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Buy Puff Pastry and Avoid a Meltdown

  If there’s one thing that is totally acceptable to buy from the supermarket, it’s puff pastry. The reasons are two-fold. First, it takes a lot of time, patience and skill to laminate dough (folding it with butter to make hundreds of pillowy layers, a process that is just asking for a kitchen meltdown). And the kind from the supermarket always comes out perfectly. It’s the most predictable dough out there. Once it’s thawed (but still very cold), you can do a number of things with puff pastry. Fill it with chocolate and make croissants, roll it with spinach and feta for spanikopita, encase hot dogs for pigs in a blanket. Yesterday, I made a tomato tart.   Here it is: Add the accoutrements (basil + parm).   Print Tomato Tart Author: Ariel Kanter Recipe type: Pretty easy Cuisine: Buttery Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  25 mins Total time:  40 mins Serves: Depends on how much you can eat. I’d say four people.   This recipe was adapted from Saveur’s Herbed Tomato Tart recipe. Instead of cooking the …

Olympic Eats: Hummus

It has come to my attention this week that I will never be in the Olympics. I hold my knee cartilage too dear for moguls, I slip and fall just looking at ice, and I refuse to sweep my apartment, so curling is just out of the question. But it’s okay. At least I can make a good hummus. Whitney and I were sent some dried organic chickpeas, so these were the little babies I used to the hummus. But they took a little finagling (re: soaking and cooking). To get these little dried chickpeas into the soft beans you’ll find in the can (albeit way less salty), Soak chickpeas in boiling water for 90 minutes. Rinse out the water and then add more, covering them and bring to a simmer for another 90 minutes. When I simmered the beans, I also added bay and some garlic, just for some extra flavor.   In this hummus, I decided to get a little crazy. Here’s what I did: Print Olympic Eats: Hummus Recipe type: hummus   Ingredients …

Kosher Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

I came home today and craved my favorite dish from my favorite Chinese restaurant. In Newton, there’s an amazing posh Chinese place called Bernard’s. Bernard’s is elegant and serves true Chinese cuisine. The best dish that they serve is that Chicken with Black Bean Sauce. It is served in a piping hot stone pot, almost bubbling over with black bean sauce and tender chicken. It is perfect over rice or noodles. Anyway, I came home and really wanted this. Unfortunately that would cost me a train ride, a cab ride and probably 20 dollars to get to Boston and actually eat the meal. Since that’s obviously not feasible, I decided to make it myself. Kosher Chicken and Ramen with Black Bean Sauce Chicken 2 pounds chicken breast, cut up into bite sized pieces or strips 2-3 tablespoons cornstarch to cover chicken 1/2 tablespoon chinese 5 spices mix Ramen Buy ramen noodles at your grocery store and prepare as directed on the package Black Bean Sauce 2 tablespoons of black bean sauce from the jar 1 …

Classy Eggplant Parmigiana

Today I want to talk eggplant parmesan. This is not eggplant parm that you pick up at the next door hoagie place. It is not too dry or too greasy. It is not deep fried in a vat of day old oil. It is also not covered in any sort of fake, Kraft sliver of orange cheese. This is the elegant, panko coated, Southern Italian quality eggplant parmigiana. Eggplant parmesan is really a vegetarian’s utopia. It’s like an herbivore version of a Peter Luger steak.  Nothing is better than a sweet eggplant, lightly breaded and fried then smothered with cheese and sauce. The best part is definitely when you bite into the eggplant and there’s still a little crunch from the crusty breading. Ariel’s First Red Sauce 1 carton of sweet cherry tomatoes (about 20) 1 large can skinned and crushed tomatoes with the juice 1 large shallot (or two small) 4 cloves garlic sprinkle of sugar basil and parsley 2 teaspoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons cream salt and pepper to taste olive oil I …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Israel – Meatos Restaurant

Last Israel post! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you all- I’ve been very jet-lagged. Anyway, the last thing I’d like to share is a review of a restaurant called Meatos. Danny suggested this restaurant as a treat for one of our final nights in Tel Aviv.  Meatos, known for its kosher steak, is a chic place, filled with cozy leather couches and hungry patrons. The first course menu is chock full of traditional favorites with a twist. Try the meat hummus, hummus mixed with lamb and chopped herbs. Love your wings? Order the sweet and sour chili chicken wings. The main menu has many choices even if you’re not a steak lover. Aside from the fillet mignon, you can order pasta with an olive oil and tomato sauce, salmon filet or even some lamb chops. Meatos also offers a sushi menu; however, when we were at the restaurant we weren’t even offered this menu. I just happened to find it online. On this menu, you can order spicy tuna, salmon …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Israel – Street Food

