Health Benefits of Indian food First, besides being fantastically delicious – Indian food is healthy.  In fact, it is so healthy that one of the main spices is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, fights free radicals, fights infections, has been studied and proven to fight the onset of Alzheimer’s and cancer and more!  What is this super spice? Turmeric!  First, turmeric is actually a gorgeous looking root.  It comes in a rusty orange type color (you can buy your fresh root at Whole Foods, H-Mart and other places around town).   In addition, turmeric has a mild yummy taste and a gorgeous color (as with a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables – if there is a gorgeous color – the fruit or vegetable will have a lot of antioxidants and be good for you – think watermelon, red peppers, etc). Weirdly enough, to be most…

An easy and very Italian appetizer is a caprese salad.  There are only a few ingredients, yet it looks stunning on a plate, smells fantastic and tastes delicious. 1 1/2 pounds High Moisture Mozzarella 1 1/2 pounds Vine ripened tomatoes (or heirloom if you’re willing to splurge) 1/2 bunch Fresh Basil, washed and coarsely chopped 2 teaspoons Coarse Salt (or to taste) 1/4 teaspoon Pepper 2-3 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil Why did I write high moisture mozzarella you may ask?  Because this is the kind of mozzarella that is delicious and oozing with “juice” and adds to the dish.  However, if you are shopping for your mozzarella at 7Mile, you might not be able to find it.  I was only  able to find “Low Moisture” mozzarella – and this works, too (you can actually make your own relatively easily – if you’d like…

Sorry for the long absence of specials – we have had some events over the past few weeks.  One of them has been our biggest event to date and we have been doing a couple of bar mitzvahs and a few fundraisers.  Please keep us in mind – we would very much appreciate the opportunity to bid on any event you have coming up. Our friends in Indiana made a “Challah”ween a few years ago, and I thought the name was fantastic.  So here’s our special: “Challah”Ween Special (for $15 a portion): Appetizer: Pumpkin Challah or Pumpkin muffins Soup: Butternut Squash Soup Main Course: Chicken Roulade with Sundried tomatoes, spinach and white wine Sides: Jasmine rice with corn and red peppers Citrus Glazed Carrots Dessert: Chocolate peanut butter cups (parve) – $2 each portion (2 in each portion) For orders over $75 and in…

First, we have heard from a couple of people who have tasted all of our specials, that last week’s special was the best special so far.  For those who weren’t able to try the Spanish special when next we have it, try it! Please find the special below. We’re also providing Rosendorff challah to those who want and Sushi on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or for  Shabbos ($6 a roll – tofu, egg, salmon – tuna is $8 a roll). Korean Shabbos Special for $15 a portion, please order by Wednesday at noon: Appetizer: Fried Dumplings- kimchi with tofu, chives and onions Soup: Daikon Radish Soup (Moo Gook) Main Course: Olympic Seoul Chicken (chicken on bone, marinated, similar to a teriyaki chicken but with lots more garlic) Herbed Roasted Chicken Beef Bimbibop – korean hot pot with beef (an $8 upgrade – pot of rice with…

This summer we are having camp Shor!  And as part of the fun activities we do, we do a lot of children friendly recipes (and pre-school crafts – if you know fun ones, let me know).  The following chocolate syrup is easy and delicious.  It’s from the Scharffen Berger’s cookbook (Scharffen Berger is a boutique chocolate – which can be bought at The Chocolate Publishing company, as well as other locations).   It’s a small amount and little hands can do a great job mixing and pouring (and then drinking milk chocolate – it’s a win/win all around). Is this recipe cost effective (i.e. is it cheaper to make than shoprite chocolate syrup?) – I have to work the math out on that one, but it’s better for you (i.e. no corn syrup, and no preservatives).  This recipe keeps about 1 month in the fridge, and is…

Appetizer: Almond Onigiri (rice ball seasoned with soy sauce and spices with almonds) Soup: Miso Soup (with tofu and seaweed) Fish: Sushi (for an additional $6 a roll, tuna is $8) Main Course: Teriyaki Chicken or Sesame Chicken Sides (you can pick 2): Daikon and cucumber salad with Ginger Dressing Miso Eggplant Rice logs (although these look more like discs) Dessert: Individual Chocolate Peanut Butter Pies -$5 per portion For orders over $75 and in the eruv, there is free delivery.  For orders under $75 there is a $5 delivery charge or you can pick up. Bracha 410.358.6646 www.sweetandgoodcatering.com If anyone would like to send me ideas on specials – we would very much like to hear from you, send us an email or post a message on the website. Please keep us in mind if you are having a dinner party, sheva brachos,…

