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RECIPE: Apple Streusel Bundt Cake

Remember the Tunnel Of Fudge Cake, a chocolate bundt cake with an inner circle of chocolate pudding? Here’s a sophisticated version for fall: a bundt with a circle of apple streusel.

Celebrate fall’s apple harvest with this recipe from Zulka, a family-owned business that makes premium sugar.

RECIPE: APPLE STREUSEL BUNDT CAKE

Ingredients For The Cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 10 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
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    An apple streusel-filled bundt cake, perfect for fall feasting. Photo courtesy Zulka.

     

    Ingredients For The Apple Streusel

  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups apples*, peeled and diced
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped
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    Ingredients For The Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
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    *Best apples for this recipe: Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Mutsu, Pink Lady.

     

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    The apple streusel inside. Photo courtesy
    Zulka.

     

    Preparation

    1. MAKE the apple streusel. Combine 1½ cups brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, 2 tablespoons flour and 6 tablespoons butter in a medium bowl, and stir until the butter is evenly mixed in. Add the apples and pecans and stir well. Keep chilled until ready to use.

    2. PREHEAT the oven to 325°F. Butter a 12-cup bundt pan and coat with flour, tapping the sides to shake out excess flour.

    3. MAKE the cake. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl, then add the yogurt, apple sauce and 1½ teaspoons vanilla. Mix well and set aside.

    4. COMBINE the remaining 3 cups flour, 2 cups brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Mix on low speed until just combined. Add 2 sticks of butter one tablespoon at a time, and mix on low until well combined. Add half of the egg mixture and beat on low. Add the remaining mixture and raise speed to medium and mix for 30 seconds.

    5. POUR half of the batter into the bundt pan, spreading evenly. Spoon the apple streusel filling in the middle of the batter, making sure none reaches the edge of the pan; gently press into the batter. Top with the remaining batter and carefully spread so that no streusel is showing.

     
    6. BAKE for 40-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then flip onto a cake plate or serving platter and carefully remove the bundt pan. Let cool completely before icing.

    7. MAKE the icing: Combine the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, 1½ cups powdered sugar, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix well with an electric mixer. Drizzle or pour over the top of the cake.
     
    THE HISTORY OF THE BUNDT CAKE

    The bundt pan was created in 1950 by H. David Dahlquist, the founder of Minneapolis-based Nordic Ware, a manufacturer of kitchenware products. He did so at the request of Rose Joshua and Fannie Schanfield, members of the Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah, a Jewish women’s service organization.

    According to an article in the Fall 2005 issue of Generations, the newsletter of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, Fannie remembers a Hadassah luncheon when Rose lamented the quality of light and fluffy American-style cakes, and longed for the rich, dense cakes of her European childhood. These, however, required a special type of of pan—one with a hole in the center that allowed heat to penetrate heavy cake batter from all sides. With this type of form, a heavier batter could be baked without leaving under-baked dough in the center.

    Fannie’s husband arranged a meeting with Dahlquist, and Rose joined her to show Rose’s mother’s ceramic kugelhopf cake pan. This became the prototype for the Bundt pan.

    Dahlquist modified the design by introducing folds in the fluted edges, and fashioned the pan out of aluminum. Some months later, a dozen Nordic Ware factory “seconds” were delivered to Hadassah member Mary Juster’s home, and Hadassah sold the pans to members for $4.00 each.
     
    How The Bundt Got Its Name

    The way the story is told, the name bundt comes from the German word bund, which means “community” or “a gathering of people”; and that Dahlquist just added the letter “t” to the end and trademarked the word.

    However, there is a citation for a “bundt form” as early as the 1903 edition of the famous Milwaukee Settlement Cookbook†, 63 years before Dahlquist filed for his trademark on March 24, 1966. One can surmise that the Jewish women of Milwaukee had the cookbook and asked for a bundt pan. Still, Dahlquist was granted the patent.

    In 1960, the Good Housekeeping Cookbook showed a pound cake baked in a Bundt pan; that feature turned the Bundt into the number-one selling cake pan in America. But it was the 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off, where the Tunnel of Fudge Cake recipe baked in a Bundt won second place, that launched the Bundt trend.
     
