Author: chanie

Roasted Antipasto Salad

I never thought I’d say this but Tiktok is actually good for SOMETHING. The viral baked feta pasta that took the internet by storm last week got me thinking!

It’s salami o’clock here at Busy in Brooklyn, which means it’s that time of year that I make something WOW with Abeles & Heymann salami in honor of Purim (since salami is hung like the evil Haman in the Purim story!).

So what do you think I did? I roasted up those tomatoes with olives, onions, garlic and yes, SALAMI,  a la ANTIPASTO. I mean, HOW. GOOD. DOES. THAT. LOOK. (no that’s not a question!)

So, I toss up that roasted antipasto medley with some tricolor pasta for a BOMB appetizer that is just perfect for your Purim meal. I am in love. Thank you TikTok.

So, a few things about this “recipe”, it’s not really a “recipe”. Go ahead and roast whatever you like in there – artichokes, mushrooms, peppers, chickpeas. Just give it all a nice drizzle of oil and let it go for a while until it’s all soft and tender.

And feel free to use some bowtie pasta, or whatever shape you like, or for a no-carb version, toss it with some hearts of palm spaghetti!

Or just serve as an appetizer with some crusty bread. SALAMI HAS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD!

Other Salami Recipes:

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

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Sachlav Donuts

Ah, sachlav, the warm and milky pudding drink that gets me through the winter, and transports me to my favorite place on earth… Israel.

Sachlav is an #oldiebutgoodie here on the blog and I’ve been making it forever. But I dreamed up a sachlav donut a couple of years ago and I’m so glad I finally made it happen!!

These donuts are really a cross between malabi and sachlav, malabi being the chilled version of sachlav – usually topped with a pomegranate syrup and pistachios – so I kind of fused the concepts together here to give you two different flavors.

But donuts are donuts and this dough is beautiful, soft and supple and you can use it with any filling or glaze you like! Or just roll in some cinnamon sugar and stuff with caramels.

If you’re a lazy dough maker, like I used to be, I totally won’t just you for going on a donut crawl and ditching the fryer, that’s what bakeries are for! There are so many amazing flavors around nowadays, I don’t think homemade donuts are essential. But latkes are another story.

I hope these donuts warm you up and give you that fuzzy feeling I get when I drink a warm cup of sachlav on a cold winter day. Happy  Chanukah!

 

 

Related Recipes:

sachlav rosewater pudding
rosewater creme brulee
orange cardamom malabi with drunken figs
rosewater cheesecake mousse parfaits

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Tempura Green Beans

Happy Fryfest you guys!!!! Chanukah is upon us and it’s time to heat up your cast iron skillet because latkes, and donuts, and funnel cakes, oh my!!

I love a good fryfest and it’s that time of year when calories don’t count (right?)! Tempura fried greens are literally my FAVE and after seeing a friend have them recently at Soho Asian Bar & Grill in Florida (where I first had them), I decided to fry up a batch myself!

Tempura fried anything is super simple to do and requires very minimal ingredients! As long as you get your temp right (I recommend a deep fry thermometer for frying!), you’ll be on your way to crispy deliciousness.

Keep in mind that having your oil too cold with result in greasy food, and having it too hot will result in burnt food! So get that temp accurate! (that works for donuts, funnel cakes, deep fried oreos or anything else you want to fry for the holiday!)

And once you have that fryer working, feel free to tempura fry everything in your produce drawer! Because if it’s veggies, it doesn’t count right? Right?

HAPPY FRYFEST!!!!!!

Related Recipes:

cranberry sriracha green beans
fritto misto
beer battered pumpkin rings
zucchini parmesan chips

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Cranberry Oat Bars

Why is it that so many people have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving. I  LOVE cranberry sauce. I can eat it by the spoonful. Is it just me?

Not really a fan of the traditional cranberry sauce recipes with a cup of sugar though. They’re too sweet for my taste, and I don’t want to mask the amazing tartness of the cranberries!

So I cook my cranberry sauce down in red wine, or pomegranate juice, or even apple cider, and I sweeten it with maple syrup or honey, to taste, and THAT, my friends, is how you make cranberry sauce that doesn’t get relegated to the back of the fridge with the tzimmes. IfyouknowwhatImean!