We got the inspiration for this special from a restaurant in Denver that serves 3 “dips” for each entree.  So, for our special – whichever entree you choose you will also get 3 sauces – each main entree will be broiled, roasted, or poached.  We give our recommendations below, however, you can mix and match.    Dipping Sauce Special – $15 a person – Please let us know if you are ordering by noon on Wednesday.    Appetizer: Cherry tomato stuffed with spinach dip Soup: Lentil Soup Main Course: Salmon or Tuna ($4 upgrade): Red Curry, Black Pepper Aioli, Cilantro Pesto Chicken: Red Curry, Dried Berry Chutney, Thai Peanut Sauce Beef ($10 upgrade): Carolina BBQ, Black Pepper Aioli and Cilantro Pesto Tofu : Dried Berry Chutney, Thai Peanut Sauce, Red Curry Sides (you can pick 2): Roasted Vegetables Sweet Potato Puree Jasmine Rice Dessert ($5 upgrade): Chocolate Decadence Cake with…

Hello – thank you to everyone who participated in the Menucha, Inc fundraiser — we sold 17 trays of lemon bars! We are *NOT* doing Super Bowl food this year.  We have events and can’t also do the Super Bowl food.  Sorry for anyone who wanted to order.  If you want to order Super Bowl food the week of the 29th – we can do that for you. Please find our special for Shabbos below, as per special request we are doing Southern food.  Please order the Shabbos special as soon as you know, preferably by noon on Wednesday. We’ll try to accommodate orders after that, but no guarantee. Thank you to Jeff Cohn for publishing our articles.  This week we have a recipe for hamantaschen and some tips on how to make your own Purim Baskets. http://www.sweetandgoodcatering.com/?p=1113 Don’t forget: you can order sushi from Tuesday to…

Hello – I hope everyone is doing well.  We are going to do something fun with our immensely popular lemon bars.  If you order our Lemon Bars this week (a 9×13 tray is $15) the entire $15 will be donated to Menucha, Inc.  A wonderful organization that supports Jewish children with disabilities (www.menuchainc.org). Please find our special for Shabbos below.  Please order the Shabbos special as soon as you know, preferably by noon on Wednesday.  We’ll try to accommodate orders after that, but no guarantee. Don’t forget: you can order sushi from Tuesday to Shabbos – $6 a roll.   $15 per person Japanese Special: Appetizer: Salmon Onigiri Ginger Fried Soybeans Soup: Kenchin-jiru (It’s a Japanese vegetable soup – it’s yummy) Fish: Sushi (for $6 a roll, tuna is $8) Main Course: Ginger Simmered Chicken Sides (you can pick 2): Salad with Ginger Dressing Steamed Rice Carrot, Taro…

As usual, we will continue having our sushi for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and for Shabbos. You can have raw fish, cooked fish, veggies, tofu, egg or any combination. $6 per roll (Tuna rolls are $8). This week we are making our immensely popular cajun special.  I am typically light on adding the spicy heat – so if you want it spicy hot you have to special request it. Appetizer Jalapeno Poppers – jalapeno with sweet peanut butter -baked. (Not as spicy as it sounds, and it is really very wonderful – you are supposed to eat the whole pepper at once, so that the the peanut butter cools down the pepper while you eat it). Fish Course: Fish Gumbo (includes okra) (for an additional $3 a serving) Main Course: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya (has rice with it) or Cajun Chicken Side Dishes (you can pick 2):…

Sweet and Good Catering not only catered our wedding, they’ve catered intimate dinner parties in our home as well. Their menu is to die for, a varied and savory mix of ethnic temptations. Every bite is literally saturated with taste, bursting with a new flavor surprise for your palette. The originality and quality of the food offerings is paralleled only by their presentation. Bracha, company owner, is a gourmet genius. I’ve never witnessed such a combination of loving preparation, professionalism, and attention to detail. Until Sweet and Good Catering, it was impossible, to find local catered food that is on par with the quality and ethnic variety of that available in Los Angeles or New York. I love that I can order Cajun, French, Mexican or Moroccan-themed meals, to name a few, and that the food arrives elegantly packaged and easy to serve. Plus, it’s…

Hello!  Please find our first special of 2012 below. Next week we’re going to have our immensely popular Cajun Special – so look out for that (gumbo, jambalaya, dirty rice, bourbon bread pudding). As usual, we will continue having our sushi for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and for Shabbos. You can have raw fish, cooked fish, veggies, tofu, egg or any combination. $6 per roll (Tuna rolls are $8). First 2012 Special – $15 a person – Please let us know as soon as you know, preferably by noon on Wednesday. Appetizer: Samosa with Chutney Fish: Sushi – $6 a roll Soup: Spicy Curry Soup Main Course: Chicken Satay with peanut sauce Sweet and Sour Meatballs (for an additional $4.50) Sides (you can pick 2): Steamed Rice Mandarin Orange, Craisin Citrus Salad Grilled Red Peppers, Zucchini and squash with a little fresh basil Dessert: Chocolate Mousse…

