Mitzrayim Mule

Lets be honest, we all need a drink these days! And with Passover coming, vodka was always out of the question because it’s made from grain (traditionally rye), rendering it chometz. Until, that is, Sauvage, is a farm distillery in Upstate New York, create an all natural, gluten free vodka made from apples! Hallelujah!!

To celebrate, we’re doing a Passover riff on the Moscow mule, because no one is a fan of Russia these days! The Mitzrayim Mule! Mitzrayim is hebrew for Egypt and we are celebrating the exodus with a homemade ginger simple syrup mixed with lime and Upstate Vodka’s Kosher for Passover spirit! As a native New Yorker, I love that this vodka is handmade in New York from apples, and it has a sweeter finish and less of a burn than traditional vodka.

L’chaim, to life and to freedom – from our personal Egypt, our struggles, limitations and boundaries. Happy Passover!

This post is sponsored by Upstate Vodka.

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Salami Spaghetti

Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a Jewish blogger who happened upon a little-know-custom of eating salami on Purim since it’s hung, like the evil Haman was hanged on the gallows. She loved to celebrate the holidays with fun spins on traditions but salami was knows to give her nightmares.

When she was a girl, said blogger was forced to eat salami sandwiches on Friday afternoons, which she promptly threw down the incinerator chute of her apartment building, horrified by the hard white pieces in the salami. She swore off the cured sausage forever.

As a young bridge, not knowing how to cook, and on a newlywed budget, she was introduced to the humble dish of salami and eggs. She learned, that once cooked, the “hard white pieces” in the salami, rendered out into flavorful fat that crisped up the salami into crunchy bits of deliciousness. Intrigued, she hopped on board the salami wagon.

And so, each year, as an ode to her transformation, she puts a spin on salami dishes for the holiday. There was no outdoing her drunken hasselback salami, which has since graced the tables of thousands of Jewish households and deli counters worldwide.

….And now back to first person, I am spellbound that I have carried on this tradition for TEN YEARS here on the blog!! I couldn’t be more proud! This year, my salami inspiration comes by way of Italy, a trip that continues to inspire my cooking on the daily.

Italy is known for it’s pasta, but equally for it’s charcuterie, including salami. This flavorful yet humble dish, marries a garlicky tomato sauce with spicy chili flakes, and rich salami chunks that get crisped up to perfection. Truly worthy of your holiday feast!

In true Italian style, this recipe makes use of the salty and starchy pasta water to build the sauce, so make sure not to drain it and read the full recipe before proceeding!

Happy Purim!!

Other Salami Recipes:

last year: roasted antipasto salad
two years ago: salami nduja
three years ago: salami tarte tatin
four years ago: salami potato latkes
five years ago: salami babka
six years ago: salami quiche
seven years ago: beer battered salami chips with beer mustard
eight years ago: drunken hasselback salami
nine years ago: salami chips

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Gosh, it has been FOREVER. I almost feel like opening with a HELLO WORLD post, like I did in my very first blog post ever. Does anyone even blog anymore?

Well, in an Instagram poll recently, it turns out that people don’t go to blogs as much, although quite a number of you mentioned that you do, indeed, visit the blog, for all the oldiebutgoodies and just to search for recipes with ingredients you have on hand.


Also, the holidays. So many of you visit on the holidays. THANK YOU!!

Speaking of holidays, I hope you had a wonderful one all around. I did not manage to get over here with a Chanukah post. I even missed my 10 year blogoversary. That was a big one. LIFE. It’s hectic these days.

In case you haven’t heard, I was busy wrapping up the manuscript for book #2, so things have been hectic over here. Lots and lots of recipe testing, but sadly none that I can share. It’s been stressful, and taxing, but OH. SO. DELICIOUS. I cannot wait till you all get to cook from it! March 2023 baby!!

In the meantime, I’ve been on a salad kick. Actually more of a SELF CARE kick. My salad making has been more about NOURISHING than feeding myself and the results have been so worthwhile.