    †In the 1903 Milwaukee Settlement Cookbook, “Bundt form” is found on page 319 in the following text (under BUNDT KUCHEN, No. 2): “Grease Bundt form (a heavy round fluted pan with tube in center) well, and flour lightly. Cream butter and sugar well, add beaten yolks and beat, then the raised mixture and the rest of the flour, and lastly the beaten whites. Pour in pan, let rise until very light, and bake until well done and brown in a moderately hot oven, about forty-five minutes.” (Read details of the Settlement Cookbook source material). The Settlement Cookbook, first published in 1901 in Milwaukee to raise funds for the Settlement House for immigrants, is considered to be the most successful fund-raising cookbook in American history. It is still in print; the 1976 edition was named to the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Make Easy Tuna Tartare & Steak Tartare

    If you‘re looking for a fine-dining restaurant in the heart of South Beach or in Cleveland, check out Red, The Steakhouse. The menu is loaded with steakhouse specialties (look here if you want to develop an appetite).

    They kindly shared their recipes for Tuna Tartare and Steak Tartare with us. These are two dishes we adore, and don’t get often enough. Yet, they’re easy to make at home, using top-quality proteins. The only challenge is cutting the tuna or steak into small enough pieces.

    So if you enjoy making small dice and love a good tartare, get the proteins, sharpen the knife, and get going!
     
    RECIPE: TUNA TARTARE

    Ingredients Per Appetizer Serving

  • 4 ounces sushi grade tuna
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional garnish: fried plantain chips
  • Crostini or gourmet potato chips
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    Tuna tartare, one of our favorite foods. Photo
    courtesy Red, The Steakhouse.

     

    RECIPE: TUNA TARTARE VINAIGRETTE

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon mirin
  • 1/4 cup fresno chiles (substitute jalapeño or serrano chiles)
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
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    Preparation

    1. MAKE the vinaigrette. Finely chop the shallots and season them with the kosher salt. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, saving the extra-virgin olive oil for last. Set the mixture aside.

    2. CHOP the tuna with a sharp knife into very small pieces. Place in a small bowl and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    3. ADD 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and mix until it is evenly combined with the tuna.

    4. PLATE as desired into individual servings or a single serving plate. Serve with crostini, gourmet potato or plantain chips.

     

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    Steak tartare, so easy to make at home. Photo courtesy Red, The Steakhouse.

     

    RECIPE: STEAK TARTARE

    Ingredients For 1 Appetizer Serving

  • 4 ounces prime tenderloin
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
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    RECIPE: STEAK TARTARE VINAIGRETTE

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped capers
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
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    Preparation

    1. MAKE the vinaigrette. Finely chop the shallots and season with the kosher salt. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, saving the olive oil for last. Set the mixture aside.

    2. CHOP the tenderloin with a sharp knife into very small pieces. Place in a small bowl and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    3. ADD 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette and mix until evenly combined with the tenderloin.

    4. SERVE with crostini.

      

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    PRODUCT: StarKist Tuna Pouches To Help Wounded Warriors

    StarKist has joined forces with the Wounded Warrior Project, pledging $100,000 to support our nation’s wounded service members and their families. To rally shoppers to support the Wounded Warrior Project, StarKist has introduced an “Outdoors” Tuna Creations Pouch with a camouflage-inspired design (photo below), available through the end of 2015.

    The celebratory pouches are available in Lemon Pepper and Sweet & Spicy in a 4.5-ounce pouch. The tuna pouches provide an on-the-go source of lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, ready to eat with no draining or mixing required.

    In fact, when you by StarKist tuna pouches, you eat what the troops eat. For the past decade, StarKist has provided tuna pouches for all military MRE kits.

    StarKist is also participating in the 2014 Wounded Warrior Project Believe in Heroes campaign, that calls on Americans to show their appreciation for this generation of veterans through the simple act of everyday grocery shopping.

