With a decadent chocolate glaze and sprinkle of flaky sea salt, this Rosh Hashanah classic gets a fresh new take from Gourmet Live's Kemp Minifie
by Lauren Salkeld, Epicurious
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time to reflect on the past and to look toward the future, and honey has long played a significant role in the holiday, symbolizing the hope for a sweet year ahead. While challah and apples are dipped in the sweet nectar, honey is also often baked into a rich, delicious cake. For this year's celebration, we've updated the classic cake, giving it a modern spin.
To reinvent this traditional Jewish treat, we turned to Kemp Minifie, resident recipe guru at Gourmet Live and former executive food editor of Gourmet magazine. Minifie baked the honey cake in a Bundt pan-honey cakes are often presented as simple loaves, but a Bundt pan makes the cake more festive and more symbolic. Similar to shaping challah into a circle at Rosh Hashanah, baking a round honey cake signifies the
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With a decadent chocolate glaze and sprinkle of flaky sea salt, this Rosh Hashanah classic gets a fresh new take from Gourmet Live's Kemp MinifieRead More »from Heavenly Honey Cake Recipe and Tips
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by Sarah Kagan, Epicurious
After a day of fasting on Yom Kippur, it's traditional to mark the end of the holiday with a breakfastlike dairy meal. Gentle and comforting on empty stomachs, dishes such as blintzes fit the bill. This recipe is a classic-a rich, creamy filling enhanced by a topping of lightly sweetened fresh blueberries. The crêpe-like wrappers can be made and filled a day ahead, so the only steps that need be done at the last minute are frying the blintzes and making the sauce.
Cheese Blintzes with Blueberry Sauce
YIELD: Makes 12 blintzes
The filling of these classic cheese blintzes gets its perfect consistency from a mix of cottage and farmer cheeses. The latter, a drier version of cottage cheese, is available at most supermarkets. A simple blueberry sauce tops off the dish. If blueberries aren't in season, frozen berries can be substituted. Use unsweetened, and do not defrost them before combining
What to know about honey for Rosh Hashanah and beyondRead More »from A Guide to Honey
Honey is an ancient ingredient in Jewish New Year celebrations; a lovely culinary symbol of the sweet year ahead. So this holiday season, why not give it center stage by serving several interesting varieties for your guests to taste? In the following excerpt from her book, Jewish Holiday Style, author Rita Milos Brownstein explains the basics. We've also added a brief primer on different types of honey.
Why Honey is Kosher
Stump your kosher-conversant friends with the fact that honey is the only kosher food that comes from a nonkosher animal. The reason for this? The bee is concentrating flower nectar into honey for the hive-honey is not a product of the bee's body. [However, note that some unfiltered varieties of honey are not kosher due to small amounts of other materials present. If this is of concern to you, consult a religious authority for more information.]
How to Handle Honey
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Part of a healthy eating lifestyle involves substituting highly processed foods for healthier options whenever possible-so when it comes to white flour, here are some of the options for baking with whole grain flours.
Stone Ground Stone ground wheat usually comes from red winter wheat and is a coarser ground compared to other types of flour. Its primary use is for breads, but doesn't work well in cakes or cookies as it can be tough.
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Pastry flour is a type of wheat flour that comes from spring wheat and is a softer flour compared to stone ground. It works well in cookies, bars, and pies and is a great choice for making over your favorite cookie.
White Whole Wheat Flour White Whole Wheat Flour is milled from a softer form of wheat called "spring white" that is better for tender baked goods. Nothing is added, nothing is taken away during the grinding process and it has a finer texture compared to
by Sara Bonisteel, EpicuriousRead More »from 3 Steps to Better Cheese
When it comes to cheese storage, chances are, you're doing it wrong.
Lou Di Palo, of Di Palo Fine Foods in New York's Little Italy, offered his advice on storage for cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano and Grana Padano at a tasting last week.
"You've got to understand that cheese-not processed cheese, but cheese-is living, and it's going to go through stages," Di Palo says. "As soon as the cheese is cut, it's immediately oxidizing."
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Tip 1: Start With a Freshly Cut Piece of Cheese
"Never buy a cheese that's pre-cut and has been sitting for a day or two days out in the refrigerator," Di Palo says. "Ask always to have it cut for you fresh."
