Kinda Renegade Coffee

So today I’d like to explore coffee. Coffee is a passion of mine, and it is something that I love to find ‘new’ twists to. This week, I thought I’d explain how to make Turkish Coffee. This is surprisingly easy to do at home with your favorite ground coffee.

Turkish Coffee

Your Favorite Coffee
3 Tablespoons Cardamom
2 Tablespoons Ground Cloves

Start by preparing your coffee as you normally would, but add an extra scoop or two to make it strong.

Put the cardamom and cloves on the coffee and stir in.

Brew as normal and enjoy.

Now, the spices add a unique touch to this, and the flavor of the coffee will remain dancing on your lips for several hours. Ingenious how folks in the middle east can come up with such ideas! Trust me, i think you’ll all enjoy this coffee! Anyhow, until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

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January 30, 2008. drinks, recipes. Leave a comment.

Kosher Ham & Turkey Ceaser Sandwiches!

I’ve been pondering all week on what to write about. First off, we can NOT be a kosher blog without talking about the new Kosher Ham Soda from Jones Soda. While I have not tried it myself, but they also came out with a Seahawks Collectors Pack. And, as much as I -love- to watch stupidity in action, I found you a video of it!

So, we’ve discussed wierd kosher soda, but what of kosher food? Well, a week from today is Turkey Day for the US, so we should likely come up with some turkey stuff. Mainly, what to DO with leftover turkey. Now then, this first recipe is for a tasty & healthy sandwich that works great for company potlucks, school & work lunches, and more. AND, it’s kosher!

Caeser Salad Sandwiches

6 Cups Loosely Packed Romaine Lettuce, Shredded Thinly
2 Cups Cooked Turkey, White Meat & Cut Into Bite-Sized Pieces
4 Anchovy Fillets, finely chopped (Optional)
2 Tablespoons Parma! (Vegan Parmesan Cheese & can be bought here)
1/3 Cup Herb-Seasoned Crutons
1/3 Cup Ceaser Dressing
4 Pita Pockets, Cut Crosswise

Put lettuce, turkey, crutons, Parma!, and anchovies into a LARGE bowl & toss in 1/4 cup of the dressing.

Use the remaining dressing & spread on the inside of the pita pockets, then fill with salad.

Serve with a side of lemon wedges for squeezing fresh lemon juice over the sandwiches.

Not a bad little sandwich, really! Also, if you want, you can also use chicken or even a vegan alternative to chicken for the sandwich. As for the anchovies… It just doesn’t taste the same without them, sorry. 😦 I hope that helps, and I PROMISE to have more side dishes before turkey day. Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

November 15, 2007. drinks, News, recipes, salad, snacks. Leave a comment.

Sad News and a Kid-Safe Party Drink

I start this articl in memory of Nakinja (Kiki) Culbreath. She worked at a Jamba Juice (#795 in Merrillville, Indiana), and passed away in December 22nd. In March she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and and after months of Chemotherapy & radiation, was finally announced to be ‘Cancer Free’. Dispite this, on the evening of December 21st she was rushed to the ER due to a swelling of her brain that led to hr death. Her two children, Jade and Marvin, are now completly parentless due to her husband passing away, as well, in 2002. Due to this, Jamba Juice set up a memorial account to help with final expenses, as well as for the benefit of her two children. Donations can be made to the following:

Nakinja Culbreath Memorial Fund
First Midwest bank
16700 South 80th Avenue
Tinley Park, Il 60477
ATTN: Jackie Krizmanich
(708) 444-3403

In addition to this, many Jamba Juice locations across America are donating ALL their tips to go towards this fund. I honestly don’t know what this poor lady’s faith was. I also don’t care. Something bad happened, and it’s the best I can do to pass the word so mabye others can help, if they can. Wheather it be a tip when getting a smoothie, or just a few dollars donation from those who can afford it, that’s enough in my opinion…

In honor of her memory, I’m going to offer up my version of a Kosher Jamba Juice drink, Spring Fresh Punch. It’s no smoothie, but it’s good none the less. We begin by stirring 3 Boxes Kosher Lemon Gelatin into 9 Cups Boiling Water until dissolved. Once dissolved, remove it from the heat and let the liquid cool. Once cool, mix in 4 Cups Sugar and 4 MORE Cups Boiling Water, stirring until the sugar is fully mixed in before allowing to cool again. Finally, we mix in 6 oz. Lemon Juice and 2 (46 oz.) Cans of Pineapple Juice before freezing the whole mixture in 1/2 Gallon containers. Now comes the final part! An hour before serving, Mix one of the 1/2 gallon containers with 2 2 Lither Bottles of Ginger Ale in a large punch bowl. The mix should be slushy when served, and goes over quite well at most any party as a good non-alcoholic punch drink.

