I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Shabbat Dinner

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend (hey lill!) asked me for a recipe that I made almost 2 years ago when they came for a visit. "That curry chicken with chickpeas...", was all she remembered and, at first, I had no idea what she was referring to. Danny couldn't remember what the dish was called, but remembered that it was one of his favorites. I went through all my cookbooks and found it in my personal file of cut out recipes - African Chicken Stew. I made it for dinner last night and it was just as amazing as all of us remembered, I even added a new fan to the mix (hey pnina!). A few steps, but really worth it. I made it mid-week and reheated it on the stove last night. We also had some for lunch today and Danny said that, had we not been going out for dinner, he would have had it for dinner.

The guy at Garden Fresh pointed me to the Cream of Coconut, so I had to dilute it with non-dairy creamer...
I used creamy peanut butter
I used water, instead of stock
It was spicy, but *good* spicy - if you want less heat, cut the 1 tsp of red pepper flakes

As an appetizer, I made Zucchinie Pate - a veggie chopped liver. Very easy, very good. It comes from the Mother and Daughter Jewish Cooking cookbook.
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 med. onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds zucchini, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
10 grinds black pepper (I used 1/4 tsp)
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 heaping tbsp chopped parsley
3 hard boiled egg, shelled and cut into quarters
Sautee onions until golden and then add zucchini. Cook over medium heat until soft and golden brown. Puree everything and check seasonings. Chill for several hours, remove from fridge 30 minutes before serving and sprinkle with paprika.

Tomato and Pepper Spread
This is adapted from Spice and Spirit.
1 orange pepper, chopped
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp parsley
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp flour
Sautee veggies until soft, add seasonings and salt. Add water and simmer until it all comes together.

Turkish Meatballs in Sweet and Sour Sauce is another favorite from Mother and Daughter Jewish Cooking. A few extra steps, but really yummy meatballs.
Into a blender:
2 large slices of bread (I use leftover frozen challah pieces)
2 large eggs
1/2 large onions, cut up
1 large spring parsley
1 tsp sea salt
15 grinds black pepper
1 tbsp soy sauce
Mix with ground beef and let sit 30 minutes. Make meatballs and brown in skillet, working in batches if necessary. While browning meatballs, brown 1 medium onion, sliced, in the same skilelt. When all meatballs are browned and back in skillet, add:
1 small can tomato paste, mixed with 2 cans water to make 2 c. liquid (I used 2 c. tomato juice)
juice of 1/2 large lemon
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
10 grinds black pepper
Simmer for 1 hour. I also made these mid-week and reheated them.

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