April 12, 2013
Balsamic Chicken, White Bean, and Carrot Salad . . . 3 Spinach Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing . . . 2 Confit Salmon in Schmaltz . . . 4
April 12, 2013 |
Like so many Yiddish words, schmaltz has mixed connotations - it can be used to describe something fine and expensive or something corny and over-the-top sentimental. But for many cooks, its true meaning lies on the palate. "If you don't use schmaltz, your food will be flavorless," says Russ Farer, general manager at Schlesinger's Deli in Center City. "It's that simple. " Schmaltz, of course, is the rendered fat of chicken (or goose) that European Jews adopted for kosher cookery in place of butter when tallow from beef proved prohibitively expensive.
April 11, 2013
Makes 4 servings 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon caraway seeds 1 teaspoon mustard seeds Four 4-ounce portions wild king salmon, skin-on 2 cups rendered chicken fat (schmaltz), melted For horseradish sour cream: 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish Juice of 1/2 lemon Salt and pepper Chopped dill 1. Combine salt, pepper, caraway, and mustard.
April 11, 2013
Makes about 18 cookies 3/4 cup schmaltz, well chilled or frozen 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1½ teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt 11/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking) 2/3 cup dried cherries 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Cut the schmaltz into chunks and put it, along with both sugars, into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle.
June 28, 2011 |
In Montgomery Theater's production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue , Tony Braithwaite is mad as hell and he's not gonna take it anymore. On the heels of another heated role - Marc, in Yasmina Reza's Art , at Act II Playhouse - Braithwaite turns up the mania in this dark-edged Neil Simon nugget from the early 1970s, later produced as a film starring Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft. Funny thing about the early 1970s: They look a whole lot like the early 2010s. Sure, Manhattan might be cleaner and safer these days, but America's economic troubles and job prospects appear to have come full circle.
May 2, 2011 |
I try not to eat schmaltz because it's bad for me. After all, it's rendered chicken fat, with onion and chicken skin sautéed in its bubbly breakdown to add flavor to the cholesterol. My Eastern European grandparents ate it all the time and lived to ripe ages, but I don't walk up and down tenement stairs during hard days or hike a field to milk the cows. Which doesn't mean I don't want schmaltz. It's nirvana on a piece of matzoh, and I longed for a little spread of schmaltz just once, all during the Passover holiday that ended this week.
March 25, 2010
For a recipe that doesn't have a lot of ingredients, there are many variations when it comes to making matzo balls. Here are several to choose from, including one right from the Manischewitz Matzo Meal box. All are served in chicken soup, preferably homemade, so there's a recipe for that, too. Figure on two matzo balls per person served with soup as a first course. Let's begin with a traditional recipe from 1941's "Jewish Home Beautiful," by Betty D. Greenberg and Althea O. Silverman, published by the Women's League of the United Synagogue of America.
December 3, 2009 |
A good cast fights schmaltz to a draw in "Everybody's Fine," a holiday tear-jerker featuring Robert DeNiro as a dad trying to reconnect with his grown kids. De Niro plays Frank Goode, a retiree and widower who's feeling his own mortality when he abruptly decides to visit his far-flung family in the weeks leading to Christmas - there's an artist in New York, an ad exec (Kate Beckinsale) in Chicago, a classical musician (Sam Rockwell) in Denver, a dancer (Drew Barrymore) in Las Vegas.
January 16, 2009 |
I took my schmaltz meter with me to Last Chance Harvey . The needle swung into the danger zone well before Dustin Hoffman's title character - a sad-sack New York jingles writer - touched down in London, where he's to see his daughter married, and where her step- father is to give her away. By the time Emma Thompson - as Kate Walker, a disappointed-by-life spinster - runs into Hoffman's Harvey Shine at the airport bar, the schmaltz levels are off the chart. Then my meter just shivered, shaked and sighed - before exploding into wire and ash. Sappy, sentimental and redeemed only by the quiet radiance and fidgety intelligence of its leads, Last Chance Harvey is a fantasy about mopey middle-agers getting a second chance at love.
November 5, 2006 |
Democrats are complaining about a Republican ad that ran in Tennessee making fun of Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. It features mock voters giving dumb reasons to vote for him, such as "Terrorists need their privacy," "Harold Ford looks nice - isn't that enough?", and "So he took money from porn movie producers - I mean, who hasn't?" It ends with a blond bimbo, who says she met the congressman at a Playboy party, winking and cooing, "Harold, call me. " Ford's supporters and other critics say they are appalled at the ad because it appeals to latent racist sentiment by suggesting something untoward between Ford, who is black, and a scantily clad white woman.