Orit's Favorite Recipes
Noodle Kugel

Ingredients:
1 package of wide noodles (12 oz = 340 gram)
1/2 cup sugar
2-3 eggs
1 package of part skim Ricotta cheese (15 oz- 425 gram)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup nuts or raisins (optional)

Instructions:
Cook noodles in water according to instructions on noodles box.
Mix in a bowl: cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla (and nuts if using).
When noodles are cooked, drain and mix with the cheese mixture.
Pour into an oiled pan. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for about 20-30 minutes.
You can cut little pieces of butter and spread on top before putting in the oven.
You can also add other soft cheeses or even sour cream if available.
Butternut Squash Soup

Recipe Courtesy of Cathy Lowe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
* 1 butternut squash, peeled
* Nutmeg
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
* Salt and pepper
* 1 onion, chopped
* 4 cups chicken stock (or water with chicken soup powder)

Instructions:
Cut squash into 1-inch chunks.
In a large pot melt the butter.
Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes.
Add squash and stock.
Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender.
Blend with hand blender
      (or mash it for not so smooth texture if you dont have a  blender).
Stir and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
Serve.
Tomato and Rice Soup

Ingredients:
1 medium onion
1 can tomato puree (big can of 1 lb 12 oz =749 grams)
1 can tomato sauce (15 oz = 425 gram)
water (fill up the big can)
5 tablespoons of rice
salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon sugar, about 1/2 lemon

Instructions:
Saute chopped onion in olive oil.
When soft, add the tomato puree and tomato sauce.
Add water -fill the big puree can, 5 tbsp of rice, salt, pepper, sugar and a
little bit of lemon juice.
Bring to a boil
 (make sure you mix it often so the rice won;t stick to the pot).
Lower to very low heat and cook for about 20 minutes.
Adjust to taste.

The soup comes out pretty thick.
If you like it more diluted, you can add a little more water.
Bourekas

Ingredients for Dough:
200 grams butter room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
3 1/2 cups flour (as needed)
salt

Instructions for Dough:
Start mixing all ingredients except the flour in a mixer.
Start adding the flour slowly.
You probably will need more flour,
...the dough should not be sticky and will feel comfortable to work.

This dough can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for a day or so.

Ingredients for the Filling:
1 package ricotta cheese (I have used Trader Joes 15 oz = 425 gram package)
1 package feta cheese
(I have used Trader Joes Authentic Greek Feta 10.5 oz = 298 gram package)
1 egg.

Instructions for the Filling:
Crumble the Feta cheese, then add Ricotta and egg.
Taste the filling and add more or less of the ingredients to your taste.

Putting them Together:
Roll the dough, cut circles using a cookie cutter.
Put a spoon full of the filling in the middle and fold to make a crescent moon.
Push the edges closed with your fingers. Repeat the process.
Brush the Bourekas with an egg wash (beat an egg plus a few drops of water).
Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake in a 380 degrees oven for about 20 minutes, until it starts to look golden.

As you probably can see, this recipe is not very accurate or scientific; still it should work.
Sesame Cookies

Ingredients:
250 grams sesame seeds (about 1/2 a pound)
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:
Beat a little the egg whites with a fork, add sugar, sesame seeds and vanilla.
Drop full teaspoons on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leave space between.
Bake in a 350 degrees oven, start checking after 10 minutes, it should look golden.
When ready let it cool, can be eaten as is,
.... or spread Nutella on half of the cookies and make sandwiches.
Chocolate Health Balls

Ingredients:
1 cup raw almonds
5-6 pitted dates
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cocoa powder

Instructions:
Chop it all together in the food processor.
Make balls, you can dip them in sesame seeds or coconut flakes.
Put in the freezer for a couple of hours.
Vegetarian Chopped Liver

Ingredients:
4 medium onions
4 hard boiled eggs
1 cup toasted almonds
  ( I have baked raw almonds in a
     200 degrees oven for about 20 minutes)
1 1/2 cups defrosted green peas
   (or a can of green peas)
salt and pepper

Instructions:
Saute the chopped onions till translucent.
When the onions have cooled off,
put all the ingredients in the food processor until pureed.
פּשׁטידת איטריות
בורקס
כבד קצוץ צמחוני
עוגיות שומשום
מרק עגבניות ואורז
כדורי שוקולד בריאות
מרק
דלורית
Walnut Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cups of walnuts
        (1 cup ground completely;
        and the other cup ground a little less so it will still have some texture )
1/3 cup of very fine sugar
                                      (I run it for a short time in the food processor)
2 sticks of butter, partially softened
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions:
Combine the ground walnuts with the flour.
Cream the butter and sugar, add vanilla and dash of salt.
Add slowly the flour nut mixture until it crumbles.
Make balls or any other shape you would like.
      (I have found out that creating small balls is the easiest,
       since the dough is a bit sticky).
Bake at 325 degrees (F.) for about 17-19 minutes (till slightly brown).
Dip in powdered sugar when it cools off.
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Honey Cake

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground clover
a pinch of nutmeg
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup honey
1 cup Coca Cola
3/4 cup canola oil
pieces of walnuts (optional)

Instructions:
Mix dry ingredients (except sugar).
Cream sugar with eggs, add honey and oil.
Add slowly the dry ingredients to the wet ones,
                           mix, and then add the Cola.
Bake at 325 degrees F. for about an hour.
(Check earlier,
as it depends on oven and size/shape of pan).
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