Made with sturdy lentils du Puy and a simple Dijon vinaigrette, David Lebovitz's lentil salad doesn't stray far from expected flavors. But each bite sings in perfect harmony with the next, making this dish a perfect template for experimentation.
Alas (I suppose) these green beans are only cooked in the manner of snails, not with the garden creatures. No matter, the unapologetically garlicky snail butter is still darn good and makes a fine accompaniment to the tender green beans.
Latkes are a far more common sight at Hanukkah than Passover, but there's no real reason why you can't fry up a batch in the springtime.
Coq au vin was one of the first dishes that Jamie Geller learned to cook. As she tells it, her mother-in-law taught her how to gently simmer chicken in red wine sauce shortly after her wedding. The recipe in her new cookbook, Joy of Kosher, is a version of that dish—the chicken and red wine remain the same, but Geller has added slices of flavorful veal (or chicken) sausage to the mix.
Root vegetables may be most often eaten in the coldest depths of winter, but I actually like them best in early spring. New carrots and radishes are a sweet counterpoint to wintered beets, breathing new life into the tired roots. Add a burst of anise-y fennel and a smattering of chopped nuts, as Jamie Geller does in her new cookbook Joy of Kosher, and you'll have a brilliantly elegant and healthy side dish.
Brisket is one of the first dishes that comes to mind when I think of kosher meals, and the forgiving cut of beef is one of Jamie Geller's favorites to cook. While there were more traditional preparations in her book, I was drawn to this zippier Argentinian-inspired recipe.
I am sure that many of you will be celebrating Passover next week, and may be wanting to breathe some new life into your meals. Enter Joy of Kosher by Jewish food maven, Jamie Geller. Geller is the founder of a social website and magazine of the same name, specializing in approachable and often quick recipes for kosher families.
Your first question upon reading this recipe title is probably, "What the heck is broccoflower?" If you haven't already Googled it, broccoflower describes two different brassicas—fractaled Romanesco broccoli and bright green rounded cauliflower. Either of these will work in Deborah Madison's simple pasta recipe in her newly re-released cookbook, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
I was ten years old when Deborah Madison's pioneering cookbook, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, was released. My family didn't eat many vegetarian meals back then; if we did, it was often something pasta- and cheese-based, as was common in the mid-90s. So I never saw a copy of the book until much later, likely in a used bookstore, its edges frayed and its pages splattered with tomato sauce.
Doro wat is the reason I fell in love with Ethiopian food. The rich, spicy gravy, perfect for scooping up with tangy injera bread had me at the first bite. And the fall-off-the-bone chicken drumsticks and springy boiled egg never hurt either.
Lahmacun are Turkish flatbreads rolled up around a tomatoey lamb mixture, sprinkled with pepper flakes and topped with a spritz of lemon juice. They're a cousin of larger, milder pides, most often known as Turkish pizzas.
Cathal Armstrong serves this "boiling bacon," or brined pork belly, for Halloween, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it in March. It is, after all, comforting enough to tide us through the rocky weather of early spring, and the bright, herbaceous parsley sauce with which it's served has hints of the warm weather to come.
As the story goes, Cathal Armstrong was cooking a variation of his mother's chicken casserole at home on his day off from working at his flagship Restaurant Eve when he got a phone call: President Obama was on his way to dine at Armstrong's restaurant. Since that night, he has renamed this simple chicken and vegetable stew "President Obama Stew."
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