  • StarKist will offer consumers a coupon for a $1 off any two StarKist Tuna Pouch products in a special Believe in Heroes free-standing insert, which will be circulated to 53 million households nationwide in newspapers, on Sunday, November 2, 2014.
  • The coupon will be available for download online in both English and Spanish through the end of November at WWPBelieve.org.
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    Do tuna proud with new pouches from StarKist. Photo by Kelly Cline | IST.

     

     

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    Each bite helps Wounded Warriors. Photo
    courtesy StarKist.

     

    About Starkist Flavor Pouches

    StarKist, the number one canned tuna brand in the U.S. was the first brand to introduce tuna in pouches. The company has a dolphin-safe policy for all of its tuna products. Charlie the Tuna first swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and remains a fan favorite today.

    About The Wounded Warrior Project

    Founded in 2003, Wounded Warrior Project was created to honor and empower service members returning from post-9/11 conflicts who suffer from both visible and invisible wounds of war. It raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. For more information, visit WoundedWarriorProject.org.

     

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Halloween Cocktail Party

    Toast All Hallow’s Eve with a Vampire Elixir. Photo courtesy Belvedere Vodka.

    There’s still time to invite friends to a Halloween cocktail party—costumes optional. Create your cocktail menu from these cocktail recipes:

  • Bloody Eyeball Martini
  • Bloody Vampire Martini
  • Brandy-Based Cocktails
  • Drunken Pumpkin Pie
  • Candy Corn Cocktail
  • Gin-Based Cocktails
  • Harvest Moon Cocktail
  • Kahlúa-Based Cocktails
  • Pumpkin Divine Martini
  • Spider Bite With Frangelico
  • Vampire Cocktail With Fangs
  • Vodka-Based Cocktails
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    Bloody Vampire Martini. Photo courtesy Betty Crocker. Here’s the recipe.

     

     

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    Bloody Eyeball Martini, Photo courtesy Kris
    Plazek | WhatToDrink.com. Here’s the recipe.

     

    Serve Halloween party food like these:

  • Black Cat Canapés
  • Black Widow Spider Bruschetta
  • Breadstick Bones
  • Cheesy Ghost Crescents
  • Devilicious Deviled Eggs
  • Halloween cheeses
  • Halloween Crudité Platter, a preponderance of orange, red and yellow vegetables and a pumpkin-, yogurt- or sour cream-based dip (tint a white dip orange with food color)
  • Harvest chips—tortilla and other chips in flavors like pumpkin and sweet potato (check out Food Should Taste Good)
  • Meatball Mummies
  • Mozzarella Eyeballs
  • Mummy Dogs or Halloweenies (hot dogs)
  • Spider Legs (breadsticks)
  • Spider Web Pizza
  • Tarantula Tacos
  • Witches’ Brooms (breadsticks)
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    HALLOWEEN: Caramel Apple Cheesecake

    Just in time for Halloween, we received this recipe from GoBoldWithButter.com. Instead of biting into a hard candy apple, this Candy Apple Cheesecake melts in your mouth.

    Plan ahead: You need to make the cheesecake a day in advance. The caramel sauce can be made a week in advance.

    Says blogger Bree Hester of Baked Bree, who created the recipe: “Every year I make a ‘Welcome Fall’ dinner that involves roast pork, mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage and caramel apple cheesecake. It is a stick-to-your-ribs kind of dinner, one we look forward to all year long.

    “This recipe might seem a little on the complicated side, but you can make most of the components ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you need them. I guarantee that your guests will be blown away. I know this because I get lots of oohs and ahhs when this baby hits the table.”

    See more of Bree’s wonderful recipes at BakedBree.com.

    RECIPE: CARAMEL APPLE CHEESECAKE

    Ingredients For Cheesecake

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 container (16 ounces) sour cream
  • Zest from one orange
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 eggs
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    It’s the season for Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Photo courtesy Baked Bree | Go Bold With Butter.

     

    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch springform pan. Wrap the pan in aluminum foil.

    2. ADD the graham cracker crumbs, butter and pecans to a food processor, and pulse until well combined. Press into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then cool completely.

    3. MIX the cream cheese, sugar and cornstarch in a food processor or with an electric mixer, until completely smooth. Add the sour cream, orange zest, orange juice and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, until everything is incorporated and completely smooth.

