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3 Tips to Make Pasover Easy and Avoid the Expensive Stuff!

13 Apr

For many years I heard the complaints and gave in.   I kept kosher and like so many other people I found that my husband and son  thought that they could not survive without pasta or Cheerios for 8 days.  So, I gave in,  I bought the Pesach version of pasta (yuck!) and the Pesach version of Cheerios (3 or four times the price per volume!) and found they were not very good.

I found some basic steps I could take to minimize the expense by avoiding the prepared or convenience items which I rarely use anyway and maximize the taste by using more fresh products.So, no cake mixes.  No paying extra for broken matzoh (crumble it yourself if you need to!). Enjoy my brownie recipe using potato starch rather than flour!

First, think in terms of the Mediterranean diet or the Oriental diets.  More vegetables, prepared different ways alongside smaller portions of proteins for dinners especially during the week. I love roasted vegetables (white and sweet potatoes, zucchini and more) alongside roasted or baked chicken as well as a stir fry of onion, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, zucchini and yellow squash and more.  There is always salads like spinach with strawberry to spice things up.

Secondly, think a bit of flexibility on your menus. Burgers don’t need fillers such as matzoh meal or bread crumbs.  Without that, they don’t need the egg t hold it together. Mix the ground beef with chopped onions and garlic and shape the burgers into sliders. Bake, grill or fry as normally would and enjoy!  You can also add herbs in the mixture as you choose!

Thirdly, since my husband is now Gluten-Free as we found out he has Celiac I prepare his food without wheat. We love to make potatoes several ways.  I make potato kugel (with or without carrots, zucchini or sweet potatoes for color), I make mashed potatoes with sauteed onion (using olive oil and no dairy or dairy substitute).  Now according to many authorities quinoa is acceptable during Passover!! Hooray as we love it.

If you are in the area of Palm Beach County, Florida you can hire ChefHelen as your Personal Chef.  ChefHelen can do the shopping for menus we have planned out together and prepare the meals in your home on YOUR equipment

 

Just call, email or text me to set up your free consultation.  Chef Helen Gottesman

561-676-2078 .chefhelen@helenshomecooking.com

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Time Magazine’s list of Broken New Years Resolutions Same as 2015?

30 Dec

Man plans, G-d laughs.

We make resolutions whether out loud, written or to ourselves.  According to Time Magazine, here is the list of most broken New Years resolutions.  How can we do better this year?

Do you need someone to guide you with exercise, relaxation, fiscal responsibility, educating yourself, or my favorite:  EATING BETTER.

I can help you with eating better and refer to some of the best local (South Florida) people to help you with the rest!

Do you need help planning menus?Are you looking for someone to prepare meals in your home that will address any health issues and will please the palate of everyone in your household?

Call Chef Helen at 561-676-2078 or email to schedule your free in-home pr phone consultation.

helen@helenshomecooking.com or check out my website at

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Passover Prep. One day at a time

18 Mar

From 2 years ago. this bears repeating.
I am putting together recipes for a client (seder for 14), and my own family (two seder for 3 to 7 people.0

Since my client wants brisket, poached salmon for 5 , gefilte fish, brownies (no nuts!) and many of the usual side dishes, i am checking for the best possible recipes. I also have to plan on containers for each of us, foil pans, heavy duty foil(LOTS OF IT) for the counters as well as wrapping food for the client, parchment paper, special dish soap, a new salt, pepper, sugar, paprika, cinnamon etc.
So many of these staples need to be kosher for passover, extremely detailed laws concerning this….

Got recipes and most of shopping list together, but it is too early to shop. Need to be rid of all chametz. Such a challenge.
More on chametz tomorrow

Passover/Pesach Cooking and Preparation

11 Mar

I am reposting this from 2 years ago… counting down to Pesach/Passover.
To the observant Jew, preparing for Passover has many challenges and opportunities.  I will plan ahead and not drive myself crazy.. I took an hour this morning and went through my pantry to review what I wanted to use up prior to the holiday (2 started boxes of whole-wheat pasta and one of lasagna noodles).  I look through packages, especially baking items and spices to see they are not expired (the experts suggest keeping the dried spices no longer than 6 months),  I HAD TO DIVEST MYSELF OF THE CREAM OF TARTAR.  A recent client asked me to make baking powder biscuits , insisted she had baking powder and found at the last minute that it expired in 2002, long before she moved to Florida!

