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Need cookies/rugelach recipes using cream cheese, please!

Ina Garten's rugelach are the bomb. I made 20 dozen of these to give out on Purim one year. And I got almost 20 phone calls afterwards!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

Dec 02, 2010
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

What should I do with these chocolate cake layers?

I want to make dessert for a family dinner party- I was thinking a layer cake, but I don't know what to use for the filling and frosting. Family doesn't care for buttercream. The cake itself is a moist chocolate cake- I used the hershey's cocoa recipe. Thanks in advance for all your help!

Dec 02, 2010
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

beef stew with strip steak- is this going to be awful?

hello all, sorry it's taken me this long to let you know how it turned out- actually, it was tender and delicious! the crock pot was on medium for about 7 hours. the meat was fork-tender, and the whole thing was extremely delicious and perfect for february. to answer some of your comments, the strip steaks weren't cut small at all- about three 1/3 pound pieces. there was wine and soy sauce in the stew, maybe they helped with the tenderizing. and i now that strip steak shouldn't be wasted on a stew, it was an accident.
thank you for all of your help!

Feb 24, 2010
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

beef stew with strip steak- is this going to be awful?

i frequently make beef stew in my crockpot, but i always use chuck. this morning i threw in a package of something called 'strip steak' that i had in my freezer- now i'm wondering if it's going to be very tough. should i make alternate dinner plans.

Feb 18, 2010
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

What do I do with all these kiwis and peppers?

I'd love to freeze them, but i don't know if they can be frozen- or what to do with them when they defrost. Any suggestions welcome!

Jun 08, 2009
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can you rescue my pesto?

It's a couple of days later but I wanted to let you know that 1) it mellowed considerably by the next day, and 2) I added a little spinach (frozen- I just defrosted and squeezed dry) and walnuts. It was delicious- thanks for all your suggestions!

Apr 26, 2009
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can you rescue my pesto?

I made a double batch of pesto and it is SO garlicky, i"m so upset... I mean, it burns the back of my throat. it totally overwhelms the basil. Is there anything I can add to tone down the bite of the garlic? Anything except more basil- I'm all out ; (

Apr 23, 2009
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can you help me cook dinner, please?

I have leftover stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms, with a little honey and soy sauce. I have sausage. I'm thinking pasta would be good, but I don't know how to get it all to work together. Can you help me?

Feb 05, 2009
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Do you have a recipe for a pear compote?

I have a memory of a pear compote with cloves. it was SO GOOD. It's like a lost chord. All the recipes I've found are more along the pear/ginger line... those sound good, too, but I really would love to recreate the pear/clove one. Any suggestions?

Dec 17, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can I freeze Spanish rice?

... or will it get mushy when reheated?

Dec 14, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Best donuts in Brooklyn?

I want to order sufganiot for a chanuka party in Brooklyn next week- I'd like an assortment of jelly, caramel and whatever else they've got. Where can I get really delicious ones? Bonus points for places that allow me to order miniature donuts. Thanks!

Dec 13, 2008
shpitzlefan in Kosher

Do I need to make another pie crust?

I was too lazy to cut the butter into cubes- instead, I tossed the sticks into my food processor whole. Of course, the dough had to mix for much longer than the recipe instructed, and a portion of it (about half) got really soft and creamy. It's chilling now, but should I toss it and start over? Does overmixing guarantee a tough crust?
Thanks for all your help...

Nov 26, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can I freeze poached pears?

Have you ever tried freezing pears poached in red wine? I have the pears here, I have an open bottle of wine, I was planning on serving them... in three weeks. What do you think?

Sep 21, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can I make Ina's lemon bars in advance?

I'd like to make these lemon bars- a shortbread base and a lemon curd top- but I've never made them before so I don't know how they keep.
I need to serve them Saturday.
Suggestions?

Jun 03, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can I substitute semisweet choc for bittersweet?

I'm making Dorie Greenspan's brownies, and the recipe calls for :
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate,
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate,
and 3/4 of a cup of sugar.

Can I substitute semisweet chocolate chips? A trip to the store is not in the cards right now.

Also, since I've got you all reading this, a single batch is baked in an 8" square pan. Any thoughts on the pan I should use for a triple batch? I'd like to minimize the edges, so that means three 8" pans is not the best answer.

Thanks!