In closing, I ask my readers that -IF- they can help with the Memorial Fund in any way, to please do so. Here’s hoping the next article brings better news and recipes. Until then, Shalom and Good Cooking.

January 21, 2007. drinks, News, recipes. Leave a comment.

Summer, Summer, how could you leave and not take me?

I’ve gotten a few e-mails asking why I’m not addressing the Israel war, and I figured I’d explain that. I am a food blog. I know the pain over there, and I know that it is a sad thing. War is never good, and I’m opposed to war in all forms. I do hope the war ends soon, and will be praying for those hurt on BOTH sides. But, as I said before, this is a FOOD blog. You don’t come here for my political views, you come here for news on the Kosher industry and recipes! Oh, and my occasional Jewish music fanboying. So, no, I’m not going to go into the war on this blog. Call me a bad Jew if you want, but this is NOT the place for such topics! We’re a FOOD blog, and I’m sticking with that!

Okay! With the info out of the way, let’s do this week’s article! I want to look at some party treats that go well at any gathering since Labor Day is rapidly approaching. The first is a Spiked Lemonade that refreshes on hot summer nights, as well as tastes pretty darn good! First we need a package of Kool-Aid Lemonade. Kool-Aid, for those who don’t know, -IS- certified Kosher by the OU. Dropping it into the pitcher with one cup of sugar, we next go for the gin. Now, the important thing to remember is that most gin, with the exception of Sloe Gin & Flavored Gin, is Kosher. But, if you want flavor, I recommend Gordon’s as their flavored gins are the only ones the OU certifies Kosher. Me, I prefer just adding one to two cups of Gin to the lemonade before topping it off with water. Stir well, and serve in glasses over ice with a wedge of lemon on the glass. Simple, cheap, and effective party drinks! The pitcher can be chilled in the fridge, and can be kept for up to two weeks before going stale.

Now, another party favorite is the dips. Ah, something to shmear all over crackers and eat to your heart’s content. Something my family & I always enjoyed is this simple family dip. First we start with one softened block of cream cheese and chop it into cubes. Adding it to your food processor, we want to put in a dash of hot sauce (optional), one can (or 12 oz.) of artichoke hearts, and one can of sliced black olives, drained. Now, from this point we’re going to mix it in pulses, watching to make sure it doesn’t get too solid. If it starts to clump up, add about 1/16th cup of milk and continue to blend. This cold dip, when done, can be served in a bowl to be spread on your favorite crackers, pita bread, and even matzos during Pesach! (Well, that is if your branch allows you to put shmear of any sort on matzos. If not, well… Um… Sorry?) But if kept in a sealed container, this dip can keep for up to about a week in the fridge.

So we now have a drinks and dip for our last summer party. What else do we need? Well, a cheese and veggie platter always goes over well, but I have ANOTHER idea in mind. Using a small slow cooker, let’s make some BBQ beans & franks! First we need two packages of soy/vegan hot dogs sliced into bite-sized pieces. We then add them to the slow cooker with one onion, diced and one 28 oz. Bottle of your favorite kosher BBQ sauce. If you feel at a loss, The Kosher Blog did an article on different Kosher sauces to get you started. Finally, stir in one can of chili or kidney beans, drained. I’ll warn you, chili beans are CALLED chili beans for a REASON! They have a kick, so stick with kidney beans if you’re worried about heat. Now, cook this on LOW for 6 hours, or on HIGH for 3 hours. When done, stir and serve. This side goes over VERY well with kids, and even some adults, too!

Now, I’d get into BBQing, but we did that in another article. I prefer some nice ground chuck or bison, myself. What, you’ve never made your own patties!? FOR SHAME! *wags finger* Well then, before we go, let’s do this! Now, before doing this, I assume you all ate the dairy about two hours ago, and you’re now cooking the burgers in the evening, yes? I thought so. Okay! Just making sure so I’m not yelled at!

