If there is one thing I can say for the Jewish faith, they definitely know food. That says a lot for a girl raised on En Cor Salisbury Steak and Ragu in a jar. I have to admit that most of my exposure to Judaism has come from television. Since coming to Chicago, I have learned quite a bit about the “chosen” people. I have definitely learned one thing, I love Jewish food.
“Cook , Pray, Eat Kosher by Mia Adler Ozair ” should be called Jewish Cooking 101 . First of all, you can wipe off the book . This presents a problem with cookbooks because I have a tendency to spill while I am cooking from a book. The book itself is attractive and the full color photos make the dishes look appetizing .Traditional Jewish dishes like kugel and challah can be made with ease. All of the directions are simple and most of the ingredients can be found in the house already. We decided to make the Honey Mustard Chicken.
1/2 Dijon mustard
1/2 to one and 1/2 tsp curry
1 tsp minced garlic, fresh
2 tbsp soy sauce
I chicken cut up, or four chicken breasts (it says the on the bone, but i prefer boneless personally
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Except for the chicken. combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. In a 9×13 glass dish , lay out the chicken in the dish and pour the mixture over the chicken. Marinate the chicken pieces for at least four hours , turning the pieces over and basting them with mixture.Place the chicken in the oven and cook it uncovered for an hour.Make sure the chicken is cooked.
Here is the finished product and boy was it good. Sweet and tangy with rice and vegetables. The recipe makes four servings which is perfect for most families.
My favorite part of the book is at the end. Mia explains to the reader about each of the Jewish holidays and shares some of the traditional foods for that holiday. It may not go into detail about the prayers and traditions, but it does give the reader a sample of Judaism. This is perfect for non Jewish friends invited to functions or to give that schiksa a way to get in good with their Jewish boyfriends mother.
With the holidays coming up, I can’t think of a better gift for someone exploring the Jewish faith. Might also make a great hostess gift as well.
For more info: http://www.MiaAdairOzair.com