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Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a perfect first course for nearly anything you choose to serve in the heat of the summer — except for a tomato-based entrée. Gazpacho is one of those simple uncooked dishes where a quality [more…]

Hamantaschen with Poppy Seeds

Hamantaschen are triangular cookies filled with poppy seed, prune, or apricot. You first make the hamantaschen cookie dough, then you move on to the scrumptious filling. This recipe calls for fresh poppy [more…]

Stuffed Oysters, Taranto-Style

Taranto-Style Stuffed Oysters is a delectable southern Italian dish that you can also make with littleneck or cherrystone clams. Oysters are tricky to work with — don’t attempt to open oysters yourself [more…]

Chinese Cooking Techniques

Chinese cooking involves all kinds of techniques from stir-frying to steaming to simmering. This table lists a variety of Chinese cooking techniques and what you use them for, and a few tips as well. [more…]

Basic Tools for Chinese Cooking

In Chinese cooking (or any other cuisine), you can usually use the kitchen tools you already have. But some Chinese recipes do call for specialized tools, such as a claypot casserole. Other items, like [more…]

Basic Ingredients for Chinese Cooking

Stock your pantry with basic ingredients for Chinese cooking so that you can whip up an authentic Chinese meal on a moment’s notice. Just add whatever fresh meat, fish, and produce you feel like — and [more…]

Chinese Cooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're in the mood for Chinese food, don't go out — try cooking it yourself! Cooking Chinese food at home can be quick, easy, and fun. To get started, you need to know the basic ingredients, tools, [more…]

How to Read the Menu at a Sushi Bar

When you go out for sushi, the number and variety of dishes on the menu can be overwhelming. To help you out, the following lists contain Japanese words and dishes that frequently appear on sushi bar menus [more…]

How to Chat at a Sushi Bar

If a Japanese-speaking sushi chef is behind the sushi counter, these ten brief Japanese expressions will come in handy and make you a very welcome guest. Stress each syllable equally and you’ll be set. [more…]

Sushi For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You love sushi, but you’re not sure you’re completely familiar with all the different types of sushi or the items available. Fortunately, you can find that information easily, as well as key phrases that [more…]

How to Make Velvety Rich Spinach Lasagna

You may not think of lasagna for Christmas dinner, but it’s a real crowd pleaser that's inexpensive to make. This meatless recipe for spinach lasagna is a great make-ahead dish that you can freeze and [more…]

Cassoulet: An Inexpensive Main Dish for Christmas

Cassoulet is a festive, budget-friendly main dish that's just right for a family Christmas dinner. This version of the classic French casserole makes a rich bean stew full of five types of meat. You can [more…]

Creating an Antipasti Tray for Your Christmas Party

In Italy, antipasti can include rice dishes, egg dishes, fish and shellfish, and more, but for your pre-Christmas dinner purposes, a lighter selection is just fine and will fit into even a tight budget [more…]

Crisp Cookie Dough for Purim Hamantaschen

This delicately sweet cookie dough is perfect for making hamantaschen at Purim. These triangular Purim cookies begin with dough cut in circles. Basically, you take three arcs of each dough round and fold [more…]

How to Make Chocolate Almond Rum Balls for Purim

Chocolate stands for celebrations, and these scrumptious sweets make great additions to the traditional Purim gift boxes of treats — if you manage to resist eating while you’re shaping them! The mixture [more…]

Tips for Making Latkes for Hanukkah

After the Hanukkah candle lighting, it’s time for singing songs and feasting on latkes. Learning how to make latkes is pretty easy; the cooking tips included here will help you make the best latkes for [more…]

How to Make Light and Crispy Potato Latkes

Ideal latkes (potato pancakes) are lacy and crisp — and this recipe delivers. Delicious potato latkes are always a hit at parties and dinners or as a savory snack. Serve them with applesauce, sour cream [more…]

How to Make Spicy Vegetable Latkes

Although potatoes are by far the most popular latke, you can make latkes from other vegetables, too. They become a welcome change during Hanukkah; not everyone wants to eat potato pancakes every day. [more…]

How to Make Lowfat Corn Latkes

Using corn in two ways ¯ as a puree and as whole kernels ¯ makes these latkes absolutely delicious. Corn latkes are incredibly quick and easy to prepare, too. You can make them ahead of your Hanukkah celebration [more…]

Discovering Sufganiyot — Hanukkah Doughnuts

To most Jews in North America, latkes mean Hanukkah, but to Israelis, sufganiyot say Hanukkah even more than levivot, the Hebrew word for latkes. Soofganiyot are light doughnuts without holes. They are [more…]

How to Make Sweet Hanukkah Fritters

Hanukkah fritters are light puffs of batter or simple dough that have been fried. This recipe makes fritters that are quick to prepare, because they use a batter leavened with baking powder instead of [more…]

How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce for Hanukkah Latkes

Most people simply serve their Hanukkah latkes with applesauce from a jar. Try making your own applesauce instead for entertaining or to be true to tradition. Homemade applesauce is tastier than store-bought [more…]

Savory Leek and Mushroom Topping for Hanukkah Latkes

This savory leek and mushroom topping for Hanukkah latkes is scented with cumin and thyme. It enlivens any vegetable or potato pancakes. If you’re including dairy foods on the menu, top each latke with [more…]

Chickpea and Green Soybean Salad for Purim

Chickpea and Green Soybean Salad is a healthful, savory salad for Purim that's quick to prepare if you used canned chickpeas. For optimum texture — and to adhere to holiday custom — use dried chickpeas [more…]

A Purim Treat: Poppy Seed Hamantaschen

Poppy seed hamantaschen are a traditional Jewish cookie made for the Purim festival. To make a delicious, creamy filling for hamantaschen, simmer the poppy seeds with milk and honey, and accent the mixture [more…]

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