Orange-ginger sweet potatoes

April 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm (B plus (3 stars, like a lot), breakfast, Derek's faves, Peter Berley, Root vegetables, Starches)

Three Thanksgivings ago Derek’s cousin asked me which cookbook was my favorite.  I wasn’t sure what my favorite was, but I told her Peter Berley’s Modern Vegetarian Kitchen was my most-used cookbook.  I think she went and bought it because the subsequent Thanksgiving she made Berley’s recipe for sweet potatoes with orange and ginger.  This year, my mom was thinking of making a dish for the seder that  my sister had made up–a casserole made from sweet potatoes layered with slices of tomatoes and onions.  But to me that just sounded weird.  Maybe the tomato-sweet potato combo is good, but I just couldn’t imagine it.  So instead I went looking for Berley’s recipe in my Mom’s copy of Modern Vegetarian Kitchen.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Charoset 2010

April 7, 2010 at 6:01 am (breakfast, Jewish, Sauce/dressing, unrated)

For Passover this year we made two different versions of haroset, the fruit and nut mixture that’s supposed to represent mortar.  One was a pretty traditional Ashkenazi charoset with apples and walnuts, and the other was a slightly more modern Ashenazi take with apples and dried cranberries and pistachios.  The recipe was from a friend of my mom’s.  I enjoyed both versions. Read the rest of this entry »

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