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Southern Spoon Bread

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Southern Spoon Bread

Growing up in the South, spoon bread was one of those special dishes that everyone looked forward to.  Appropriate year-round, it goes with just about anything but is best served hot and straight from the oven.  This recipe contains milk and I have yet to find a suitable non-dairy alternative, so if you keep kosher, you'll want to serve this with pareve and non-meat dishes. Ingredients: 4 cups 2% milk 1 cup cornmeal 3 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons butter 3 eggs, separated Yield: 8 servings. Directions: Preheat oven to 350°.  In a small...

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Kosher Panna Cotta

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Kosher Panna Cotta

My family loves homemade panna cotta.  The Italian cooked cream dessert is typically set with pork gelatin, making it off-limits for those who keep kosher.  Ahhh, but wait: you can easily replace the gelatin with agar. Agar is a seaweed derivative which is used in vegan, vegetarian and kosher cooking as a setting agent.  It is odorless and tasteless and contains no sugar or calories, so it's safe for diabetics.  The trick to getting it to set well in desserts is knowing how to make it "bloom" properly.  (With pork gelatin, the "bloom" phase involves mixing the powder with a small amount of...

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Rainbow Challah

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Rainbow Challah

I, like many people, love Pinterest.  But let's face it: the likelihood that your creations will resemble those professional, photoshopped, finished DIY projects and recipes?  Well, let's just say I've had my share of Pinterest fails. If there's one thing I can make, however, it's bread.  So when I saw a pin of rainbow challah, it seemed like a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.  The thing that sets this recipe apart from other challah recipes is a tiny technique involving six bowls and six shades of food coloring.  (For those who don't recall the color wheel from elementary school art classes, you...

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Apple Stuffing Boules for Rosh Hashanah

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Apple Stuffing Boules for Rosh Hashanah

During a visit to Oberammergau in 2012, something became pretty obvious about German cuisine: they like to squish things into balls.  From the classic savory potato Kartoffelkloesse to sweet Dampfnudeln mit Vanillesoße, leave it to the Bavarians to make dumplings out of pretty much anything. A spherical shape adds aesthetic appeal to many types of dishes and, from a good old fashioned Feng Shui standpoint, round objects engender feelings of comfort. "How about stuffing balls next Thanksgiving?" I asked my husband.  It seemed easy enough; just add some egg, roll into balls and bake.  These Apple Stuffing Boules are a twist for...

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Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

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Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

This is one of those Southern heirloom recipes that just can't be kept secret.  My mother showed me how to make the traditional version with orange juice, and I substitute the OJ with Gran Marnier.  It takes a bit of work to cut the apples but is completely worth it.  This apple cake is perfect for Rosh Hashanah or any autumn occasion.  It's very rich, dense and freezes well so wrap the leftovers and store them in the freezer to keep for dessert on busy weeknights. Total Time: 3-4 Hours Active Time: 30-45 Minutes Ingredients: Cake A bundt cake pan...

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