    4. POUR the filling into the cooled crust. Make a bain-marie: Place the springform pan in a large roasting pan and pour boiled water halfway up the sides. Cover the roasting pan loosely with foil. Bake 1 hour 45 minutes, or until the edges are set and the middle still has some jiggle. Check the pan about halfway through and add more water as needed.

    5. TRANSFER the pan to a cooling rack and cool completely. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

     

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    Fuji apples. Photo courtesy The Fruit
    Company.

     

    Ingredients For The Brandy Caramel Sauce

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Optional: 1 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
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    Preparation

    1. SIMMER the cream and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Keep warm.

    2. PLACE the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; do not stir. Swirl the pan occasionally, until the sugar turns a golden amber color, about 8 to 10 minutes. When the sugar has reached desired color…

    3. SLOWLY WHISK the cream into mixture until smooth. Remove from the heat and add the brandy, sea salt and vanilla bean. Pour into an airtight container. The caramel will keep in the fridge for one week. Reheat gently if it hardens.

     

    Ingredients For The Apple Mixture

  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Peel from one lemon
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Fuji apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy
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    Preparation

    1. BRING the apple juice, sugar and vanilla bean to a boil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup.

    2. STIR in the butter. Add the apple slices and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the brandy and cook until the sauce reduces in half again. Let cool slightly before adding to cheesecake.
     
    TO ASSEMBLE

    1. UMNOLD the cheesecake from springform pan.

    2. POUR the caramel sauce on top of cheesecake. Top with the apples and serve.

      

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    RECIPE: Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

    Back to school time always makes us think of our Nana’s peanut butter cookies. Nana was a traditionalist—just peanut butter and chopped peanuts. But for an extra bit of fun, add peanut butter baking chips, which are the third peanut component in these triple peanut butter cookies from Zulka Morena.

    Variations: Substitute toffee chips, chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for the peanut butter chips. Or, amp up the peanut profile with flavored peanuts (Planter’s, for example, makes Chipotle Peanuts, Cocoa Peanuts, Salted Caramel Peanuts and Smoked Peanuts). You can also add raisins or dried cherries or cranberries (we’re keen on the dried cherries).

    For Halloween, add a bit of candy corn!

    You won’t have a triple PB cookie, but you will have something equally delicious.

    RECIPE: TRIPLE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

    Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 sticks butter, salted or unsalted
  • 1 cup organic creamy peanut butter (no added oil)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup table sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips
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    Snack time! Photo courtesy Zulka.

     

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    From a family-owned company that does
    things the right way. Photo courtesy Zulka.

     

    Preparation

    1. WHISK together the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

    2. COMBINE the butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 15 second intervals until melted. Add the vanilla extract and stir until combined and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.

    3. BEAT the eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and slightly thickened. Add the sugars and mix well. Pour the peanut butter mixture in and mix well, scraping down the sides when necessary.

    4. ADD the flour mixture and mix on low until combined. Add the one tablespoon of milk and mix again. Add the peanuts and peanut butter chips and stir by hand until combined. Chill the dough at least one hour, up to overnight before baking. When ready to bake…

    5. PREHEAT the oven to 325°F. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone bake mats. Scoop out rounded heaping tablespoon and a half sized dough balls and place on the cookie sheets about 2” apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Do not over bake.

    6. COOL on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

     

    ABOUT ZULKA

    More than 100 years ago, the Zulka family built mills among the lush sugar fields of Mexico, in a tropical area ideal for sugar cane farming. They remain a family-run company, continually investing and modernizing so that these same facilities can process more than six million tons of fresh-cut sugarcane each year.

    All of the sugar cane they process comes from local small family farms, owned by hard-working people who are dedicated to producing top quality sugar cane. “We are proud of our workers, partners, and product,” says Zulka.

    With most sugar coming from enormous, soul-less companies, it’s a great mission to support. Check the store locator to see where you can buy Zulka products.

    You can also find it on Amazon.com in white sugar, brown sugar and individual white sugar packets.

    The company will soon be introducing powdered sugar and chili sugar, with a touch of chili spice.

