Schnitzel is a frequently requested dinner in my house. Ugh, but the frying and the mess is not my favorite thing to deal with, especially on busy weeknights.
Baking the schnitzel is much less…messy, cutting down the prep time to just about 35 minutes--a manageable task for naptime or even the craziest weeknights. Variation: For a gluten-free option, try pulsing 2-3 cups Rice Chex cereal and using instead of bread crumbs for coating. Our resident gluten-free expert warns the cereal needs a good deal of seasoning, so taste… >> Read More
I never thought I’d miss Russian food, the unassuming cuisine of my birthplace. I was self-conscious about Russian salads, for instance, referring to boiled and chopped root vegetables loaded with…mayonnaise, not microgreens. Traditional Russian recipes use just one kind of cheese, called cheese. Growing up as an immigrant kid in the United States, it’s awkward having to always explain that sour cream really does make everything better, that Herring under a Fur Coat isn’t furry, that the jiggly meat jelly is no weirder than the processed American… >> Read More
My mom always cooked homemade meals growing up, although they weren’t gourmet or even always healthful: tortellini alfredo, taco night, fried ravioli, and one of my favorites, Mexican lasagna.
Of…course this “lasagna” is a far cry from its Italian counterpart or more authentic, complex Mexican cooking. It is, all the same, pretty delicious. And most importantly for busy moms: EASY. Over the years I have played with the recipe I remember from my childhood to make it kosher-friendly without ground beef, but still hearty,… >> Read More
My great-grandmother baked a version of the same cake every Friday for Shabbat, varying the fruit filling with the season. Baked in a large rectangular dish, the cake was like a double-crusted…cobbler. Throughout the day, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles streamed through her Williamsburg apartment for a warm square of cake and a steaming cup of coffee from the percolator. On the way out they clutched paper bags, the bottoms greasy from the cookies she made with the extra cake dough. Born in southern… >> Read More
Parents are always trying to get their kids to eat more veggies. (Also, some parents—ahem, me—are trying themselves to consume more veggies).
Back in the day, my mom would make cauliflower or…broccoli or both and smother it in some super awesome Velveeta sauce. I know, you want to be grossed out right now, but you know that fake cheese sauce is pretty delicious. But these days, we try to use more wholesome, healthful ingredients and stay away from processed snacks and cheeses. But that’s no reason… >> Read More