Tori Avey http://toriavey.com Recipes & History - Inspired by our Delicious Past Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:23:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Lemon Ginger Cider Vinegar Infusion http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2017/01/lemon-ginger-cider-vinegar-infusion/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2017/01/lemon-ginger-cider-vinegar-infusion/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:23:29 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=36570 Start your morning in health with a simple warm beverage of ginger, apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice and honey. ... Read More]]>

Lemon Ginger Cider Vinegar Infusion - Warm Healthy Morning Beverage

Lemon Ginger Cider Vinegar Infusion – Warm Healthy Morning Beverage

 My husband got me started on apple cider vinegar. About four months ago he started drinking warm water with a spoonful of cider vinegar first thing in the morning. He heard about it on Israeli television and urged me to try it. “It’s really food for your health and digestion. It should be the first thing you drink when you wake up.”

The thought of drinking vinegar first thing in the morning nauseated me. “No thanks, Honey! I’ll stick to my coffee.”

A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism as well as an auto immune issue known as Hashimoto’s disease. While I am lucky not to have many of the more difficult symptoms associated with these disorders, I do often experience fatigue. After my husband started the cider vinegar routine, a friend of ours who is a doctor of Chinese medicine recommended I drink warm water with lemon, honey and ginger first thing in the morning. He explained that this lemon, honey and ginger combination is good for both the thyroid and digestion. The combination seemed more palatable than my husband’s vinegar concoction, so I went for it.

I was amazed at how I felt after a week of drinking this mixture. The ginger warmed my thyroid area each morning and stimulated my senses. Before long, I cut back on my morning coffee ritual, finding that the lemon, honey and ginger seemed to wake me up just as well as the caffeine (and no jitters, hurrah!). I was better hydrated, and starting the day off with a healthy drink seemed to set me on the right track for the rest of the day.

A few weeks later, my husband suggested I try adding a small spoonful of the cider vinegar to the lemon/honey/ginger drink. After looking up the health benefits, he was right– there are many! Raw apple cider vinegar is alkaline-forming, which means that it can help to balance your body’s pH levels. It also has prebiotic properties which boost gut health and immunity. Combining apple cider vinegar with honey and ginger creates a powerful boost of antioxidants that aids in digestion and weight loss. This drink can help to combat indigestion, nausea and bloating. Some folks notice a relief in their acid reflux symptoms when they drink this mixture regularly. It can also help to relieve many cold symptoms, including congestion.

After reading about all of these benefits, I went for it. You know what? It wasn’t half-bad. In fact, after a few mornings I barely noticed the cider taste; the lemon, honey and ginger flavors overpowered any off-flavor from the cider. It has become my morning ritual each and every day – I make one drink for me and one for my husband. Having reaped the benefits for weeks now, I figured it was finally share-worthy for the blog!

While apple cider vinegar has had a noticeably positive affect on my overall wellness and has long been considered a cure-all for many ailments, this drink is not for everyone and does come with its own set of precautions. Cider vinegar is fairly acidic, and can cause throat irritation if not properly diluted or if too much is consumed. It can also break down tooth enamel over time if you’re not careful. Because of this, I always drink a glass of room temperature water and brush my teeth after I’m finished with my morning drink. Apple cider vinegar may also react with some medications, including laxatives, diuretics and medications taken for diabetes and heart conditions.  Always consult your doctor before taking apple cider vinegar to treat any medical conditions you may be experiencing.

If you really want to follow my morning routine, I always down one of these vitamin C packs after sipping the cider drink. They taste really odd, but I have to say my immunity seems to be stronger than ever. I can’t remember the last time I caught a cold! If you decide to juice fresh ginger,  this is the juicer I use. It’s the best I’ve found for ease of use and easy cleanup. Of course, if you’re not into juicing, there is no need to buy a juicer just to make this drink. You can make it a few different ways, which I’ll explain below!

