Mushroom Kasha Soup

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Cooking | 1 comment

Mushroom Kasha Soup

Well, obviously I didn’t plan to disappear for the entire week last week, but it happened.  I cooked up a few recipes but didn’t quite manage to get them up on the blog.  I thought I would be able to get both of them up before the end of Vegan MoFo, but we decided on a last minute trip to Disneyland instead.   So after finishing all my homework today, I barely had time to cook dinner and sit down for a few minutes!  So Vegan Mofo is going out with a whimper….well, I still plan on posting my last recipe a little late, but no wrap up or final thoughts this time.

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Mock Chopped Liver

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Cooking | 1 comment

Mock Chopped Liver

Chopped liver.  I can’t say that anything about that name sounds appetizing to me.  So you might be surprised to find that it’s one of my favorite spreads.  No, not the REAL stuff – the mock version.  Mock chopped liver is almost as much a Jewish staple as the authentic dish.   I don’t think it’s just vegetarians and vegans that would rather fake it on this one.

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Tzimmes

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Cooking | 2 comments

Tzimmes

Tzimmes is a dish of root vegetables and dried fruit.   Traditionally it is made with honey and served on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.  Honey is frequently used Rosh Hashanah dishes to symbolize a sweet and happy year.  With Rosh Hashanah just over a week away, it seemed like a timely dish to cook up.

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Shabbat Tofu

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in Cooking | 1 comment

Shabbat Tofu

Traditional Ashkenazi Shabbat dinner frequently involves chicken as the main course.  This makes sense in a historical context – meat was expensive, and likely families could only afford it once a week, so they saved it for the most important meal of the week.  Similar traditions arose in other cultures, like the British Sunday roast.   Eating meat is not a religious requirement; rather, the requirement is to enjoy your meal.  If you’re a vegan, I think you’re going to enjoy this Shabbat tofu a lot more!  (Probably, so will the chickens.)

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Pickled “Herring”

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Cooking | 2 comments

Pickled “Herring”

This month has been going faster than I expected! This is definitely a household in which September is a big month – all of us basically went back to school in the last few weeks (my husband as a teacher, my daughter to preschool, me to community college – yay!). Plus there have been some unexpected events, and all in all it’s been a bit harder to get things going than I expected.This month has been going faster than I expected! This is definitely a household in which September is a big month – all of us basically went back to school in the last few weeks (my husband as a teacher, my daughter to preschool, me to community college – yay!). Plus there have been some unexpected events, and all in all it’s been a bit harder to get things going than I expected.

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Matzoh Ball Soup

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Cooking | 4 comments

Matzoh Ball Soup

Matzoh balls, or knaidlach, are a classic Ashkenazi soup dumpling.  As their name suggests they are made from matzoh, the flat bread that is eaten on Passover instead of leavened bread.  While they are certainly a traditional Passover food, it wouldn’t be unusual to see matzoh ball soup on the menu on any major Jewish holiday.  I don’t think I am wrong in saying it is one of the more beloved foods in the Jewish arsenal.

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Holishkes

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Cooking | 4 comments

Holishkes

Today I have veganized stuffed cabbage, known in Yiddish as holishkes.  Interestingly, this is one of the few Ashkenazi dishes that has a direct Sephardi counterpart.  It is also a dish that is common in most of Eastern Europe and parts of North Africa.  While most of the variations involve rice, ground meat, and a tomato sauce, you could easily tell them apart by flavor.

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