We’ll start with 2 pds. Ground check from a cow or bison. I prefer bison meat, myself, as its leaner and the flavor is so much more rich. To this we want to mix in one onion, minced, a pinch of kosher salt, 1/4 cup matzos meal, one egg, and a dash of liquid smoke. (For the record, the OU does certify several brands of liquid smoke. It’s a great addition to any kitchen!) After mixing up with your hands, shape the meat into 3-4 in. Patties that are about 1/4 in. Thick. If you are worried, just use a hamburger press to shape the patties, but my hands work fine for me. Cook over an open flame as you would regular patties, and enjoy! Yes, I know, they seem like little personal meatloafs, but in effect that is what a good hamburger SHOULD be! A mini meatloaf between two buns with ketchup, pickles, and horseradish mustard. Mmmm…

Well, no matter where the end of Summer finds you this year, I do hope you all have a safe and fun time at whatever parties you go to, and remember to have a designated driver. The 4th of July & Labor Day are the two biggest drunk pickups across the country as everyone spends all the weekend outside drinking beer like it was soda. Drive safe, or rent a towncar or taxi if you’re going to be drinking away from home. Anyhow, Shalom and good cooking!

August 11, 2006. drinks, main courses, recipes, side dishes. 5 comments.

Spirits in the Night!

Here I am with 8 hours to go! 8 more hours and sleep can be MINE! Sleep! Sleep! Oh, I miss sleep! ^^ Gimmie sleep! Readers, tell me what sleep is like? I can’t remeber! Anyhow, I got people wanting more alcohol recipes, so here we go!

Catnip

1 oz. 7Up Lemon Lime Soda
1 oz. Apple Puckers Apple Schnapps
1 oz. Lemonade

Mix all in a small glass, on the rocks. Enjoy!

Sex with a Rat

1 oz. Coffee Liqueur
2 oz. Orange juice
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 oz. Vodka

Stir and serve in a highball glass.

Sex in a Bubblegum Factory

1 shot Lemon Lime Soda
1 shot Apricot Brandy
1 shot Banana Liqueur
1 shot Blue Curacao
1 shot Rum

Pour into a tall glass in this order EXACTALLY, or it won’t mix right…

I hope these drinks have helped you out! Drink responsibly! Remember the stream’s on http://goldenlash.dyndns.org:8000/ices and requests can be AIMed to ‘RenegadeKosher’! Don’t forget to sponsor me! See you in 30! Shalom and Good Cooking!

July 30, 2006. Blogathon 2006, drinks, recipes. Leave a comment.

Time to WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just a note that http://evanescing.org/ is running a trivia contest! Hopefully YOU have better luck posting than I did! I can’t at ALL! It’s impossible for me, I tried! Anyhoo, it’s a mad world! Also, Shabbat bloggers! If you wanna say something on the blog, e-mail me an mp3 of your voice to ‘steven at renegadekosher dot com’ and I’ll throw it up on the stream! Whatever you want, this is YOUR music! YOUR stream! You give the orders!

Okay, this recipe comes from Grits.com, but has the simplest and BEST recipe for MY favorite caffine & sugar injection: Southern-Style Sweet Tea!!! Oh, yes! THIS will wake you up for the remaining 13 hours!!!

Southern-Style Sweet Tea

3 Family Size Tea Bags
2 Cups Of Cold Water
1 Cup of Sugar

Place the two cups water in a pot and add the tea bags.

Bring to a boil, do not continue boiling.

Remove from heat and let steep.

Pour warm tea into empty pitcher.

Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Fill remaining pitcher with cold water.

Also, right now I’m drinking my own Iced coffee mix to keep me awake! Here’s the recipe!

Iced Coffee

2 pots of Coffee Brewed Double Strength
1 cup Sugar
Ice
1 cup half and half or milk (optional)

Taking the coffee, pour into a picher and stir in the sugar until dissolved.

Chill in fridge for 2 hours, then serve over ice with cream of choice, if preferred.

This will have you WIRED! You will be bouncing off the walls, and WILL be awake! Just be wary of Caffine crash with these! Remember the stream’s on http://goldenlash.dyndns.org:8000/ices and requests can be AIMed to ‘RenegadeKosher’! Don’t forget to sponsor me! See you in 30! Shalom and Good Cooking!

