Monthly Archives: June 2015

DIY Kiddush: Black Bean Salad

This is from our friend Sandra, a chef par excellence.  We loved it so much, we almost didn’t want to share it!

Enjoy!

Black bean salad

(Endless variations of…):

1 can drained and rinsed black beans

1 can drained and rinsed chick peas

1/2 bag frozen corn

1 red pepper cut into small pieces

3 scallions cut into small pieces ( some of the green part also)

1/3 bunch flat Italian parsley or cilantro

Olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper to taste

Put vegetables in bowl. Whisk oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste together and pour over vegetables.

  

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DIY Kiddush: Cabbage Salad

  
I  had a lot of help with our kiddush. Not only did people help me set up and clean up, they also helped with the cooking. My friend Daila suggested posting everyone’s recipes for everyone to enjoy. This is her cabbage salad recipe. Thank you Daila!
Cabbage Salad 

Ingredients 
 

1 bag shredded cabbage

4 chopped scallions

4 tsp sesame seeds

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup craisins

Ramen noodles (I put in chow mein noodles)

Combine

 

Dressing:

1/2 cup oil

1/2 tsp black pepper

3 tablespoons white or cider vinegar

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 tsp salt

Instructions 

Mix and pour over salad a little bit before serving.

I made it without the chow main noodles.

DIY Kiddush: Cleaning Up

  
My husband and I joke that there are two kinds of people in this world —  cookers or cleaners.  My husband is a cleaner and I am obviously a cooker.  

In general, I find cleaning up to be an unpleasant chore.

Given my challenges in this area, we hired 2 wait staff to assist with refilling the food as needed, cleaning up and putting all the food away.

This was the best decision we made and they were worth every penny!

The two women were very experienced with doing kiddushes within the community and totally knew what to do without my even telling them.

They replenished the food as needed, washed all the dishes and put all the leftovers away.

Having them allowed me to enjoy myself at the event too.

I  was also spared staying up late to clean to then wake up early to go to work the next day.

Without hired help, unless you are a whirling dervish, it is hard to clean up alone. 

I suggest reframing the task: this can be a great bonding experience with friends and family.  A few energetic teenagers are also of immeasurable assistance.

Sometimes you never know how great your friends are.  Without my even knowing it, some of my friends even planned their afternoons to set aside time to help clean up. Fortunately, we didn’t need it. 

Two hours later, you would never have known we had 200 people walking through our house.

Meatloaf 

This is one of Yaffa’s favorite dishes. It is easy to chew and packs well for school.

Ingredients 

2 lbs. ground meat

1 egg

1/2 cup breadcrumbs — but I use oatmeal 

1 teaspoon onion powder, 

1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt (approximately)

2 tablespoons of ketchup (approximately)

Instructions 

Blend all ingredients together and put in loaf pan. Then, cut grooves with a knife and put ketchup on top and smooth over top of meat loaf.

Bake at 350*F oven until done and juices run clean.

Please note: I am sorry but I don’t know the exact measurements for the spices. The original recipe called for 1 1/2 tablespoons of onion soup mix, which I don’t use since it is full of chemicals and not Feingold diet friendly.

Here it is not mixed up:

  

Here it is raw. My plan is to prepare it now and cook it in the morning. Shabbat is coming.

  

Voilà!

  

Turkey Roll

This is something that I make usually for the holidays. But, my husband must now restrict his red meat consumption, so this week we have having turkey instead of meat for Shabbat.

Ingredients 

1 4 lbs turkey roll

1/4 cup vinegar 

Salt, pepper and meat spice rub, fresh parsley (or oregano)

3 stalks of celery, sliced

3 carrots sliced 

2 large onions sliced

1 cup broth or water 

Instructions 

Marinate turkey in vinegar and spices. Add vegetables and broth or water and cook in 350*F oven for about 2-2 1/2 hours.

This recipe can be also made in a crockpot, pressure cooker or on top of the stove.

This morning I made it in the pressure cooker, 20 minutes to pressure. I definitely needed to adjust the seasoning but I added fresh garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and I think some chicken spice mix.

Here are the before and after pictures:

   
 

Mom’s Kidney Beans 

my mother has this really simple and easy bean recipe that is very versatile and always comes out great!

Ingredients 

1 lbs. kidney beans 

Water to cover

3 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 T salt

Pepper, garlic powder, paprika and Mom’s spice mix to taste.

Instructions

I soaked the beans overnight in the crockpot.

This morning I drained the water and added fresh water to cover and the spices.

This is what it looked like, as per usual on the wrong angle.

  
This recipe can be parve/vegan or instead of using water, you can use chicken soup or broth. It is not necessary to use dried beans. Canned beans also work, and pressure cooking also works. I call this a fast and easy no fail recipe!

So, I came home and the beans were done. I only added chicken spice mix to taste and it passed the family approval ratings.

Here is the picture:

  

NB: I spoke with my mother this morning and she did not remember this recipe. She said that now she sautés the garlic and beans with cumin and then cooks them in the pressure cooker. My mother is an awesome cook, so if you have the time, try it!

DIY Kiddush: Invitations 

  
Writing up and sending the invitations was actually one of the easiest parts of planning this kiddush.

The content of the invitation was a joint effort between me and my husband.

My husband happens to be a really excellent writer and an extremely literate person. So I wrote the first draft and he edited it.

We sent out an email invitation through evite.

It is free, and it tracks the number of responses and attendees. It is also fun because depending on the privacy settings, people can post comments and see who else is also coming.

It kind of helped to build excitement for the event.

The only other caveat is not to overlook anyone.  If nothing else, remember to invite anyone you are going to see on a regular basis!

Some people might hold a grudge if you forget to invite them. I personally recommend being as inclusive as possible.