Explore the wide world of kugel at olympia’s blintzapalooza _ the news tribune

The annual Blintzapalooza community fundraiser at Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia, Washington, will focus this year on kugel, the traditional noodle pudding that offers a world of variations.

A mix of kugel dishes surround a traditional lokshen kugel at the annual pre-Blintzapalooza preparation event at Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia. Strawberry smoothie recipe orange juice Clockwise from upper left are Farfel-vegetable kugel; Grandma Bearson’s potato kugel; sweet millet kugel with dried apricots, apples and currants; Barbara’s kugel with cranberries, almonds and figs; Ashkenazic carrot pudding kugel and savory sauteed veggie kugel.


Savory sauteed veggie kugel, featuring shredded zucchini, potatoes, carrots and onion , prepared by Elizabeth Siegel on display at the annual pre-Blintzapalooza preparation event at Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia.

Cathy Wasserman’s traditional Lokshen kugel with raspberry topping on display at the annual pre-Blintzapalooza preparation event at Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia.

Guests test a variety of kugel dishes on display at the annual pre-Blintzapalooza preparation event at Temple Beth Hatfiloh in Olympia. Mango smoothie recipe without orange juice Kugel is a “social dish,” a tradition from Jewish family gatherings.

Some call it a pudding, others call it a casserole. Mango orange smoothie recipe Depending on the ingredients, it can resemble both. Orange smoothie recipe without yogurt Some call it Jewish comfort food, and others consider it celebration cuisine. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with yogurt and orange juice It’s a popular item at a sabbath dinner.

Kugel is one of those flexible dishes that can take on a savory or sweet tone and sometimes a little of both. Fresh pressed apple cider recipe Its roots are in Europe, dating back centuries. Healthy orange juice smoothie recipes There are different versions found throughout Eastern Europe, but many people associate the dish with German cuisine.

Members of Temple Beth Hatfiloh say it can be said as que-guhl or koo-guhl.

On March 26, the Olympia temple will feature kugel in its annual cooking competition that’s one of the events at Blintzapalooza, a one-day blintz, bagel and book sale that raises money for nonprofit organizations (see box for event details).

The kugel cooking contest is open to anyone. Chicken cranberry sauce orange juice recipe All a contestant has to do is drop off the dish at 11 a.m. Orange smoothie recipe with yogurt at the temple on March 26. Strawberry banana orange julius smoothie recipe All kugels, whether modern or traditional, sweet or savory, are open to the competition. Strawberry banana orange smoothie recipe They can even be nondairy, vegan, paleo-friendly or gluten-free.

It turns out that the world of kugel is wide open, as is this competition. Banana orange apple smoothie recipe A PUDDING? A CASSEROLE?

“Kugel is a staple of a traditional Jewish holiday table whether it’s a lokshen (sweet noodle) kugel or potato kugel. Strawberry banana fruit smoothie recipe Sometimes on Passover there’s a matzo kugel,” said temple member Barnett Kalikow, who said the term kugel is Yiddish.

In her research, temple member Elizabeth Siegel Browning came across a reference to kugel being a Yiddish word related to the description for the round vessel in which kugel was steamed in a soup pot (as opposed to today’s method of baking it). Orange pineapple smoothie recipe healthy Today, home cooks are more likely to make it in a square casserole dish.

Most people who have had the most traditional style of kugel pudding will know it as a slightly sweet custard dish with noodles and warm spicing. Pineapple coconut orange smoothie recipe “What makes a kugel is eggs and starch at their most basic,” said Browning.

A popular version also is one made with potatoes and served for Passover, with potatoes in lieu of noodles, Browning said, because, “You can’t have noodles on Passover (per Jewish dietary guidelines). Pineapple orange banana smoothie recipe That’s when the potato ones came in.”

Kalikow said a kugel is the first cousin of a tzimmes, which is made with “root vegetable, carrots, sweet potatoes and sometimes squash that are made into a sweet casserole.” The casserole frequently is sweetened with honey or brown sugar, and raisins. Margarita recipe using orange juice RECIPES FOR EVEN THOSE ON THE PALEO DIET

Temple member Cathy Wasserman has shared her Bat Mitzvah Lokshen Kugel, the most common sweet kugel and the one many Jewish families affiliate with mention of the dish.

