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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

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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.

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.

Check out my website for more information…www.helenshomecooking.com

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Chametz Free

18 Apr

We cleaned everything up for Pesach and cooked up a storm…My son burnt the chometz outside on the grill and the garbage is being picked up now.  officially chometz free.

No bread ..oatmeal, cereal etc no regular salad dressings, soy sauce, mustard etc…..all packed up .  Since we planned ahead, there is less stuff packed away!  Organization has advantages!

Closing in on Pesach

15 Apr

I was rushing around to get  ready and clean up the kitchen .  I cleaned out all the shelves and bins in the fridge and as I put one back, I knocked into the Pyrex bowl than has my meat balls and tomato sauce.  Oy. all over the fridge, the floor, broken glass etc.  And try to keep the dog away from, it while I cleaned it all up.  then I cut my finger on the glass.

Of course if hubby had done his part cleaning the fridge, this would not have happened.  We are having a skillet dinner with another package of ground turkey.  I am so glad I bought lots of extra meat at Costco!

Right after Shabbat, about 8:30pm we will clean and kosher the kitchen and put the Pesach stuff in the kitchen..   OY. Sunday will be CRAZY!

Chef Helen

Passover Preparation Continued

15 Apr

Dinner for tonight was made already.  Turkey meatballs, pasta leftover from last night, lentil soup,  salad, challah, wine . I will pick up some Stella D’oro cookies for tonight and tomorrow.

I cleaned off some of the shelves in the fridge and have little left to save that is chametz.  Still have a lot of fresh fruit.

If you did not already do the sale of chametz or need info on that go to www.chabad.org and look up Passover.  That way any Jew that inadvertently had chametz after thorough cleaning and search, will be ok.  You can also do this with your local Rabbi.  I did this online a week ago.

Chef Helen Gottesman

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Using up my chametz Lentil or Split Pea Soup

14 Apr

i am using up odds and ends from my pantry before Pesach. I just started up some easy vegan lentil soup.
1/2 bag lentils
1 medium onion , cut into chunks
2 or 3 stalks celery, sliced
3 carrots sliced
1 clove garlic minced
salt and pepper
bay leaf
water
2 tsp veg oil

In a dutch oven saute vegs in oil. When they start to brown aadd salt, pepper and pay leaf along with the lentils. Stir to coat all and add twice as much water as lentils and cook for 30 to 45 minutes, until lentils are soft to the bite. simmer on low if dinner is delayed.

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