Jane’s Kitchen: Solar Eclipse Quesadillas

8 12-inch tortillas  1 16-ounce can refried beans (Rosarita)  1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix  12 ounces Mexican cheese blend, shredded  Salsa and sour cream to serve    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mash beans with taco seasoning. Build quesadillas by covering two-thirds of a tortilla with cheese and spreading the bean mixture in the […]

Jane’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Bisque with Ginger

Servings: 8    2 cloves garlic, grated  1 1/3 cups chopped onion  2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root  2 tablespoons canola oil  4 tablespoons all-purpose flour  4 cups chicken broth  2/3 cup apple cider or juice  3 cups pumpkin puree or Hubbard squash puree 4 tablespoons maple syrup  1/4 teaspoon dried thyme  1/4 teaspoon ground […]

Jane’s Kitchen: Persimmon Caprese Salad

Servings: 4    Salad:  1 ripe Fuyu persimmon, sliced in crescents  1 8 ounce package of sliced fresh mozzarella (BelGiosa) 1/2 cup fresh blueberries  1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves    Citrus Honey Dressing:  1/2 cup fresh orange juice  2 tablespoons lemon juice  2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (best) or white wine vinegar 1/4 cup […]

Jane’s Kitchen: Creamy Pineapple Kugel

Creamy Pineapple Kugel  by Jamie Geller  Servings: 6    1 8-ounce container whipped cream cheese (Temptee or other brand)  1/2 cup sugar  4 eggs  3/4 cup potato starch or flour  1 teaspoon baking powder  1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple  1/2 cup neutral-flavored oil  1 teaspoon vanilla  whole cored canned pineapple rings for garnish    […]

Jane’s Kitchen: Eggplant & Porcini “Meat”balls in Tomato Sauce

  From Food and Wine   Servings: 8  1 large eggplant (1 1/4 pounds)  1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms  Boiling water  1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil  1 small onion, minced  4 garlic cloves, grated  2 28-ounce cans imported whole Italian tomatoes, seeded and pureed with their juices  2 tablespoons chopped basil, plus leaves for garnish  […]

Jane’s Kitchen: Icelandic Jewish Cookies

Read the full story on the incredible roots of these cookies.   Icelandic Jewish Cookies 2 cups flour  1/2 teaspoon salt  1/2 teaspoon cardamom  1/2 teaspoon baking powder  2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature  1/2 cup granulated sugar  1 egg, lightly beaten    Toppings  1/4 cup sliced almonds, sliced or finely chopped  1/4 cup raw […]