Archive for November, 2010

Whipped Feta Dip for Hanukah

November 30, 2010

Here is a really great dip/spread adapted from The Greek Vegetarian, by Diane Kochilas (p.31): Kopanisti. The name is Greek for whipped or beaten, and it consists of feta cheese that is whipped with olive oil, lemon juice, and freshly ground black pepper.

There are many variations on this theme which incorporate other ingredients such as red pepper, herbs, garlic. You might see feta cheese dip recipes under these names, as well: Tirosalata, Htipiti, Htipi Tirosalata. The recipe can also include some Greek yogurt.


Dorie Greenspan’s Spinach

November 26, 2010

This is a great, easy way to make spinach: you season the baby spinach kind of like a salad, tossing it with salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon zest. Then you are supposed to steam it, but I just put a cover over the Corningware casserole, and cooked on low until it wilted.

This is from the mind of Dorie Greenspan, and it is in her new book.

And, while we are on the topic of interesting ways to make vegetables that are kind of salad-ish, I also liked (but took no photo!) this butternut squash recipe from Abraco’s chef Elizabeth Quijada.

Karen DeMasco’s Spiced Apple Cider Jellies

November 18, 2010

Another recipe from The Craft of Baking: Spiced Apple Cider Jellies.  DeMasco’s book is full of simple, homey but creatively flavored recipes. But aren’t these humbly named Apple Cider Jellies really pâte de fruit? (more…)

Karen DeMasco’s Chocolate Walnut Biscotti and Oatmeal Raisin Biscotti

November 18, 2010

I hadn’t made anything from Karen DeMasco’s book The Craft of Baking since my one attempt at her apple cider muffins.  Giving the book another go, I made the chocolate walnut biscotti (scroll down for the recipe) and the oatmeal raisin biscotti.

Well, I had issues handling the super wet dough for the chocolate walnut biscotti, but the taste is stupendous. Really the most intensely chocolate biscotti I have ever had. And these are low fat, too. (more…)

Mocha Nut Flower Baskets

November 14, 2010

I’ve been wanting to make these since my friend told me about her mom’s fantastic Ukranian cookies. They are called koshyky, which means basket in Ukrainian, and she makes them every year for the holiday of Sukkot. My friend described them as flower-shaped cookies that are made in cookie molds,  filled with coffee cream and drizzled with chocolate glaze.

Here is the glitch: her mom doesn’t use recipes. So, I searched high and low and posted my request for the recipe, among other places, at Emperor’s Crumbs. Katka, a Emperor’s Crumbs reader, came through with a Slovak recipe for what she called Kremove Kosicky. (more…)

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

November 1, 2010

This is the second recipe that I have made from Silvana Nardone’s Cooking for Isaiah.



Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes

November 1, 2010

I have been reading through Silvana Nardone’s gluten-free cookbook, Cooking for Isaiah.  The book is a product of the author’s quest to create kid-friendly gluten-free food for her son, Isaiah. The book has a chocolate birthday cake and baked-not-fried chocolate-dipped chocolate doughnuts. Both recipes are based off the same basic chocolate cake batter, which is a basic chocolate dump cake.

I tried scaling the batter down to make a small batch of six cupcakes. (more…)