Farfel(toasted egg barley)

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this is a traditional jewish side dish. easy to make and very tasty

1 package toasted egg barley (2 cups) (i use Manischewitz) *
1 lb mushroom sliced
2 medium onions diced
2 tbsp butter or 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp schmaltz
2 1/2 cubs chicken broth

in a stovestop safe casserole dish melt the butter/schmaltz
saute the onions/mushrooms until the onions are brown
stir in the chicken broth
bring to a boil
add the egg barley
cover and simmer 15 minutes until the water is absorbed

* if toasted egg barley is unavailable israeli couscous can be used lightly toast in a saute pan before adding to the broth

chicken kreplach

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this can be made with the chicken you use to make chicken soup or any cooked chicken. i use won ton wrappers since they are easily available and it saves me from making the dough

2 cups cooked chicken
2 carrots chopped
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic
5 tbsp schmaltz or vegetable oil divided
1 package won ton wrappers

depending on your preference either saute or carmelize the onion in 3 tbsp of the schmaltz or oil. to carmelize cook the onions over medium heat for about an hour until they are browned to your liking,stiring every 15 minutes.

in a food processor add the chicken,carrots,coked onions,remaining oil/schmatlz and garlic.
process until its got a consistency like tuna salad (not pureed)

place a won ton wrapper on a plate. add a scant tbsp of the chicken mixture. fold into a triangle sealing the edges with a finger dipped in warm water

continue with each kreplach

to cook boil in either chicken soup or salted water for about 2 minutes

chicken soup

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traditional jewish chicken soup. takes some time but oh so good. best cooked the day before

1 roasting chicken
3 lbs chicken necks
16 cups water
3 celery stalks roughly chopped
3 carrots roughly chopped
3 onions sliced in half thru the root end
1 tbsp black peppercorns
a handful of fresh dill sprigs
1 tbsp kosher salt

all all the ingredients to a large stock pot
bring to a boil
skim off the scum that floats to the top
reduce heat to a simmer,partially cover and cook 3 hours
strain through cheesecloth or a chinois

the meat from the chicken can be saved for other uses or chopped and some added back tot he soup.
if made the day before refreigerate and the fat will solidify on top. remove it before reheating

Chocolate rumchata pudding shots

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1 Small package instant sugar free chocolate pudding (4 servings)
1 Cup ice cold low fat milk
1 Cup chilled RumChata
3/4 Cup cool whip

In a medium bowl mix the pudding, milk and RumChata for 1-2 minutes until well blended.  Stir in 3/4 cup of cool whip (use a little more  if you want them a little thicker).
Spoon into pudding shot cups and chill
Makes approximately one dozen pudding shots.  The recipe can easily be doubled by using a large package of instant pudding.

Roast pork chow fun

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chow fun is a cantonese noodle dish. bery good and filling
ive included the recipe for the roast pork (char siu)

14 oz wide dried rice noodles
1 1/2 lbs roast pork thinly sliced (see below)
2 baby bok choi chopped
1/4 lb fresh shitake mushrooms,stems removed and sliced
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp fermented black beans (available at a chinese market,sometimes called salted black beans)

seasoning sauce
3 Tbsp chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 Tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar

while the pork is cooking (recipe below)soak the dried noodles according to the package directions
mix the seasoning sauce ingredients and set aside
heat 1 Tbsp oil in a wok until very hot. add teh garlic and ginger and stir fry 30 seconds. add the bok choi ,fermented beans and shitake mushrooms. stir fry 4 minutes. remove and set aside
heat 2 Tbsp oil in the wok until hot. add the noodles and seasoning sauce. stir fry 4 minutes. return the vegtables to the pan as well as the roast pork. saute 2 more minutes
serves 4

Roast pork recipe
marinade
3Tbsp chinese rice wine or dry sherry
3 Tbsp dark soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
3 minced garlic cloves
1 Tbsp hosin sauce
1/2 tsp chinese 5 spice powder

1 1/2 lbs pork belly
honey

prepare the marinade. put the pork belly in a zip loc plastic bag,add the marininade,seal and shake well . Marinate 3 hours,turning occasionally

preheat the oven to 325
place the pork belly in a roasting pan. brush some honey on it
roast 25 minutes
flip,baste the other side and roast 25 more minutes,until the outside begins to blacken
let cool for 10 minutes and cut into thin slices

chinese roast pork (char siu)

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this can be served as a main course or used as an ingredient in another dish
marinade
3Tbsp chinese rice wine or dry sherry
3 Tbsp dark soy sauce
2 Tbsp sugar
3 minced garlic cloves
1 Tbsp hosin sauce
1/2 tsp chinese 5 spice powder

1 1/2 lbs pork belly
honey

prepare the marinade. put the pork belly in a zip loc plastic bag,add the marininade,seal and shake well . Marinate 3 hours,turning occasionally

preheat the oven to 325
place the pork belly in a roasting pan. brush some honey on it
roast 25 minutes
flip,baste the other side and roast 25 more minutes,until the outside begins to blacken
let cool for 10 minutes and cut into thin slices