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Spicy Pizza Rugelach

Spicy Pizza Rugelach. Courtesy JTA

Spicy Pizza Rugelach

New York (JTA) The first thing that will strike you about this spicy pizza rugelach is the beautiful color. And then when you set your teeth into them, it’s like taking that first bite of a great New York slice topped with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

This Chef Wants To Make Vegan Cooking The ‘New Kosher’

Mark Reinfeld spent time on a kibbutz. (Courtesy of Reinfeld)

(JTA) — With the temperature in the mid-80s, it was not the night to kick off Shabbat dinner with chicken soup, or rather, given our family’s eating mishegas, vegan chicken soup (yes, there is such a dish). So where or whom do I turn to for a seasonal alternative?

Healing Mushroom Miso Soup

Healing Mushroom Miso Soup

My dad credits this soup this soup to helping him survive lung cancer and finally conquering his life long battle with obesity. This healing soup made with shitake, portabella, and maitake mushrooms revived his spirit when he was diagnosed. He remembered how his mother, my Bubbe Mary, cooked for him when he was in a coma after being beaten up by a bunch of bullies in the sixth grade taunting him about his weight. Bubbe said it was the smells from her kitchen that brought him back to life.

Lo Cal Gluten Free Pancakes

Lo Cal Gluten Free Pancakes

My 450, pound ad man dad was never a morning person. No matter how many alarm clocks he would set, nothing could ever wake him. My dad said that when he slept, his best ideas came to him — including some of the award-winning slogans for the campaigns he created—including Tasters Choice Coffee. But as much as he enjoyed sleeping, he loved eating. Every Sunday Day my sister and I would make him a scrumptious breakfast in bed, and straighten his wall of shirts that were stacked in every corner of our brownstone — representing each new weight.

No Bake Pecan Pie

No Bake Pecan Pie

My little sister April and I loved to play a game called “Big Sister Little Sister.” Whoever was the big sister would make an elaborate snack for the other. The little sister also got to be the royal princess for the evening and would lounge in my parent’s bed—our magical fortress. We were not really allowed to be in my parent’s room or eat in their bed but when they were out, the house was ours and their bed was our castle. When it was my turn I would create elaborate dishes that I meticulously prepared, after all I was 9.

Herb Infused Ranch Style Sweet Potato Chips with Coconut Oil

Herb Infused Ranch Style Sweet Potato Chips with Coconut Oil

These sweet potato chips are crunchy, slightly salty, and have that wonderful ranch taste. They are a healthy take on traditional store bought chips. They are fried in coconut oil-- which not only helps the chips to brown beautifully, but aids in speeding up your metabolism. They are a constant staple in my formerly fat dad-- 450 pounds, now 210 pound --snacking regime.

 

Chicken in Turkish Walnut Sauce

Chicken in Turkish Walnut Sauce

Circassian chicken is a dish of ­tender poached chicken served in a creamy walnut sauce and drizzled with chile or olive oil. It is commonly prepared on special ­occasions in Turkey and is often served at room temperature as a meze with wedges of pita bread. We were intrigued by its rich, nutty flavors and decided to develop our own version. We started with the chicken. Our favorite was boneless, skinless chicken breasts; they were easier to shred without any skin and bones in the way, and they cooked more quickly than bone-in, skin-on chicken.

Warm Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey

Warm Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey

A piece of barely enhanced fresh fruit is a common ending to many Mediterranean meals, and figs are a perfect candidate: Their sweet, juicy flesh and delicate flavor need little adornment. We started by choosing the ripest, plumpest figs we could find. Halving them and topping them with a bit of tangy goat cheese offset their sweetness nicely. A brief stint in a hot oven was enough to warm the figs and cheese through, and topping each one with a walnut half, toasted to bring out its flavor, offered pleasant crunchy contrast.

Israeli-Inspired Avocado Toast, 3 Ways

Credit: Shannon Sarna

Israeli-Inspired Avocado Toast, 3 Ways

(The Nosher via JTA) – Avocado toast has been “trendy” for several years throughout the U.S. In fact, avocados have been so trendy, an entire avocado restaurant opened earlier this year in Brooklyn. And people are putting avocados in everything lately: brownies, salad dressing, even ice cream. After all, avocados are healthy, full of good fat, delicious and satisfying.

Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled Jalapenos