Soup for Supper

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Soup for Supper

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Winter’s been with us officially for only a couple of weeks now, but I’m already craving hearty, warming soups, chock full of savory vegetable goodness. I have a particular soft spot in my heart for soups that  satisfy my cravings without relying upon meat—I was a vegetarian for many years. This satisfying soup does it all and then some. It’s got an amazingly true corn flavor—in winter, no less!—due to the hominy (dried corn), plus lots of aromatic veggies and a sweet finish. Eat up, everyone! Winter is here.

Try Black-Eyed Peas for a Little New Year’s Good Luck

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Try Black-Eyed Peas for a Little New Year’s Good Luck

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My New Year’s menus always include black-eyed peas. I serve them for both New Year’s Day buffets on January first and for Jewish New Year in the fall. In both cases, black-eyed peas symbolize good luck and the wish for prosperity.  Across the southern states of the US, black-eyed peas are often cooked up with greens. In Sephardic and Mizrachi Jewish communities, black-eyed peas are served at the Rosh Hashanah seders. In ancient Persia they were served with long noodles in a soup. Hey, I’m not superstitious, but I’m happy to eat some foods that might give me good luck! Besides, black-eyed peas are also crazy healthy, cheap, and filling—all excellent for a post New Year’s Eve meal—which makes them a win-win. To all, please know that I wish you… Read More

Time to Make the Kugelhopf

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Time to Make the Kugelhopf

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Kugelhopf, or Gugelhopf, is a baked treat with Germanic roots. A cross between a yeast cake and a sweet enriched bread, it’s a cousin to the Italian holiday panettone. And it’s the subject of another Weiser Kitchen video. Some recipes for kugelhopf lean more toward cake-iness, some towards breadiness. Either way, these are traditionally baked in a pan with fanciful tall peaks and towers and sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar to mimic the snow-capped roofs of their home region. Around 1950, a group of Jewish immigrants in Minnesota reached out to a pan maker, Nordic Ware, in their search for the pan in which they could recreate this traditional treat. Nordic Ware created the now-famous Bundt pan with the iconic tube shape, which wasn’t quite as decorative, but worked well. The… Read More

8 Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes

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8 Holiday Cookie Swap Recipes

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Looking for cookie recipes for your holiday cookie swap? Need a few ideas for baking cookies for your classmates, friends, kids, or a party? I love a great cookie recipe, and it’s one of my favorite things to create! Cookies are often the first thing you try to cook for yourself. It was certainly true for me, and boy oh boy, I had my fair share of weird cookies at the start. It took me a lot of cookbook, magazine, and newspaper recipes before I finally learned a few recipes that worked, but to be honest, it took me a few years to figure out why some cookies worked and some didn’t. I have one suggestion before you venture forth into this season’s cookie-bake-athons and enjoy-a-thons. Although cookie recipes are… Read More

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