Hello!  Please find our final special of 2011 below. We will be having a Super Bowl Special – so look out for that in the coming weeks.  Binyamin is pulling himself to standing and eating solid food (and whatever else he can).  Nava is lighting her own Menorah and we all have fun singing the dreidel song.  I hope everyone else is also having a happy Chanukah. As usual, we will continue having our sushi for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and for Shabbos. You can have raw fish, cooked fish, veggies, tofu, egg or any combination. $6 per roll (Tuna rolls are $8). “Israeli” Special – $15 a person – Please let us know as soon as you know, preferably by noon on Wednesday. Appetizer: Hummus dip and Pesto dip Fish (an additional $4 per serving): Baked Gefilte Fish with homemade sauce Soup: Matzah Ball Soup…

One way to perfect a dish is to showcase all 5 “tastes” – salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami (which refers to a type of fermented taste).  When you use all 5 tastes this sometimes makes for a delicious “symphony” of flavors, but if the dish is out of balance the flavors could quickly turn into a muddled cacophony instead. I put this recipe together while I was trying to make a very fancy fish course.  I was trying to impress a few special Shabbos guests, and it turned out I was low on fish – I had one can of anchovies in the house.  You might ask, how can you  make 1 can of anchovies stretch for 8 people?  Make it into a dressing!  We had apples and avocados – and then I garnished it with some very thin julienned red pepper and…

Ok, are they really the best doughnuts ever? I’m not sure, but these are amazing.  I’ve made sufganiyot (doughnuts) for years.  And you know what – I can’t make them.  I don’t know why.  I’ve gotten recipes from lots of doughnut makers – people who have great success making doughnuts (I know, because I’ve eaten their doughnuts, and then I say, “can I have your recipe, I have trouble making doughnuts.”  They then give me their recipes and their tips and are very nice about the whole thing and then I still get flat fried dough. It’s very sad. It’s almost like Charlie Brown and the football.  Every year I try again.  And every year I’ve been just a little disappointed – you can’t really be a lot disappointed, because for goodness sakes, we’re still dealing with fried dough with sugar, if you know…

Chanukah is coming – so what should you make?  Latkes – of course.  These do not have to be high in fat (although they can be) – instead you can bake these and still have tasty and delicious homemade latkes.  With all of the fried foods that abound during this season (and I do enjoy my share, don’t get me wrong), you don’t have to have every meal filled with oil (and calories – for those who are counting).  These latkes are delicious and easy to prepare.  And you can serve them with the typical latke fare – applesauce, sour cream (or low fat yogurt or greek yogurt if you’re looking for substitutes).  I prefer applesauce – and you can do some fun applesauce “bars” – where you can add flavors to your applesauce.  For cinnamon applesauce add one and a half teaspoons of…

Hello – I hope everyone is doing well.  Please find our special for Shabbos below.  Please order the Shabbos Special as soon as you know, preferably by noon on Wednesday.  We’ll try to accommodate orders after that, but no guarantee. We will be putting together our famous latke bar for Chanukah this year; we will send out the menu next week. If you have a holiday party coming up, or you have a luncheon at the office – give us a chance to cater the event. Don’t forget: you can order sushi from Tuesday to Shabbos – $6 a roll. $15 per person Special: Appetizer: Crepes filled with onions and vegetables Soup: Potage Crecy (creamy carrot soup) Main Course: Coq Au Vin (Chicken in a wine sauce) Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon ($10 upgrade) Sides (you can pick 2): Fresh Steamed Green Beans Potato Galettes (these are similar to homemade…

Hello!  This week’s special is Japanese! $15 per person Special: Please order as soon as you know and if you can by Wednesday at noon. Appetizer: Onigiri (baked rice balls, a very popular snack in Japan with almonds and soy sauce, slightly sweet) Fish (an additional $6 per roll): Sushi! (mock crab, salmon, avocado, tofu, egg, etc – tell us what you would like) Soup: Miso Soup with tofu cubes, mushrooms and nori (seaweed) Main Course: Teriyaki Chicken (white off the bone) or “S&G” Beef Sukiyaki  – This is a soup with very thin slices of the beef with vegetables.  A classic Japanese dish.  This will be $25 for the special (instead of the chicken) Sides (you can pick 2): Miso Eggplant Rice Wok Sauteed Veggies (carrots, zucchini, onions, etc) Dessert: Mini Lemon Meringue Pies (ask for price if interested) Chocolate Chip Cookies $10 for 2 dozen For orders over $75…

