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May 12 2016
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Unique Burger Recipes
For the Perfect BBQ!

The weather is fine, the grill is smokin’ and your all set for the perfect bar-b-que with your perfect recipes. Make your friends, family and neighbors drool with envy when you serve them these fabulous burgers! SAVORY SALMON BURGERS These savory salmon burgers hold up well on the grill, especially if you use a nice fillet of wild king salmon. Serve on an onion roll with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and horseradish for a great barbeque main dish. 2 1/2 pounds king salmon...

Mar 13 2016
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Paula Shoyer

Paula Shoyer, author of The Holiday Kosher Baker, has done it again with her beautiful new book The New Passover Menu. Whether or not you keep kosher, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. I myself bookmarked the chapters on breakfast foods and desserts for my upcoming Easter brunch. Of special note is the equipment list for each recipe (so you’ll know which tools you need) along with preparation and cooking times. Also included are tips to help with meal planning and storage....

Jan 26 2016
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A Fresh Take on Tradition
Amelia Saltsman

I am very excited about The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition cookbook. The recipes were organized by seasons and by course, featuring new ways to use old-world ingredients in a fresh, contemporary meals, highlighting the diversity of flavors in Jewish food. The author, Amelia Saltsman, was born in California to a Romanian-Israeli mother and an Iraqi-Israeli father. In her introduction, she states, “one grandmother used parsley, the other cilantro, one cooked...

Jan 26 2016
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This cake from The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen by Amelia Saltsman, can be prepared ahead of time leaving one less thing to worry about if guests unexpectedly drop by. I made this cake with figs instead of dates, but you can substitute any dried fruit you like. Spiced Date and Walnut Oatmeal Cake ½ cup butter, room temperature, plus more for the pan 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1 ¾ cups boiling water 1 pound pitted dates 1...

Dec 15 2015
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¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper ¼ tsp baking powder 10 tbsp. salted butter, room temperature      Plus 4 tbsp. for pans (optional) 4 large eggs, room temperature 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary 1 cup lightly packed grated Gruyere cheese Place rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat two 12 shell Madeleine pans with baking spray, or melt an additional 4 tbsp. butter and brush a little in each mold. Set pans aside. In a together small bowl,...

Dec 15 2015
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The elves and I are baking some wonderful holiday treats for make-ahead holiday entertaining. The Cookbook I turned to was Affairs to Remember by Sandy Axelrod, the Small Bites section of the cookbook filled the bill. Caramelized Onion Tartlets  For the filling: 3 tablespoons of butter 2 ½ cups yellow onions, cut into small dice (I used sweet Vidalia onions) Kosher salt Fresh ground pepper For the pastry: 1 package frozen puff pastry thawed (2 sheets) For the garnish: ½ cup...

Jul 07 2015
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I was kindly sent some ripe Georgia Peaches from The Georgia Peach Council (www.gapeaches.org), and it was like Christmas in June for me. Of course, I had to immediately test them, my first peach was sweet and so juicy that I had to eat it over the sink to catch the juices — a lone paper towel wouldn’t do the trick. This sweet summer fruit not only tastes incredible, but it’s also a nutritional powerhouse. At sixty calories, an average size peach is packed with fiber,...

May 08 2015
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Author: Bill Collins

Vinegar takes center stage in this unique little cookbook, which includes detailed descriptions for making your own homemade vinegars, including wine apple cider, white and malt vinegars. Chef Collins then kicks it up a notch by giving recipes to infuse vinegars with herbs, fruits etc. to increase vinegar flavors. I truly believe this book will become a valuable resource in your kitchen. If you’re looking to find an accessible cookbook for both the beginner and the well-seasoned...

Mar 08 2015
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by Irma S. Rombauer &
Marion Rombauer Becker

Tried and True Recipes…..The first cookbook I brought as a bride was the “Joy of Cooking” that was 30 years ago and it is still my reference go to cookbook. This cookbook aids in building a very solid foundation and understanding in cooking, equipment and all kinds of food ingredients. I always give Joy of Cooking cookbook as a Bridal Shower gift , this cookbook should be on every new bride’s bookshelf.  BLACK BOTTOM CUPCAKES Makes 16 cupcakes Preheat oven 350...

Jan 03 2015
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Chef Altiero’s fresh approach on comfort food takes the food readers love to a whole new level by pushing the boundaries of even the most traditional comfort dishes. Adventures in Comfort Food Cookbook by dish (starters, soups and salads, pasta, vegetables and sides, dinners, bread, pizza and sandwiches, party food and components), as well as Chef’s tips. Attractive photos convey the simplicity of many of the recipes such as my personal favorite Lobster Mac ‘N Cheese. I...

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