Latke-Rama: Globally Inspired, Flavor-Packed Latke-ish Recipes for Chanukah and Beyond

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Latke-Rama: Globally Inspired, Flavor-Packed Latke-ish Recipes for Chanukah and Beyond

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This year I when it comes to latkes, I have free culinary reign at my holiday party catering gig, so I am serving globally-inspired, flavor-packed, yumm-a-licious, patties of fried goodness, latke-ish dishes  aplenty! Bring on the patty party! Here’s what I’m serving : Curried Potato and Squash Latkes  Indian Latkes Sweet Potato Latkes with Gochujang Pear Sauce  Spinach, Potato, and Chickpea Pakoras Paddy’s Patties with Greens and Beans (make sure to use olive oil!) Persian Turkey and Potato Kotlet  For this Persian turkey and potato patty, I make them one-third of the size and serve them with a chimichurri sauce. Here are two Weiser Kitchen chimichurri recipes: Gracie’s Chimichurri Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce 

3 Reasons Why Brown Sugar Is in My Pies and Tarts

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

3 Reasons Why Brown Sugar Is in My Pies and Tarts

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Brown sugar is a foundation of my kitchen pantry. It’s handy in savory dishes and essential in baking. During the busy holiday baking season, which in my world runs from September through December, I go through dark brown sugar and light brown sugar like crazy. Here are my top three reasons why I use brown sugar in my pies and tarts. 1. It adds flavor depth and complexity all in a single ingredient. Allow me to step back a minute and explain what brown sugar is. Today, commercial brown sugar is sugar with some molasses added back to it. Molasses is a product of the process of refining sugar. The amount of the dense, sweet, and earthy syrup added back to the processed sugar varies, as does the taste and… Read More

How to Make a Chocolate Pecan Tart

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

How to Make a Chocolate Pecan Tart

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We all know the old adage is that a picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to cooking, pictures are great. But to learn to cook, a video is priceless. An exaggeration? Perhaps, but not by much. Sure, having a teacher next to you is pretty awesome, and while you can sign up for a class or even host one in your home, videos are great for those times when you just want to jump in and get cooking—or in this case, baking—and you need expert advice translated into action. Suddenly a new technique doesn’t look quite so intimidating; suddenly a dish with a long list of ingredients seems within reach. Teaching others how much fun it is to make great food is what I’m all about, so I figured it… Read More

Dip Along with Me

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

Dip Along with Me

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(Sing to the tune of Nickelodeon’s theme song) Dip da dip da dip dip dip, dip-along-with-me. Dips are my favorite secret recipes for Thanksgiving meals or any really large gathering. While the soup and apps are cooking or being plated and the mains and sides are lined up and getting finished, guests are looking for something to do. It’s time to eat and drink. No matter how fancy the meal, or how busy I am, I keep no one waiting for either, from start to finish. When I am entertaining for a gathering that lasts many hours and folks come before mealtime, I find that the easiest thing to do is to set up dip stations with different vegetables and crackers, breads and fruits. Here’s how I make it work… Read More

A Bevy of Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

The Weiser Kitchen™ — Tami Weiser

A Bevy of Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Desserts

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The days around Thanksgiving can be more than a little chaotic, even for mad planners like me. Desserts, my favorite part of the meal, can easily turn into an afterthought or even grabbed from the back of a grocery store shelf at the last minute. Thanksgiving desserts are worth the time and effort, and many can be made days in advance, freeing up oven space on the Big Eatin’ Day. Many baked goods are better the day they are baked, it’s true, but the ones listed here are sturdy enough to last a day (or two or three). A word of caution, however: please don’t refrigerate them (except cheesecakes, of course!). Breads and cakes actually get stale faster in the fridge. Baked apples and poached pears and such, of course,… Read More