Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back to the Kitchen

It's been a while. After many years of lots of entertaining and extensive meal planning, I needed a break; some time to consider interests and priorities. Please, don't think that since I'm posting again I've magically found the secrets to life. Nope. But I have begun to figure out that I should consider my action, and think about what I'm doing rather than operate on auto-pilot. And as much as I love cooking and entertaining, making one fewer side dish, or buying challah instead of making homemade in order to spend time with someone I love, is a better choice.

But this shabbat, this empty nester has the joy of cooking for a son home on school holiday and here's what we'll have

Friday Night

Homemade Challah
Chicken Soup with Noodles

Roast Chicken with Shallots
Roast Potatoes
Popcorn Cauliflower

Shabbat Lunch (with company)

Fettucine with Tomato Basil Crudo Salsa

Silver tip Teriyaki Roast
Honey Ginger chicken
Basmati Rice
Hot & spicy cabbage
Spinach Patties
Carrot Kugel
Mesclun Salad with Toasted Pecans

Surprise Cookies (mallomar-ish)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lemon Squares

And if I don't have time to make the challahs, or pecans don't get toasted so that there's less stress - that's ok!

Shabbat Shalom


  1. A lot of dessert on this menu. I would be interested in the surprise cookies, please share the recipe.

    I was thinking of trying these Peanut Butter and Jelly cookies - http://joyof.kosher.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-and-jelly-cookies/
    but if you post yours I will go with that.

  2. Thanks for asking Tamar - it was a lot of desserts - I'm known for a hosting a meal with a lot of variety. The surprise cookies were excellent (though I've had mixed success with Martha Stewart's recipes.

    Here's the link



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