    Find more delicious recipes on Zulka.com.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Have A Temaki Party

    What’s a temakeria?

    It’s a fast-casual style eatery featuring temaki, the made-to-order, cone-shaped “hand roll” sushi. Rice, raw fish and vegetables are wrapped in a sheet of nori, seaweed that pressed into thin sheets.

    In the case of Uma Temakeria, newly opened in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan (64 Seventh Avenue at 14th Street), the soy sauce and wasabi traditionally served at sushi bars is replaced with a choice of the chef’s special sauces.

    Beer, wine and saké, plus tea and soft drinks, are served.

    Uma implies “delicious” in Japanese, and this idea is totally uma—a healthful, lower calorie alternative to fast food. We love it, and hope there’s an Uma Temakeria in our neighborhood soon!

    Uma Temakeria (pronounced OOH-mah teh-ma-ka-REE-ah) is the first “fast-fine” sushi eatery to open in the U.S., inspired by the temakeria trend in Brazil, which began in the early 2000s in beachfront neighborhoods such as Leblon and Ipanema.

    Bringing the concept to the U.S. is Cynthia Kueppers, who left Wall Street to create her vision. All ingredients, including the seafood, are responsibly-sourced, fusing a trend that is growing among American consumers.

    You enter the bright space, roomy by Manhattan standards, and go to the counter, where the temaki of your choice are quickly made to order. You can take a seat to dine, or take your temaki to go.

       

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    Tofu temaki, one of the vegetarian choices. Just roll and eat! Photo courtesy Uma Temakeria | NYC.

     

    What’s on the menu? First, there are Chef’s Temaki from Michelin-starred Executive Chef Chris Jaeckle (formerly of Ai Fiori, Morimoto and other great eateries such as Eleven Madison Park, Tabla and An American Place), with your choice of white or brown rice:

  • Tsumi Tuna Temaki: tuna and green apple in wasabi ginger sauce
  • Isara Salmon Temaki: salmon and seaweed salad with creamy miso sauce
  • Citera Tofu Temaki: red pepper and seasonal pickle in zesty citrus sauce
  • Terramaki: seaweed salad, daikon, carrot, avocado and sesame seeds with spicy mayonnaise
  • Fish ‘N Chips: the seasonal special, currently fried fluke, celery and potato chip crunch with tartar sauce
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    Tuna and salmon rolls. Photo courtesy Uma
    Temakeria | NYC.

     

    Prefer a custom temaki? The attractive, enthusiastic counter staff are eager to roll whatever you’d like. Combine your rice with:

  • Protein: Atlantic salmon, blue swimmer crab, marinated tofu, yellowfin tuna or seasonal fish
  • Vegetables: carrot, celery, cucumber, daikon, red bell pepper, seaweed salad, seasonal pickle
  • Fruit: green apple
  • Sauce: avocado lime, creamy miso, tobanjan mayo, wasabi ginger or zesty citrus
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    Most rolls are $5.50 (vegetarian), $6.00 (with fish) or $6.50 (seasonal special); any two rolls with a delicious side salad is $14.00.

    The sides are low in calories, each equally deserving to be included with your meal:

  • Asian Vinegar Slaw
  • Kale Salad with Balsamic Miso
  • Spicy Cucumber Salad
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    Chef Jaeckle, please send us the recipes for all three!

     

    HAVE A TEMAKI PARTY AT HOME

    Why are temaki (hand rolls) different from other sushi? Because they don’t require a well-honed skill to prepare. Simply grab a sheet of seaweed, add your rice and fixings and roll into a cone.

    As the host, you don’t have to do much more than set out the ingredients, buffet-style. The guests roll their own (here’s how to roll temaki).

    It’s a great idea for a party. So take inspiration from Uma Temakeria and add some pizzazz to your entertaining. And invite us!

      

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    RECIPE: Apple “Jell-O” With Caramel Crème Fraîche

    For sophisticated palates, here’s a riff on the Halloween caramel apple: apple gelatin with a cloak of caramel crème fraîche.

    It’s from CookTheStory.com, the website of Christine Pittman, a recipe developer and photographer. Check out the website for more delicious recipes.