Hey guys! Today I want to talk about the most popular Israeli street foods, Falafel and Shawarma. Falafel is a ball of fried chickpeas and or fava beans. They are typically wrapped in pita bread or a bigger pita called lafa. In addition to the delicious warm treat, the pita will also include hummus and many different sorts of salads and sauces.  This is a small falafel and shawarma restaurant in Tzefat. Home of my first falafel, this place is no bigger than a large closet. One cook stands in front of the grill, grilling veggies and cooking shawarma, and the other stands in front just like this picture, filling lafa with salads and hummus. They work as a machine, filling several pitas a minute. They need to work fast because the line is winding out the door and around the corner.  This is a typical spread of salads that you can choose to fill your pita with. The colors are just beautiful.  My favorite is the Israeli salad- cucumbers, tomatoes, and thyme. Other fillers …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Israel – Shuk Ha’Carmel

Hey guys. I know I gave a whole plan for all my posts but yesterday I went to this amazing open market in Tel Aviv called Shuk Ha’Carmel and I just have to blog about it. Soo the other stuff will have to wait! Ladies and Gentlemen, Shuk Ha’Carmel is the Mecca of food. The myriads of delectable goodies was just unbelievable. I wish you could’ve all been there to see it. I was like a kid in a candy store, literally. I took about 50 pictures of the food.  From candy, herbs and spices, meats and fish to fresh sandwiches in pita, there’s no need to ever look for a Whole Foods or Shaws. Everything you could possibly need is in this market that is open 7 days a week from morning until sundown. Aside from food, there were also little stands where you could buy knock-off clothing and little Israeli knick-knacks. But I know you guys are here to read about the food so here it goes… The herbs and spices at the …

Nosh and Tell Journeys: Israel

Hey all!! I’m still in Israel but I finally have access to the internet so I wanted to start blogging. Props to Whitney for her amazing posts while I’ve been away. She is the best blogging buddy ever. I’m so upset that I didn’t get to try any of those goodies. They looked delicious.  Anyway, I’m so excited to start sharing all of my culinary experiences with you guys. I also don’t just want to show you the food but I want to teach you everything I’ve learned in the process of eating! The problem is that I have so many pictures of food that I don’t even know where to start. I’m going to try to organize everything into three blog posts.  1) Packaged Goods 2) Street Food- Falafel and Shwarma 3) Street Food Continued- Miscellaneous Foods While I was at a wine tasting I picked up a gorgeous cookbook all about Israeli food. When I get home I’m going to dive in there and start cooking and show all of you some more …

Rel’s Kosher Keepers: Sesame Chicken…for beginners by a beginner

Hey all! I’m headed to Israel tomorrow so I just wanted to post this Sesame Chicken recipe before I leave. To preface this post, I have never made sesame chicken before AND I didn’t really even follow a recipe to make this. I really just pulled an Amelia Bedelia and tossed in “a little bit of this and a little bit of that.”  Ariel’s Kosher Sesame Chicken Chicken: 1 kosher chicken breast 1 cup of flour 2 eggs 2 cups of vegetable oil or peanut oil for frying Sauce: 1 chopped scallion *vegetable oil *sesame oil *soy sauce *honey toasted sesame seeds *I didn’t really measure how much I used of each of these. Remember, sesame oil is VERY strong so just use a few drops relative to the rest. In terms of how much I used for each, I’m going to show you through a little algebra review.   Vegetable Oil > Soy Sauce > Honey > Sesame Oil To make this sesame chicken, cut up your chicken into bite sized chunks. First dip …

Rel’s Kosher Keepers: Asian Chicken and Orzo Salad

Exams are over and I’m finally home! What better to do than watch sex and the city and cook!! I saw an episode on the food network of Paula Deen making an Asian Chicken and Orzo salad and I thought that might be a fun thing to try- especially because I can make it kosher style. What makes this dish kosher is the kosher chicken and NO DAIRY! If you want to make this dish kosher and you feel your inner Paula Deen about to add a huge hunk of butter…don’t do it! To be honest, this dish absolutely perfect as is, so put that butter down! Voila, the ingredients… Paula Deen’s Asian Chicken and Orzo Salad Food Network 1 (9 oz) package frozen sugar snap peas 1 (16 oz) package orzo cooked and drained 1 cup water chestnuts, drained and chopped 3 cups diced cooked chicken 3 green onions, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 1 …