UPDATE: Congratulations to Rachel L. (comment #29), winner of this giveaway!!
This post contains:
- A Savvima review of Dash: Inspired Kosher Recipes for the Seasoned Palette by Rebecca Naumberg and Sori Klein.
- A Savvima giveaway of Dash: Inspired Kosher Recipes for the Seasoned Palette by Rebecca Naumberg and Sori Klein.
Dash: Inspired Kosher Recipes for the Seasoned Palette is not your typical school fundraiser cookbook.
The majority of recipes were developed by co-author Rebecca Naumberg aside from those which were contributed by sources such as Prime Grill, Mom’s Pastries, Naomi Ross, and Avi Pifko, as well as from personal friends of Naumberg. All recipes were tested and tasted by volunteers. Each recipe was then professionally photographed and leap off the dramatic black-background pages of this hardcover cookbook.
While the 309-pages of recipes seem gourmet and time consuming, many recipes feature tips and shortcuts to simplify the process. And for the busy woman who “dashes” from task to task, you will find quick recipes in this cookbook too.
One sign of a good cookbook is when there’s a fair amount of recipes that appeal to you at first glance. Another asset is when you try out a few and they work well, reassuring you to keep trying others. Dash delivers on both fronts.
I set out to test several recipes. When reviewing a cookbook I like to be able to work in recipes to my weekly menu which suit my needs at that time. You won’t find me preparing a roast on a weeknight when I’m feeding just my family. Everything I tried was a pleasure to prepare (not too much fuss) and extremely well received, whether my tasters were kids or adults (I’m not sure which group is harder to please).
Another bonus was that from all the recipes I tried, I did not need to purchase any specialty ingredients. Sometimes I’m just not interested in spending extra on novelty ingredients that cost a pretty penny and may not get used in future recipes.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I tried:
- I prepared the Fusilli Pasta with Olive Garlic Tapenade as a side dish for a weeknight chicken dinner. The taste was amazing, thanks to the garlic and olives! I would definitely serve this again for a Shabbos lunch or seuda shlishis since it works well at room temperature.
- Credit for the Kani Cucumber Cole Slaw goes to my daughter who spotted this recipe and prepared it herself. This was a huge hit!
- The Biscotti with Chocolate and Pistachios was super quick to mix up. I always like a recipe which uses oil instead of margarine and it yielded a generous batch.
And I still have plenty of recipes bookmarked:
- Triple “B” Crock Pot Soup with Beef, Barley, and Beans sounds like the perfect hearty dinner that cooks itself.
- I must try the duo of Chilled Honeydew Ginger Soup and Honey Roasted Peach Soup for a summer meal.
- Mexican Meatball Soup with Tortilla Strips is another hearty complete meal in a bowl; I can never have too many of these on my weeknight menus.
- The Grapefruit Salad with Candies Pecans and Avocado sounds simply refreshing!
The cookbook was created as a means to raise funds for the authors’ children’s school, Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) of Far Rockaway, New York, and is scheduled to be released on December 14th, 2011. TAG is in the midst of a major building project and each cookbook purchased will help the school’s endeavor. I wish them loads of luck with the cookbook as well as TAG’s building campaign!
To purchase Dash at the pre-sale Chanukah price of $30, please call TAG at 718-471-8444 or use this order form (PDF).
We will update you when it is available for sale online.
If you would like a chance to win a copy of Dash: Inspired Kosher Recipes for the Seasoned Palette leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling us about a successful fundraiser your child’s school has recently done.
One winner will be randomly selected on December 12, 2011.