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Tri-colored Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans
April 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I need a quinoa side dish for a client that isn't too heavily sauced. They also want something with garbanzo beans, chickpeas, as they are sometimes called. The menu for 10 is already extensive. I want to roll this request into one dish that will complement the meat and chicken already prepared.... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Mango Macadamia Nut Bread
January 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

This recipe is adapted from Sam Choy's "Island Flavors" cookbook. I promise this is the last recipe I'll post inspired from its pages. There are tons of fabulous recipes sandwiched between the treif recipes. You should be able to pick up a copy used since it is circa 1999.....the l... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Curried Vegetable Empanadas
October 28, 2012 | 5 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, we started serving a 4 day marathon of meals at a local hotel. The first evening's buffet reception boasted an array of foods representing our diverse Northwest cuisine. From my urban perch, I can see Thai, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Japanese and Indian food eateries.... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Swedish Almond Tarts
August 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

I discover these dainty tarts while developing a menu for our Swedish buffet. There is a trend toward dessert buffets filled with tasty, worth-the-calories morsels that can be casually popped into the mouth while maintaining that "I haven't eaten a sweet in 10 years and don't miss ... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Spinach Leek Frittata
May 10, 2011 | 1 Comments

*Note ~ this has been on the homepage before. That said, great recipe for this time of year. Spinach frittatas often appear at Shabbat Kiddush lunches, especially in the Sephardic synagogues. It teams well with the wonderful kippered salmon done by Dressel Collins here in Seattle. Borekas are a must... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Chocolate Coconut Balls
July 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Part of our Swedish offering consists of this surprisingly tasty morsel of chocolate and coconut; pretty much my favorite combination. Hesitant about the uncooked oatmeal, I shrug and toss it into the bowl telling myself it's looking like a good breakfast option. (Note to self: use gluten-free o... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Broccoli, Mushroom and Swiss Cheese Quiche
July 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

As we enter into the nine days preceding Tisha B'Av, it is customary that dairy meals are served. The beginning of the Hebrew month of Av until the actual anniversary of the destruction of the Temple, is a period spent in ritual mourning. Summer vacation is toned do... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Can't Eat Enough Guacamole
May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

Guacamole and chips, I love guacamole and chips. It is so incredibly simple to make and even more simple to buy ready made when you're in a pinch. Either way, can't do Cinco, Seis, or Siete de Mayo without it. While making this Mexican inspired meal tonight, I thought of the 2nd Avenue Deli ... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Mexican Chicken Soup
May 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

I'm almost out of my Passover stash of real chicken soup. Freezing the broth, I know I can transform it cross culturally. Today, I add white rice and shredded poached chicken breast to the stock. What makes it Mexican? The little plate of condiments on the side; diced avocado, tomato, sweet onio... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

English Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill
January 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

English cucumbers, thanks to the hothouse method of farming, are in abundance year- around. Cucumber salad is another good basic salad to have in your repetoire. It is always lovely with salmon, our most popular Northwest fish choice. I use sweetened rice wine vinegar and it reminds me of ... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Ginger Glazed Salmon Skewers or Fillets
January 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is our famous ginger glaze recipe which we use on both skewers or fillets of salmon. It is quick and easy, both in the prep and cooking. It is a favorite with my clients and it isn't unusual to make hundreds at a time. A chef from the Caribbean I once employed showed me the easy techni... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Green and Red Coleslaw Slaw with Mandarin Oranges
January 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Given this recipe by a client for a Shabbat weekend of festivities, it looks like one I've made from the Kosher By Design series, Susie Fishbein's major contribution to kosher cooking. As usual, there is the written tradition and the oral tradition. This recipe is now another 'opinion... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Chicken Marbella
February 20, 2011 | 3 Comments

Chicken Marbella, I believe, originates in the original Silver Palette Good Times Cookbook. It is a catering standby because of its fragrant Meditteranean scent and how great it packs and holds for events. Chicken marinates with oregano, bay leaves, olives and prunes. Just before baking, a sprinkle ... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

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