Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Parshat Bo - 6 Shevat - February 3 & 4

As much as last shabbat was quiet, intimate and meaningful - this shabbat is going to be loud fun and busy. My niece is coming for shabbat, and our best friends, still in the throws of home remodeling will be with us for dinner and lunch. We also invited a new friend and her son.

Added to to the cooking agenda is two extra desserts, to bring over to a shiva house. I hope I don't sound egotistical, but it's very satisfying that whenever such an occassion arises, the neighborhood calls on me for desserts -

So here's what I'll do.

Friday Night

Chicken Soup with Matzoh Balls - (never made them last week - used kreplach)

Spinach Salad with Hearts of Palm and mustard dressing

Pomegranate Chicken (KBD)
Roast Beef
Jasmine Rice Pilaf
Garlic Potato Galette (KBD again - I give credit where it's due)
Green Beans Almondine

Cherry Crumb Cake
Cookies (I haven't decided what kind yet)

Shabbat Lunch

Cajun Meatloaf
Carrot Raisin Salad
Israeli Salad

By the way, as far as I'm concerned, the real problem with OPC (other people's chulent) is too little seasoning. My chulent is pretty basic, cut lots of onions at the bottom of the crock pot, add beans, barley, potatoes, meat bones and meat. Now - the important part. Mix 1/2 cup flour with 4 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon ground pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 tablespoon HOT paprika (not the regular stuff). Sprinkle the whole flour mixture over the meat, pour lots of boiling water over - and put it on low. 5 minutes and you're set.

Sunday night is my father's yahrtzeit - I suppose I should make foods he liked in his memory, unfortunately I really don't remember what he particularly liked, only that he didn't like sponge cake - but that's another story

Shabbat Shalom (and go Steelers! - for Dan)


  1. Everyone loves my cholent, I'll share the recipe if you are interested

  2. I'd love to see it - Post it!

  3. -good cholent meat
    -bean mixture
    -red potatoes
    -white potatoes
    -sweet potatoes
    -onion(fresh or powder)
    -garlic powder or fresh garlic
    -a few squirts of ketchup
    -a few squirts of honey
    -a couple of dashes of soy sauce
    -a tbsp or so of brown sugar
    -a beef bullion
    sometimes throw a kishke wrapped tightly in foil on top for added flavor. Sometimes I put butternut squash in but the above is the basic mixture and it is amazing. Let me know if you try it, enjoy!

    ps- how does the pomegranate chicken come out? I always want to try it. Also in kosher by design entertains she has a pomegranete london broil that I would love to try!

  4. I'll let you know on Monday about the Pomegranate Chicken. I've never made it before.

  5. I would say "don't bother" to the pomegranate chicken from KBD. My friend made it once, but she's not great at following recipes, so it was edible, but not exciting.

    My first time with a recipe, I'm quite careful. In the end, the chicken was fine, nothing exciting. And certainly not worth the $15 in marinade ingredients!!!!

  6. oh well. sorry it wasn't great. I wonder if it's worth trying her pomegranate london broil?


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