Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Kosher Restaurant Update: Milt's Barbeque for the Perplexed in Lakeview

I hear from an inside source that the new kosher resaurant in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago Milt's will likely be opening in early December.  They will be doing authentic kosher barbeque.  By that I mean they are actually planning on smoking their meat.  Their plan is to make everything from scratch in house, including their homemade pickles.
Their website is http://www.miltsbbq.com/ although there is not much on it yet.
Their facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Milts-Barbeque-for-the-Perplexed/119924381409229
Their address according to their Facebook page is:
3411 N. Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60657


Friday, October 26, 2012

Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns
Cinnamon Buns

I took the recipe that came with my bread maker for danish rolls and modified it slightly to make some non-dairy (parev) cinnamon buns.

Cinnamon Buns
Makes about a dozen

For the dough:
2 1/8 cup bread flour
1 1/8 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1 stick of margarine
3/4 cup of apple juice
1 egg
2 tsp of active dry yeast
1 tbsp of vanilla
2 tbsp of good cinnamon

For the dough put all the ingredients in my bread maker on "dough" mode and let it do its magic.
After the bread maker is done put the dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least half an hour up to over night.

For the filling:
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup of roughly chopped nuts(I used candied walnuts because I had them in the house, but I think pecans are traditional)
2 tbsp of good cinnamon
1/4 cup of raising(optional)

Then roll the dough out to a 12"X16" rectangle.  Mix all the ingredients for the filling and spread evenly across the dough.  Roll the dough from the shorter side. Slice into 12 even pieces.  Place the cinnamon rolls on a greased cookie sheet, being careful not over crowd them.  If you would like you can brush some egg wash on them at this point.  Let the cinnamon rolls rise in the warmest part of your kitchen for half an hour.

Bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes or until they are golden brown and delicious.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cooking with Color: Four Color Roasted Cauliflower Medley

Cooking with Color: Four Color Roasted Cauliflower Medley
Four Color Roasted Cauliflower Medley

I love cooking with color.  Never forget we eat with our eyes before we ever taste food and colorful food looks more appetizing.  Also, while I am not a doctor or nutritionist, my understanding is colorful food has more vitamins and minerals.  That being said you can imagine how excited I was when I found four different colors of cauliflower at my local fruit store. (Note: I almost never buy produce at a grocery store. You will usually find higher quality produce and better variety at a lower price at your local fruit store. And now back to our regular  scheduled program.)  I love roasted cauliflower.  It has a nutty flavor and it is nice and filling without being to high in calories.  It is super easy:

Four Color Roasted Cauliflower Medley
1/4 head each of white, yellow, green, and purple cauliflower
Olive Oil
Salt and pepper taste

Toss the cauliflower in the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper.  Spread out the cauliflower on a sheet pan and bake at 425F until starts to brown, making sure to flip it about half way through.  If you want to kick it up another level sprinkle some hot curry powder or red pepper flake before you bake to heat things up. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Let's Talk About Shnitzel



Let's talk about the schnitzel, specifically chicken schnitzel.  This a staple dish on most Sabbath tables.  This apparently simple simple dish is really a minefield.

1. Breading technique:  You need to go with the standard 3 step breading process.  First flour lightly, then coat in egg, then a light breading.  Make sure both the breading and the flour are well seasoned.  Don't be afraid to make your breading interesting, plain bread crumbs are boring.  See my recipe at the end of the post.

2. Shape and size:  Your pieces should be uniform in shape and size, and not too thick.  This ensures even cooking of all pieces.  If your pieces are too thick the breading will burn before you chicken finishes cooking.

3. Don't be  afraid to fry:  I find baked schnitzel dry and tasteless.  Use a good amount of vegetable oil and make sure it is up to temperature.  I use medium heat but it may vary based on the stove you are using.  If you find your breading is getting too dark before the chicken is cooked though either adjust you temperature down or finish your schnitzel in the oven.

 Breading Recipe:
For 2-3 packs of boneless skinless chicken breast
3/4 of a box of panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup of sesame seeds
3/4 cups of French's Onions
2 Tblsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of black pepper
1 Tbsp of salt
1 Tbsp of paprika 

Other things you could add: Cereal(Crispix, Chex, Corn Flakes), Coconut, Potato Flakes (if you want to go gluten free or kosher for Passover)

One last note, dipping sauces can really jazz up you schnitzel.  Some options are, spicy Buffalo wing, honey garlic, honey mustard, BBQ, and Teriyaki. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dressing Up Hot dog Night: Sausage and Peppers

Dressing Up Hot dog Night: Sausage and Peppers



Sausage and Peppers
Serves 4 Adults
8 Good Quality Italian or Polish Sausages Sliced Into Rounds
2 Large Onions Sliced 
2 Large Green Bell Peppers Sliced Thin

Throw it all into a cast iron skillet over high heat until onions start to brown.  Serve as is or in a sub roll.