Soups and Stews
This gorgeous soup can be traced all the way back to the Old Testament. In Genesis 25:29-34 you can read how Jacob’s brother, Esau, sold his birthright as oldest son to his younger brother, merely for a bowl of Lentil Soup! So yes, this soup is truly delicious and comforting. Whether you should sell your birthright for it? Well, I will let you decide on that.
My mom and I love to make this soup with brown lentils, as they are stronger flavored and hold their shape after being cooked. You can blend the soup after it’s done, but for us it’s all about the texture. We use beef stock but feel free to use vegetarian or chicken stock instead. Extra yummy, if you serve the soup with homemade croutons and some fried curry onion rings as garnish. Read the rest of this entry »
This post was submitted by Gefiltefest.
I usually spend Succot in Seattle with my family and the weather is always really cold! I know I should be talking about how much I love spending time with everyone when I return to my hometown (and I really do), but all I can think about is putting on layers and layers of clothes to eat in the succah every night. We put on our heavy coats, enter the succah and hope the soup will warm us very quickly. Read the rest of this entry »
This post was submitted by Kitchen Tested.
• Two six-ounce packages Manischewitz or Streit’s Split Pea Soup Mix (Beware of other brands, the ones where the peas are not finely cut and don’t get soft enough.)
• Four or five beef shin bones, 1-2 inches thick, with marrow
• Two medium yellow onions, grated
• Two medium carrots, grated Read the rest of this entry »
This post was submitted by AlanRichman.
My mom can’t cook. She certainly can’t cook Filipino food. My experiences of Filipino food were through other members of our family or the “Y’ayas” and the “Titas”. The Y’aya is equivalent to the American version of a nanny, except they often stay and transition with the family until they are older. Tita is a term for auntie, although they are not always related. These ladies were in charge of not only the household, but the heart of the home, the kitchen. Their meals were often dishes they had brought with them from the homeland i.e. Adobo and Sinigang. They adjusted certain cooking methods and substituted ingredients when need be. They even learned new recipes, hamburgers and pancakes, but they always had their specialities and we had our favorites. One of my favorites, especially during the chilly months, was and still is chicken Tinola. Tinola is the perfect remedy for a cold or just a cold day. It is fragrant soup served with chicken and chunks of papaya or chayote ( I prefer the pear shaped, fruit like plant). Mulunggay leaves are added for its legendary health benefits, along with garlic, onions, ginger and patis aka fish sauce. The broth is full bodied and soothing with a hint of heat. It’s a tasty cure. Read the rest of this entry »
This post was submitted by Karena Higgins.
Akasha is a self-trained chef and artisan-style baker who has been catering events in Los Angeles and other parts of the country for over twenty years. She began her professional career at the Golden Temple, a now defunct but once popular vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles. It was in this kitchen that Akasha discovered her passion for making delicious dishes with good-for-you ingredients. After the Golden Temple she became Michael Jackson’s personal and concert tour chef. AKASHA is her first restaurant venture, the result of a vision she has had for many years.
Her cookbook HOLLYWOOD DISH includes tales of Hollywood’s 100-year passion for organic foods and healthy lifestyles and stories of her favorite cooking experiences: making holiday dinners for Billy Bob Thornton, catering parties for Pierce Brosnan, producing events at the Sundance Film Festival, and working as a private chef for Barbra Streisand.
She lends her time and expertise to groups such as Share Our Strength, Environmental Media Association, Common Threads and Pediatric Aids. She has appeared on The Food Network (The Best Thing I Ever Ate), Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Planet Green, and nationwide news programs.
2 cups water
2 ounces dried porcini or other dried mushroom
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large or 2 small shallots, finely chopped
2 leeks, pale green and white parts only, cleaned, and finely chopped
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems wiped clean, trimmed and sliced
2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1 large carrot, diced
1 large parsnip, diced
1/2 cup whole barley
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Chopped flat leaf parsley, for garnish
Bring the water to a boil in a 1-quart saucepan. Add the porcini mushrooms, turn off the heat and cover.
Let sit for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft. Drain, reserving the liquid, and finely chop the mushrooms.
Heat the butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, shallots, and salt. Cook for
about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent and fragrant. Lower the heat to medium, add the
leeks, and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the shiitakes and the soaked porcini and cook another 5-8
minutes, stirring often, until the mushrooms are well cooked.
Add the stock, celery, carrots, parsnips, barley, bay leaf, and thyme. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for one hour or until the barley is tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with the chopped parsley.
This post was submitted by Akasha Richmond.
My ninety-eight year old plus mother loves order and hates chaos. She is precise and unwavering about everything – the way she runs her family, her house, her kitchen. And for her, there is only one way to prepare for holidays: she cooks a week, two weeks, sometimes a month ahead, freezing the rugelach, the chicken, the plum pies, but never, never the matzo balls. Just before she turned 90, my mother switched from using a whole chicken, Read the rest of this entry »
Hilda Seddon was born in 1925 in Belfast, Ireland and lived there until her early twenties where she moved to Manchester, England and married the love of her life, Asher. She brought with her the recipe of the perfect Irish Stew – a recipe traditionally used to make a huge pan of dinner that would feed large Irish families and subsequently used to feed Jewish grandchildren. Read the rest of this entry »