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Sausage and Beans

This sausage and beans recipe stretches a modest amount of meat to feed an entire family. You cook the sausage with beans so that the meat is more a flavoring than the focal point of this dish. [more…]

Tiramisù

Tiramisù, a creamy puddinglike concoction, layers espresso-soaked cakes with a mixture of beaten eggs, sugar, and Mascarpone cheese. Dust your tiramisù with some cocoa powder or grated bittersweet chocolate [more…]

Mushroom Salad

You can make this mushroom salad in a snap. Try to use cremini mushrooms if you can, because their strong, woodsy flavor makes this salad special.

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Spring Rolls

The secret to making the perfect spring roll is having the oil hot enough, but not too hot. Make sure you heat it to 360 degrees rapidly. Serve the spring rolls hot with a dipping sauce. You can make your [more…]

Almond Cookies

By using vegetable shortening instead of the traditional lard in these almond cookies, this recipe creates almond cookies that are a little bit crispier — and with a lot less cholesterol. [more…]

Prunes in Red Wine

In this recipe, you first soak prunes in water to make them soft. Second, you cook the prunes in red wine flavored with sugar, cinnamon, and citrus to season them. You serve the prunes in the red wine [more…]

Sangria

A light fruit and wine drink like sangria is the perfect beverage for casual afternoon gatherings. Sangria looks especially nice when served in a glass pitcher, which lets everyone admire your fruit-filled [more…]

Rice Pilaf with Apricots, Almonds, and Cashews

Rice pilaf garnished with nuts and fruit is a favorite Jewish special occasion dish. This lively, colorful rice pilaf dish accompanies chicken, turkey, and beef equally well. You can also make this dish [more…]

Knowing Your Mexican Chiles

You can’t call yourself a true Mexican-food fanatic without knowing about the variety of chiles used in Mexican cuisine. These chiles, which are both dried and fresh, have a wide range of uses in Mexican [more…]

Fresh Berry Granita

Italians make a frozen dessert called a granita. Granite (plural for granita) are scraped ices, much like the Italian ices sold by street vendors in North America. This granita incorporates fresh berries [more…]

Sephardic Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes and Zucchini

Jewish cooks use this recipe’s all-purpose formula as a general way to enliven egg dishes. Adding vegetables, including tomatoes and zucchini, to scrambled eggs gives them a bit of kick. [more…]

Orange Cannoli Pie

This orange cannoli pie has toasted pine nuts in the crust and is filled with sweetened ricotta cheese that’s flavored with orange zest and semisweet chocolate. Traditional tube-shaped cannoli shells need [more…]

Three Mushrooms with Basil in Rich Sauce

Welcome to the wonderful world of mushrooms! This simple dish — the name says it all — introduces you to three different mushrooms, each with its own distinct texture and flavor. Really, it’s all about [more…]

Horchata

Horchata, a chalky white drink made from ground rice, is the most traditional of Mexico’s nonalcoholic drinks. Horchata’s soothing white milkiness is the perfect antidote to rich, spicy foods. [more…]

Roast Beef and Watercress Hand Rolls

Pick up some sliced roast beef at your local deli for this hand roll, and if the sushi rice is done ahead, you’ll have your roast beef and watercress hand rolls ready in minutes. [more…]

Tofu with Mushrooms and Cashews

The tantalizing textures in this tofu dish run the gamut: It has light, airy pieces of fried tofu; chewy, tender button mushrooms; and crunchy roasted cashews. Combine all that with the bright green of [more…]

How to Keep Kosher with Dairy Products

To keep kosher, you must follow Jewish dietary laws, which are a basic precept of Judaism. The rules of keeping kosher break foods into three main categories — dairy, meat, and pareve. Keeping kosher means [more…]

Fruit and Wine Compote

This fruit and wine compote is basically fruit poached in liquid with sugar, which forms a syrup. Compote is perfect for making ahead and tastes even better after it’s been refrigerated for a day or two [more…]

Onion Soup

Onion soup is made throughout Italy. Traditionally, a pot of onion soup would simmer gently on the stove all day. If eaten for lunch, it would be brothy. Later in the day, after the soup had cooked down [more…]

Potato Latkes

These potato latkes (or potato pancakes) are lacy and crisp, and they’re always a hit at parties and dinners. Serve these potato latkes with their traditional partners — applesauce and sour cream. [more…]

Italian Cheeses

You have hundreds of Italian cheeses to choose from, but not all of these cheeses are available in America. Here are some of the most popular and useful Italian cheeses that you should be able to find [more…]

Primo Margaritas

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Poblano Quesadillas

A great quesadilla depends on just the right balance of soothing cheese and other, livelier flavors. In this poblano quesadillas recipe, roasted peppers, tart salsa, and more than one cheese keep things [more…]

Grilled Sweet Pepper Salad

This popular Mediterranean-style Jewish appetizer salad consists of marinated, grilled sweet peppers with extra virgin olive oil and garlic. Garnish the pepper salad with your favorite Middle Eastern or [more…]

Easy Gefilte Fish

Gefilte fish, or poached fish dumplings, is a familiar dish of the Jewish kitchen because of its wide availability in jars. Homemade gefilte fish is far superior, and it’s a standard on many holiday tables [more…]

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