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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Recipe Weekend and Book Review: Our Mother's Recipes by Dorene Sagar and Armin Fedlman

Welcome to our stop on the Our Mother's Recipes Book Blog Tour!

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Synopsis: Dorene Sager and Armin Feldman are sister and brother.  the idea for the cookbook sprang from the discovery of a treasure trove of their mother’s recipes after she passed away.


Add a wonderful cuisine to your everyday meals and special gatherings. Traditional Jewish cooking is flavorful, fun and hearty particularly with Our Mother's Recipes, Carrying on a Jewish Tradition. These recipes have been handed down through many generations influenced by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Spanish, German and Eastern European styles of cooking. In our family all of these cultural influences were combined, synthesized and affected by local ingredients through the years resulting in sumptuous, rich and wonderfully fulfilling traditional Jewish dishes. Try our mother's farfel instead of noodles. Replace that tired chocolate cake with some really yummy Helen Feldman brownies or warm fruit compote. You will have the secret to Jewish penicillin, chicken soup with matzo balls. There's enough here to keep you going for years of great food, family, friends and memories to enjoy.



Bonus #1:
You watch recipe videos on their website, http://www.ourmothersrecipesonline.com , or you tube, AND you can sign up for the recipe of the week sent right to your email address!





Review: I had to laugh when I flipped through the book and saw the pictures of  Helen's hand written recipes on index cards, yellowed and covered with probably stains from the items she was cooking, that the cards were for! I can't tell you how many of my grandmother's and my mom's we have that look the same! And when the authors said they had to get some relatives to help on a couple that were hard to read, I really laughed! We've ALL been there!


My second thought was wait, we're not Jewish, how come so many of our family recipe's are in here? Then I laughed and remembered that while the internet may not have been around in 1960, everybody read the same women's magazines and used the same recipes, just doctoring them for their family's tastes. Apparently the Feldman's and ours were similar! Her Raspberry Bars? My Grandma's recipe too, and absolutely DIVINE!


I loved the recipes for their simplicity! Some you can easily adapt- the Mushroom logs for instance would be great in phyllo dough, mini pie shells, or as crescent packets. versus the long log. If you want a classic cookbook, that brings back memories, pick this one up!


And now for a traditional Jewish recipe that i adore! And I've got the You Tube video from the authors, to walk you through it!





Noodle Kugel 
    Makes 8 Servings 


Ingredients:
1 package (14 ounces) egg noodles, boiled and drained (you can also make with potatoes_
4 quarts water 
1 cup sour cream 
1 cup cottage cheese 
4 eggs, beaten 
1 cup milk 
½ cup sugar 
1 stick (8 ounces) butter, melted 
Salt, to taste 
Pepper, to taste 


Directions: 
1.  Pre-Heat oven to 350°. 
2.  Bring salted water to a boil and cook noodles for 7-9 minutes.  Drain very well.
3.  In a greased 9x13 glass casserole add cooked noodles. 
4.  Pour melted butter over noodles and mix well.
5.  Mix eggs and milk, pour into noodles and mix. 
6.  Mix cottage cheese into noodle mixture. 
7.  Fold in sour cream to noodle mixture.
8.  Add sugar, salt and pepper.   
9.  Bake at 350° for one hour.  The top of the kugel should be browned and crispy. 


Note: When my mom makes her version of this dish she puts all the sauce ingredients in the pot, the noodles were boiled in, and mixes it all together, then adds the noodles back into the pot. After a quick mix to coat the noodles, she puts is all in the baking dish. You can also substitute cream cheese for the cottage cheese-we've done that on occasion! 



About the Authors
Dorene Sager: Dorene is a cookbook author, a wife and mother, a commercial real estate broker, a devoted family member, a true friend and so much more.  Dorene is a fantastic cook in her own right. She learned a lot about cooking from her mother, Helen Feldman.  Dorene is married and has three children and 6 grandchildren.  Dorene and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Dorene enjoys reading, movies, playing canasta, and of course cooking

Armin Feldman: Armin wears a number of hats too. Armin is a cookbook author, husband, dog lover, supporter of friends and family, medical doctor and a lot more. Armin is also a wonderful cook.  From the time they could reach the kitchen counter, their mother taught Dorene and Armin how to make traditional Jewish recipes.

BONUS #2: Book Tour Contest!
Contest
To get your entries and to find out how to get more entries visit the authors' blog, or Facebook Page, to access the contest form, or enter below!.

The prizes:
$100.00 Amazon Gift Certificate for a Kindle
Two $50.00 Amazon Gift Certifcates
Authors can choose a video book trailer or Facebook Welcome Page instead of the Kindle.






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Disclosure / Disclaimer: I was sent this book, free of charge, for review purposes, from Assisting Authors Online. I did receive extra entries into the book launch giveaway for this review. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it.  

1 comment:

  1. Great review. Interesting twist with ideas for tweaking the recipes.

    Thanks,

    Janis Friesler
    Assisting Authors Online
    http://www.assistingauthors.com

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