We took a quick trip to Indiana for the first days of Sukkot to visit our friends from Israel.  It is 645 miles from where we live.  And unfortunately, all the words I know to “Gary, Indiana” are “Gary, Indiana, Gary Indiana, Gary Indiana, My home sweet home.”  And well, after about 10 miles of that, I had to try to find other things to sing…. The country is beautiful – the leaves are changing, they’re further along then our leaves were, so we saw lots of oranges, reds, greens and yellows.  When we crossed into Indiana, a big sign proclaims:  “Indiana – childhood home of Lincoln.”  Really?  Come on! Indiana.  I feel disappointed.  I think your state motto could be something stronger -Surely someone famous was born in Indiana – all you got is that Lincoln’s parents carpet bagged through your state?  (I…

Thank you so much to Elisheva Rabinowitz for the opportunity to write this article about some New Year appropriate salads.  Since, we are coming to the New Year and apples are on my mind, we’ll look at a few salad recipes. First of all, you can always add diced apples to whatever salad you would like.  And you say, what?  my apples always turn brown when I do this.  Well, before you add the apples to a salad, put them in a zip lock bag, and add some lemon juice (a squeeze from half a lemon – if you have no lemon, you can use a teaspoon of vinegar to the same end) – shake.  Then you can add the apples without fear from the color brown…  The acidity from the lemon will stop the oxidation process that turns the apple brown (if I…

The tea party was a resounding success – where success is defined that the food was extremely tasty.  We took video of the three tiered plates, showing off the scones, sandwiches and pastries.  See the video below (you have to click on “Sweet & Good Tea Party”). Sweet & Good Tea Party VIDEO The petit fours were tricky.  We didn’t glaze them this time, but hopefully next time, there’s lots of fun ways to decorate them once they are glazed. The scones were delicious, of course, once you throw cream in there, hard not to be tasty.  And we had lemon curd – which is yummy buttery lemon deliciousness that you can put on the scones (it tastes very similar to the lemon part of a lemon meringue pie).

Everyone should have an easy fast.  Thanks to Elisheva Rabinowitz for the opportunity to write about Jerusalem artichokes:  Find the article with a recipe for Herbed Quinoa here: http://www.sweetandgoodcatering.com/?p=90 Do you have a parlor meeting coming up?  Call us to cater the event for beautiful, gourmet delicious food! As usual, we will continue having our sushi for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and for Shabbos. You can have raw fish, cooked fish, veggies, tofu, egg or any combination. $6 per roll (Tuna rolls are $8). Delicious Special – For $15 a person (please order by Wednesday at noon): Appetizer: Cherry Tomatoes stuffed with Spinach dip Soup: Dual Toned Split Pea Soup (yellow and green) Main Course: Chicken and Broccoli in a wine sauce in a crepe (yum) Side Dishes: Miso Eggplant (sauteed eggplant with miso) Hasselback potatoes with red peppers and Thai chili sauce Asian Cabbage Salad (with…

Are you looking for new and interesting salads – filled with taste and nutrition?  Then consider the Jerusalem Artichoke – neither from Jerusalem nor an artichoke! Despite the misnomer – Jerusalem artichokes (also known as sunchokes) are delicious. They have a nutty, refreshing taste and can be eaten in a variety of ways – raw, boiled, steamed, sauteed, mashed, baked, etc.  They can be substituted for potatoes in recipes (although the sunchoke cooking time is vastly quicker – once you can pierce the sunchoke easily, it is done).   You scrub them clean, no need for peeling.  If you are looking for them in a supermarket – they look very similar to ginger root.  You can find these at SunFresh – the produce market on Reisterstown near Subway.  If you are choosing – you will want to avoid sunchokes that are wrinkled, have soft spots,…

On Tuesday and Thusday we will be doing 2 specials for the nine days (see below).  We have sushi rolls Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and for Shabbos – they are $6 each. “9 Days” SpecialsFor Tuesday night for $7 per person (must order by Monday at 3): Sudanese Lentils with Rice and carrots on the side with cookies (red lentils with lemon and spices – a filling yummy different meal) For Thursday $7 per person (order by Wednesday at noon): Ethiopian Butternut Squash Stew and Sourdough Crepes with string beans on the side with a lemon bar (you use the crepes to pick up the stew – very exotic and delicious!) Italiano Special – For $15 a person (please order by Wednesday at noon): Appetizer: Bruschetta Soup: Minestrone Main Course: Chicken Vesuvio (white wine and peas) Meat Ravioli (for an additional $5 instead of the chicken): Side Dishes…