Lemon Ginger Cider Vinegar Infusion - Warm Healthy Morning Beverage

Lemon Ginger Cider Vinegar Infusion

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups hot water (the same temperature you would use to make tea)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (or up to 3 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp honey (I use manuka honey)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger juice OR 3/4 tsp powdered ginger spice OR 2-inch knob peeled ginger, sliced
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Servings: 1
Kosher Key: Parve
  • If using fresh ginger juice or powdered ginger: combine all ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Serve hot and sip it like a tea. When finished, brush your teeth. Then follow by a full glass of room temperature or warm water. If using fresh ginger: Combine the peeled fresh sliced ginger and 1 1/2 cups water in a saucepan and simmer on the stovetop for 2-3 minutes. Remove ginger pieces, then stir in the lemon juice, cider vinegar and honey. Serve hot and sip it like a tea. Follow by drinking a full glass of room temperature or warm water. When finished, brush your teeth.

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Shabbat Shalom – Spreading Light http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2017/01/shabbat-shalom-spreading-light/ http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2017/01/shabbat-shalom-spreading-light/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:52:33 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=40023 What Shabbat means to our family, and why we feel it is more important than ever that all people unite to light the Shabbat candles.... Read More]]>

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat. Shabbos. The Sabbath. 

Once a week, each Friday around sundown, my family gathers to light two candles. The light generated by these candles is symbolic of spiritual energy. It signals to us that the day of rest is here. It is time for us to pause and reflect on our week, and on our inner spiritual lives. We break bread (challah), share a home-cooked meal as a family, and disconnect from our daily routine in order to connect with a deeper, more important energy. 

We look forward to Shabbat. In this energetic, frenetic world where negativity abounds, Shabbat is like the ultimate spiritual reset.

For Jews, Shabbat is the holiest day of the week, a time to study Torah and absorb its teachings. But Shabbat is so much more than a religious ritual. Now, with the many rapid changes happening in our society, I feel like Shabbat is something we could all benefit from. It is a time to pause, reflect, learn and grow. It is an opportunity to absorb the lessons that are all around us, should we choose to pay attention.

I feel incredibly privileged to live in America, a democracy, where we are free to express our feelings and make our voices heard. Every side and viewpoint deserves to be heard, understood, and respectfully debated — unless that viewpoint rises from a place of hatred, intolerance, or injustice. I see far too much hatred and division in our country right now, and it scares me for our children and our future. The more we work to understand each other with empathy and compassion, the more we will unite to find a better way forward.

As I light the candles this evening, I am committing myself to illuminate the darkness. This weekly ritual of lighting candles each Friday at sundown is a reminder that we are all connected, and part of something much bigger than what we see on television or in our Facebook feed. I welcome you to join me, this evening and every Friday evening moving forward, whether your are religious, non-religious, spiritual, atheist, or simply conscious of our collective need for a brighter future. Let us light two candles every Friday evening. Let us unite our energy to remain open, act with empathy, and spread Light into the world.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Rainbow Israeli Salad http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2017/01/rainbow-israeli-salad/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2017/01/rainbow-israeli-salad/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:49:10 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=40000 A simple and colorful side salad I learned to make in Israel. So easy, pretty and flavorful!... Read More]]>

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On our most recent trip to Israel, my husband and I were invited to Shabbat dinner at the home of our friends, film director Doron Eran and his wife Billy Ben Moshe. Shabbat at their home in Tel Aviv is cozy and fun, a weekly celebration with family and friends. Billy goes all out when she cooks for Shabbat, serving course after course of beautiful food. Her family is 7th generation from Tiberias, Israel, a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. She serves dishes from a variety of backgrounds, all home-cooked with love and care. She spends hours cooking for Shabbat, presiding as the chief mama in charge over a weekly celebration of life, love and family.

Rainbow Israeli Salad on ToriAvey.com

With Billy and Doron at their home in Tel Aviv.

Billy truly goes all out when she cooks a meal. She brought dish after dish to the table – fish with peppers in paprika sauce, tender chicken slow-braised in a spicy red sauce, an enormous roast with olives and potatoes, marrow bones with bread, and salad after salad after salad. Shabbat dinner is truly a labor of love for Billy, and it shows.

