Prepared Horseradish with Beets


Prepared Horseradish with Beets
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Recipe type: Condiment, sauce, dip
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Yield: 24
 
Horseradish is a wonderful condiment that works any time of year to add zest to foods, but around Passover it is a holiday staple, eaten to complement gefilte fish or baked gefilte fish casserole. While it can be eaten “white” without any beets, it works well with beets from a can or freshly cooked, cooled beets. This recipe for the horseradish is an approximation. Every horseradish root is oddly shaped and they also vary in intensity. I have provided the measurements from the last batch I made, but your mileage will vary.
Ingredients
  • Horseradish root (Size depends on how many ounces of prepared horseradish you want to end up with. Keep in mind you may be adding beets and you will be adding vinegar. I used a 7 ounce, relatively straight piece which yielded 2 cups of prepared horseradish with beet.)
  • White vinegar (I used about 1 cup.)
  • Granulated sugar (I used 4 teaspoons.)
  • Kosher salt (I used 2 teaspoons. You only need 1/2 as much table salt.)
  • Canned beets (not pickled) or a fresh, scrubbed beet (I used 1 medium-sized beet, cooked in the microwave oven with a few tablespoons of water until it could be pierced easily with a fork.)
Instructions
  1. If you are using a fresh beet, I recommend peeling it before you cook it. Wearing a glove or plastic bag on your hand when touching the beet will help you avoid staining your hands. Steam it in a small pot or cook on high in a covered, microwave-safe container with a little water in the microwave oven until tender. Cut into chunks.
  2. Wash the horseradish root thoroughly. The roots are often very dirty and I find the easiest way to clean them is with a toothbrush under running water. Peel the fresh horseradish. Cut it into chunks. Put the pieces in the food processor and process using the metal blade. If you want the horseradish to be pink, gradually add canned shredded or whole beets (not pickled beets) or pieces of freshly cooked beet and continue until you get the color you like. Don’t worry if you do not care for beets by themselves. Horseradish is pretty assertive and the beet does not change the flavor a lot. With the processor running, add through the feed tube as much white vinegar as the horseradish holds without pooling. Add sugar and salt to taste.
Notes
Warning: Do not inhale over the processor bowl or lean in as you open it when processing horseradish as the fumes can irritate both your eyes and nose.

Magic Chocolate Cake (vegan)


Magic Chocolate Cake (vegan)
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Recipe type: Cake, Bakery, Snack, Dessert
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Yield: 9
 
This vegan cake is made without milk or eggs and is moist, dark and delicious. It is a simple snack cake that can be put together in minutes without any special tools or ingredients provided you have unsweetened cocoa on hand. It is easy to make at the last minute for unexpected guests. Cakes like this one were developed during the depression era when butter and eggs were expensive or unavailable. For the holidays, I like to use mint flavored chocolate candies to make a light topping for the cake. All it really needs is a dusting of powdered sugar, but you can make that even more attractive by placing a pretty doily over the cake and sprinkling the sugar on top of that. Carefully remove the doily, leaving the pretty design in place.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Icing, mint chocolate candies, or powdered sugar as desired for the top
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together. Sift into an 8x8 inch ungreased cake pan. Make three depressions. Pour oil into one, vinegar into the second, and vanilla into the third well. Pour the water over all, and stir with a fork until the batter looks even in color and well blended.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or the top springs back when pressed lightly. Top with Andes Mints or chopped Frango Mints while the cake is hot and spread them over the surface after they have had a couple of minutes to melt, frost with your favorite icing when the cake is cool or dust with powdered sugar.

Cabbage Ramen Salad

Cabbage Ramen Salad
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Recipe type: Chicken, Salads, Tofu, Vegetarian
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Yield: 18
 
