The Shiksa Picks – Tori’s Favorite Finds on the Web 6.24.11

Every Friday, I take my favorite “picks” from my week on the web and post them here for you to enjoy. But before I announce The Shiksa Picks, here is a quick recap of this week’s posts on TheShiksa.com– just in case you missed them.  :)

 

THIS WEEK ON THESHIKSA.COM 


BAKED PITA CHIPS

Learn to make delicious seasoned pita chips that are baked, not fried, for a healthy and delicious crunch your guests will love. Click here to read more.

 


CLASSIC BABA GHANOUSH

Learn to make Classic Baba Ghanoush, a creamy Middle Eastern dip featuring smoky roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and spices. Click here to read more.

 


HOW TO ROAST EGGPLANT

Learn how to roast an eggplant to smoky, tender perfection using a grill, gas range, or your oven. Click here to read more.

 

THE SHIKSA’S WEEKLY WEB PICKS

 

Here are some of my favorite picks from the web this week.

 

TASTE WITH THE EYES:
COUSCOUS SALAD TIMBALES, MEYER LEMON CONFIT

Ooh la la, this salad sounds so fancy! But the idea is actually pretty simple, and the flavor combination sounds divine– a mixture of delicate couscous, zucchini, peas, garbanzo beans, roasted almonds, scallion, mint, parsley, crushed red pepper, and lemon olive oil dressing. Can’t wait to try this one! Click here to read more.

 

DAVID LEBOVITZ:
RED CURRANT JAM

I don’t know if it’s the warm summery weather or what, but lately I’ve been wanting to jar my own jam. David Lebovitz seems to have read my mind. His blog on Red Currant Jam is a feast for the eyes. Makes me want to drop everything and fly to the French countryside to harvest some ripe red currants. Sigh… if only! Click here to read more.

 

DOMESTIC FITS:
MINI LEMON MERINGUE TARTS

These mini lemon tarts are so elegant. I love bite-sized desserts… you get a burst of sweetness without a ton of calories. These little tarts by Domestic Fits are just exquisite. Click here to read more.



THE JEWISH WEEK:
NO MEER RESTAURANTEUR

This article in The Jewish Week profiles restauranteur Henry Meer and his New York restaurant City Hall. The establishment has a rich history– the Manhattan building has been there since 1863. City Hall is particularly famous for its schmaltzy matzo ball soup and rich cheesecake (the recipe for which appears in this article). About City Hall, Meer says, “This is not culinary arts. We’re craftsmen. I’m not a creator but a nurturer. I feed people.” I like his style! Click here to read more.

 


LEO HOWARD ON KICKIN’ IT

Okay, I know this has nothing to do with food or food history, but I had to give a shout-out to our family friend Leo Howard. He is starring in a new show on Disney XD called Kickin’ It, which debuted on June 13. The show doubled the ratings for the network almost overnight. I’m sure this is in no small part thanks to Leo, who is a gifted young actor, a black belt martial artist, a talented singer, and an all-around awesome kid. Believe it or not, he also loves to cook! Leo and his family are good friends of ours, and we are super proud of his achievement. If you have kids, make sure they check out Kickin’ It. Now, if only I can get him to share his recipe for PB & J pizza… Mazel tov, Leo!

 

TWITTER SHOUT-OUTS

Every week, I’ll be posting the Twitter accounts that made me smile with their fun or interesting tweets. Here are this week’s picks…

@thecuisinerd

…for her Grilled Avocado with Halibut Ceviche. Wow!

@DoctorKitchen

…for her Lemon Ricotta Muffins made with olive oil. A few of my favorite ingredients…

@tastykitchen

…for tweeting so many surprising and inspiring recipes.

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

July 4: We’ll be celebrating America’s independence in a little over a week. The 4th always reminds me how many immigrants have come to this country– the Land of Opportunity– seeking a fresh start and a new life. Did you know that the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty was written by a Jewish woman? Click here to read more.

What’s on your menu for the 4th? Hebrew National hot dogs, perhaps? :)

 

COMMENT AND SHARE

Did you read an article this week that you think my readers would find interesting? Are you a food blogger with a recipe that you want everybody see? Or maybe you want to share what’s cooking in your kitchen this weekend. Comment below and let us know about it!

 

Shabbat Shalom! Have a delicious weekend.

Tori xo

 

Comments (16)Post a Comment

  1. Those pita chips made our week. They were so simple and so delicious. Made them with the garlic powder, parsley, and sesame seeds. I’ll be sharing your blog and the recipes with our friends. THANK YOU.

  2. I was wondering if the number 8 is looked upon negatively in the Jewish culture? I ask because Hebrew National only gives you 7 hot dogs in the package leaving you with 1 extra bun. That’s why I buy Nathan’s because they even out perfectly.

    1. Kathy, what a fabulous question! I had never noticed that about Hebrew National franks, so I had to do a quick search. There are a few different answers floating around the internet regarding Jewish numerology, but apparently the truth has to do with weight. Hebrew Nationals come in 12 ounce packages, and when 8 franks were made to fit that weight, the franks were smaller than consumers liked. So, they plumped up the size of the franks and cut down on one frank in the package. Simple, if not quite elegant, answer to a fun question. Thanks!

  3. Loved the shiksa picks. I will be grilling up burgers for the 4th. But this weekend, it’s all about your babaganoush.

  4. Your Facebook post inspired me, I’m off to make some pie too! It’s Boston Cream for me, all the way. Love your site!

    1. And they’re beautiful, too, Lori! The fact that they’re simple makes them even better in my book. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  5. What a lovely gem of a website!!I’m glad I found your site…hehe, and I love all your photos:)
    The Pita bread looks cool…and what a pretty blogger you are:D

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