We previously had a “dip” special, and for everyone who had tasted it – it became one of the favorite specials of *all time*.  In Denver there is a restaurant that is focused on sauces and serves 3 “dips” for each entree. For whichever protein you choose you will get 3 sauces – each main entree will be broiled, roasted, or poached. We have listed below our recommendations for the 3 sauces, however, you can mix and match. I would *strongly* recommend emailing me your dip choices, as opposed to calling, so that I don’t lose track of them. Dipping Sauce Special – $15 a person – Please let us know if you are ordering by noon on Wednesday Soup: “Cream” of Broccoli Soup Main Course: Chicken: Red Curry, Dried Berry Chutney, Thai Peanut Sauce Beef ($10 upgrade): Carolina BBQ, Black Pepper Aioli and…

First, we had a very successful kiddish over Shabbos – it was for 150 and was well received.  Please keep us in mind for any events you may have (Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, dinner parties, sheva brachas, vorts, brises, kiddishes, business lunches, etc). Our weekly special (the last time we had Indian was January!): Indian Special – $15 a person – Please let us know as soon as you know, preferably by noon on Wednesday. Appetizer: Samosas with Chutney (triangular pastry with potatoes and corn inside) Fish (an additional $8 per serving): Curried Salmon Soup: Daal Soup (a kind of light lentil) Main Course: Indian Dry Rub Roasted Chicken Chicken Curry with Almonds and Coconut Milk Citrus Glazed Lamb (this has ginger, orange, pineapple and lemon as well as Indian spices) (an additional $8) Sides (you can pick 2): Zucchini with Onions and Tomatoes Curried Corn and Potatoes Cilantro Garlic…

Hello! We have a number of events this week and now will *not* be having a special.  However, you can still get sushi Thursday and for Shabbos, if you would like. We have a Sushi/Japanese Cooking Class this week!  It is Thursday night, please email me if you would like additional information. We’re going to have bamboo mats for everyone to use to roll their own sushi, we’re going to make our own sushi rice, pickle our own ginger, make our own tofu, make flower “designer” sushi as well as the “normal” sushi.  Dragon rolls, inside out rolls, squares, we’ll have a lot of fun things (and we’ll have lots of tips).  Not to mention – the non-sushi food we’re going to have – including fun Onigiri (which are rice cakes), miso soup, gyozo, teriyaki chicken, daikon and cucumber salad among other things….  If…

Most importantly, Yaakov is now walking!  And he’s very fast. Next week (Thursday February 24th) we will have our second of three International cuisine classes focussed on Japanese/Sushi – if anyone’s interested, I’ll give you the details and next week’s special will be Japanese. Please find our special for Shabbos below.  Please order the Shabbos Special as soon as you know, preferably by noon on Wednesday.  We’ll try to accommodate orders after that, but no guarantee. You can order during the week if you like (what, you say, we have a menu?  Yes, it’s on our website at the bottom of our front page or on the “Menu” page – www.sweetandgoodcatering.com, but we do a lot of custom orders).  If you want to order for Shabbos and want something specific – we can make the special around what you want. You can order sushi from…

We had an amazing Tu B’Shvat Seder – with over 25 fruits and nuts and a few baked delicacies.  First of all – for those people who are Sephardi – you already know about pickling watermelon and lemons – but you can candy a whole lemon – with nothing leftover but the seeds.  See recipe below.  That turned out delicious.  We also poached some pears in wine sauce – yum.  And we made a delicious barley side dish (that went with our meatballs in a dried berry chutney sauce. Candied Lemon 1 large lemon 1 cup sugar 1 cup water Bring a pot of water to boil.  While the water is starting to boil slice the lemon into as thin slices as you can – you should come out with around 15.  If you have a madoline you can use that, or a sharp…

We just put up a new recipe on the website – homemade ice cream (made in zip lock bags – a great activity for children). We have our new camera, but we’re having difficulty loading the pictures. http://www.sweetandgoodcatering.com/?p=649 This Thursday night is Tu B’Shvat – the New Year for the trees. Lots of people celebrate the holiday by eating a lot of different fruit from trees (and especially the special species – dates, pomegranates, grapes, figs). Almonds (as you may already know) are also from trees, as are cashews. And speaking of the Brazilian special – the cashew is actually the stem of the caju fruit (grown in Brazil) and they roast the stems and then take the inside of the stem out which is what we eat as cashews. You can get sushi from Tuesday to Shabbos – $6 a roll. Brazilian Special…