July 30, 2006. Blogathon 2006, drinks, recipes. 2 comments.

I got friends in low places…

Hmm… The normal schedule blogathoners only have TWO more posts! One hour left, guys! You can do it! Go team! Go Blogathoners! You have done it ALL… NIGHT… LONG!!! Anyhow, frykitty asked everyone to help out Suzi at The Write Coast, so here’s my answers:

Male or female? Male, contrary to popular belief…

How long have you been a blogger? Since November ’01

How would you categorize your blog, as far as subject matter? Informational

What blogging software do you use, and what do you like/dislike about it? I use blogger as my backengine. It’s good for what I need, but I don’t like how I’m seen by some as an inferior blogger & hould move to Typepad.

What’s your preferred time of day to blog? When I have time!

If you read other blogs, what types do you prefer? Funny ones, and ones on other Jewish topics.

Do you have favorite blogs that you read faithfully? About how many? I’d say… All the ones on my blog roll. I have them there BECAUSE I read them.

How important is “comment love” (i.e., getting lots of comments on your posts) to you? I admit I’d love more comments, but the few I get make me happy…

Do you tend to estimate readership of your blog by the amount of comments posted? Well, there’s a few RSS feeds, so I know I have more readers than

How important to you is the style/design of your blog? Eh, I’m a food geek. I’d love it to look really cool, but I’m not techie enough to DO that… As long as it’s easily navigatable AND readable, it works for now.

So since so many in Blogathon are drinking, I felt the need to share an old drink I thought up from my days bartending… Enjoy!

Back-Door Sex

1/2 oz Amaretto
1/2 oz Midori Melon liqueur
1/2 oz Bacardi Rum
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
1/25 oz Absolut Vodka

It’s Bbest to use x-large cocktail glass or even a large pilsner, if its available.

Load up the glass with ice, and add cranberry & orange juices to taste.

Finally drink and call a cab.

Believe it or not, this cocktail is very tasty… almost too tasty! Becareful, because more than two of these WILL FUBAR YOU!!! Can also be made in large “jigger” as shots. Be careful & party on.

Now, the drink has the name it does because after one or two of these, you wake up in the morning thinking that’s what happened to you the night before. My rule on serving there is after the first I take your keys, and after the second I get you a blanket because you’re not getting up. Or if you do, you’ll crash back down! Remember, drink responsibly! Don’t forget to Sponsor Me! Shalom and Good Cooking!

July 30, 2006. Blogathon 2006, drinks, FAQ, recipes. 14 comments.

You scream… I scream… We all scream for Ice Cream!

Okay, I’m sorry for the last entry. I was just exhausted, had little food in the house, and couldn’t figure out what to write about. For GOOD news, Tuesday is Free Ice Cream Day at Ben & Jerry’s. All of their sorbets are non-dairy Kosher, last I heard, so… Enjoy free ice cream!

Thinking of ice cream has ice cream on my mind and my cooking. It has me thinking of the tasty joy it brings to people, and the sweet, sweet numminess! Also, if you want, there’s Klien’s Kosher Ice Cream & Annabelle’s Ice Cream for some very delicious Kosher ice creams, for example. Also, check the freezer section for other yummy kosher goodness. But, I do digress. Today, I want to look at Fried Ice Cream, one of the most delicious desserts on earth:

Fried Ice Cream

3 cups Grape Nuts
6 scoops of your favorite Kosher Vanilla Ice Cream
1 package of Fantastic Tempura Mix (Only Tempura mix I’ve found that’s certified Kosher)

Start by scoopint the ice cream into balls and keep aside in a metal bowl that’s been chilled in the freezer. You want to keep the scoops as COLD as possible. In fact, setting the scoops BACK into the freezer for another 30 minutes before making the dessert’s a great idea.

Once the ice cream is nice and hard, take the scoops and roll, roll, roll zem in ze Grape Nuts, trying to cover as MUCH of the ice cream as you can. These are going to be what gives your fried Ice Cream it’s cruncy shell.

Put scoops in your chilled metal bowl, cover the bowl with waxed paper before setting them in the freezer overnight (Or at least 6 hours). This is to give the ice cream & the grape nuts time to fuse together, forming a permabond that will keep them from falling apart.

When it’s time to make the dessert itself, mix up the tempura mix according to package before taking the ice cream balls out of freezer.

