Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Best Things in Life Are Free, Win The Latest Book by Susie

Yes, that's Susie Fishbein of Kosher by Design fame.
Lots of cookbooks, not the same.

Susie's latest is written for those who don't want too many steps and/or have limited kitchen facilities, like students and very busy adults.  But like all of her recipes, there's a lovely elegance to them.

I'm one of the lucky bloggers who has been promised a review copy, which still hasn't come, and the privilege of hosting a contest.  The winner will receive a free copy of Kosher by Design Teens & 20-Somethings: cooking for the next generation.  There are lots of other kosher "foodie" bloggers with the same deal.  We all made up our own contest rules.  Jennifer is requesting cooking disasters.  G6 also has a contest, information here.  I've requested a rhyming slogan.  Comment on one of my posts about the book. The winner will be announced around Rosh Chodesh Kislev, November 8, so keep checking the blog.  You may enter more than once.

Here's another sample recipe:

Eighteen years ago, when my niece Lauren was born, she had a baby nurse named Eileen. When Baby Lauren would wake to eat in the middle of the night, so would Nurse Eileen. She would shuffle into the kitchen and whip up batches of these delicious scones, leaving some for us family visitors. A gorgeous new baby in the family plus delicious fresh scones made their apartment a popular hangout for our whole family.
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
11 tablespoons (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature for 15 minutes
2 eggs, plus one additional for brushing
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons mix-ins such as chocolate chips, blueberries, or raisins, optional

1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
2. Cover 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
4. Cut the butter into small cubes. Add it to the flour mixture and use both hands to knead the dough, rubbing the butter into the flour.
5. Add the eggs and milk, kneading to form a crumbly but somewhat sticky dough.
6. Turn the dough out onto your work surface and knead for another minute or two; the dough should start to become more smooth as the butter softens from the warmth of your hands. Divide the dough into two pieces. Use the heel of your palm to spread each piece into a circle, about 3/4-1 inch thick.
7. If adding any mix-ins, spread them over the circle, then knead and re-roll and press into a circle. Do not over-mix the scones.
8. Using the open end of a drinking glass or a round 2-inch diameter cookie cutter, cut out circles of the dough and place 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Re-roll the scraps, and cut out more scones.
9. With a fork, whisk the remaining egg. Brush generously over the tops of the scones.
10. Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown and tops are light golden.
11. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Personally, I never bake dairy unless it's a cheese cake.  Use margarine (or oil) instead of butter and soy or rice milk instead of the dairy milk.  Just my two cents.

From the sponsors: Preorder your copy today at – enter the coupon code KBDBLOG at checkout to save 10% and receive free shipping in the continental U.S. Join online to find more reviews and giveaway contests! Kosher by Design Teens & 20-Somethings: cooking for the next generation is aimed at the young and digital-savvy fast-food generation and those who cook for them. Susie Fishbein is an everyday cook who loves to share her passion for cooking and entertaining with friends and family. Her enthusiasm for food and entertaining led to the creation of her best-selling cookbook, Kosher by Design, published in 2003 by ArtScroll Shaar Press. For more recipes and updates, visit the blog or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.


Anonymous said...

Batya, shalom: I'm Susie's publicist. You certainly should have received your cookbook. Please contact me at: Kol tuv!

Batya said...

Tonight, actully in about half an hour, I'll go to our mini-post office which has limited hours and see if it's there. Thanks for your concern.

frizzy lizzy said...

For a book to cook from, that’s easy and neat
Containing amazing recipes ,pareve, dairy and meat.

Lady Weaver said...

Without time or space,
This book is suited for the student's place.
Whether old or young,
All the recipes will tickle your tongue.
So break out the food and get a start!
You'll make wonderful food - perhaps even memories for your heart.

Batya said...

Frizzy and Lady, thanks! It's sure going to be hard to choose a winner.

@ said...

You don't have to be a teen
To enjoy this hip cuisine.

Susie's recipes always rule
Tasty, funky, hip and cool.

Moms no longer need complain
Your teen will help you entertain.

Busy cooks can now create
Inspired food to fill the plate.