And now I get to share the amazing results with you because this salad is everything you want in one: SWEET, SALTY, TANGY, SPICY AND SMOKY!!! Can I get an amen???? Pass the brussels sprouts!

 

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Sukkah Onigiri

One of my kids is obsessed with sushi. You might call him a sushi monster. He’s 7 and he makes his own avocado rolls because he just loves it that much. Every Friday, when I shop for Shabbat, i buy him a sushi roll for lunch and he devours it.

Sushi salad is also a staple in our house. Especially when I have leftover cooked salmon or kani. Sushi salad is a real #oldiebutgoodie around here, and I’ve since adapted the recipe so many times!

These days, our favorite is layered sushi rice, flaked salmon, kani, julienned carrots, julienned cucumbers, edamame, sesame seeds, french fried onions, and a generous drizzle of sweet sauce and spicy mayo. Every time I serve it for Shabbos lunch, the guests go gaga all over again – and I often set up a build-your-own-bowl on a lazy Susan so everyone can make their own.

When it comes to Sukkot, “Sushi in the Sukkah” is a favorite theme of mine, and not just because I like alliteration! I’m all for any meal in a bowl and sushi is really so filling, it makes the perfect lunch.

Years ago, I made these onigiri hamantaschen here on the blog, and the other night, this fun Sukkah idea came to me. I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out! Of course my sushi-loving son started building tons of different Sukkot out of the leftover sushi rice – he pressed some into a ice cube tray to make a 3D version and then topped it off with mashed avocado and a nori “door”. And then he ate them, of course. I took the leftovers and made some of these for breakfast the next morning – a very happy and sushi loving family indeed!

Happy Sushi in the Sukkah!!!

 


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Stroopwafel Cannoli

Cannoli!! I always manage to spell it wrong (that’s 2 n’s,  not l’s, and the plural form is also cannoli!), even though I’ve made them before, in the form of these adorable Torah cannoli!

Of course my love for this fabulous dessert was reignited on my recent trip to Italy, where I saw cannoli in many forms in bakeries and pizza shops alike. Many were topped with crushed pistachios, or folded with Luxardo cherries, mmm mmmm….

I was especially excited to try these with the latest snack to hit the kosher market, stroopwafels! Stroopwafels have nothing to do with cannoli, in fact they come from The Netherlands, where they place the caramel-stuffed wafers on their coffee to warm them up in the morning. A stroopwafel, literally “syrup waffle”, is a wafer waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough joined by a caramel filling. First made in the Dutch city of Gouda, stroopwafels are popular throughout the Netherlands and is a well-known Dutch snack.

When I first tried stroopwafels, I realized that they would make the perfect cannoli wrapper if I soften them in the microwave to make them pliable, and boy was I right! So you get the best of cannoli, with a sweetened ricotta filling, and the best of stroopwafel, with a crispy wafer reminiscent of Lotus cookies, stuffed with a gooey caramel. I mean what’s not to love?!

And to top it all off, as an homage to my Italy trip, I even made my own homemade ricotta! I’ve been dreaming about it ever since eating the herbed baked ricotta at the kosher winery in Tuscany, Cantina Giuliano, and I had so much extra milk so I just went for it. Making homemade ricotta is super easy! So enjoy the bonus recipe below.

Some other fun things to do with stroopwafels while we’re at it… make smores! or ice cream sandwiches (chipwiches, anyone?!). They come in single portion-control packages of two, or family packs of 8, so look for them in your local supermarket!

As for these adorable plates, it’s Walmart for the win! I love when I find great prop finds at the most unexpected places and these are just everything. Freeform. Fun patterns. Black and white. Just. My. Jam.

Speaking of jam, feel free to swirl in some good quality jam, or make some Stroopwafel PB&J’s! Omg, how good would that be? Yes please!!

buon appetito!

This post is sponsored by Smackin’ Good. All opinions are my own.

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