Archive for October 2011

Garlic Bread

Posted by on Monday Oct 10th, 2011

DISH: Great Garlic Bread
TYPE: Italian-American Side Dish
MAIN INGREDIENTS: Bread, Butter, Garlic

I’m not a food snob. Officially. Though I abhor fast food and flavored corn chips (aka Doritos–yegh), I’m mostly happy eating simple fare, some of it kind of old-fashioned. I do like baking my own bread or canning tomatoes–projects–but I don’t care too much about buying sliced bread from the market so long as it’s not full of preservatives. I don’t love farm to table restaurants, finding there’s too much talk about the food. As much as I love to shop, cook, and eat, in the end …

A a dull knife in the kitchen is an accident waiting to happen. We used to think using a knife sharpener at home was intimidating—I’m sure a lot of you still feel that way! But our friends at Edgeware (fan them on facebook here) have shown us the light. Tune in to this week’s Prep School video for some knife sharpening tips and three great, small-kitchen friendly products that make knife maintenance a breeze.

Did you think we would leave you empty-handed? We’re also giving away these three great knife sharpeners!

To enter the Edgeware Knife Sharpener Giveaway, you …

Cremini Mushroom, White Bean, and Barley Soup • Squash, Leek, and Quinoa Stuffing • Apple Compote with Vanilla Ice Cream

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For me, above anything, Jewish food is the ultimate comfort food, from crispy latkes to my Aunt Jennifer’s brisket, which over the years I’ve adapted to be my own. But not matter what the occasion—Hanukkah with the family, or Break Fast this Saturday with your family of friends—the menu item that speaks most to me is lox.

When I was growing up, my dad made sure I was raised on lox and bagels—perhaps to balance my deep-seated desire for a Christmas tree with the everyday joys of a good schmear of cream cheese. He always made them with the …

Apple Pancakes

Posted by on Wednesday Oct 5th, 2011

Cara’s Family Favorites: Rich Chocolate Celebration Cake; Potato Latkes; Hot Raisin Bread; Chicken Parmesan; Roasted Eggplant; Mom’s Apple Pie

Not everything that we ate growing up was a recipe that came straight from my mom’s head. While Rich Chocolate Cake, Mac and Cheese, and Fried Noodles, clearly came from Mom’s memory and homemade pizza from Dad’s, others, like Hot Raisin Bread or Banana Bread were made straight from tattered, oil-stained copies of our favorite cookbooks. I like to think that some of the recipes we did make were still from a mother’s kitchen–just …

Grandma Esther’s Mandelbread

Posted by on Monday Oct 3rd, 2011

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When I emailed my grandma recently to ask for her mandelbread recipe, she sent back not only the same ingredients and instructions that my mom turned out to have handwritten on an index card and my sister Kate had included in her high school senior project, a cookbook called “From my Grandmother’s Kitchen,” but also a recipe for her favorite cake of the season, an oil-based Italian plum cake.

When I called Grandma Esther to thank her for sending the mandelbread recipe, she said what I had …