But IF, if you make bomb cranberry sauce and you still have some leftover – well then cranberry oat bars it is. And the pecans add just the perfect amount of buttery nuttiness to top it off for the perfect post-Thanksgiving breakfast.

I mean, how. GOOD. does. that. look?
You know you want it.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!!

Related Recipes:

pumpkin pancakes with cranberry syrup
pecan pie lace cookies with raspberry filling
gingerbread truffles

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Chanukah Gift Guide

I’m so excited to share my tops favorites for Chanukah gifting this year! Check out this list and my Amazon Chanukah Gift Shop for even more ideas!

1// Toveedo is a video streaming service that offers a wide variety of educational and fun entertainment for kids in a safe, ad-free space.
From new releases, to your favorite classics, and exclusive originals, there’s always something new to discover.
Stream Toveedo on a computer, Smart TV and our award winning APP! $99.99/year purchase

2//Izzy is a video streaming service that offers 200+ hours of Israeli movies, shows, and documentaries from anywhere in the world. I’m always plugging my favorite Israeli series and now you can stream many of them from anywhere! $4.49 a month or $59.99 a year purchase

3// The Spice House is a purveyor of the finest spices, herbs, blends, and extracts. I visited their flagship store on one of the stops of my book tour and I’m hooked! Be sure to shop their KOSHER section as the entire site is not certified. Some favorites include: back of the yards blend, allepo pepper, chipotle garlic bbq blend, gateway to the North blend Purchase a gift card.

4// ArtscrollPrint is one of my favorite companies to work with because they can take your vision, no matter what it is, and put it into print! And if you don’t have a vision, they’ll help you create one! They’re now offering an array of personalized stationary at affordable prices that make the perfect Chanukah gift! $24.95. purchase

5// Raaka Chocolate I’ve been obsessed with their unique chocolate blends ever since visiting their Brooklyn factory last year! I signed up for their monthly subscription service and look forward to their creative seasonal (limited edition!) flavors. $24.95/month. purchase. (under Natural Food Certifiers kosher supervision)

6// NakiRadio is the first wifi radio player streaming only pre-approved Jewish channels. Their programming includes live streaming channels and library options you can select and play at will. My kids listen to the Jewish bedtime stories every night and we are hooked! $99-$199 purchase

7// Kid in the Kitchen 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks by Melissa Clark. I loved that this cookbook really teaches kids to cook without cooking kid food! I even learned a thing or two and I wanted to make EVERYTHING. $20 purchase

8// Seed & Mill I practically jumped through the roof when Seed & Mill offered a special edition kosher package for the holidays! It includes their raspberry, dark chocolate and pistachio halva, plus Raaka’s tahini swirl and gingersnap chocolate for the season. $50 purchase (please note not everything on their site is kosher certified).

9// NoCrumbsLeft Pottery Collection if you haven’t tried Terri’s marinated onions yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! They became so popular, she created a handmade bowl to with the recipe, which turned into a large collection of beautiful pottery in an array of colors and styles. $48 purchase

10// Fleishigs I can’t get enough of this magazine! It’s the best of Bon Appetit and all your favorite food magazines – except it’s all kosher! Their modern, creative and fun approach to kosher food is so refreshing, plus they help demystify all the cuts of kosher meat which is truly educational and eye opening. Worth every penny! Use code BIB to get 25% off newstand rates (only $49.50/year). purchase

11// World Market Smock my all time favorite apron. It’s comfy, has a big pocket and just looks awesome. $19.99 purchase

12// Bistro Tile S&P Shakers I am obsessed with this entire line from Anthropologie, and have purchased this set over and over again as gifts! $18 purchase

13// Truffle Oil Gift Set if you’re a truffle lover, this set is for you! Certified kosher by KLBD. $34.95 purchase

14// Cashmere Scented Candle most of us are fans of Zara clothes, but did you know that they sell the most beautiful home stuff too? It’s one of my favorite places to shop for props and their line of candles are especially amazing. .$35.90 purchase

15// YesChef I first learned of YesChef when Chef Erez Komarovsky, whom I so admire, shot a series for them. YesChef offers exclusive online video cooking classes where you can discover the secrets, techniques and dishes of the best chefs. $9/month purchase

16// Dinner Done the rockstar group of women from the popular site Between Carpools brings the best of their site (and more!) to their new cookbook, which is expertly designed with beautiful photographs and quick and easy dinners for the busy mom. $31.30 purchase