Rainbow Israeli Salad on ToriAvey.com

While we prepared to sit down and eat, I sent out a picture through Facebook and Twitter of one of Billy’s salads – a very colorful mixture of fresh vegetables straight from the kibbutz. I received lots of requests to share it here on the blog. Billy kindly shared the recipe, which is easy as can be. The result is downright delicious!

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This colorful take on Israeli salad is filled with a flavorful mixture of vegetables. It has a nice, fresh crunch. The simple lemon and olive oil dressing brings it all together in perfect harmony. While it’s easy to make, it looks beautiful on the table thanks to all of that lovely fresh produce. This salad is the perfect addition to almost any meal– I’ve even enjoyed it for breakfast alongside a frittata. Enjoy!

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Rainbow Israeli Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small red cabbage, shredded in small pieces
  • 3 small ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 lb persian cucumbers, diced small with skin on
  • 4 oz small white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or more to taste

You will also need

  • mixing bowls
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 8
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Combine all vegetables in a large mixing bowl and mix well. In a small mixing bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Pour over the chopped vegetables and mix well. Serve.
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Easy, Healthy Recipes for the New Year http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2017/01/easy-healthy-recipes-new-year/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2017/01/easy-healthy-recipes-new-year/#comments Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:06:04 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39961 Quick and tasty recipes for a healthy start to the New Year. Includes salads, bowls, low calorie entrees, vegetarian mains and more!... Read More]]>

 

Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year

Easy Healthy Recipes for January – Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year

It’s a New Year, and for most of us that includes at least a few goals for the months to come. One of the most popular resolutions is to start eating more mindfully, incorporating healthy ingredients into our daily meals. Below is a list of some of my healthiest recipes that are also fairly quick and easy to make. Happy eating!

Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
 Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
Easy Healthy Recipes for January - Quick, Tasty and Nutritious Cooking for the New Year
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Date Truffles http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/date-truffles/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/date-truffles/#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:07:56 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=32792 These simple sweet snacks are made with all-natural vegan ingredients - dates, almonds and toasted coconut, scented with orange blossom water.... Read More]]>

Date Truffles - All Natural Bite-Sized Treats with Toasted Coconut, Almonds and Orange Blossom Water

Date Truffles – All Natural Bite-Sized Treats with Toasted Coconut, Almonds and Orange Blossom Water

Dates have been enjoyed in the Middle East for over 5,000 years. In the Book of Exodus, Israel is referred to as a “land flowing with milk and honey.” Historians believe that the honey referenced in the Torah was not made by bees… it was, in fact, date honey. According to The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food by Gil Marks, dates were likely an important part of the patriarch Abraham’s diet. In ancient Sumeria, dates were used to flavor beer. They are one of the Seven Species celebrated in the Bible. The Islamic prophet Muhammad is also said to have enjoyed dates; he would often fast for a few days at a time, then break his fast by eating dates.

These sweet, natural Date Truffles are made by processing dates, almonds and shredded coconut into a thick, moldable paste. Orange blossom water adds a lovely perfume. A coating of toasted coconut adds flavor and texture while keeping the truffles from sticking to your fingers. They’re all natural, bite-sized vegan treats that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. No processed sugar here!

Attending a New Year’s Eve soiree? Whip these up in no time flat and bring them along. Your host will thank you, and so will the guests– just be sure to let everybody know they contain nuts, in case anybody is nut allergic. They go great with a hot glass of Moroccan mint tea – or ice cold vodka, if that’s you’re thing!