My family loves this salad. It is a great dish for taking to potlucks as you can feed a lot of people without spending a lot of money. I have doubled and even tripled the recipe for parties and it always seems to disappear. Cabbage is one of the superfoods that should have a bigger role in our diets. It is low in calories, high in fiber, and a good source of vitamins and minerals. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which is associated with a reduced incidence of a number of cancers. You can buy coleslaw mix, but cutting your own cabbage will give you a fresher salad and save you money. If you are concerned about nut allergies, toasted sunflower seeds make a substitute for the almonds. If you are serving vegetarians, you can use Top Ramen brand Oriental flavor, which contains no animal products. To turn this into a full meal, add shredded roasted chicken or sautéed tofu cubes (dredge in corn starch to get them to brown well) to the salad. This makes 4 generous servings as an entrée.
Ingredients
  • 1 head of cabbage, grated or sliced thinly* You can use a mixture of green and red cabbage for variety. (2 - 2 1/2 lb. cabbage = ~9 cups)
  • 4 whole green onions (scallions), sliced into thin rings
  • 1 3-ounce package ramen noodles with chicken flavor seasoning packet
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (I use cider vinegar, but white vinegar is fine too.)
  • Black pepper
  • Cilantro leaves (optional)
Instructions
  1. I love almonds, so I use the larger quantity. Toast the almonds in the oven, microwave, or while stirring in a small heavy pan on the stovetop, but watch them carefully as they can burn easily. If you are using a 350 degree oven, it will take about 8 minutes and you can reduce the chance of the nuts burning by placing them on a silicone sheet such as Silpat. Set aside to cool.
  2. Crush the ramen noodles while they are in their original bag. A small mallet, hammer, or meat pounder used gently does a good job. It helps to put the ramen noodle bag in a larger plastic bag to avoid getting noodles all over the place if the bag breaks.
  3. For the dressing, dissolve the sugar and the chicken seasoning packet from the ramen noodles in the vinegar in a small jar. Add the salad oil and black pepper to taste and shake to mix.
  4. The cabbage and onions can be prepared the day before, mixed together and refrigerated in the serving bowl or a plastic bag. The almonds and noodles can be prepared the day before and mixed together and stored in a plastic bag at room temperature. The dressing can be made the day before and refrigerated in a small jar.
  5. Mix all the ingredients together shortly before serving. If you like cilantro, don’t forget to add it now. This salad will still taste good on the second day, but the cabbage and noodles will soften after storage with the dressing on them.
  6. *To slice cabbage, cut it in half through its core. Put the flat side down and cut in half once again through the core. Holding one of the quarters vertically, slice the tough core part out down the length of each quarter. Put one of the flat sides of the cabbage quarter on your cutting board, and make very thin slices across the wedge. Start making slices at the pointy end and continue making slices until you finish at the core end. Now you can use your knife to slice the pile three or four times across all the slices to make smaller pieces.

Chicken with Honey and Bread Crumbs

Chicken with Honey and Bread Crumbs
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Recipe type: Entree, Chicken
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This baked chicken resembles pan-fried chicken and gets its crunch from Japanese panko bread crumbs or fresh crumbs made by pulsing bread in a food processor. It has a hint of sweetness from the honey and balsamic vinegar. When pounding chicken breasts to an even thickness, I prefer using a Ziploc bag rather than plastic wrap. The heavier plastic of the bag protects the chicken better, doesn’t move around or stick to the meat pounder like plastic wrap sometimes does, and you always know which is the clean side and which is the chicken side of the bag.
Ingredients
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 5 to 6 oz each)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups panko (or fresh bread crumbs)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with aluminum foil. Spread the oil over the bottom and sides of the aluminum foil-lined pan.
  2. In a shallow bowl that will fit a chicken breast, mix the honey and vinegar together with a fork, scraping the bottom of the bowl to ensure all of the honey is dissolved. Put the panko or bread crumbs in a second bowl or flat plate.
  3. Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. If the chicken breasts are of different thicknesses, put each breast in a Ziploc bag and pound with the flat side of a meat pounder to even the thickness. For children, you can cut the breasts across into strips to make nugget sized pieces. Working one at a time and using tongs, dip each chicken piece in the honey mixture to cover both sides and allow any excess to drip off. Place it in the crumbs and cover the whole surface with bread crumbs, pressing them lightly in place. Put the chicken in the oiled, foil-lined pan and continue until all pieces are coated.
  4. Bake in a 375-degree oven for about 35-40 minutes turning halfway through to brown both sides, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees on an instant read thermometer or until the chicken is no longer pink inside. The surface of the chicken should be golden brown. If some of the crumbs aren’t brown enough, you can put the dish under the broiler briefly to finish browning them.