Blame it on quarantine but we’ve all got cocktails on our minds, AmIright?! I mean, I may or may have not been sneaking some Frangelico into my iced coffee in the morning, and I’ve been known to kick back a glass (or two) of red in the evenings. But THIS? This is something else.
Inspired by the whipped coffee trend that has taken the internet by storm, this WHIPPED STRAWBERRY Frosé turns the classic on it’s head by folding the strawberry and lemon into whipped cream, and leaving the Rosé to shine on it’s own in all it’s glory. Which also means, lets prep and more drinking time!
So step aside Dalgona coffee, there’s a new whipped drink in town! L’chaim!
Whipped Strawberry Frosé
YIELD: 4 servings
1 750ml bottle Rosé
2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cups strawberry puree (see note)
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
fresh strawberries, for serving
Pour Rosé into a 9×13 pan and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.
In a bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the the powdered sugar, strawberry puree and lemon juice.
Divide the slushy Rosé between four glasses. Top with strawberry whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
NOTE: to make the strawberry puree, blend about 14oz. fresh strawberries in a food processor blender.
VARIATION: You can also make traditional Frosé by blending chilled Rosé with 2 cups frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup simple syrup and 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice until slushy. Serve immediately.
ADVANCE PREPARATION: you can prepare the strawberry whipped cream a day or two in advance and store in an airtight container. Freeze the Rosé the night before serving.
Babka straws were the surprise one hit wonder (ok there was more than one!) from my cookbook Millennial Kosher, and they never get old. It’s that back pocket recipe we all need for a last minute dessert, a Shabbat morning treat or a food gift for a new neighbor.
I’ll never forget happening upon a bakery stand at a Farmer’s Market in upstate New York last summer to find my babka straws being sold! I don’t know who was more excited, me or the lady who had prepared them from my book. It was so thrilling.
And of course the weekly photos that slide into my DMs every Friday of freshly baked babka straws remind me that this recipe is a keeper. And for good reason. They’re super easy, thanks to store bought puff pastry, and they come together in no time. Even your kids can make them!
In honor of the holiday of Shavuot, I decided to put a cheesy twist (pun intended!) on the classic recipe, and I may even like them better than the original.
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Prepare the cheese filling: In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg yolk. Beat until creamy.
3. Prepare the vanilla crumbs: In a second bowl, combine the flour, sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt. Mix until crumbly.
4. Prepare the babka straws: Working with one sheet of puff pastry at a time, roll the dough out lightly to form a large rectangle. With the short side facing you, Spread half of the
cheese mixture on the bottom lower half of the dough; fold uncoated half over cheese side.
4. Using a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into ½-¾-inch strips. Transfer each strip to one of the baking sheets, spaced an inch or so apart. As you set them down, twist the ends in opposite directions
to give the straws a spiraled look. Repeat with second sheet of puff pastry and the remaining cheese filling.
5. Brush straws lightly with egg wash. Sprinkle with vanilla crumbs.
6. Bake until puffed and golden, about 25 minutes.
Since this recipe uses cream cheese, it should be stored in the refrigerator.
Straws may be frozen raw or baked. I prefer to freeze them raw and bake fresh. Place frozen straws directly in the oven and bake as above.
It’s that time of year when my inbox gets flooded with Kosherfest invites and it really got me thinking about how far the kosher industry has come. I’m so thankful because having so many amazing kosher products on the market helps me do my job and get creative in the kitchen.
When my mom was growing up, there were the basics: kosher meat, kosher milk, pasta, tomato sauce, ketchup, mayo, canned fruits and veggies… the staples. There was candy and baked goods but nothing like what we have today! We are so fortunate to have so much at our disposal, and kosher cooking is easier and tastier than ever.
I’m especially thankful for kosher imports from around the world that make specialty products accessible. Do you remember when bloggers were making their own cookie butter, and finding a package of Lotus cookies was like striking gold? They’re now readily available in most kosher supermarkets, with kosher certification from Israel.
The newest Israeli import that I’m crushing over are the rolled pie doughs that come frozen, in both sweet and savory varieties. They make galettes and tarts a breeze, and I couldn’t be happier. When Abeles & Heymann released their newest sausage flavors of Bourbon Apple, Teriyaki Ginger and Andouille, I knew just what I was going to make, and LOOK. HOW. PRETTY!!!!
I love that Abeles & Heymann is constantly upping their game and their new sausage flavors are so exciting! I’m so honored to be a brand ambassador for them, because I truly love the quality and care that they put into their products. My family cannot tolerate any other hot dog and because they are so conscious of putting out healthier products, I don’t have to feel bad about feeding them to my family, because many are free of nitrates and other additives.
So lets talk tart — In honor of the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashanah, I whipped up an easy apple mustard using prepared apple butter and cooked down the most lip-smacking apple cider onion jam that is about to be added to EVERYTHING! Make it and you’ll see!
If you’ve got any apple cider onion jam left, feel free to add it to grilled cheese with some sliced apples (if you make it pareve), mixed some into your holiday roast, smother it over chicken, squash or mix into rice. Or, just eat it by the spoonful cuz it’s THAT good.
As for the sausages, if you’re not up for a galette, you can slice them on the diagonal, sear them off and add to a charcuterie board. Wrap ’em in puff pastry for classic franks in blanks. Roast them with potatoes or peppers and onions for an easy sheet pan meal. Or just go classic in a hot dog bun, ‘cuz you can never go wrong with that!
Wishing you an easily prep for the holidays ahead, and a super sweet and delicious year!