Hello – on this fine Sunday morning we wanted to do something fun and have a special treat.  Nava had made her own ice cream at camp – and so we tried it ourselves.  It is easy and a yummy (relatively) healthy treat.  And we got our new Nikon CoolPix P7000 – like I know what that means, however, we have the camera and we can take pictures.  Uploading seems to be a challenge, so we have pictures, but I can’t show you yet…. Ice Cream Ingredients: 1 cup milk (skim, 1 %, or whole, or cream for that matter) 2 tablespoons sugar (you can reduce this, depending on your preferences) 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (or vanilla, or whatever extract you would like) NOTE: for some mint extracts this ended up being too much.  So start with less – eagle eyed reader SD suggested…

Hello everyone, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and will have a very happy Chanukah.  Yaakov David turned one – and ate a lot of sushi (Nava was willing to pinch hit for him and eat his cupcakes). This week we will have a Chanukah special, sushi for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Shabbos (at $6 a roll) and latkes for Wednesday or Shabbos; and Hot Wings (a dozen for $7 or 2 dozen for $12) for Thursday.  Please see the menus below. As a customer appreciation campaign – if you recommend us for an event we end up doing – you will receive dinner for 4. Chanukah Special – $15 per person (please order by Wednesday at noon or as soon as you know): Appetizer: Samosa (Indian puff pastry with potatoes and peas) (one samosa per portion and you can order more for…

We continue to have a very good response to our sushi.  You can have fresh sushi Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday – with the added choice of having sushi for Shabbos as well.  We make all kinds – with raw fish, spicy, sashimi, with veggies, tofu, egg, california roll, and specialty rolls – whatever you would like.  There are 8 pieces to the normal roll ($6 per roll). Italian Special: For $15 a person (please order by Wednesday at noon): Appetizer: Bruschetta Fish Course (for an additional $8): Italian Fish and Vegetables in Papillotte (baked in an airtight container of parchment paper so that the fish steams and looks like a little package) Soup: Minestrone Main Course: Chicken Vesuvio (white wine, peas and potatoes) Meat Course (for an additional $5 instead of the chicken, an additional $10 if also having chicken): Pasta Bolognese Side Dishes…

Sorry to take so long to post – we are having trouble with our verizon internet and phone.  They were able to fix the phone, but I guess the internet was trickier.  So we have intermittent service at the moment. The pop tart experiment has thus far gone great. They were gobbled up; luckily we’re making more. We did strawberry, raspberry and chocolate so far.  The dough I found super easy to put together (with a cuisinart). In the recipe, it calls for “coarse meal.”   I had trouble getting the camera to focus properly, but the picture should give you some idea of what it should look like after you add the flour, sugar, salt and margarine.  [Oh, and speaking of the recipe, I’m not a fan of “2 cups plus 2 tablespoons” of flour.  First of all, the amount of flour in…

We have gotten a very positive response from our sushi, and we had a few requests for weeknight sushi, so we’re going to try fresh sushi for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night this week and see how it goes.  You can get sushi delivered or picked up.  We make all kinds – with raw fish, sashimi, with veggies, tofu, inside out, california roll, and specialty rolls – whatever you would like.  There are 8 pieces to the normal roll ($6 per roll). As a customer appreciation campaign – if you recommend us for an event we end up doing – you will receive dinner for 4. Homemade Pop tarts trial: My husband has been wanting to try pop tarts for years, and I finally did a web search and came up with a recipe.  If anyone would like to join me in the virtual…

Hello!  We are going to try a virtual cooking group.  It’s easy – just make this recipe at home (or a version of it) and post your comments (and a picture, if you’d like).  [Or you can just post comments]. My husband has wanted to eat pop tarts for years, but for whatever reason, pop tarts aren’t kosher (I believe there are some kinds of pop tarts that are kosher, but I think they are the “healthy” ones, and really, who wants to eat the healthy pop tarts – I want the gooey, yummy chocolatey ones, if we can make them). “Bon Appetit” earlier this year had posted a recipe for pop tarts with strawberry filling. This is there picture (above).  What? No glaze?  Seriously, why say you’re making a pop tart.  And this is why the healthy pop tarts don’t count – without…

We took some pictures of our cuban food (shocking, I know).  I will still need to get the black beans, vegetable paella, and the mojo chicken – but here are some of the exotic roots once they were peeled and cooked. First of all, how cool is it that I was cooking with one of the taro chips (again you can tell by the dots).  I peeled it and chopped it into chunks, and then, keeping with Cuban tradition – fried it.  Apparently, frying is a big thing in Cuba (one of the Cuban contestants on a cooking show had fried a very  nice cut of beef and was blasted for it). I put 2 inches of oil in the frying pan, and waited until the oil was *hot* before I started frying.  You have to be careful not to start frying with oil…

Ok, until we figure out how to do a Gallery – here are some pictures that were supposed to be in posts, but didn’t get posted.  Our hugely popular zucchini weave – this gives you an idea of what it looks like.  Our basteeya (phyllow dough stuffed with meat, onions, and spices) that we did for the Moroccan special and our hugely popular Chana Masala (an Indian dish we do with chick peas and tomatoes).