Jun 03, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Kosher cookbook recommendations

Levana Kirschenbaum's first cookbook- I think it's called Levana's Kitchen? Table? something like that- anyway, I highly recommend it. Extremely delicious, health conscious, nice blend of cuisines. It looks very 'gourmet' but the recipes are fairly straightforward for the home cook. The writing, the photography, the recipes: A++

May 29, 2008
shpitzlefan in Kosher

substituting cocoa powder for unsweetened chocolate

Either will work, but the oil is a little less bad for you- I use cocoa + vegetable oil year round as a replacement for unsweetened chocolate, since it's hard to find non-dairy.

Apr 13, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

What should I make with all these vanilla beans?

I bought a package of vanilla beans on ebay- they smell heavenly, and after giving a bunch away and making vanilla sugar, I still have a lot left. I'd like to try a recipe that really showcases them. Any recommendations?

Apr 05, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Can I freeze a cake once it has been coated with sugar syrup?

I have a recipe from Amanda Hesser that calls for soaking a vanilla pound cake in a sugar/water/vanilla syrup. I'd like to make it and freeze it. Do you think it will work?

Mar 30, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Crust for Passover Cheesecake

We always use crushed ladyfingers with butter and a little vanilla sugar- but the macaroon suggestion is good. I'd go with the almond paste macaroons from Oberlanders, not the coconut macaroons. My MIL makes a great pesach cheesecake with a base of ground nuts, tastes good but it's a little wet.

Mar 25, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Barefoot Contessa Lemon Yogurt Cake

I make it all the time- I actually like it better than the more fattening version, the taste is clearer. I think that Dorie Greenspan has a version of this cake as well.

Mar 25, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Help- what can I put in this pasta dish to make it come together better?

I followed a recipe for 'country rigatoni' that called for browning hot sausage (I added onion) and adding to it a box of rigatoni cooked with broccoli, and a couple of cans of cannellini beans. It tastes good, but I really think it needs a sauce of some sort. Problem is, I can't use dairy as I keep kosher. Any suggestions?

Mar 25, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Vegetarian cabbage rolls?

thanks! i'm going to try it for dinner!

Feb 05, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

turkey meatloaf and....

I like to serve it with green beans stewed with tomatoes- Mark Bittman's recipe is a winner.

Jan 29, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Vegetarian cabbage rolls?

yumcha- this sounds so delicious! i have a package of cellophane noodles that i'd like to use in my cupboard- can you please give me more detailed directions? proportions, how to cook them (steam them? poach in some sort of liquid?) etc... thanks so much!

Jan 29, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

sauce for cold vegetables??

I'm serving some roasted red peppers, zucchini, and red onions as part of my lunch this saturday. i'd love to put some sort of delicious dip/sauce with them. the vegs were roasted with only olive oil and salt, and i'm serving them at room temperature. what would you serve?

Jan 24, 2008
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

good quality kosher frozen chicken nuggets

Meal Mart makes delicious frozen chicken nuggets- make sure you get the original kind in the blue bag, not the kosher for passover kind or the shapes. They taste exactly like the chicken nuggets you get in Kosher Delight. I find them in the freezer section of my local (Brooklyn) kosher groceries.

Jan 01, 2008
shpitzlefan in Kosher

KOSHER COOKBOOKS

that's funny, we were all saying that when we saw the cookbook at my aunt's house last week- but the book itself is gorgeous. if you like syrian food, it's well worth the price. if you're not sure, well, it's almost 50 bucks.

Dec 25, 2007
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking

Have you ever thought of making some sort of recipe log...[Moved from Home Cooking]

When I have people over for dinner I always write down the menu so that I know what to buy/cook/serve. I usually just save them in the back of my recipe box, and if I'm organized I write some notes on them about what did or did not go over particularly well. it makes sense- if a friend mentions that he absolutely loves or hates something, I make a note and I have it for future reference.

Dec 20, 2007
shpitzlefan in Not About Food

KOSHER COOKBOOKS

Levana's Kitchen is kosher and it's also pretty healthy- everything I've made from her recipes comes out excellent. Highly recommend.
Jeffrey Nathan's cookbook (he's the Abigael's chef) is much more "gourmet"- delicious stuff but complicated, long recipes.
The Enlitened cookbook is a waste of $$, in my opinion- basically takes regular recipes and tells you to use splenda and pam.
The Susie Fishbein series (Kosher Palette, Kosher By Design, and three more... and counting, she's really milking it for all it's worth) is also pretty good. All the recipes seem to be lifted from someplace else, but she's done all the 'kosher substituting' for you . I'd leaf through the first three and get whichever seems most appealing.

Dec 20, 2007
shpitzlefan in Home Cooking