Menu Plan: Week of Aug. 24, 2014

By | August 24, 2014

There were exactly 100 entries in the Dairy Made Easy giveaway, and the winner — picked by random.org, all fair and square — was Fran, who had the 40th entry. Fran said the dairy dish she cooked most recently was baked ziti, which is going on my menu this week. Thanks to all of you who entered, and keep watching for upcoming giveaways for another chance to win something. (Fran, check your email for a message from me so you can claim your prize.)

How has it been a month since I’ve posted a weekly menu? I’m blaming it on Shabbos ending so late. Making a menu for the week and turning it into a blog post used to be my usual motsei Shabbos activity. But when Shabbos ends around 8:00, by the time we’ve made havdala and I’ve done the dishes, fed the baby, grabbed a snack, changed the baby, checked my email with one hand while rocking the baby, and then maybe scanned the contents of the fridge for menu ideas, it’s time for bed.

Chasing my tail every week is not conducive to planning ahead for things like, oh, three-day yom tovs. But I’m not going there just yet. For now, I’m celebrating the fact that I’m about to finish this ordinary menu plan for the final days of August. Come back soon for a simple salad and something fun to do with a pack of haloumi cheese!

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Carrot crisp

By | August 21, 2014

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I love roasted vegetables, but make them often enough and I do get bored. Do you also suffer from veggie boredom? This is the perfect solution: roasted carrots with a crispy herb-and-breadcrumb topping is a dressed-up version of ordinary roasted carrots, but still quick and easy. It’s like the ever-popular apple crisp, except veggie-based and savory. Vegetable crisps! It makes so much sense.

Feel free to mix and match different vegetables and herbs. Cilantro complements carrots really nicely, but if you don’t like cilantro, finely chopped rosemary would be great, and so would your everyday parsley.

Rosh Chodesh Elul is next week (help!), and I’m starting to think about what to cook for Rosh Hashana this year. I only said “think,” by the way. Nothing more than that. If you’re also thinking, or bookmarking, or even planning a bonafide menu, save a slot for this carrot crisp.

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Roasted pepper cream cheese (Plus: August Kosher Connection linkup!)

By | August 18, 2014

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Psssst! Did you enter the giveaway for Dairy Made Easy? Contest closes at midnight EST on Wednesday, August 20, so get your entry in now!

September may be on its way, and it may be back-to-school month, but in my house, no one’s going to school this year. I haven’t been a student since I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2008, my husband is finishing his master’s program now, and both of our kids are at home. So school supplies and packed lunches aren’t at all on my radar.

But I suspect that isn’t the case for most of you. You’re probably gearing up to start packing lunches for your kids or your spouse or yourself, and wondering just how far PB&J can take you. If you’re ready to try something new — something really delicious but still easy to whip up — this roasted pepper cream cheese is perfect. It’s exactly what it sounds like: roasted peppers blended into cream cheese, and even for people who don’t especially love peppers (me), this stuff tastes wonderful. It sounds crazy, but the flavor isn’t overly pepper-ish. It’s just good.

Scroll all the way down to check out what the rest of the Kosher Connection made for lunch!

More lunchbox items:

And a quick trip down memory lane:


Cookbook Review (& giveaway!): Dairy Made Easy {CONTEST CLOSED}

By | August 14, 2014

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As a vegetarian, my use of any cookbook is usually limited. Not terribly limited (though it obviously depends on the book), but I clearly have to skip the chicken and meat chapters, as well as any meaty soups and salads and sides. That’s why a book like this one, where every single recipe is dairy, makes me especially excited. This is borderline weird, but I totally get a rush from the idea that I could make every last thing in a cookbook.

Scroll down to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Dairy Made Easy!

The basics

Dairy Made Easy came out in May, and it’s the fourth title in the Made Easy series (the others are Passover Made Easy, Starters & Sides Made Easy, and Kids Cooking Made Easy). The fun, spunky design is super inviting, and the 60+ recipes are presented in an appealing and doable way. This book includes a couple of extras, too: a cheese guide, “make it light” suggestions to reduce the calories in 19 of the recipes, and “make it pareve” ideas for 20 of the recipes.

Chapters include: breakfast; starters and sides; soups, salads, and sandwiches; pizza; pasta; and desserts.

Recipe writing

The writing is clear and to the point, no wordiness getting in the way. Although I tend to like lots of details in recipe directions, it’s important not to clutter them up, and Leah and Victoria do a good job of making their recipes readable and usable.

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Photography

The photography is excellent. Each dish is accompanied by an eye-catching photo; there are a variety of angles and the styling is beautiful. Plus, just like with the other books in this series, there are lots of behind-the-scenes tips to help the reader replicate the dish exactly as shown (toppers, garnishes, presentation, etc.).

One minor issue I had was that two of the cheeses included in the cheese guide are not pictured on those pages (surely they could have found them somewhere?). On a similar note, it struck me as strange that some of the cheeses in the guide are not included anywhere in the book’s recipes.

Recipes I’ve tried from this book:

Some recipes I can’t wait to try:

  • Grilled cheese toast salad
  • Eggplant parmesan wraps
  • Avocado and basil pasta salad
  • Tres leches cake

Who would enjoy this book?

A book like this is a real treat for vegetarians or anyone who just loves dairy cooking. Even if you only make milchigs occasionally, Dairy Made Easy will give you lots of great dishes to try whenever the dairy stars next align. The variety in the book will give you recipes for special occassions like Shavuos and dairy sheva brachot, as well as ordinary days when you just need a quick meal.

For those of you with dairy allergies, this isn’t really your giveaway, huh? But you can always enter and gift the prize to someone else…

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Speaking of which:

Who wants to win?

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post that answers this question: What dairy dish did you most recently cook? (Anything counts.) Limit one entry per person.

Bonus (optional) entry: Subscribe to More Quiche, Please and then leave a separate comment on this post telling me that you did. (If you leave a single comment answering the question above and saying that you subscribed, I will have to count it as one entry only.) Limit one bonus entry per person.

To subscribe, just click the link under the words “subscribe to More Quiche, Please” that can be found on the upper right side of any page on the blog (and then follow the directions that come up on the screen). If you already subscribe, just leave a separate comment to let me know.

The giveaway ends at midnight EST on Wednesday, August 20. One winner will be chosen via random.org and notified by email. If you’re related to me, I’m sorry, but you are not eligible for this contest. Come for dinner instead! The cookbook prize can be shipped anywhere in the United States.

If you just want to buy the book, you can do that right here on Amazon. If you buy it through that link or any of the other Amazon links in this post, a (very) small portion of your purchase supports More Quiche, Please. Thank you! 

Disclaimer: ArtScroll provided me with a copy of Dairy Made Easy and they are sponsoring this giveaway, but as always, my opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.