I just went to another Asian market today – eagle eye reader – Tzivia R. told me about it.  Ali B. went with me – which was so much fun – first she knew how to get there (a big plus) and second – she knew her stuff about strange fruit (don’t get the durian fruit – unless you are willing to hold your nose, apparently it tastes ok but the smell is something you very much wouldn’t want to eat — apparently these fruits are banned in public places in Singapore.  It’s this big spiky fruit – I didn’t get a picture, but pisces.eu had a picture I borrowed below). They had all the usual fruits – but we also got malanga – this is a tuber that is one of the vegetables used in the Taro chips bag.  You can tell from…

We have teamed up with “Centerpieces and More” to see if anyone might be interested in having flowers delivered at the same time as your meal.  If you are interested let me know – they have all kinds of flowers, and you could even get a Cuban theme arrangement. For $15: Appetizer: Fried Plaintains Fish Course (for an additional $5): Stuffed Avocado with Tilapia Soup: Cuban Okra Stew Main Course: Spicy Cuban Mojo Chicken with Mango Tomato Salsa (*I am typically light on the spicy-ness, if you really want it spicy I will try to make it spicy for you – I get nervous people won’t be able to eat it.  And if you don’t want any “heat” let me know that, too). Side Dishes (pick 2): Vegetable Paella (very similar to the Spanish Paella… hmmm we haven’t had a Spanish Special yet –…

First, one of our eagle eye readers (Debbie S.) – found a website where there might be kosher kobe beef.  The company is called Stube Ranch, and it says they have some kind of kosher beef.  I’ve left a message and we’ll see.  Perhaps for the next Japanese special we’ll have real Kobe beef!  That would be exciting. Next, while we were in Israel, all of the Asian products were easily accessible.  Soybean paste (in a variety of colors), a variety of seaweed, everything was easily gotten at the shuk – not to mention all of the spices.  The truth is, we have found mostly everything here as well – except for the soybean paste.  But we know it exists – so next Japanese special we should be able to special order it (it is used for Miso soup). We found a new Asian market…

We catered the SoBo Design Loft’s (www.sobodesignloft.com) Grand Opening Event – it was a stellar evening.  Fanny Zigdon has opened a storefront (by appointment only) in Federal Hill to show off her Interior Design brilliance – her loft is filled with an understated elegance that combines the modern look with a calm and warm feel.  Fanny should have a great deal of hatzlacha (success) with her business. We provided 5 appetizers (Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Cherry Tomatoes with Spinach Dip, Deconstructed Tamales, 5 Mushroom, Sausage and Wine Risotto and a Chocolate Mousse in a mini chocolate cup) along with the signature cocktail of the evening a Sparkling Wine and Pear Nectar drink that was delicious. We’ll be starting up our specials again next week – we’ll have Hot Buffalo Wing Wednesday and a fun special for Shabbos.  Check back on Sunday to see…

I hope everyone had a good Sukkot and a wonderful start to the new year.  Our first special in October will be a double special.  We’ll have a $10 dessert sampler and a $15 French Special. The Dessert Special will include: Chocolate Mousse in a chocolate cup (1) Chocolate Truffles (2) Lemon Bars (2) Linzertorte Bars (2) Smores Bars (2) French Special: Starter: 2 Basil Palmiers (this is a savory cookie that looks like “Elephant Ear Cookies” but has a pesto like filling) Soup: French Carrot Soup with Basil Main Course: Coq Au Vin (Chicken in a wine sauce)** or Boeuf Bourgnignon (this is a stew with meat and wine – I have to still price out what the upgrade will be on this – let me know if you are interested it will most likely be a $10 upgrade) Sides (you can pick…

Hooray!  Sukkot is here – one of our favorite holidays.  Nava helped build the sukkah (as she did last year) and we took fun pictures. .  This year, as last year, we went to our relative’s houses and helped prune their trees for our schach (the fun leaves and branches that go on top of the sukkah).  Nava helped mallet the metal frame in place, and helped Abba put up all the leaves. And we rebuilt the sukkah in Delaware!  Here’s proof: And Nava helped put up the decorations.  This year, we had a light!  Last year we ate in the dark.  Next year, Jerusalem…. Enjoy your holiday, let us know if you want to come to our Sukkah and eat.  We like guests….