Tip 2: Change That Plastic Wrap
"Do I like to store cheese in it? It certainly preserves the integrity of the cheese. It doesn't let it oxidize. But it's got to be changed frequently, and I mean frequently," Di Palo says. "Plastic wrap has got to be changed really every time
by Tanya Steel, EpicuriousRead More »from 5 Ultimate Go-To Fast Dinner Fixes
Make it a chili nightSchool has started, I've put away my white clothes, and I've seen the first local apples at the farmer's market. All signs point to the fact that Fall is here, no matter the weather, and summer's more relaxed days are behind us yet again. For me that now means running out of my Times Square neighborhood office, jumping aboard a commuter train home, and walking in the door an hour later to be greeted by two six-foot boys growling for dinner. I have little time before all hell breaks loose because they are "hangry," as Epi's executive editor Siobhan Adcock calls it. What do I do? Be organized and systematic, and think like a speed cook. Here are my five go-to fall dinners that are made in a flash.
Meatless Monday: We only eat meat once or twice a week, but Monday is always meatless because on Sundays I go to the farmer's market and want to use up some of the produce. Thus I usually make a curry-in-a-hurry, with a fast veggie saute, adding turmeric, curry
After tasting 20 pies, we found a winner and 3 others we'd gladly eat againRead More »from Frozen Pizza Taste Test
by Carolina Santos-Neves, Epicurious
Pizza lovers have very particular tastes. Some folks want the crust to be thick and chewy, others like it cracker-crisp. Some demand abundant amounts of gooey cheese, while others prefer plenty of tomato sauce. To each their own. But we think there are a few key factors on which we can all agree.
The ultimate pie cannot be soggy. It needs some structure and resilience. The tomato sauce must not be one-dimensional, too salty, or watery: It should show some sweetness, and be reasonably thick and full of body. The cheese needs to have elasticity, but not be rubbery. Finally, we gravitate towards pies that don't require a stack of paper napkins to absorb grease.
To find this king of pies, we tasted a total of 20 frozen cheese pizzas (no other toppings allowed). The variations were nearly endless. Some were marketed as having a blend of three cheeses or more, several as
To find the best mac 'n' cheese, our judges tasted 16 varieties-and found three that won us over by Carolina Santos-Neves, Epicurious.comRead More »from Boxed Macaroni and Cheese Taste Test
The saying "Cheddar makes everything better!" is indeed correct. Adding it as a garnish to a veggie or a hot bowl of chili can be dish-changing; adding it to pasta makes the perfect meal: macaroni and cheese. While it's hard to beat homemade macaroni and cheese, on a hard day's night, a box of store-bought mac 'n' cheese can be a real time-saver and family-pleaser.
These days, packaged mac 'n' cheeses vary in many ways: They can be made on the stovetop, baked in an oven, or cooked in the microwave. Some are made with three or more cheeses, others even use soy. But we felt that this dish is loved by many because of its simplicity. For that reason, we narrowed our taste test selections into three categories: traditional, whole wheat, and white Cheddar, all packaged in boxed macaroni form and prepared on the stovetop. (We did not test any
- Epicurious.com | Shine Food – Wed, Aug 15, 2012 4:15 PM EDT
Delicious recipes that are easy to make for your familyRead More »from Tips and Recipes for Cooking with 5 Ingredients or Less
by Esther Sung, Epicurious
Five or fewer ingredients is all it takes to make a really delicious dish. It's true! That's good news for anyone who has to cook for a group of hungry people and doesn't want to spend a lot of time-or money-doing it. Whether it's a weekday family dinner or a Sunday brunch with friends, simplicity is key and these recipes will help streamline the cooking process for you.
The beauty of working with five or fewer ingredients is that you probably already have some of them in your kitchen, such as olive oil, butter, and maybe even phyllo dough. Rest assured that you will not have to stock up on rarely used ingredients, nor will you have to slave away in the kitchen. Instead, sit back and savor the food and the company.
Prepared Foods Are Your Best Friends Make the grocery store work for you. Purchasing foods that are already prepped at the supermarket helps reduce the amount of work required
Healthy, fresh upgrades for your kids' lunchbox favorites
by Kendra Vizcaino-Lico, Epicurious
Kelly Senyei and Lauren Salkeld; food and prop styling: Kendra Vizcaino-Lico Back-to-school season means stocking up on school supplies, helping your kids with homework, and coming up with creative and healthy ways to make brown-bag lunches more exciting. These simple variations on kid-friendly, classic sandwiches are sure to please even the pickiest palates. Go beyond the basics with quick and easy add-ons that will help save time and make healthy and delicious lunches for your kids.
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