Muriel’s Passover Brownies

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup cake meal

1/2 cup butter or oleo ( Oleo is actually margarine, more than fifty years ago, Oleomargarine is how you would have found this named. This was made from vegetable oil, and used as a more economical substitute for butter. When Oleo margarine came out, it originally wasn’t even yellow, it was white.)  Muriel always used the term Oleo so I put it in.  Though butter is always preferred.

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 TBLE orange juice

1/2 cup nuts and 1/2 cup choc chips

Says sift meal and cocoa (prob not necessary).  Put aside.  Cream sugar and oleo.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add juice and dry ingredients.  Add nuts and chips.

Use 9″ square pan… grease or use parchment paper and bake in 350 20 to 25 minutes until done.

Yield 36 brownies

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Tu B’Shevat Lokshen Kugel

8 oz med egg noodles

4 large eggs

4 Tble oil divided

1 cup orange juice

1/8 t powdered ginger

1 medium sized peeled and diced apple

3 Tble sugar

1 tea salt

1/4 tea cinnamon

1/4 cup raisins

3/4 cup diced mixed dried fruit: prunes, apricots, currents, figs, dates, etc

Cook noodles as instructed on package.  Add 2T of the oil and set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl beat the eggs with sugar.  Add remaining oil and then OJ, cinnamon, ginger, salt and fruit.

Then add noodles and mix well.

Transfer to greased 10″ square pan or equivalent.  Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Remove cover and bake 10-20 minutes longer.   Cool slightly and then cut.

Serve warm or at room temp.





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Miso glazed salmon (from Jessica Gavin)

Miso Glaze-

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce low-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons water (hot)
  • 2 tablespoons white miso (the brand recommended to me at Canyon Ranch is miso master)
  • 20 ounces salmon fillets (four 5-ounce pieces), about 1 inch thick
  • kosher salt for seasoning
  • black pepper freshly cracked, for seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons green onions thinly sliced, for garnish
Miso Glaze-
  1. In a medium sized bowl combine brown sugar, soy sauce, hot water and miso, stirring with a whisk.
  1. Arrange fish in a shallow baking dish or foiled liked baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spoon miso mixture evenly over fish.
  2. Broil 8 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting again halfway through cooking with miso glaze (two times total). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.
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Rugelach from Lee Robbins


8 oz sweet butter

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 t vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

2 T sugar

pinch salt


1/2 cup sugar mixed with 2 T cinnamon

approx. 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

approx. 1/4 cup each– dried currents and mini choc chips

approx.  1/2 cup preserves

Beat softened butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.   Beat in 2 T sugar, salt, and vanilla until well blended.  Add 1 cup flour until blended. Mix in remaining flour  but don’t overbeat.

Scrape dough onto well floured board.  Flour hands and lightly knead dough for about 10 seconds.  Divide into 4 balls and refrigerate at least one hour or even overnight in wax paper or separate baggies.    Take out as you need them.  Roll out onto floured surface (dough will be stiff at first) to make a large circle (doesn’t have to be perfectly round) and roll thin (like 1/8 inch– you’ll figure it out after you have worked with dough a few times).

Leaving about an inch border with no fillings– spread preserves,  nuts, then cinnamon sugar, either currents or choc chips  (I use different fillings for each ball rolled out).

Using a perforated knife or a pizza cutter, divide each rolled ball into 16 crescents.  Starting from the outer side of each wedge, roll in towards middle.  Be sure to put the “seam” of the rugelach on the bottom sitting on the cookie sheet to avoid unrolling.

350 for approx  30 minutes until lightly browned.

Sprinkle with sifted confectioner’s sugar (optional)  when serving

yield:  64        If you like larger cookies, make only three balls or make 12 crescents out of each instead of 16.

This reads like it is very complicated when actually it is easy once you have mastered technique.



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Hank’s Favorite Apple Dessert — passed on to Diane at her wedding shower by Sylvia Friedman

put into food processor and process until it all comes together, leaving the sides

1 1/2 c flour

1 t baking powder

2 t sugar

1/2 t salt

1 stick butter

2 T milk

1 egg yolk

Press into pan (I use tart pan) with fingers.

Peel and slice thin (again in processor) 3/4 apples (or peaches or unpeeled plums).  Lay fruit across dough in neat pattern. Use as much fruit as necessary to cover crust well.

Then spread over the top a crumb made of:

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 T flour

2 T butter

Sprinkle some cinnamon and nutmeg

Bake 375 to 400 in 9″ pan    45-60 minutes until crust looks done

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Blueberry, Almond and Lemon Cake (variation of Yotam Ottolenghi recipe)

1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 3 T butter

1 scant cup granulated sugar

1 t lemon zest, plus 1 T lemon juice

1 t vanilla

3 large eggs, beaten

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/4 t baking powder

1/8 t salt

1 cup almond flour

1 1/2 c blueberries

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

Step 1

Heat oven to 375 and grease 9 or 8 1/2″ loaf pan, line with parchment paper sling

Step  2

Place butter, sugar, zest, and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer.  Beat high for 3/4 minutes until light then lower speed to medium.  Add eggs in three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times as necessary.  The mix may split a little but don’t worry: It’ll come back together once you add the dry ingredients.

Step 3

In separate bowl, whisk flour, powder, salt and almond flour. With mixer on low, add the dry ingredients in three additions, mixing just until no white specks remain.  Fold in blueberries… then scoop batter into the pan.

Step 4

Bake until toothpick placed in center comes out clean.  Will take approximately 45 minutes…. not exactly sure because I have changed some of these steps.  If you look thru oven door, you will see moisture (not done yet) even after top gets brown.

Step 5


While cake baking, make icing.  Add lemon juice to confectioners’  sugar, whisk until smooth.  Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan.  Place on wire rack to cool completely before icing.


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Cedar Planked Salmon w/Maple Glaze


1 cup pure maple syrup

2 Tble finely grated peeled ginger root

4 Tble lemon juice

3 TBLE soy sauce

1 1/2 tea  minced garlic

a 2 1/2 pound center-cut salon fillet with skin

greens from 1 bunch scallions

Accompaniment:  mustard mashed potatoes


In a small heavy saucepan simmer maple syrup, ginger, 3 TBE lemon juice, soy, garlic and salt and pepper to taste until reduced to about 1 cup, about 30 minutes, and let cool (glaze may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring maple glaze to room temp before proceeding).

Preheat oven to 350.  If using plank lightly oil and heat in middle of oven for 15 minutes; or lightly oil a shallow baking dish large enough to hold salmon.

Arrange scallion greens in one layer on plank or in pan to form a bed for fish.

In another small saucepan heat half of glaze over low heat until heated through to use as sauce. Stir in remaining TBLE of lemon juice. Remove pan from heat and keep sauce warm, covered.

Put salmon, skin side down, on scallion greens and brush with remaining glaze. Season salmon with salt and pepper and roast in middle of oven until just cooked through –about 20 minutes if using pan and 35 with plank.

Cut salmon crosswise into 6 pieces.  On each plate arrange salmon and scallion greens on a bed of mashed potatoes.  Drizzle salmon with warm sauce.


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