    “For this recipe,” says Christine, “you combine apple juice and gelatin and then divide it among small jars before putting it in the fridge to set. Then you mix crème fraîche with caramel sauce and whipped cream and slip it on top of the jello. There’s a layer of nuts and caramel between the jello and the crème fraîche. Oh my!”

    Note that while many people use the term Jell-O generically, it is a trademark of Kraft Foods, and refers only to the Jell-O brand. Everything else is properly called gelatin.

    RECIPE: HOMEMADE APPLE GELATIN WITH CARAMEL CRÈME FRAÎCHE

    Prep time is 25 minutes. The recipe can be made up to two days in advance.

    Ingredients For 8 Servings

  • 4 cups apple juice, divided
  • 3 packets (0.25 ounce each) gelatin powder (2.5 tablespoons powder)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1½ cups caramel sauce, divided
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche (store-bought or homemade)
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    Photo courtesy CookTheStory.com.

  • 1¾ cup whipped cream (store-bought or homemade from 1 cup whipping cream)
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    Preparation

    1. POUR 3 cups of the juice into a medium sauce pan. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile…

    2. POUR the remaining cup of cold apple juice into a large bowl. Sprinkle the cold juice with the gelatin powder. Let stand for 1 minute. Add the boiling juice to the cold juice. Stir continuously for 3 minutes and then stir in the maple syrup or honey.

    3. DIVIDE the apple juice mixture among 8 jars, glasses or dessert bowls with an 8-10 ounce capacity. Refrigerate until set, about 3-4 hours. Once the jelly has set…

    4. COMBINE the walnuts with the cinnamon and ¾ cup of the caramel sauce. Divide evenly among the 8 containers. (Up until this point the recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead. Keep the containers refrigerated). When ready to serve…

    5. MIX the remaining ¾ cup caramel sauce with the crème fraîche in a large bowl. Add about 1/3 of the whipped cream and stir it gently. Add the remaining whipped cream and gently fold it in just until it is combined (it’s alright if there are ribbons of caramel color through the cream). Divide the caramel cream among the containers.

     

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    Crème fraîche. Photo courtesy Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery.

     

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CRÈME FRAÎCHE & SOUR CREAM

    These two fresh dairy products are similar, and sometimes can be substituted for each other.

    Sour cream is:

  • Tangier than sour cream.
  • Made by thickening cream with lactic acid cultures.
  • Has a fat content of about 20%, and more protein—which is why heating it results in curdling.
  • Can include stabilizers and thickeners, such as gelatin, rennin (a protein-digesting enzyme that curdles milk) and vegetable enzymes.
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    Crème fraîche is:

  • Thicker and richer than sour cream, with a fat content of about 30%.
  • Made traditionally made (in France) from unpasteurized cream that naturally contained the right bacteria to thicken it. In the U.S., which has pasteurized cream, crème fraîche is made by adding the bacteria with other fermenting agents.
  • Does not contain added stabilizers or thickeners.
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    THE HISTORY OF JELL-O

    Gelatin (also spelled gelatine) has been made since ancient times by boiling animal and fish bones; aspic, a savory, gelatin-like food made from meat or fish stock, was a French specialty centuries before the day of commercial gelatin, and was very difficult to prepare, relying only on the natural gelatin found in the meat to make the aspic set.

    Powdered gelatin was invented in 1682 by Denis Papin. The concept of cooking it with sugar to make dessert dates to 1845 and an American inventor named Peter Cooper. Cooper patented a product that was set with gelatin, but it didn’t take off.

    In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in Le Roy, New York (Genesee County), experimented with gelatin and developed a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. The first four flavors were orange, lemon, strawberry and raspberry.

    He tried to market his product but lacked the capital and experience, and in 1899 sold his formula to a fellow townsman and manufacturer of proprietary medicines, Orator Frank Woodward, for $450. Jell-O was manufactured by Andrew Samuel Nico of Lyons, New York.

    Alas, sales were slow and one day, Wait sold Sam Nico the business for $35. In 1900, the Genesee Pure Food Company promoted Jell-O in a successful advertising and by 1902 sales were $250,000. In 1923 management created the Jell-O Company, Inc., which replaced the Genesee Pure Foods Company, the purpose of which was to protect the Jell-O trade name and to keep it from becoming a generic term.