.I also go through the medicine chest and find expired over the counter meds and prescription meds. We don’t use a lot of meds so this was a quick process.

By Wed evening there will be no food going out of the kitchen and dining room….I hope.

 

Chef Helen
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561-676-2078

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Pesach Kosher Dinner Menus

8 Jan

I am starting to get calls about catering seders for groups for the Passpver seder. This year (2013/ 5773) Passover begins on March 26th. I am able to prepare food in my client’s home or kosher commercial kitchen. The most requested dinner items have traditionally been turkey or brisket. This year I have have been hearing from people looking at options at a lower cost (also healthier) such as shicken or capon..
I would of course prepare the traditional Seder plates, sides such as tsimmes and potato kugel,appetizer such as as gefilte fish and desserts as well as traditional matzoh ball soup. I have not figured out pricing exactly but we are probably talking about $36/per person with 10 or more people.

Mom’s Chicken Fricasee (via Chefhelen’s Blog)

29 Dec

Really easy for beginner cook!

This is my go-to dish for Friday night.  Cheap, easy and it can simmer an extra hour if dinner is delayed.

Mom’s Chicken Fricasee

1 chicken cut into eighths

1 lb. ground beef or turkey 1 onion, diced

1 jar tomato sauce oil spray.

Saute onion in oil and brown chicken pieces on both sides.  Add in the tomato sauce.  when sauce is simmering, (medium flame) add walnut-sized meatballs to sauce and cover.   Cook for 20 to 30 minutes.  Add a small … Read More

via Chefhelen’s Blog

Celiac Disease…. A Hidden Epidemic

26 Dec

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Celiac Disease A Hidden Epidemic
by chefhelen
In the Book “Celiac disease, A Hidden Epidemic” Dr Peter H. R. Green lists (page 199) grains than ca be eaten safely and has another list of foods that are not safe to eat.

First, the good News: Grains that are Safe

Rice, Corn, Millet, Teff, Sorghum, Wild Rice, Buckwheat, Quinoa and Amaranth

Focus as a newly diagnosed person on what you can eat so you don’t feel deprived!

You can also eat all meat, fish, cheese (practically) fruit, vegs, milk….as long as they are not prepared with the Grains to avoid….

So, which are The Grains to Avoid

Wheat!!, Rye, Barley,bulghur, couscous, spelt, kamut, semolina, triticale and einhorn….

Recipes will follow in a future post.

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Kosher Personal Chef in Non-Kosher World

4 Sep

Many of my current and prospective clients are non-Observant Jews in South Florida .  Since I am Observant, I spoke with my rabbi to see how I could cook for my clients in their home who do not keep kosher and still make a living doing this while following Jewish Law (Halacha) which prohibits giving non-kosher food to another Jew.

According to my Rabbi, I need to only offer Kosher meat to my clients, not give them any meat/dairy combinations, and no shellfish.

To accomplish this, I use the equipment the client has in their home (stoves, knoves, potas, pans) and offer an inclusive price for my services so I can offer only kosher food to my clients.  I will make a few dollars less and they get a better product.!!

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Kosher Personal Chef in a Non-Kosher world

4 Sep

Kosher Personal Chef in a Non-Kosher world

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Sale in Personal Chef Services..Cure for the Summer Doldrums

15 Jul

Sale in Personal Chef Services..Cure for the Summer Doldrums.

Pflaumenkuchen Plum Tart

11 Jul
Pflaumenkuchen, a popular German pie

Pflaumenkuchen, a popular German pie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Muerbe teig/ Pflaumenkuchen was a traditional recipe for the Rosh HaShanah holiday season was my mother, Ilse Dobrin.  check out my pictures etc along with the recipe.

Kokosh!

14 Jun

2 kokosh made by Chef Helen

I made kokosh today to bring to our networking group tonight…So delicious!  I will post the recipe (from another blogger) and my photos in a few days!

(Kokosh is sort of like babka)

To get some today. Call Chef Helen in Boynton Beach
561-676-2078

Here is the recipe…..