1 package Abeles & Heymann Bourbon Apple Sausages
1 savory pie crust (see note), thawed
2/3 cup pure Apple butter
2 tbsp whole grain mustard
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp caraway seeds, optional
1 cup arugula
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup apple cider onion jam (recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice the sausages lengthwise in 4.
In a small bowl, combine the apple butter, whole grain mustard, dijon mustard and honey. Brush the mixture generously over the pie dough (reserve any remaining mustard for serving). Layer the sausages along the length of the dough, overlapping slightly. Fold the dough over to form a rustic galette.
Brush the dough with egg and sprinkle with caraway seeds, if desired. Bake until the dough is browned and crispy, approximately 30 minutes.
When ready to serve, dress the arugula with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top the galette with the arugula and onion jam and serve with apple mustard.
NOTES: I used Madanot rolled savory pie dough. If you cannot find it, you may also use puff pastry, but you may need to divide it into two tarts since the puff pastry dough is smaller. Alternatively, you can use a frozen round pie crust, slice the sausages on the bias, overlap in a round pattern and form a round galette.
VARIATIONS: The flavors of Abeles & Heymann apple bourbon sausages pair well with the apple mustard and jam. If it is not available in your area, use any sausages of you choice, or substitute with beef fry or pulled beef.
You can substitute other jams such as a apricot or fig instead of the apple butter. Or use other seeds of your choice instead of caraway.
Apple Cider Onion Jam
2 tbsp olive oil
3 med-large red onions, thinly sliced
2 cups apple cider
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
salt and pepper, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the onions. Cook until the onions have softened and add in the apple cider, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until the cider is reduced and the mixture has thickened, 20-30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Walk into any kosher supermarket and you’re likely to find a display case of wall to wall dips. What is it about Jews and dips and when did this cultural shift happen?
In Sephardic culture, SALATIM have adorned their Shabbos tables for generations. Unlike most mayo-based dips that you find in Ashkenazi cuisine, salatim are usually cooked down for hours (think matbucha!) and are exclusively savory.
Growing up in an Ashkenazi home, dips were not really a THING. And come to think of it, neither was a smorgasbord of salads. Life was a lot simpler back then, and if we had some pickled cucumber salad, chrein (horseradish with beets) and tahini (my dad is Israeli after all) we were happy campers. Perhaps it’s our foodie culture or this generation’s need for abundance that has our Shabbos feasts outdoing the most lavish Thanksgiving spreads. Luckily, I like to play around in the kitchen, so spending my Fridays whipping up multiple dishes isn’t the worst thing. But for those who find cooking overwhelming, Shabbos prep can be a chore, and believe me I get it. That’s where store-bought dips come in handy, and the good news is, you don’t really have to buy them.
I’ve never been that big on prepping dips, probably because they are just a vehicle for eating more challah. We always have hummus and tahini around, and I’ll make (or buy!) olive dip on occasion, but dips for me are an “extra”, a cherry on the top if I’m feeling extra fancy or I want to go all out for special guests.
If I have tomatoes on hand that are too soft for salad, I’ll usually cook down my tomato jalepeno dip (recipe in my book) and we absolutely love garlic confit smeared over challah (recipe also in my book), but in general, I prefer NO-COOK dips that I can just throw into the food processor and be done with it! One of my favorite kitchen hacks for making dips it to cover the bowl of my food processor with plastic wrap before putting the cover on, so the oil or mayo doesn’t splatter all over the top of the machine when I blend, and I can make one dip after another with minimal clean up.
The best part about making homemade dips in the food processor is that amounts don’t really matter. You can throw most things from a jar into your machine with a big dollop of mayo (lemon juice keeps it tasting fresh, and salt is always a given) and you’re good to go. Here are some good combos!
What is Affogato? Italian for “drowned”, an affogato is an is an Italian coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped or “drowned” with a shot of hot espresso. If you’re a coffee fan like me, it’s basically a small taste of heaven!
I’ve had affogato many times, but on my recent trip to Antwerp, the local Italian restaurant, Confetti, served it with a splash of amaretto and it was literally NEXT LEVEL amazingness. Like you need to make it. Like NOW. (Is it too early for alchohol?)
Start with some good quality gelato. It melts more slowly than ice cream. But ice cream works too. And you can even experiment with different flavors, but I like vanilla here. My little trick it to scoop the ice cream in advance and freeze them so they’re nice and solid when you serve!
Then pour that beautiful nutmeg-colored golden caffeine syrup, also known as espresso, over the ice cream and watch it do it’s beautiful dance down the sides of your cup. Am I being overly dramatic? Maybe a little, but AFFOGATO. IS. EVERYTHING.
If you’re like me, you might even watch to catch it in slow motion!
Then pour a generous glug of amaretto over it and enjoy the best drink of life!! Chag Sameach everyone!!
2 scoops vanilla gelato or ice cream
1 shot espresso, 3 tbsp strong brewed coffee or 1 tsp instant espresso dissolved in 1 oz. water
splash of amaretto (1-2 tbsp)
crushed amaretti cookies (or Lotus cookies)
Place two small scoops of ice cream in a glass (I prefer to freeze scoops in advance so they are ready to go and melt more slowly!), pour the shot of hot espresso over the ice cream, and then add the amaretto. Top with crushed cookies and chocolate servings and serving immediately.
NOTE: You can also use a double shot of espresso or 2 tsp instant espresso dissolved in 2 oz. of water, depending on what you like.
VARIATION: You can use other types of liquor such as liquor Kahlua or Frangelico or other types of ice cream such as chocolate or coffee.