Date Truffles - All Natural Bite-Sized Treats with Toasted Coconut, Almonds and Orange Blossom Water

Date Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dried flaked or shredded coconut (unsweetened), divided
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup almond slivers
  • 1 tbsp date honey, date syrup or maple syrup (if not vegan, you can also use honey)
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water (optional - recommended)
  • 3/4 tsp orange zest
  • Pinch of cardamom
  • Pinch of cloves

You will also need

  • food processor, cookie sheet
Total Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 15-20 truffles
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread 3/4 cup of the shredded coconut on a cookie sheet in a thin layer. Place coconut inside the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the coconut is lightly toasted and golden brown. Remove coconut from the oven and carefully pour the toasted coconut into a food processor. Process it for 10-20 seconds until the shreds become very small. Pour into a bowl and reserve.
  • Place pitted dates, almond slivers, date honey or syrup, orange blossom water, orange zest, cardamom, cloves, and the remaining ¾ cup of sweetened coconut (untoasted) into the food processor. Pulse until the mixture turns into a crumbled, sticky dough – it will become a moldable paste, but should still have texture. Roll the nutty paste into 1-inch diameter balls. Roll each truffle ball into the bowl of toasted coconut to coat. Serve.

 

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Vintage Poker Night http://toriavey.com/home-garden/2016/12/vintage-poker-night/ http://toriavey.com/home-garden/2016/12/vintage-poker-night/#respond Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:37:08 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39486 Tips for hosting a vintage-inspired dress-up poker party, complete with antique decor, dishes and snacks.... Read More]]>

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

Vintage Poker Night – a fabulous evening of fun from ToriAvey.com contributor Brenda Ponnay

When Tori asked me to contribute some posts to her site focused on vintage-inspired entertaining, my creative mind wandered to throwing all kinds of exciting soirees. With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than a fun themed party– like an all girls vintage poker night?! Why should the men have all the gambling fun? The only problem is, I don’t actually have much interest in learning how to play poker. But what the heck — I’ll take any excuse to break out the fancy crystal and dress up in vintage attire! 

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

The idea to host a girls poker night started with this glass decanter. Whenever I run errands in the next town over I make a point to stop by my favorite thrift store. It’s right on the main boulevard, close to everything, and always has the best treasures. I spotted this decanter in the curiosities section right away. I know decanters have fallen out of favor since we’ve learned that lead glass can cause poisoning if liquids are kept in them for too long, but I was a sucker for it anyway. The clear round top called out to me. I imagined the decanter sitting in a pretty bar cart. I would take pictures through that round sphere, distorting everything delightfully and maybe I would even peer through it to take a selfie. I love funny old things like this. And don’t worry! I didn’t keep whiskey in it for longer than one night.

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

Next I spotted the short, silver-rimmed champagne coupes and knew exactly what I needed to do.  What would New Year’s Eve be without a bubbly toast at midnight? These glasses would be perfect for sipping and toasting my favorite sparkling Italian wine.  I did a little research on the champagne coupes and found a similar style by Dorothy Thorpe. Thorpe was a mid-century American artist who began decorating existing glass pieces after her husband lost his job during the Depression. Her designs were so popular that she started her own shop, which came to be known as Dorothy Thorpe Inc. We now recognize her iconic whiskey tumblers that were popularized by the first two seasons of Mad Men. I’m not getting my hopes that these are the real thing (they only cost me $3 each) but they sure do look like them!

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

It turns out that a few of my girlfriends actually do play poker, so I found some poker chips on eBay and dug out my boyfriend’s collection of old playing cards. I wanted to spring for some vintage pin-up girl cards but decided against it, in case any of my guests found them inappropriate.

Did you know there is a difference between poker chips and the chips used in a casino? Poker chips are mass-produced for home use and are made in a variety of materials, including clay and plastic. Casino chips are are manufactured by the casinos themselves and are actually used as currency when you are inside the casino. They are custom to the casino and may even include serial numbers and microchips to avoid counterfeiting. I chose these small poker chips because I liked the colors. They seemed dainty and fitting. When they arrived I was so happy with how smooth they felt in my hands. My boyfriend, who prefers the big, brightly-colored chips instead, thought I was crazy. But I had a vision.

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

When setting the table, I opted to skip the traditional green felt cloth and round table.  We aren’t that serious about playing cards by the rules. Instead I dug out my collection of saris, pinned one on the wall behind my side table and spread another across the card table. Then I placed some Middle Eastern-style doilies on top of the sari to add more texture.