Now, I assume that you ALL have a deep fryer of some sort that’s been warming up vegetable oil for your delight. If the oil’s nice and hot, we’ll get to the fast step. You quickly roll the balls in the tempura mix, then immediatly drop each scoop into the ice cream. It won’t take long to fry them, and you’ll know the scoops are done when they float atop the oil. DO NOT OVERCOOK!!!

A lot of people like to top their fried ice cream with powdered sugar and honey like a fry bread, U-Bet chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon… The toppings really are endless. It’s best to top and serve once finished cooking, so the ice cream inside is still cold when the thin shell is broken to reveal the creamy delight inside. On a side node, as I end this article, I did want to mention the new Coca-Cola Blak. While certified Kosher Dairy, in my personal opinion it is not that good of a drink. Of course, Ramune drink and espressos are my personal favorites, so what do I know? Just, if you try it, go for a SMALL bottle before getting a full 6-back. Trust me. It’s taste is rather… Unique. Anyhow, until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

April 24, 2006. dessert, drinks, News, recipes. 3 comments.

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While working on a way to have a kosher Philly Cheesesteak that DOESN’T taste horrible, I pondered other lost delights of Kosher past. Thinking about this, I wanted to do a drinks article. No, not alcoholic drinks… Fun drinks that everyone will love! None of these are mine, of course, but I of course link all the sources, and have tested them for deliciousness!

First is the traditional Jewish drink, the Chocolate Egg Cream. The basic recipe is rather simple, to be honest:

Chocolate Egg Creme

Fill a glass 3/4 full with seltzer water
Add 1-2oz chocolate syrup
Add a little milk or cream to fill the glass
Stir and enjoy

Now, true to mel Brooks, you can actually get the makings of an ‘Authentic’ New York Egg Cream. For, as we all know, only U-bet Chocolate Sauce can be used for the authentic egg creme.

Next up, down here in SoCal, the Mexican delight known as Horchata is quite popular. This drink, which is just sweet enough to satisfy that sweet taste, it’s also cool and refreshing enough to quench any thirst! Now, for this one, the recipe I like to use comes from Gourmet Sleuth, a rather interesting site that loves to go into the history of food along with how to make it.

Mexican Horchata

I N G R E D I E N T S
6 tablespoons rice
6 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) blanched almonds
1 inch cinnamon stick (canella)
3 “2-inch” strips of lime zest (rind only, not the white pithy part) 3/4″ long
1 cup white granulated sugar

I N S T R U C T I O N S
The traditional way to make horchata is with a metate y mano. For those of us less adventurous, or simple those with less time, we can use a blender.

Pulverize the rice using a metate y mano or your blender. Grind the mixture as smooth as possible. Combine the rice with the almonds, cinnamon and lime zest. Let this mixture stand overnight (minimally 6 hours).

Place the mixture in the blender jar and blend for at least 3 – 5 minutes until the mixture is smooth and no long has a gritty texture. Add 2 cups of water and blend again for just a few seconds. Place a large sieve over a mixing bowl. Line the sieve with 3 layers of damp cheesecloth. Pour in the rice mixture, a little at a time and keep stirring to help the mixture go through the sieve. Once all the liquid has passed through to the bowl gather the cloth together at the top, give it a twist and squeeze out any additional liquid.

Now add 2 more cups of water and stir in as much sugar as you’d like, to taste. If the mixture is too thick, add some additional water.

Cover and refrigerate. The drink should keep several days, refrigerated. Serve in a tall glass over ice.

Serves 6-7

Okay, one more, and I’m spent. In honor of going to Disney Land for the FIRST TIME in my life in Febuary, I wanted to share the ONLY Disney Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep recipe I’ve been able to find. Having tasted this version, I can’t wait to try the originals to see how it matches up!

Non Alcoholic Disneyland Mint Julep

Ingredients:
1 cup Sugar
3 tsp Lime Juice Concentrate
3 cups Soda Water
6 tbsp Crème DeMenthe
6 oz. thawed Lemonade Concentrate

Method:
Dissolve sugar into soda water. Add lime juice and lemonade and bring to boil. Remove from heat and add Crème DeMenthe. Chill. To serve, combine 3 parts syrup to 5 parts water.

Okay, and that’s it for now. Shalom and good cooking!

January 30, 2006. drinks, recipes. Leave a comment.