Showing posts from February 28, 2010


I grew up believing that the crockpot was invented specifically for this dish. All others crockpot recipes were a mere afterthought.

Cholent (pronounced CHUH-lent) is a very thick and heavy long-cooked stew. After having a bowl-full, you won’t need to eat anything else for several days.

It is a traditional winter sabbath meal.  According to Wikipedia, cholent was first mentioned in 1180 CE. 

My local supermarket carries 3 different brands of cholent mix, but you can buy the ingredients individually.  Pearl barley is barley processed to remove the inedible hull as well as the bran layer.

You can cook cholent in a large pot on the stove, but for safety's sake make it during the day when you are around to check on it.

Yield: 4-6 servings

1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 medium to large potatoes, peeled & cut into large chunks
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 pkg. cholent mix or
1/2 cup kidney beans 1/2 cup lima beans 1 cup medium pearl barley 1/2 cup navy …

Bloglines is a royal pain., one of the bigger news/blog feed sites, hates my blog.  It refuses to display updates, even if you choose All Items, since about my 2nd post.  To see them, you have to click on the link to view my site.  According to blogline's help page, my posts have invalid html or something to that effect.  However, every other reader seems to handle my posts just fine, thank you.

Mine isn't the only blog that has these problems.  So I have reluctantly switched my choice of aggregator to Google Reader.  Now all my feeds are feeding nicely.

So if you use bloglines and notice that some feeds don't ever seem to have new posts, try using google reader or any other one.

Chicken in Strawberry-Rosemary Sauce

In 2008, Manischewitz (the matzoh company) had a cooking contest.  The rules required using at least one of their products.  I had created the following recipe years back and thought that, by converting generic products into Manischewitz ones, it might be a winner.  So I submitted it.  The deadline came and went, and, in keeping my perfect record (0 for 1,000, give or take) there was no contact from the company to tell me that I was a finalist.

Eventually the finalists were posted on their website, and I was shocked (SHOCKED I tell you) to see a recipe that was pretty close to mine!  That mean ol' finalist had a few differences in his recipe, and (I have to admit) his WAS little simpler, but Wah!  Wah! He got picked instead of me!

I still like mine better *sniff*.  Strawberries are much more better than cherries with chicken.    Except next time, I might try copying his, I mean using, balsamic vinegar instead of the cider vinegar.

Chicken in Strawberry-Rosemary Sauce
Serves 4

2 Tbs…


For some reason, today daHubby asked for pancakes.  Luckily, this is a day where I do not have to go to work.  But I still didn't manage to make the pancakes until lunchtime.

This recipe is based on Basic Wholegrain Pancakes from the 1981 edition of Whole Foods for the Whole Family, a La Leche League cookbook.  If you can get your hands on this edition or later, do it!  Just skip or adjust the unkosher recipes.  All the recipes in it were contributed by mothers.  Many of them (the mothers, not the recipes) have multiple children, so they (the recipes, not the mothers) are simple, quick, easy and nutritious.  All my kids grew up on another recipe in the book, Green Spaghetti (a misnomer since the green is actually in the sauce), the only way for years that they would eat spinach.  But I digress ...

I use buttermilk powder, otherwise I'd have to throw out the rest of the container when it spoils.  Does buttermilk turn sweet when it spoils?  Anyway, I added the buttermilk powder …