I finally got around to reading and using the awesome new cookbook ‘Celebrate: Food, Family, Shabbos” by the wonderful and talented Elizabeth Kurtz. Elizabeth has been a leading force in online kosher cooking websites with her http://www.
I asked elizabeth what her favorite parts of the book are, and here is what she answered:
Some unique features of the book:
– All the special sections for different entertaining on Shabbos: Kiddush and Shalosh Seudos sections with recipes for those times. Like for shalosh seudos: Baked Salmon with Garlic and Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pizza Salad, Watermelon Tabbouleh, and Peanut Soba Noodle Salad. For Kiddish – lots of homemade dips, like triple onion and spinach, creamy olive and more, skewered gefilte fish, overnight potato kugel, etc.
– A whole section on challah: Different challahs for different chagim, water, gluten-free, spelt, whole wheat, onion-poppy seed, sweet with streusel topping, cinnamon and apple date swirled, pumpkin and more.
– A pantry with homemade sauces that you can serve with any dishes, plus tips on how to toast nuts, roast garlic, make meringue, and sauces like peanut, honey-mustard, zesty ketchup, homemade dressings etc.
– A full kosher meat chart with substitutions to use and how to cook various cuts.
– A trouble-shooting cookie chart that helps figure out what’s wrong with that batch of cookies and how to correct it.
– make ahead, prep ahead, freezing instructions
– Passover conversions on the same page as the recipe for over 100 recipes.
– Gluten Free lists of recipes too.
On the topic of her favorite recipes:
Choosing favorite recipes from a book you worked on for many years is like choosing a favorite child. Way too difficult, but if you are asking me what some of my favorites are, then I can make some suggestions and give you some ideas of what I love about the book.
Recipes I love (this list could be very long….):
– Everything Bagel Marinated and Grilled Chicken – uses those yummy and fragrant flavors you find at the bottom of your bagel bag to create a fantastic Shabbos day chicken.
– Good as a Latte Mushroom Soup – rich and delicious mushroom soup, served in a glass mug with a foamy thyme non-dairy cream topping, looks like a latte and tastes even better.
– Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet potatoes, Pomegranates and Walnuts – trendy, gorgeous, and a show stopper.
– S’mores Pie – also super trendy, easy, and scrumptious.
– Champagne Braised Brick Roast – bubbly sweet champagne infuses a dry rubbed brick roast, brisket, or ribs, cooked slowly to create a soft delicious roast.
– Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies – kids and adults love them, kitschy appearance, super flavor.
– Romaine Salad with Quinoa, Edamame, and Pomegranate Seeds – I could eat it every day. Easy dressing, protein packed salad, with tons of contrast in flavor.
Here’s some recipes you can try from her new book! Thanks Elizabeth!
Sweet and Savory Champagne-Braised Brick Roast
Dark Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
Romaine Salad with Quinoa, Edamame, and Pomegrante Seeds
CELEBRATE: FOOD, FAMILY, SHABBOS
By Elizabeth Kurtz
Emunah of America/distributed by Feldheim
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