As busy as life is, I still make time to cook – well I have to with the twins allergies. Sometimes I wish I could just get takeout but then I think what a blessing it is that my whole family eats wholesome foods and we are so much healthier because of it. It just takes a little more organization on my part, it’s a good thing I am a planner. Because I don’t really have that simple luxury of picking up something for dinner I make extra of a dish then freeze half of it. This is one of my “freezes well” recipes, which also can be made a few days in advance and still taste like you just prepared it. It’s a simple yet delicious recipe featuring the sweet flavor of butternut squash. I LOVE squash, all squashes.
Archives for September 2013
Ah, Mac n Cheese – who doesn’t love mac and cheese? There’s something about the combination of crunchy, and creamy with some pasta joining the party that brings back childhood memories. Albeit, it was the gluten and dairy kind from the Boston Market where I grew up, or the boxed version. It’s the ultimate comfort food, don’t you think? Of course you do. Silly question.
I only began cooking delicata squash a couple of years ago after discovering this pretty little thing in Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine. Not only does it have those colorful stripes, it also tastes amazing, a cross between sweet potato and butternut squash…so you know I had to get some and give it a try.
There were such a beautiful variety of plums at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago. Santa Rosa’s, Reds, and Black varieties, so I decided to get some of each to bring home. Of course I bought more that my family could eat before they are too ripe due to the bright colors screaming “pick me”! I just had to splurge. That splurge of plums led to this incredibly easy (and I mean EASY!) plum tart recipe that I adapted from the lovely Ina Garten.
The Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, begins at sundown tomorrow night. A time when those who observe the holiday will fast until sundown the following night. Though we are not orthodox we still fast. I usually prepare foods that are on the sweeter side and foods that are not salty or acidic like deli style or marinated foods for the meal before the fast. This year I made a boneless leg of lamb with pan roasted butternut squash with raisins and oven-roasted asparagus that makes a delicious dinner anytime. I served it along with chicken soup with dumplings as the hot dishes.
I just love a good chicken soup, with “matzoh” balls. My version of “matzoh” balls are gluten free and dairy free, which you would not be able to detect, according to my family and friends. This is a menu staple during the Jewish Holidays and of course when it begins to get chilly. This soup with the gluten free raisin challah dipped in, or on the side, is soooo good. We eat round challah for Rosh Hashanah to symbolize the circle of life into the new year. There is something so soothing, and therapeutic, yet traditional at the same time about having a good bowl of chicken soup. I will post our beautiful Rosh Hashanah dinner from last night tomorrow. I used a whole chicken instead of cut-up pieces because the extra bones add more flavor to the stock. Oh and if you don’t like matzoh balls, add some cooked noodle pasta or rice for an easy, flavorful meal…enjoy!
Happy New Year to all those who observe the Jewish New Year! Challah, gone are the days of challah when eating allergen-free. Ha! That’s what they may think, but I have a recipe here for a raisin challah completely gluten free, dairy free, and soy free that dispels those nasty myths. Just because one has celiac, or allergens doesn’t mean one needs to sacrifice (as I type this I say to myself – you sound like a bumper sticker – forgive me). This recipe is very easy. It comes right out of a package. 🙂
Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner, beginning tomorrow night. It is one of the High Holy days, and is the Jewish New Year on the Hebrew calendar. Traditionally, growing up Jewish meant there were certain foods on the table like kugel, brisket, chopped liver, round challah, and honey. Lots of honey!