You might like to try this one, which I’ve been using for years:

KOKOSH CAKE (2 rolls)      1pkg dry yeast      1/2 c warm water or fruit juice      1/2 c margarine, room temperature      1/2 c oil      3 TBSP sugar      3 1/2 c flour      1/2 tsp salt      2 eggs

Sprinkle the yeast onto the liquid & leave for 5 minutes. Cream margarine with sugar, then blend in yeast mixture & remaining ingredients. Chill dough. Divide into 2 parts & roll each half out on a lightly floured surface, guiding it with your hands into a rectangular shape, till it’s 1/8 thick. It’s helpful to lift the dough occasionally as you roll so it doesn’t stick to the surface. Brush dough with oil (walnut or hazelnut oil — leftover from Pesach? — is especially good for this). Sprinkle with a mixture of:      3/4 c Dutch process cocoa powder      3/4 c sugar      1/4 c powdered sugar

(Optional but gives great texture to your filling) Drizzle the filling with a couple of tablespoons of rice syrup or barley malt.

Sprinkle filling with a spoonful or two of water. Roll cakes up loosely. You can glaze at this point but my kids & I prefer unglazed. Bake about 30 minutes at 175 degrees C.

Note,,I adapted some things from the kokosh I had made in the past,. When the dough is rolled out, brush with margarine, then, lemon juice or orange marmalade and matzoh meal.  /then sprinkle the cocoa, and sugar mixture prior to rolling.

I just gave a roll of kokosh toy mother-in law. She said it was the best cake she ever had!

Bagels first time

3 Jun
Bagel

Bagel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I made bagels for the first time today and wondered why they lost their shape during the boiling step.  (I had pinced together ther ends of a rope od dough as shown in the recipe).  Another blog told me to make a sphere of dough and push a hole through then widen it I wish I had known this before.  they are delicious though!

Chicken Soup with Matzoh Balls..Traditional!!

12 Apr
matzo ball soup

matzo ball soup (Photo credit: derek7272)

Fill a small stock pot with water and add a bit of salt.  While this comes to a boil add chicken necks and backs (if you like not wasting the chicken) or some chicken thighs,  Once it comes to a boil, add 3 to 4 peeled and roughly chopped carrots, 2 turnips and 2 parssnips (also peeled and roughly chopped along with 2 ribs of celery. a large onion and few cloves of garlic.  allow to simmer for at lest two hours (covered or not).

The recipe on the package of matzoh meal lists 3 eggs, e/4 cup of matzoh meal and 1/4 tsp salt,  my rercipe is just a bit different.  Beat up the eggs in a small bowl, add the salt, water (1/2 an eggshell full for every 2 eggs) and some fresh chopped dill and or parsly.  Then add the matzoh meal.  When it is mixed, chill it in the fridge for an hour or more and the matzoh meal wuill have a chance to absorb the liquids.  At that time, with wet hands, make mrble walnut sized matzoh balls in your hands and drop them into the slowly boiling soup.  (If the soup is not boiling, the matzoh balls fall apart in the soup….yuck) Cover the soup and let it cook for another hour .  then serve with matzoh balls…

Tov Ta’am…yummy

For more details. call Chef Helen at 561-676-2078 or http://www.helenshomecooking.com helen@helenshomecooking.com

As my friend Jeff Popper answered when asked what a Matzoh Ball was, he answered, the only edible part of the matzoh

Skillet Dinner Recipe

3 Apr

Skillet Dinner Recipe.

How to use up your leftovers before Passover!!

Gluten Free Passover Foods

2 Apr

Gluten Free Passover Foods.

Baked Meatballs…Yum

2 Apr

Baked Meatballs…Yum.

Holiday and Special Occasion Meals 2013 Price list

15 Sep

 

A pan of beef brisket, just out of the oven.

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Yom Tov Meals 9.15.11

Check out the deals!  the menus!  cooked in your house or mine!  From $35/person.  dinners for 8

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Main Dishes
Roast Turkey (10 to 12 pounds) .

Beef Brisket braised with loads of onions and a tomato base.

Roast Chickens  whole or in eighths , prepared with fresh herbs

Side Dishes 

Bread Stuffing
Noodle Kugel with Fruit
Potato Kugel
Roast Root Vegetables

Sweet carrots
String Beans Amondine

SoupsChicken Matzoh Ball, Feather light matzoh balls, with loads of fresh vegetables and herbs.