    That same year, the Jell-O Company was sold to the Postum Cereal Company, the first subsidiary of a large merger that would eventually become General Foods Corporation. Lime Jell-O was introduced in 1930.

    Today Jell-O is manufactured by Kraft Foods, a subsidiary of Phillip Morris, which also acquired both Kraft and General Foods in the 1980s and ultimately merged the two companies. There is a Jell-O Museum in Le Roy, New York.

      

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    TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Polska Foods Pierogi

    Today is National Pierogi Day. How we miss the pierogi of our youth. Now that Nana is gone, we have searched in vain in both stores and restaurants to recapture the glory of her homemade pierogi.

    Finally, we’ve found it with the excellent pierogi from Polska Foods. Yes, they are pierogis that are as good as Nana’s. We rejoice!

    Many pierogis are pretty flavorless lumps of flour and potatoes, requiring lots of seasoning, frying, sour cream or whatever to become pleasing.

    Polska’s dough and fillings are so flavorful, we ate them plain—although for serving to family and friends, we’d spruce them up with some melted butter, fresh herbs, or one of these 50+ ways to serve pierogi.

    The line of authentic pierogi, made in San Francisco, is organic and all-natural. They are shipped frozen, anywhere in the continental U.S., from PolskaFoods.com.
     
    RECAPTURING GRANDMA’S RECIPES

    Tomek Piszczek, founder of Polska Foods, was born and raised in Poland and knows the real deal. “This is how we enjoyed pierogi,” he states. “All ingredients were from our garden or our neighbor’s farm. We even grew our own grain.”

       

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    A real treat, for every day or special occasions. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

     
    Polska Foods follows tradition with the fresh ingredients, slow food cooking processes and nothing artificial.

    After a full year of research and development, the company settled on kosher, award winning, handcrafted farmer’s cheese made without rennet and enzymes and rBST-free; organic heirloom grain and flour; fresh organic vegetables; real sauerkraut made with just cabbage and salt, and even organic herbs and seasonings.

    The pierogi contain no preservatives, no MSG, no GMO ingredients, no soy, and absolutely nothing artificial. The recipes use only organic or expeller-pressed oils, and never any trans fats.

    The result duplicates Tomek’s grandma’s recipes from Lubiechowa, Polanda: tasty comfort food with superb flavor.

    The line is certified organic by Oregon Tilth.

     

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    A delicious all-vegetable (and vegan)
    version. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE
    NIBBLE.

     

    THE BEST PIEROGI IN MINUTES

    To make the pierogis, you simply boil or steam the frozen pierogi for 8 to 10 minutes or fry or sauté them in a nonstick pan. Then, simply toss with butter, sautéed onions, bacon and fresh sage, or top with sour cream, nonfat Greek yogurt or yogurt-garlic sauce. The results are spectacular.

    You can also make a sweet breakfast or brunch recipe with a topping of sour cream and brown sugar on the potato and cheese variety. The line includes:

  • Potato Cheese Pierogi, made with herbed mashed potatoes and farmer’s cheese, is peppery, with complex flavor from the onions and garlic.
  • Mushroom Cabbage Pierogi, a delicious vegan recipe
  • Spinach Feta Pierogi, a Greek fusion favorite
  • Savory Beef & Pork Pierogi, too delicious for words
  • Whole Wheat Potato Cheese Pierogi, made with better-for-you whole wheat dough
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    Each is wonderful, and we can’t get enough!

    For a retail locator, to buy online or for more information, visit PolskaFoods.com.

     

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: 50+ Ways To Eat Pierogi

    October 8th is National Pierogi Day.

    Pierogi* are dumplings of Central and Eastern European origin, traditionally stuffed with cheese, fruit, ground meat, mashed potato or sauerkraut. They can be served boiled baked or fried/sautéed, usually in butter with sautéed onions.

    Pierogi is the Polish word. In Russian the term is pelmeni (don’t confuse pierogi with pirog, the Russian word for pie); in Ukrainian it is varenyky.

