Food Science, Technique, Tips

Cooking Tips: The Art of Freezing Food

Man's hand taking food from freezer

Here are some tips on how to freeze food. Always cool food off completely before freezing. Double wrap baked goods before freezing. Wrap items airtight in plastic wrap, and then wrap them a second time in aluminum foil. To thaw: thaw at room temperature while still double-wrapped. Mark foods you’ve wrapped for freezing, to indicate …

Food Science, Tips

Cooking Tips: The Art of Cooling Food Right

Lemon Muffins left to cool on cake rack

Here are some handy tips on cooling food: Always cool hot food as quickly as possible before storing in the refrigerator or freezer. This prevents the growth of harmful organisms in your food, God forbid. Cooling hot items off the right way also protects the quality and texture of the items you cook and bake. …

Easy, Shabbos

Deli Roll: Because it’s Delicious

deli roll

Everyone likes deli roll. And it’s not difficult to make. Which is a plus after all those endless elaborate holiday meals we cooked. But hey, what’s not to like? Carbs in the form of pastry dough plus cold cuts, with a slathering of good mustard. Don’t know anyone who can say anything but “Yes, please!” …

Ashkenazi, Desserts, Parve

Nut Rolls to Fill That Empty Freezer

Nut rolls

Now that the Jewish high holidays are over, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The cooking marathon is over. Alas, our freezers are empty and we have nothing to serve our guests and grandchildren when they come to visit. Enter nut roll cakes to the rescue. The cake rolls aren’t difficult to make, and …

Ashkenazi, Easy, Parve, Rosh Hashana, Sukkot, Yom Kippur

Makeahead Parve Apple Noodle Kugel

Apple Noodle Kugel

Rosh Hashana is all about apples and hey, why not? It’s apple season. While we are sad to say goodbye to summer fruit, we are happy to welcome this new friend, which pairs so well with cinnamon. This kugel calls for a full tablespoon of this warm spice, so it is really for cinnamon lovers. …

Parve, Rosh Hashana

Sweet Potato Soufflé: Make Ahead Side Dish for the Holidays

sweet potato souffle

It’s no easy feat preparing for a two-day holiday like Rosh Hashana. That’s why it’s good to cook whatever freezes well, in advance. Sweet potato soufflé fits the bill. You freeze it in the baking pan without the streusel topping. Thaw it overnight in the fridge. Add the streusel and bake. Easy peasy. Not to …

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Hungarian Plum Cake

Hungarian Plum Cake

Now is the time that well-prepared Jewish households are busy baking and freezing in advance of the holidays. Here’s an easy plum cake that is very appropriate as a delicious holiday dessert for Rosh Hashana or any other of the High Holiday yom tovim. The cake, double-wrapped in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, freezes well, …

Desserts, Parve

Parve Molten Lava Chocolate Cakes

molten chocolate cake

Back in the 1990s, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created the original molten hot chocolate cake, with that center that just oozes hot chocolate all over your plate. You have to be doing hardcore penance to pass on dessert when this amazing chocolate treat is on offer. But if you keep kosher, you know the frustration that …