Hooray!  Sukkot is here – one of our favorite holidays.  Nava helped build the sukkah (as she did last year) and we took fun pictures.  If only I could find our camera charger so I can upload some of those pictures.  This year, as last year, we went to our relative’s houses and helped prune their trees for our schach (the fun leaves and branches that go on top of the sukkah).  Nava helped mallet the metal frame in place, and helped Abba put up all the leaves.  And she helped put up the decorations.  This year, we had a light!  Last year we ate in the dark.  Next year, Jerusalem…. Sukkah Menu Fish Balls in a tomato based broth (***one of our Published Recipes!!!!) – 3 balls per serving (can have them over spaghetti, upon request) $4 ****FAMOUS Spinach and Herb Dip –…

For the YK pre/post seudah you can have Sweet and Good Catering’s World Famous Lasagna.  We got rave reviews from those who ordered it this year.  Perhaps, though, next year, we will figure out a  way that we can have fleishig’s for our own pre-fast meal.  Apparently all dairy all the time is not the way to go for a fast. Yom Kippur Pre or Post Seuda: Samosas $2 each (Indian pastry filled with potatoes and corn — with onion chutney an additional $2 a person ) Chana Masala $20 (Indian Chick Pea and tomato dish) Basmati Rice: $15 Lox, Chives and Herbs Light Cream Cheese: $15 for a tub Sweet Pecan Nut Kugel – $20 Spinach (and Red Peppers) Cheese Quiche $25 (9 inch circle) Salmon and Onion Quiche $30 (9 inch circle) Enchiladas filled with cheese, rice, beans and peppers $30 (9×13) World Famous…

Mexican Special  Mexican Special for $15: Appetizer: Corn Fritters with a basil infused tofutti sour cream Fish Course (an additional $4 a serving): Ceviche – where the fish is “cooked” through lemon juice (so it’s cured).  It comes with corn, red pepper and basil. Soup Course: Poblano Corn Chowder Main Course: Chicken with Mole Sauce – Mole sauce is a rich and deep sauce with chocolate and a few different chile peppers, among many other ingredients, it is a classic Mexican dish. Side Dishes (pick 2): Mexican Rice and Beans Deconstructed Tamales (with polenta on the bottom and beans and cumin and a touch of brown sugar) Stuffed Yellow Squash Avocado and orange Salad Dessert (for an additional $2 a serving): Chocolate Mexican Cookies (with pecans and cinnamon) Rosh Hashannah Menu Please make your RH order by Thursday, September 2nd.  We will try to…

Please find below our weekly special and our Rosh Hashannah Menu and our Simanim (Symbolic foods for RH) Special below: Indian Special. Please order as soon as you can, preferably by Wednesday August 25th at noon, thank you. Appetizer: Samosa (1) (Indian Puff Pastry with potatoes and corn) Onion Chutney (goes with the samosa) Soup: Indian Carrot Ginger Soup (delicately spiced and pureed) Main Course: Chicken Curry with Almonds and Coconut Milk or Indian Dry Rub Roasted Chicken (with Garam Masala, Tumeric, Cumin and other spices) Basmati Rice Side Dishes (Pick 2): Punjabi Green Mung Beans with Ginger Zucchini with Onions and Tomatoes Cumin Potatoes Fish course: (for an additional $6 a serving) Spicy Tilapia Curry with Coconut Sauce Dessert: Rice Pudding with Cardamom (for an additional $4 a serving) **You can order more Samosas for an additional $2 each. Rosh Hashannah Menu Please…

This week (July 8/9th) we will have a Cajun special.  There will be: Appetizer: Jalapeno Popper (a jalapeno pepper stuffed with peanut butter, if  you have never tried this, it is delicious, though different – the peanut butter helps mitigate the heat). You are supposed to eat the whole pepper at once, so that the the peanut butter cools down the pepper’s spiciness while you eat it. or Cajun Caviar (a black eyed pea spread for Challah) Fish Course: Fish Gumbo (has okra) Main Course: Chicken and Spicy Sausage Jambalaya (includes rice) or Cajun Chicken Side Dishes (pick 2): Red Beans and Rice (or Corn Bread) Bourbon Sweet Potatoes Smothered Corn (Maque  Choux) Country Smashed Potatoes Dessert for an additional $2 a serving Bourbon Bread Pudding Pecan Pie (with Chocolate) Let’s kick it up a notch…. This week we are doing a $15 Cajun…