BOOK: The Gefilte Manifesto, New Cooking For The New Year

[1] Modernize Jewish cooking with The Gefilte Manifesto. Cover photo: parchment-wrapped trout roasted with sliced onions. [2] The new gefilte fish: a two-fish terrine (photos courtesy Flatiron Books).   Those who don’t celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, can still participate in one of the sweetest treats: sliced apples with honey for dipping. It…
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RECIPE: Bacon Bourbon Cider

[1] Another way to enjoy fall’s apple cider: with bourbon and bacon (photo courtesy Davio’s | Manhattan). [2] Make your own cinnamon simple syrup with cinnamon, sugar and water (photo by Ben Fink, Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran).   As restaurants and lounges switch to their autumn menus, we’re getting lots of fall cocktail…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Honey Dessert Sauce

A chocolate tart, drizzled with orange blossom honey. To the right of the tart: chocolate biscotti pieces. Photo courtesy Bestia | LA.   Caramel to crème anglaise, hard sauce to sabayon: For many centuries, good cooks have known how to garnish a dessert with a sauce. Even if the dessert tastes delicious as is, a…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Grow Your Own Stevia

Stevia is a sweet herb from South America, 20 to 30 times sweeter than sugar cane. Yet, it has no calories. It’s been a boon to many people who want a calorie-free sweetener but don’t want the chemically-derived aspartame (Equal), saccharine (Sweet ‘n Low) or sucralose (Splenda). (Check out the different sugar substitutes.) A wholesome…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Simple Syrup

This cocktail uses homemade lemon-vanilla simple syrup. Photo courtesy Nielsen-Massey. The recipe is below.   Granulated sugar does not dissolve easily in cold beverages. That’s why simple syrup (also called bar syrup, sugar syrup or gomme, the French word for gum) is used to add sweetness to drinks such as cocktails, lemonade, iced tea and…
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