Friday, November 21, 2014

Cheddar Biscuits


Penzey's is a high end brand of spices. They have an exhaustive list of spices that includes basics like parsley and oregano. However, they also carry a long list of International spices like Za'atar, Kala Jeera and Berbere. You can have your choice of cinnamon from different countries and their own line of spice blends.

Penzey's is sold at high end supermarkets. I don't usually buy their spices because I have access to all these spices at the little cultural enclaves here in NYC at a fraction of the cost. However, when I was in Long Island a few weeks ago and came across a Penzey's store location, I couldn't help but go inside to browse their complete inventory. As you can guess, I didn't purchase anything as I just can't justify their prices even if the quality of the spices are better. One thing they did have is little recipe cards displayed for the taking throughout the store and also a magazine that had several recipes. I went through the store and took each one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Apple Kugel

Noodle Custard, Noodle Pudding

Kugel is a traditional Jewish dish. It's an Ashkenazi Jewish recipe, originating in Eastern Europe. Although the original kugel's were savory, the sweetened fruit kugel is now most popular. It was transported to Israel and the United States, where it is very popular. It is often included in the weekly Shabbat meal, as well as holiday meals for Passover. Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and it is very traditional to eat sweet things to symbolize the hopes for a sweet year ahead. Part of the traditional rituals on Rosh Hashanah is to dip apples in honey and honey will usually be on the table for all the Jewish holy days from September to April. This sweet noodle preparation is another way of wishing for a sweet year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mexican Tandoori Roti Pizza

Mexican Tandoori Roti Pizza

My newest product that I always keep stocked is frozen Tandoori Roti. I have discovered this wonderful treasure that saves me all the work of making roti's and cooks up in about 2-3 minutes straight from the freezer. Who can beat that? It tastes just as good as homemade roti's, so I really have no complaints. It's a win-win product. Whenever I want some roti with the Indian food I've cooked up, I can have one in 2 minutes!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tuna Casserole for Toddlers

This is a toddler friendly version of tuna casserole. I made it a little looser than the traditional version. This one is softer and creamier, but this is how the kids loved it at the nursery school that I worked at. The kids aged 4 and under prefer softer foods. The firmer version makes them work a lot harder to chew, especially the 1-2 year olds.

Having your kids incorporate tuna from a young age is a good way to start teaching them healthy eating habits. Tuna is very high in Omega-3 fats, which reduces the risk of heart disease. It's very high in protein - just 3 oz. provides 50% of an adult's recommended daily protein intake. It's also high in potassium and low in sodium, aiding in controlling blood pressure. If you can get them to enjoy this heart healthy food from a young age, it will lead to them having a healthy heart as an adult.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Spinach Chickpea Soup with Roasted Carrots

Spinach Soup with Roasted Carrots, Spinach Soup

This month the I Heart Cooking Club started a new theme called Mystery Box Madness. From a selection of ten ingredients, a recipe from either the current chef we are cooking Diana Henry or any of the previous IHCC chefs had to be selected. It's almost like being on an episode of Chopped, having to create a recipe utilizing a specific set of ingredients.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kid's Delight - Pizzas & Pasta/Noodles

I am so happy to be guest hosting Kid's Delight again. Pizza is one of those international foods that kids love. Melted cheese on top of a flatbread with a base sauce is my definition of pizza. The varieties are endless. You can use pesto as a base or even chocolate for a dessert pizza. Don't limit yourself. Any type of base and any topping you desire...I am looking for some innovative pizzas this month...but that's not all...

I'm looking for pasta/noodle dishes too...another great love of kids...Mac & Cheese & Lo Mein Noodles are just a few kid favorites...but I'm looking for more...submit your kid's favorite pasta dishes so I can get a ginormous collection to share to everyone!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul & the History of Food Holidays

Did you know today is Chicken Soup for the Soul Day? Did you ever wonder who comes up with these holidays? Well, believe it or not some are by presidential order. Basically, a person, group of people or company petitions the government and then after going through the House and the Senate, the President signs it into law. Many are petitioned by companies to promote their products. Others are pushed by the Department of Agriculture to promote certain industries.

I have to say I think it's a monumental waste of the President's time and I am happy to report no new food holidays have been signed by presidential order by Obama. He has a lot more bigger problems to worry about like ISIS and immigration reform.

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