Let Them Eat… Potatoes!

From the Inca Empire to Queen Marie Antoinette of France, to the Russian patissiers (pastry chefs), traveled a simple vegetable, to be transformed into a delectable pastry. Here is this civilization which, starting in the early 13th century, in three hundred years grew into an immense empire and, by the time it was conquered by…

Apple Charlotte

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
Napoleon invaded Russia and lost. Embarrassed and frustrated, he declared that it wasn’t the Russian generals who had defeated the hitherto victorious French army, but General Frost – the harsh Russian winter. Some of the non-military, auxiliary French personnel decided not to risk frostbites or even death, and to remain in…

Pardon My French… Toast!

One of those names that varied from country to country, it was called Spanish Toast in Germany, German Toast in Italy, Nun’s Toast in Spain, Amarilla in South America, and Poor Knights of Windsor in England, with translations of the latter into Swedish, Danish, and some more European languages. The reason for it, presumably, is…

Catherine the Great Needs a Diet (The Tsar Blini)

A petite, slender girl with a tomboy personality, little Sophie was growing up in a highly aristocratic, but dirt poor family. Parents largely neglected her while grooming her brothers to become royalty (both brothers became Kings of Sweden, one after another). Her life changed overnight, when two powerful monarchs and a French adventurer cast a…

Of Hats, Pockets, Ears, and Hidden Messages

These pastries are called Hamantaschen. We can no more imagine the holiday of Purim without them than without the graggers – noisemakers gleefully shaken by children and adults alike to drown the name of the evil villain Haman. That’s a story of Purim in a nutshell. Once again, the Jewish people, marked for wholesale slaughter,…

Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf with Black Beans

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
I wouldn’t dare call it plov, and not because the base is quinoa instead of rice. During WWII, when Odessa was occupied by the Nazi and all men were fighting in the army, the women on my mother’s side of the family were evacuated to Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The…

A Fruit in Season of All Times

With tremendous gratitude to all of you, Beautiful People, I am sharing the news: my humble blog has been voted The Best Food Blog 2016. I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award, but the credit goes to you, my friends and followers, for nominating me, voting for me, supporting me,…

Eggplant Napoleon

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
It seems that anything baked in thin layers interspersed with something creamy is nowadays labeled Napoleon. I’ve met – and duplicated! – beet napoleon, zucchini napoleon, even pumpkin napoleon (didn’t like the latter, though). Contrary to a popular belief, the name does not honor the French Emperor. Or maybe it does,…

koolkosherkitchen : Premio AG EC En Cocina 2017

Originally posted on El Noticiero de Alvarez Galloso:
Con honor y placer entregamos El Premio AG EC en Cocina 2017 a koolkosherkitchen por su aporte positiva en la cocina internacional. For her positive contributions to world cooking, the Alvarez Galloso News Hour bestows the AG EC Prize for cooking to koolkosherkitchen. Quito Ecuador 3 III…

Ponce de Leon, Diamond Lil, and the Secret of Eternal Youth

There is a quaint little town on the East Coast of Florida called St Augustine. It is considered the oldest continuous European settlement in the continental United States. But that’s not what makes it famous. Tourists flock to St Augustine because they are dying to stay young forever. According to the official Fountain of Youth…

March 2017 Share and Inspire Others!

Originally posted on The Recipe Hunter:
Our theme for March  2017 Chocolate – Anything Chocolate Please check out the How to Participate  in our Share and Inspire Others! Monthly Exchange, but please  Timeframe: March 1st – Theme will be announced and published on The Recipe Hunter blog. March 10th – Submissions need to be received via…