I brought out every cut glass item and silver tray I had in the house and set up my buffet table with fruit, cheese, crackers and chocolate. For my fruit and cheese platter I decided to use an oversized cutting board, because it can hold more. You can never go wrong with fresh and dried fruit, cheese, crackers and nuts at a party.

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

Then I whipped up some of Tori’s famous stuffed figs with goat cheese and drizzled them with honey. I set them on a pretty plate on top of an elevated cake plate to give my dishes some height.

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

Figs and dried fruit always make such beautiful, rich additions to any appetizing platter.

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

For something sweet I chose macarons (my favorite treat!) and chocolate covered almonds. Since we’re not serious poker players we can set the snacks right on the table where we play cards. If you were following the rules you probably wouldn’t want to do that. I’ve heard that reaching for food can be a “tell” and reveals if a player is nervous or has a particularly good hand. Good to know!

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

My girlfriends and I take themes seriously and always dress to the nines, which makes these events so fun! Our get-togethers turn into a something of a fashion show, as we share the stories behind our jewelry and outfits. In fact, when I send out the invitations to my friends, I like to include pictures of women in theme-appropriate get-ups for inspiration. There is nothing like a theme to get everyone excited and involved.

Vintage Poker Night - A Themed Dress-Up Soiree

I love when everyone has a chance to wear the vintage pieces passed down from their mothers and grandmothers and this party finally gives us the perfect reason to wear them! I cannot think of a better way to ring in 2017 than with my close friends; sharing stories and enjoying each other’s company. With a fun poker night like this, the odds are in our favor for a fantastic new year!

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New Year’s Recipe Roundup http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/new-years-recipe-roundup/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/new-years-recipe-roundup/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:50:45 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=38280 Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com... Read More]]>

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year

New Year’s Recipe Roundup – Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year

We’re in the home stretch! 2016 was a doozy. As our family lights the Hanukkah candles this week, we pray for peace, love and abundant blessings in 2017.

Celebrating the secular new year? Here are some tasty and creative ideas for a fête to remember! From appetizers to cocktails to tasty mocktails, I’ve got you covered. Diet starts January 1… before that, all bets are off!

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Challah Bruschetta with Lemon Ricotta and Honey

White Bean Basil Pesto Hummus - Healthy and Delicious Mediterranean-Inspired Recipe

White Bean Basil Pesto Hummus

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail - Sweet Refreshing Party Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Vegan Hoppin' John Recipe - Meatless Version of a Southern Classic for the New Year, Rosh Hashanah on ToriAvey.com

Vegan Hoppin’ John

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year

Dark Chocolate Fruit Candies

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com
New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

 

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

 

Baked Eggplant Sandwiches

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Roasted Eggplant Matbucha

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Strawberry Basil Martini

 

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

 

Aunt Carol’s Spinach Dip

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Orange Creamsicle

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Classic Hummus

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Baked Pita Chips

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Chocolate Cheesecake Parfaits

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

 Blackberry Vanilla Bourbon Lemonade

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com
New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Blood Orange and Rosemary Cocktail

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Shortcut Mojito

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Spicy Middle Eastern Chicken Wings

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Rhubarb Rosewater Margarita

Eggplant Tahini Basil Crostini #healthy #appetizer #recipe

Eggplant Tahini Basil Crostini

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

New Year's Recipe Roundup - Delicious Ideas to Help You Ring in the New Year on ToriAvey.com

Cherry Cheesecake Shooters

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Latke Waffles http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/latke-waffles/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/latke-waffles/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 01:25:06 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39849 Make potato pancakes in a waffle iron! Hot crispy hash brown waffles for breakfast or brunch. Hanukkah breakfast or brunch recipe.... Read More]]>

Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle Recipe

Latke Waffles – Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle Recipe

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is eight crazy nights of holiday fun. That also means eight crazy holiday breakfasts and brunches. What better way to celebrate than latke waffles? Oh yeah, I went there, and the result is glorious. Combining the flavor of a potato pancake with the ease of a waffle iron, these tasty waffle-fritter hybrids are totally addictive. Using a waffle iron results in lighter latkes; you only need a little spray oil for these bad boys, no deep frying required. Latkes, or deep fried potato pancakes, are traditionally made to celebrate the miracle of the Hanukkah oil— deep frying is a natural part of the holiday. But there is no rule that says we need to deep fry, and those who are watching their waistlines might welcome a lighter option. In this recipe, a thin layer of nonstick spray oil will “fry” these potato shred waffles to perfection. All the flavor, less greasy mess and less cleanup. No hot splatters or heavy tummies from all of that excess oil. Latke waffles are my new favorite holiday food!

I’ve made plenty of latkes over the years. Sweet, savory, gluten free, cheesytraditional and the unexpected… you name it, I’ve tried it. It was only a matter of time before I asked myself a very important question… “Will it waffle?” Boy, will it! Using my basic classic latke recipe as a base, I experimented until I came up with a technique that produces amazing potato waffles every time. Bonus– they’re gluten free! The best part is how versatile they are. Serve them on their own, with traditional toppings like applesauce and sour cream, or as the perfect brunchy base for poached eggs. Or use your creativity… breakfast sandwiches, waffle eggs benedict… the sky’s the limit!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in my kitchen waffling my way through the holidays. Chag Sameach!

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Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle Recipe

Latke Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Nonstick cooking oil spray

You will also need

  • hand grater or food processor with shredding disc attachment, clean tea towel or layers of cheesecloth, colander, large mixing bowl, waffle iron, broiler (optional)
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: 12-13 latke waffles (if using a 4-waffle iron)
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Cut the potatoes into large chunks and shred using a hand grater or food processor shredding attachment with large holes (large shreds). I really recommend using the food processor, it saves a ton of time and will help you avoid onion tears when grating the onion.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipePlace grated potato into a bowl and immediately cover with cold water. Let soak for a few minutes.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeMeanwhile, grate the onion using the grater or food processor attachment with fine holes (small shreds).
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeDrain the potato shreds in a colander. Rinse and dry the bowl used to soak the shreds and set aside.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipePlace drained potato shreds and grated onion in the center of a clean tea towel or multiple layers of cheesecloth.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeWrap the shreds up in the cloth, twisting the cloth to secure the bundle, and squeeze firmly to remove excess liquid from the shreds. Pour potato and onion into the clean dry bowl.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipePreheat the waffle iron. If there are multiple heat settings available, use the medium setting. I have a four-waffle iron which make multiple waffles at once. You could also use a single or double waffle maker to make bigger waffles. I prefer smaller waffles, which have more nice crispy edges.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeWhile iron is heating, beat the eggs together with the salt and pepper. I usually add about 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper; use less salt if you’re salt-sensitive, you can always add more later.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeUse a fork or clean hands to mix the beaten eggs, salt and pepper into the potato and onion shreds. Take care to make sure the eggs and onion are fully mixed throughout the potato shreds.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeWhen iron is heated, spray generously with nonstick cooking oil spray on both sides. Scoop up 1/4 cup of the potato mixture and squeeze gently to drain off excess liquid. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to keep the waffles evenly sized. It may feel like you're losing too much liquid, but don't worry; if you don't squeeze them, you'll end up with waffles that are too eggy. The egg is there to bind them together, it's not the main attraction.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipePlace the 1/4 cup of potato mixture onto the center of each waffle area. Alternatively, if using a single or double waffle maker, squeeze the liquid from about 3/4 cup of potato mixture, then add it to the center of the waffle iron. Spread out the latke mixture into a pancake-like circle, in a thin but solid circular layer. No need to spread it all the way to the edge, if it’s kept in the center in a more circular shape it will be easier to remove after cooking.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeClose the iron and let the waffles cook for 6-10 minutes, or until fully cooked and browned. One side will likely be more browned than the other.
  • Carefully remove the waffles from the iron. If you’re making multiple batches, continue cooking while keeping the finished waffles on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree F oven.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeIf waffles are not crispy enough for your liking, you can place them under a broiler for a minute or two to crisp them up. Careful, don’t let them burn!
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeServe hot. These can be enjoyed like latkes, or like savory waffles.
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle RecipeI like them served with sour cream and applesauce, latke-style.
  • They are also amazing topped with a poached egg for breakfast or brunch. Delicious!
  • Latke Waffles - Crispy Shredded Potato Waffle Recipe
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Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/lentil-spinach-soup-with-lemon/ http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2016/12/lentil-spinach-soup-with-lemon/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:42:11 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39628 A light, healthy and flavorful take on lentil soup, with spices, wilted greens, and fresh lemon juice. ... Read More]]>

Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon

The winter holidays are loaded with culinary temptations. From party cocktails to comfort food to dessert platters, there is no lack opportunity to indulge. Lately, I’ve been feeling the need to put the brakes on and clean up my diet a bit. My energy level was low; I felt sluggish. In perfect timing, I came across Melissa Clark’s recipe for Red Lentil Soup with Lemon, and it seemed just the ticket. Using the ingredients I had on hand, I made my own version of this popular soup. The following week I made it again, refining it to suit my taste– using brown lentils, less stock for a thicker soup, and wilting in lots of healthy greens. The result is a simple soup, richly flavored. The lemon gives it an unexpected brightness that just sings. My husband, who tends to think lentil soup is boring, was pleasantly surprised. “So much flavor! And it tastes healthy, in a good way.”

Suffice it to say, I’ll be enjoying this soup throughout the holiday season. It’s so easy to throw together. I’ve thickened the broth so it’s halfway between a soup and a stew; pour it over white or brown rice for a complete protein and a heartier meal. Enjoy!

Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon

Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable stock (if not vegetarian, you can substitute chicken stock)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups brown, green or red lentils, rinsed and sorted
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves (you can substitute kale, swiss chard, or another favorite green)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (you can substitute parsley-- I prefer the flavor of cilantro here)
  • 1 lemon

You will also need

  • Soup pot, immersion blender, lemon squeezer
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: 4-6
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Heat up the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and carrot. Sauté until the onion softens and starts to turn golden. Add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes longer until fragrant.
  • Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon - Healthy RecipeAdd the tomato paste, cumin, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Stir and sauté for 2 minutes longer.
  • Add the vegetable stock, water, lentils and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer then cover the pot, slightly vented. Let the soup cook for about 30 minutes until the lentils are soft.
  • Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon - Healthy RecipeRemove soup from heat, remove the bay leaf and discard. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup halfway, so that it thickens but still has texture.
  • Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon - Healthy RecipePut soup over medium heat again. Add the fresh spinach leaves and cilantro. Stir the greens into the soup for 1-2 minutes until just wilted (covering the pot will wilt them faster).
  • Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon - Healthy RecipeTurn off the heat and stir in fresh lemon juice to taste. Adjust seasonings if desired, and serve.
  • Lentil Spinach Soup with Lemon
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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Kitchen Gifts http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2016/12/holiday-gift-guide-2016-kitchen-gifts/ http://toriavey.com/toris-corner/2016/12/holiday-gift-guide-2016-kitchen-gifts/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:31:53 +0000 http://toriavey.com/?p=39645 Tori's guide to holiday kitchen giving - interesting gifts for food lovers at every price point... Read More]]>

Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point

Tori’s Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving – Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point

I get a lot of requests at this time of year, with people asking what kitchen items I’d recommend for gift-giving. To make the holiday shopping season a little easier, I’ve gathered together some of my most beloved kitchen items at every price point. Most of these I own and some I would love to add to my collection. If you have a cook in your friend or family circle, look no further than this list for something they’ll really love. Happy shopping!

Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price PointI’ve had this OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set in my kitchen for a few years now and I use them nearly every day. They’re durable, easy to wash and nest inside each other, so you don’t lose much storage or counter space.

Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
KitchenAid Mixer is an iconic kitchen appliance. I’ve heard many baker friends say they felt they’d really “made it” once they were able to add one of these to their arsenal. They come in a countless variety of colors to fit every kitchen style. I like to think of mine as a piece of art on my counter.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Cakes are a lot of work and deserve to be beautifully displayed. This Jadeite Milk Glass Cake Stand is simple, elegant and the perfect resting place for your baked masterpiece.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
When I first saw a Metric Wonder Cup, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but quickly learned that it’s one of the most handy kitchen gadgets on the market. The plunger-style cup is great for measuring sticky ingredients like honey and molasses and makes cleanup much easier. Everyone needs one of these!
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Microplane Zester is the best zester out there. I’ve tried many and I’m very confident in saying that. If you, or someone you know, like to cook with citrus zest, this is the tool for you.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
I’ve experimented with replacing caffeine with tea and matcha, but sometimes I really just need that extra boost. This KitchenAid Nespresso Machine with Milk Frother is a welcome sight when I start to feel that late afternoon drop in energy. It also looks really sleek.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Le Creuset enamel gadgets are beautiful and functional. Give your peppercorns a lovely new home with a Le Creuset Ceramic Pepper Mill.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
I love my Le Creuset Signature Enamel Cast Iron French Oven. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s incredibly well made and just the thing for one pot meals like stews and roasts.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Anyone who spends time in the kitchen knows the value of a cast iron pan. Lodge Cast Iron Skillets are classic and this one features a handy removable silicone handle that protects your hands from the heat of the hot pan.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Vitamix Blender is a real investment item, but there’s no denying how useful it is. I’ve used mine for everything from hummus to smoothies to dressing for my favorite Garlicky Kale Salad.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
For smoothies, you can’t go wrong with a Ninja Professional Blender. They’re powerful and come at a very reasonable price.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
My husband and I both love Organic Matcha Powder. This is the same powder we use at home for matcha lattes. It’s also great for adding to baked goods.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
For traditionalists, this pretty Matcha Whisk and Spoon is exactly what you need to serve up a frothy, lump free matcha latte.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Add a little color to your utensil drawer with this Rainbow Kitchen Utensil Set.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
How can you look at these Ceramic Animal Mug with Matching Spoons and not smile? Such a cute place to pour your morning cup of coffee or tea.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
This Classic Cutting Board with Removable Mats helps to avoid cross contamination between meat, dairy and vegetables and saves on counter space.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
I love my durable stainless steel measuring cups and spoons. These Stainless Steel Colorful Measuring Cups and Spoons add a little flair to an otherwise ordinary, but useful, kitchen item.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
I’m sure you’re all aware of the frustration that comes with plastic honey bottles. When the honey begins to crystallize, forget trying to use it again. This Le Creuset Enamel Honey Pot with Dipper is a great solution. Plus how cute is it?
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
I love vintage flour sack towels. These Vegetable Seed Flour Sack Kitchen Towel Set have an adorable seed packet design, perfect for gifting.
 
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
I am often fascinated by videos of people decorating sugar cookies with royal icing. It’s truly an art form. Kids and adults alike can find their inner artist with this Animal Cookie Cutter Set.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
This Crystal Wine Decanter is made from led-free crystal. For those of you who have a fondness for red wine, I highly suggest purchasing a decanter.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Another favorite of mine, the Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor is the secret to super creamy and smooth hummus and nut butters. The extra blades also make grating cheese and vegetables a breeze.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
Chalkboard Cheese Markers are such a fun addition to holiday parties. They give a rustic, handmade flare to your cheese while helping to identify between the gorgonzola and the stilton.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I hate cutting herbs! Silly I know, but it’s just one of those things. These Stainless Steel 5-Blade Herb Scissors simplify chopping fresh herbs, so you can garnish your lovely dishes that much faster.
Tori's Guide to Holiday Kitchen Giving - Great Gifts for Food Lovers at Every Price Point
All of my non-stick pans are PFOA-free and dishwasher safe. This  Scanpan Classic 11 Piece Cookware Set is a perfect starter for those starting their own kitchen collection.
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