Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chcolate Toffee Matzo

 Serving: 8

Ingredients
1. 4 pieces of matzo
2. 1 1/2 sticks of margarine
3. 1 cup of brown sugar
4. 6 oz. of chocolate chips
5. 2 teaspoons of sea salt 

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Take a baking pan, and place a piece of parchment on top. 
3. Break the matzo in half and lay on top of parchment paper. 
4. Using a double saucepan, melt the margarine and brown sugar on medium-heat until it becomes a thick caramel texture. Continue to stir until it begins to bubble. Remove from the burner, making sure not to burn the caramel
5. Spread the caramel evenly over the matzo 
6. Place the pan in the oven for about 10 minutes,  immediately after the caramel has been spread. 
7. Place the chocolate chips on top of the matzo, allowing the chocolate to melt. Spread the chocolate over the caramel layer evenly and sprinkle the sea salt on top before placing in the fridge for 45 minutes
8. After 45 minutes, break the toffee into pieces and enjoy! 

Thank you Osem for providing the matzo for this dessert.  Couldn't have made the dessert without it!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Nutella Hamantaschen




Serves: 25

Ingredients 
1. 2 3/4 cup of flour
2. 2 teaspoons of baking powder
3. 1 stick of margarine 
4. 1 cup of sugar
5. 2 eggs 
6. 1 teaspoon of vanilla 
7. 1/2 cup of Nutella 

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees 
2. Place flour and baking powder in a bowl and mix 
3. In a separate bowl, place the margarine and sugar and beat preferably using an electric mixer 
4. Add in the eggs and vanilla to the margarine mixture. Slowly add in the flour and continue to mix. The dough will begin to look like a crumbly mixture. Once this happens, finish mixing using your hands to smoothen the dough
5. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/8th of an inch thick. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for 24 hours
6. Remove the dough from fridge and using a cookie cutter (or the rim of a drinking glass), cut out round circles about 3 inches in diameter. In the center of each circle, place 1-1/2 teaspoon of Nuttella 
7. Pinch the corners of each circle in order to create a triangular shape, leaving the middle exposed 
8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until slightly browned. Let cool before serving! 


Monday, March 10, 2014

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad





Serving: 5-6
Ingredients
1. 3 cups of cooked quinoa
2. 1 pomegranate
3. 4 cups of brussel sprouts
4. 2 teaspoons of olive oil
5. salt to taste
6. 1/3 cup of walnuts

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Place brussel sprouts in a bowl and pour olive oil and salt to taste. Mix well.
3.  Lay out brussel sprouts on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes.
4. Allow brussel sprouts to cool off for five minutes, and then cut in halves.
5. In a large bowl, add your cooked quinoa and brussel sprouts.
6. Crush walnuts in your hand to create mini croutons. Add into bowl of quinoa.
7.  Remove the seeds/juice from the pomegranate into your quinoa bowl.  The juice will serve as the dressing.
8.  Toss the salad before serving.  

Monday, March 3, 2014

Jalapeño Kale Chips



Serving: 2
Ingredients
1. 16 oz bag of kale 
2. 1/4 cup of olive oil
3. 1 small jalapeño finely chopped.
4. 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
5. sesame seeds
6. salt to taste

Directions
1. Pre heat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Remove stems from kale and rinse.
3. Dry thoroughly and place in a large bowl.
*Note: If not completely dry, kale chips will turn soggy.
4. Rip kale into bite size pieces.
5. In a small bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and finely chopped jalapeño.  Mix well.
6. Pour olive oil dressing over kale and toss.
7.  Lay kale on a baking sheet.  Make sure that all pieces do not overlap.   (You will need additional baking sheets, or will need to do this process more than once).  
8.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes or when kale becomes brown.
9.  Sprinkle some sesame seeds and salt over kale and place in the oven for an additional 3 minutes.
9.  Remove chips from oven, and let cool off for 25-30 minutes before eating.  They will become crispier once cooled.   



    
  



Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sautéed Mushrooms


Serving: 4

Ingredients
1. 1 stick margarine (8 tablespoons)
2. 3 8 oz. packages of sliced mushrooms 
3. 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
4. Pinch of salt
5. 4 tablespoons of sugar 
6. 2 1/2 cups of white wine 

Directions
1. On medium heat, melt the margarine in a pan 
2. Once the margarine has melted, add in the mushrooms to the pan with the garlic, salt, and sugar and let it sauté for about 5 minutes
3. Add in the white wine and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or so until all the white wine has reduced
4. Enjoy warm! 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cookie Mint Pie


Serving: 8

Ingredients 

For cookie crust 
1. 35 Oreo cookies
2. 5 tablespoons of margarine 
Fudge layer
3. 1 3/4 of chocolate chips (1 bag)
4. 1 (14 oz) can of condensed milk 
Mint filling
5. 1 package of cream cheese
6. 20 thin mint cookies
7. 1 package of cool whip 

Directions 

1. Place the Oreo cookies in a food processor until crumb like. Mix with margarine until well blended. Set the crust in a pan and place in refrigerator until the fudge layer is completed.
2. In a small saucepan, on low heat, place the chocolate chips with the condensed milk, stirring occasionally. Once melted, spread the layer of melted chocolate over the cookie crust and place in fridge for about ten minutes, or until the filling is completed. 
3. For the filling, first place the thin mint cookies in a food processor until crumb like and set aside. Mix in the cream cheese with the mint cookie crumbs to the mix. Fold in the cool whip. Place the filling layer on top of the fudge and put in fridge for about 2 1/2 hours and serve! Enjoy!