Cabbbage Soup with a Tomato Base, sweet and sour with flanken

Dessert

Brownies Plain or with Raspberries swirled through.

Muerbe Teib/ Pflaumenkuchen
Featured in article in Palm Beach Post last year, Coookie diugh type crust with plum slices and a sweet topping.

Fruit Crisp
Apples , Peaches or other season fruit with crispy oatmeal laced topping

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For more information, call Helen Gottesman, 561-676-2078 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            561-676-2078     end_of_the_skype_highlighting in Palm Beach County, Florida and surrounding area.  Schedule now or email for more info at helen@helenshomecooking.com


Main Dishes
Roast Turkey (10 to 12 pounds) .

Beef Brisket braised with loads of onions and a tomato base.

Roast Chickens  whole or in eighths , prepared with fresh herbs

Side Dishes 

Bread Stuffing
Noodle Kugel with Fruit
Potato Kugel
Roast Root Vegetables

Sweet carrots
String Beans Amondine

SoupsChicken Matzoh Ball, Feather light matzoh balls, with loads of fresh vegetables and herbs.

Cabbbage Soup with a Tomato Base, sweet and sour with flanken

Dessert

Brownies Plain or with Raspberries swirled through.

Muerbe Teib/ Pflaumenkuchen
Featured in article in Palm Beach Post last year, Coookie diugh type crust with plum slices and a sweet topping.

Fruit Crisp
Apples , Peaches or other season fruit with crispy oatmeal laced topping

Chocolate Mousse Easy. No cooking

30 Aug
Nutella
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Skillet Dinner Recipe

8 Aug

Skillet Dinner

 

1 pound ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken)

1 onion, diced

1 jar tomato sauce

8 ounces shaped pasta (elbows, corkscrews) regular or gluten free

2 tsp oil or oil spray

Brown onion in oil adding ground meat and breaking into small pieces with a fork or spatula as you go.  Add tomato sauce and stir.  Then add pasta (you may need 1/2 jar of water if too thick) and cook for 10 to 15 minutes on medium until pasta is al dente.

For variety add diced mushrooms or peppers along with onion to the pan.

Helen Gottesman

recipes@helenshomecooking.com

561-676-2078

www.helenshomecooking.com

Gluten Free Brownies

11 May

I will be making these for Thanksgiving and adding in a few spoonfuls of raspberry jam to  the mixture.  Cant wait!

Gluten Free Brownies

4 whole eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup oil

1/2 cup cocoa

3/4 cup potato starch

1/2 cup chopped nuts and/or chocolate chips

Mix eggs just until yolks and whites aree mixed then add the rest of the ingredients, mix until smooth. Bake in a 9 by 13 inch pan for 45 minutes at 350.

helen@helenshomecooking.com  561-676-2078

You can also order these to go from chef Helen as well as potato kugel and other side dishes Call in advance to make sure there is enough!

Benefits of Hiring Chef Helen

27 Apr

I help busy people save time cooking for their families.

I help prepare the right foods so clients  will lose weight.

I help save people money on food…less waste as I prepare just what you want/need.

I teach people how to cook so they can find self-satisfaction.

I help people make healthy dietary choices

I help to keep families together at the dinner table.

Gluten Free Passover Foods

16 Apr
Potato flour.

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For those of you that are on a gluten-free diet, get all you can of the potato starch and cake meal for Passover/Pesach on sale.  It is naturally gluten free!  Just look up the recipes on my website or on the net.

Sponge Cake

Potato kugel

zucchini kugel

Matzoh balls

Pesach cookies made with potato statch, ground nuts or cake meal (from the cakes made with potato starch).

Yum.

String Beans Amondine/ Almondine

24 Feb

This is one of the recipes that I included in my featured article in the Palm Beach Post in August 2010.

String Beans Almandine

1 Tbsp. Margarine

¼ cup Almonds, slivered or sliced

Red pepper ¼ slivered

Salt and pepper

Cut tips off string beans and either
leave whole or slice into 1 to 2 inch pieces.  Place into boiling
salted water for about 8 to 10 minutes and taste for desired
doneness.Drain the string beans.  In the same
pot or another, melt margarine and lightly sauté almonds. Add red
pepper to soften and then the string beans to heat through.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and a squeeze of lemon and serve.

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