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Kabocha Sweet Potato Soup
Roasted Salmon with Maple Glaze (Gluten Free)
Roasted Salmon with Maple Glaze (Gluten Free)

The Jewish way to usher in a sweet year by way of the kitchen.

The following dishes are all excerpted from my latest cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure and Simple.

The three golden rules in real estate are: Location, location, location. Mine are: Streamline, streamline, streamline. Streamline the costs; streamline the steps; streamline the number of tools and utensils.

Above all, there’s one thing that affords you all this streamlining, deliciously, painlessly and effortlessly, and of course beautifully: Use only the best. Meaning, the real thing. And while food-shopping and cooking, hum to yourself, as I do, the immortal song: “Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing!” Shana Tova and enjoy the recipes!

Kabocha Sweet Potato Soup

My daughter Bella’s favorite. I brought her a vat of it when she had her baby. Still she doesn’t seem to tire of it and now enjoys it with her baby. I always notice with pleasure that all kids love it! A snap to make: All aboard, then cream it at the end of cooking.

1 Kabocha squash, about 2 pounds, unpeeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks (use a hammer)

2 large sweet potatoes, cut into large chunks

1 large red onion, cut into large chunks

2 cups red lentils or yellow split peas (Passover: 2 large potatoes, cut in large chunks)

6 ribs celery, peeled

1 large bunch dill, fronds and stems

1/3 cup olive oil

6 bay leaves, or 1 teaspoon ground

1 tablespoon turmeric

Sea salt to taste

3 quarts (12 cups) water

Ground pepper to taste

Bring all ingredients to a boil in a wide heavy pot. Reduce to medium, cover, and cook1 ½ hours. Cream with an Immersion blender. Adjust the texture and seasonings. Makes a dozen ample servings.

Roasted Salmon with Maple Glaze (Gluten Free)

One of my ¨C and many of my regulars great favorites. The short and dazzling flavor lineup does its magic with practically no work. You will never say you are bored of salmon again! Bluefish will be suitable here, as well as any thick white fish (bass, mahimahi, halibut, etc.).

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon cracked pepper, or less to taste

1 whole side salmon, about 3. pounds, skin off, bones out, trimmed

Preheat the oven to 500F. Mix all but last ingredient in a bowl. Place the salmon skin side up in a baking pan just large enough to fit it snugly in one layer (if you have empty spaces, the liquids will burn). Pour the sauce evenly over the fish. Bake 18 minutes, or a minute or two longer, until the fish is tender but firm to the touch. Transfer to a platter and pour the cooking juices over the fish. Serve hot, or at room temperature. Makes 8 main course servings, or a dozen ample first course servings.

Trimming salmon sides-You will notice on the outermost side of each salmon half a flat, opaque strip, which runs the whole length of the fish: It is very fatty and not meaty and contributes nothing but a greasy, fishy taste. Have no mercy, cut it all off and discard it: You are not wasting it, you are saving the salmon. PS: Sushi restaurants use that part of the salmon to great advantage, but you are not a sushi restaurant and are not equipped with their knowledge and quality control, so please don’t go there and order it in a good sushi restaurant!

Boeuf Bourguignon (Gluten Free)

Spend a wonderful evening with a few French classics and some wine to go with dinner! By the way, my bourguignon has been included in Joan Schwartz’s charming book, deceptively innocent, called Meat and Potatoes. My secret ingredient here is crème de cassis, the wonderful black currant liqueur. To peel tiny onions, throw them in a pot of boiling water for just one minute: The skins will slip right off. Better yet, get frozen tiny onions (also called cocktail onions). This dish reheats very well and improves with age, so go ahead and make it a day or two ahead.

4 pounds beef or bison shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes for stew

6 cups water

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 cloves garlic, peeled

2 cups dry red wine

¼ cup crème de cassis (liquor stores; Passover: use a nice berry liqueur)

2 large tomatoes, diced small

1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper

6 bay leaves, or 1 teaspoon ground

4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only (or throw the sprigs in whole, but don’t forget to discard them at the end of cooking)

2 pounds very thin long carrots, peeled (about 20. Not baby carrots)

20 very small organic potatoes, scrubbed (only organic potatoes are safe with skins on)

2 dozen tiny onions, peeled and left whole (frozen OK: they are already peeled)

On a stove top: Place beef, water, and oil in a heavy, wide-bottom pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium and cook covered for 2 hours. Add the garlic, wine, cassis, tomatoes, pepper, and bay leaves and cook 30 more minutes. Add thyme, carrots, potatoes, and onions and cook 30 more minutes. The meat should be fork-tender. Transfer meat and all vegetables on platter with a slotted spoon. If the liquid left in the pot is too thin, reduce it on a high flame until it is thickened, the consistency of maple syrup. Pour the reduced liquid over the whole dish and serve hot. Makes 8 servings.

With a Crock-Pot: Layer all the ingredients except the water (no water) in a 6-quart Crock-Pot; in the order they were given. Set the Crock-Pot on low in the morning. It will be ready for dinner (10 to 12 hours total cooking time).

Variation: Try the dish using dark stout beer instead of wine, as my daughter-in-law Ruthie does.

Excerpted with Permission from The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen Cookbook By Levana Kirshenbaum www.levanacooks.com (Aish.com)

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