Norene Gilletz

Slow Cookers: Not Just for Cholent

October 15, 2015, by

Slow cookers come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Most models are dishwasher-safe and quite easy to clean. If your conventional oven is full, a slow cooker can provide a wonderful alternative for long-cooking dishes such as stews and pot roasts. Autumn Vegetable Soup Yields 8 to 10 servings This scrumptious soup from Valerie

Keeping it Cool

October 14, 2015, by

Ginger Pickled Salmon or Halibut Makes 8 servings 2 1/2 pounds Atlantic salmon fillets or halibut steaks (about 8 slices) 1 1/2 cups water 1 1/2 cups white vinegar or rice vinegar 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup ketchup 3 tablespoons pickling spices 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 6 thin slices of ginger

Filling But Not Fattening: Dishes for Pesach

October 8, 2015, by

Many of us think that because we can’t have bread, rice, pasta or grains on Pesach, we need to stuff ourselves with starchy side dishes. Why not try a healthier alternative? Simply include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables when planning your menus. CREAMY CARROT SOUP Makes 6 servings Simply dill-icious! 1 tablespoon olive or

Gather Around The Grill

September 17, 2015, by

The incredible aroma of food cooking on the grill is a sure-fire way to spark your appetite. Here are some ways to sneak some nutrition onto the plate the next time everyone gathers around the grill. Make burgers with lean ground beef, veal, chicken or turkey. Add finely minced carrots, celery and onions to the

Latkes…Lots of Luscious Latkes

September 9, 2015, by

Although potato latkes are a traditional Chanukah treat, why not experiment this year by making latkes with other vegetables? With the recipes below, you can enjoy a different kind of latke every night of Chanukah! I prefer to use russet potatoes because they are higher in starch and have a lower water content. However, you

Breaking the Fast with a Fast Trip Across the Street, Chicago Style

September 7, 2015, by

You think you have a big crowd coming to your house to break the Yom Kippur fast? Not compared to my friend Marsha, you don’t. This September, Marsha and her husband, Brian, along with another couple, will be co-hosting the Ninth Annual Easy Access Break-Fast for the families of her Chicago shul. Marsha lives across

Overnight Potato Kugel

September 4, 2015, by

Norene Gilletz, Columnist – The Flavor of Memory says: I spoke to my friend Helene Medjuck and we got into a very lengthy discussion on the various ways to make an overnight potato kugel. The recipe follows below, along with her adjustments. Helene adapted the recipe from the potato kugel that’s in Second Helpings

In Search of the Perfect Potatonik

September 3, 2015, by

A question came in to the KITCHENer Rebbe, after reading the column Seeker of Lost Recipes, Restorer of Dreams asking about ‘potato nik’. I was inspired. I myself had never heard of Potatonik until I moved to Toronto where I found out it is another name for potato kugel (or kigel, depending where your ancestors

Summertime – and the Salads are Easy!

September 1, 2015, by

Chef’s Secrets for Super Salads I Be Leaf: Experiment with different varieties of salad greens. Try arugula (rocket), bibb, Boston, endive, leafy field greens (mesclun), radicchio, romaine, spinach or watercress. The darker the greens, the better! Note that even pre-washed packaged salad greens should be washed in cold water and dried in a lettuce spinner.

Say Cheese-Cake! And Let The Calories Begin

September 1, 2015, by

Everybody has their favorite cheesecake. Cheesecakes are a delicious and popular choice to serve for Shavuot along with cheese kugels and blintzes. You can either buy or bake cheesecakes in a variety of flavors, from plain, marble, strawberry, sugar-free for diabetics, even dairy-free cheesecakes for those who are lactose-intolerant or to serve with a meat

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