    The Polish word pierogi is plural. The singular form, pieróg, is rarely used since a typical serving consists of multiple pierogi.

    The dumplings are usually semicircular, but in some areas are rectangular or triangular.

    Here’s how to celebrate: 50 ways to eat pierogi, culled from a list of 100 ways at PolskaFoods.com.
     
    *Also spelled perogi, pierogy, perogy, pierógi, pyrohy, pirogi, pyrogie, or pyrogy.
     
    PIEROGI & DIP

  • Dipped in honey mustard or Dijon mustard
  • Dipped in Greek yogurt
  • Dipped in ranch dressing
  • Dipped in sour cream and hot sauce (spicy dip)
  • Dipped in sour cream and chopped green onions (onion dip)
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    Pierogi topped with melted Cheddar. Photo courtesy Lewis & Neals.

     

    PIEROGI TOPPERS

    Boil, fry or saute the pierogi and serve:

  • Topped with Alfredo Sauce
  • Topped with apple sauce (cheese pierogi)
  • Topped with Bearnaise Sauce
  • Topped with butter and chives
  • Topped with caramelized onions in butter & paprika sour cream
  • Topped with caramelized onions, sage and jalapeño
  • Topped with caramelized onions and Polish sausage
  • Topped with caramelized onions, finely chopped bacon and garlic
  • Topped with caramelized onions and sour cream
  • Topped with chili con carne
  • Topped with Greek yogurt, dill, diced cucumber and red onion
  • Topped with green curry sauce
  • Topped with jelly or jam and optional sour cream (cheese pierogi)
  • Topped with mango peach salsa (cheese pierogi)
  • Topped with marinara sauce and cooked ground meat
  • Topped with melted butter
  • Topped with melted Cheddar cheese
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    Pierogi with sautéed apples. Photo courtesy
    Mrs. T’s.

     
  • Topped with mushroom sauce
  • Topped with pesto sauce
  • Topped with roasted eggplant and tomatoes
  • Topped with roasted tomatoes and garlic
  • Topped with salmon or whitefish caviar (cheese or potato pierogi)
  • Topped with sautéed apples
  • Topped with smoked salmon, thinly sliced onions and capers (cheese pierogi)
  • Topped with sour cream, fresh basil and green onion
  • Topped with sour cream and fresh salsa: chopped onion, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, lime
  • Topped with sour cream, garlic and chives
  • Topped with spicy salsa
  • Topped with whitefish, sable, smoked salmon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumbers, and capers (cheese pierogi)
  • Topped with yogurt, garlic and herb sauce
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    MORE ELABORATE PREPARATIONS

  • Bacon wrapped pierogi appetizers
  • Baked pierogi casserole with bacon, tomato and cheese
  • Pierogi casserole dish with your favorite casserole ingredients
  • Pierogi crostini topped with mushrooms, scallions and spicy fresh salsa
  • Pierogi tossed with garlicky string beans, onion, bell pepper and bacon
  • Pierogi “salad”: cold or hot pierogi on a bed of lettuce with honey Dijon mustard sauce or vinaigrette
  • Pierogi “salad” with other favorite ingredients (vegetables, ham, turkey, spinach, etc.)
  • Pierogi tossed with fried mushrooms, bacon and onions
  • Pierogi tossed with onions, peppers, and chicken sausage
  • Pierogi with melted mozzarella, caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms
  • Pizza Pierogi: potato or cheese pierogi with pizza sauce, melted mozzarella cheese and pepperoni
  • Salmon skillet with pierogi, onions, capers, lemon, dill, and garlic
  • Sautéed pierogi in butter, topped with chili, cheese, sour cream and habanero sauce
  • Sautéed pierogi in butter, topped with steamed broccoli and melted cheese
  • Sautéd pierogi in olive oil with onion, kale, fresh garlic, lemon and oregano
  • Sautéd pierogi in sesame oil with kale, fresh garlic, red bell pepper and sesame seeds
  • Vegetable pierogi frittata with asparagus and garlic
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    This should keep you busy through the next National Pierogi Day!

      

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