons parsley or dill, finely chopped
1 large hard-boiled egg, shredded
2 oz lox, finely chopped
2 oz havarti cheese, shredded or grated
2 teaspoons mayonnaise
salt by taste
lemon pieces for garnish

Start with a layer of lettuce and sprinkle on some kosher salt. Mix 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise with tomato and layer over the lettuce. Make a nice layer of parsley on a top of tomatoes. Mix 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise with eggs, sprinkle with salt and place on a top of parsley. Sprinkle with chopped lox and top with a cheese.

Слоеный салат с соленым лососем.

1 большая порция

1/4 головки зеленого салата lettuce, тонко нарезанного
1 помидор, мелко нарезанный и очищенный от семечек
2 столовые ложки петрушки или укропа, мелко порезанного
1 большое круто сваренное яйцо, натертое на терке
50-60 грамм соленого лосося
50-60 грамм сыра havarti
2 чайные ложки майонеза
соль по вкусу.

На дно тарелки или блюда выложить зеленый салат и немного посолить. Смешать 1 чайную ложку майонеза с помидором и выложить на зеленый салат. На верх выложить петрушку. Смешать 1 чайную ложку майонеза с яйцом, добавить соль по вкусу и выложить на петрушку.  Поверх петрушки выложить соленый лосось и посыпать сыром.

Украсить кусочками лимона.

April 07, 2015

Italian Matza Salad

Italian Matza Salad

Serves 6

For dressing:

100 ml extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons red whine vinegar
3-4 gloves  garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
salt and pepper to taste

For salad

20 tea matzas, crumbled
1 & 1/2 lb cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 (150 gram) cup black olives, pitted
200 gram/ 1 cup feta or mozarella cheese, cut in to cubes
large bunch of fresh basil (I used parsley)

To serve: lettuce, thinly sliced.

Put olive oil, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt and plenty of pepper in your serving bowl. Add the crumbled matzas and mix. Add the remaining ingredients. Toss to combine well, taking care not to break up the feta or mozarella cheese.

Let salad stand at room temperature for a minimum of 15 minutes or overnight in a fridge to allow the matza pieces to soak up some of the dressing.

To serve the stylish way: Serve with a lettuce on a bottom.

The recipe comes from Denise Phillips "The Gourmet Jewish Cookbook".

April 03, 2015

Passover Carrot kugel

It's a quite addictive pastry-like Passover treat. It should be on Seder table. My kitchen smells fantastically good.

Carrot Kugel

1 cup matzah cake meal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 1/4 cups grated carrots
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter or canola oil


Preheat oven to 325F and set a rack in the center of the oven.

Butter and flour an 8" square baking pan.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In a smaller bowl, combine eggs, oil, lemon juice, and carrots.

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir until the two are combined and no lumps of flour remain. Transfer batter into the prepared baking pan, and smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake for 45 minutes; when done, kugel should spring back when touched.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe comes from My Jewish learning