recipes

Chicken and Dumplings

The Nosh Pit: A Southern comfort food that seems awfully familiar.

02/11/2011
Editorial Assistant

This is the second week in a row I’m sharing a recipe for a soup or stew, and I won’t apologize. As I write this, weather.com informs me it is a sunny 25° F outside the office – with a wind chill factor of 14°. What – did you expect me to go outside and check?

Chicken and Dumplings

Mini Meatball Soup

Nosh Pit: A hearty, family friendly soup - in an hour!

02/01/2011
Editorial Assistant

Every few weeks I seem to get up on my soapbox here at the Nosh Pit (which is more likely to be a vegetable crate) and sell you on the merits of soup. I think by now I should be preaching to the choir – soup, soup soup – and all the more so if it’s a one-bowl, protein-veggies-carbs dinner.

Mini meatball soup; photo by Amy Spiro

Toasted Couscous with Chicken and Mango

Spice up a grain salad with tropical fruit and toasted seeds.

01/28/2011
Editorial Assistant

Most recipes I create start with one thing: opening up my kitchen cupboards and staring listlessly inside. Then I turn to the fridge, and after contemplating various containers of leftovers, I regroup in my mind with what I want to make, what I have and what I need to buy.

Toasted Couscous with Chicken and Mango. Photo by Amy Spiro

Peanut Butter-Swirled Brownies

A fudgy, gooey, heavenly treat.

01/21/2011
Editorial Assistant

Some things are just meant to be together. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Macaroni and cheese. French fries and ketchup. And while I frequently break all of these food regulations, there is one I try to create as much as possible: peanut butter and chocolate.

I’m certainly not alone in my love for all things Reese’s-inspired. In fact, I brought a batch of these incredible brownies to the office when former staff writer Sharon Udasin left to move to Israel. She was always asking for this combination, and I was happy to oblige.

Peanut Butter-Swirled Brownies. Photo by Amy Spiro

Butternut Squash Lasagna

A brightly-colored twist on the classic winter comfort food.

01/10/2011
Editorial Assistant

Piping-hot food is one of the things that keep me going until…April. And since the cold, icy days of winter seem to require double the energy to get through, it helps to eat something that’s hearty and filling as well. This recipe is interesting in that it straddles the line between what I think of as “girl food” and heavier, more substantial dishes.

Butternut Squash Lasagna. Photo by Amy Spiro

Beef, Leek and Barley Soup

A hearty, simple recipe after a day of shoveling snow…or sitting in shul.

01/03/2011
Editorial Assistant

A steaming bowl of soup is the ultimate cliché for a snowy day – but for good reason. Especially a soup like this – where the ingredients need nothing more than to be mixed together and spend some time over a flame to be transformed into an incredible dinner.

It evokes the oft-repeated catchphrase of the infomercials for the Showtime Rotisserie oven – “set it, and forget it!” I hope I’m not the only one able to recall “As Seen on TV products” from 10 years ago.

Beef, Leek and Barley Soup. Photo by Amy Spiro

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Salad

A spiced curry dish with lots of fall flavors

12/31/2010
Editorial Assistant

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Salad. Photo by Amy Spiro

Quinoa with Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

A tasty and nutritious side dish to any meal.

12/23/2010
Editorial Assistant

Quinoa is known in many Ashkenazic Jewish households for one reason: Pesach. The healthy, sort-of-grain plant is actually a seed, and it is neither chametz (leavened) nor kitniyot (grains and legumes – including rice, peas and beans), meaning they can be used on the food-challenged holiday (according to most rabbis).

Quinoa with Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts, Photo by Amy Spiro

Making Winter Sparkle On A Budget

As we turn the page on 2010, it’s time for a Champagne cocktail.

12/21/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Got the deep-freeze, wintertime blues as New Year’s approaches? Sun lamps can help you beat back the feeling. So can a weekend trip to a tropical locale. But personally, when the snow and ice has me feeling a bit glum, I find that a nice glass of Champagne always hits the spot.

Time for a Champagne cocktail.

Coronation Chicken Over Rice

A royal dish for your Shabbat table.

12/17/2010
Editorial Assistant

I have a secret to tell you: I’m a foreigner. Now, don’t call immigration just yet, I’m also a US citizen, but I was born in London.

Coronation chicken over rice. Photo: Amy Spiro
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