Two Reviews and a Recipe – Olive Tapenade

This is awesome – I am beginning to love Canada! This lovely review appeared in Food in Canada magazine (full page here).

The Cookbook Shelf
Kool Kosher Kitchen: Collection of Recipes
Dolly Aizenman
Independently Published
https://koolkosherkitchen.wordpress.com
9781973535492, $9.99, PB, 377pp, http://www.amazon.com

Synopsis: From the four corners of the world, “Kool Kosher Kitchen” is a unique compendium of recipes showcasing an international fusion cuisine the kosher way!

Now even the most novice of kitchen chefs can cook Indian, cook Italian, cook Chinese and Japanese, or cook traditional Jewish; make it vegetarian, pescatarean, or vegan, make it festive and nutritious, always easy to make and delicious, for holiday and every day, but above all, have fun in the kitchen and make the kitchen a fun place to be!

With running commentaries that are illustrated with occasional black-and-white photography, the recipes comprising this uncommon and singular collection range from Spring Rolls in Summer; Colorful Lentil Soup; Fried Flounder in Seasoned Corn Meal; and Baked Chicken Rosemary; to Meatloaf with Surprise; Shepherd Pie Light; Brownie on a Date; and One-Minute Chocolate Cake.

Critique: “Kool Kosher Kitchen: Collection of Recipes” is certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to family, personal, professional, and community library Ethnic Cookbook culinary collections. The recipes are easy-to-follow, utterly delectable, and highly recommended!
On the same day, another review poped up in Midwest Book Review (see here).
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I can’t leave you, Beautiful People, with all this bragging but without a recipe, so here is a very quick, albeit utterly delicious and highly symbolic one. Olive trees withstand all kinds of misfortune – including fire! – and only grow stronger and more impressive in their picturesque grandeur. There are olive trees in Israel that are more than 2000 years old (http://www.aish.com). It’s not for nothing that the state of Israel has chosen olive leaves – the symbol of peace, as part of its national emblem. A less known, but unique feature of an olive tree is that for each fruit it grows two flowers, as opposed to the usual one for one. It has been suggested that it represents the idea of combining physical and spiritual strength, necessary to bear fruit. The olive tree is a quintessential survivor, and at the end, after long struggle, it offers sweet and nourishing taste.
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I use Manzanilla olives, small green ones stuffed with Pimiento pepper bits, which lends a hint of complexity and spice. I also add capers, fresh cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil (I know, it’s funny, adding olive oil to olives, but these are brined, so there isn’t much oil left), and freshly ground black pepper. The rest is a matter of blitzing it in your trusty food processor of blender to desired consistency, creamy or chunky.
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This is what comes out in a couple of minutes, and it’s a perfect dip or spread, with pita, chips, raw or grilled veggies, fish, and even grilled tofu.
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Manzanilla
1/4 cup capers
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
3 – 4 garlic cloves
A generous handful of fresh cilantro, if desired
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
PROCEDURE
Place all ingredients into food processor or blender, pulse until desired consistency.
Enjoy!

36 Comments Add yours

  1. 🙂 I happen to love olives.

    Interesting recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much, Renard! That batch disappeared in one sitting, and the question was, “Are you making more tomorrow?”

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      1. 🙂 Hmm. Maybe, I should!

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      2. Come on, do it and enjoy! 😻

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  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Congratulations on the nice review/s.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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  3. Awesome and such a wonderful recipe, Dolly. I love olives and they are so good with pizzas and pastas. Great post and congrats.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kamal! Thank you for your good wishes and constant support – many blessings to you!

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  4. spearfruit says:

    Dolly,

    Congrats on the wonderful reviews and of course for your recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gary! I really appreciate your support!

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  5. Christy B says:

    Congrats! PS I’m in Canada and smiling 🙂

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    1. Thank you, dear Christy! Keep smiling!😻

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  6. Patty says:

    That are great reviews and well deserved; congrats!
    I tried them several times, because I know they are so healthy..but just don’t like the taste. However, the oil I love and use it abundantly in the kitchen 🙂
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend, XxX

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, dear Patty! You have a great weekend as well! 😻

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  7. Congratulations Dr. Dolly!
    But we get the notice ”

    Apologies! The site you are trying to visit is not available in your area.

    Please note, to comply with GDPR we have purged our newsletter lists and databases for anyone located within the European Union.

    Thank you for your interest.

    ———–
    But I could read the article anyway. After all, you know that there are so-called proxy servers. Citizens of dictatorial states have to use them to get true information. 😉 Best wishes, Michae.

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    1. I see how you struggle with that blasted regulation! Thank you so much for your good wishes, Michael!

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  8. 1ubit says:

    Отлично придумано. Факт интересный: “уникальная особенность оливкового дерева заключается в том, что для каждого плода он выращивает два цветка, в отличие от обычного для одного. Было высказано предположение, что он представляет собой идею сочетания физической и духовной силы, необходимой для принесения плодов.” Действительно уникальное дерево.

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    1. Спасибо за комментарий.

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  9. 1ubit says:

    Здорово получается! “but unique feature of an olive tree is that for each fruit it grows two flowers, as opposed to the usual one for one. It has been suggested that it represents the idea of combining physical and spiritual strength, necessary to bear fruit.” Надо же какое уникальное дерево.

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    1. Б-г создал много уникальный вещей в природе; надо только присмотреться. Спасибо Вам за внимание!

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  10. Sounds delicious. I love Olive. In our home we eat a Mediterranean diet and only use olive oil.

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    1. Odessa, where I am from, has always been influenced by the Mediterranean food. In addition to that, we had Italian neighbors (my childhood nickname was Bella Bambina) and Greek sailors all around our summer house. To top this off, my grandmother claimed that her side of the family was originally from Spain and had managed to escape in 1478, before the Expulsion edict, so from her I have learned Sephardic / Spanish style of cooking. In short, Mediterranean diet is the best!

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      1. My family is Sephardic. I know this because it was huge source of pride for my Grandmother.

        My Father claimed he knew our tribe. He said we were from the Tribe of Benjamin.

        I remain skeptical. 🙂

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      2. You remain correct. If the Gemorrah says that the tribes are lost, they are lost. Until the Moshiach comes, that is.

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      3. Thank you! I should have asked my Father where he got his info, but at the time, I was six–albeit a skeptical six. 🙂

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      4. Dear Robert, we Jews are born sceptical; look at the hard time our ancestors would give Moshe in the desert at every stop!

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      5. We argue with God. Our faith isn’t blind.

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      6. Absolutely! And we have great role models to follow: Our Father Abraham argued with G-d regarding the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, and Moshe Our Teacher argued with Him quite a few times. My revered ancestor Rav Levi Yitzhok of Berdichev was famous for arguing with G-d on behalf of his people as well.

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  11. purpleslob says:

    Dolly, so proud of you for the book!!
    That olive spread looks and sounds so yummy!!
    My blog is moving. 😦
    http://purpleslobinrecovery.blogspot.com
    Love, Melinda

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    1. Thank you so much, Melinda! I wish I could package and send you some! Will definitely follow you in your journey to blogspot and wish you much success!

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  12. I love olives, but worry about their sodium content these days. 😦

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    1. I agree, dear Anna, and I do choose Manzanilla olives with lower sodium content, but I don’t know whether they are available in your neck of woods.

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  13. I love really good Tapenade. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. My pleasure, darling! Enjoy!

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