She’s become known for sweet lokshen kugel in her circles because it’s a dish she’s made for bat mitzvah celebrations. Margarita recipe orange juice triple sec It’s also the dish she made for her kids when they were growing up. Orange carrot karma smoothie recipe The recipe comes from a family friend and is the same one her mother made when Wasserman was a child.

Wasserman is no purist when it comes to kugel, but she said her experience with the casserole/puddings has gone the traditional route. Carrot cake recipe orange juice “When I was growing up, I grew up with noodle, potato and matzo kugel. Sponge cake recipe orange juice Those are the big three, in our book,” said Wasserman.

She was interested in branching, so she went looking and found a recipe with millet and dried fruit from Martha Rose Shulman in The New York Times. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe without yogurt or milk Wasserman has included her adaptation of the recipe here.

That kugel is made with millet grain instead of noodles. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe without yogurt or ice cream The millet recipe has a pudding-like base with cottage cheese, eggs and milk. Strawberry mango smoothie recipe with yogurt The original recipe called for a different mix of dried fruits, but she switched her versions to dried apricots, apples and currants. Sunshine chicken recipe orange juice “It’s a really flexible recipe, you could do dates, figs or another fruit,” she said.

Browning also has explored well beyond traditional sweet noodle pudding kugel. Jerk chicken recipe orange juice She shared a recipe here for an unusual carrot kugel from celebrated Jewish food website The Joy of Kosher by Jamie Geller. Strawberry lemonade smoothie recipe without yogurt This is one of those kugels that will be new to many. Strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt or bananas “It kind of tastes like a carrot cake, like a carrot muffin almost,” she said.

She also shared a recipe for a savory kugel. Strawberry banana yogurt smoothie recipe healthy She adapted the recipe from a paleo-friendly and gluten-free cookbook, The New Yiddish Kitchen by Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins. Strawberry banana real fruit smoothie recipe The recipe is a combination of sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots and spinach with eggs and almond flour.

“I was surprised at how good it turned out,” said Browning, who said that the ingredients also just happen to be paleo-diet friendly.

A few things to know about kugel: The leftovers are terrific, said Browning, and they freeze well, too.

Raising money for: Nonprofit community organizations Planned Parenthood’s Thurston County Teen Council, CIELO, Nisqually Land Trust and League of Women Voters of Thurston County.

Cost: Free admission. Apple banana smoothie recipe without orange juice Books, bagels and blintzes individually priced.

Drop-offs: Bring entries to the temple by 11 a.m. Mango pineapple smoothie recipe day of event.

Entries: Can be sweet, savory, traditional, dairy, nondairy, contemporary or any kind of modern version.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mango pineapple smoothie recipe without yogurt Grease a 9 x 13 pan with butter. Mango pineapple smoothie recipe like mcdonalds Boil water in large pot. Strawberry kiwi smoothie recipe with yogurt Add noodles and cook until they are just done or slightly chewy. Orange fruit punch recipe Drain noodles well, and return to pot with butter. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe orange juice Mix so that butter melts. Orange smoothie with yogurt recipe Set aside.

In a large bowl or food processor, beat eggs and sugar. Smoothie recipes without yogurt or ice cream Add cream cheese and mix well. Orange smoothie recipe yogurt Add cottage cheese, sour cream, milk, vanilla, pinch of salt and mix well. Orange banana smoothie recipe without yogurt Add in noodles. Smoothie recipes without yogurt or milk Pour mix into greased pan. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt Sprinkle cinnamon or cinnamon sugar on top.

Bake for 1-1 ? hours until egg mixture is cooked, and top is slightly golden.

While kugel is cooking, make sauce by cooking frozen berries in saucepan with sugar, to taste. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and ice Add a bit of water to cover bottom of pan. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and honey Cook until berries fall apart slightly and sugar is dissolved, about 15 minutes.

Notes: This recipe works best when the dairy ingredients (or at least the cream cheese) are at room temperature prior to mixing. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and milk This recipe is also delicious made with low-fat dairy products.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat in a heavy 2-3 quart saucepan. Cranberry orange punch recipes Meanwhile, bring the water to a simmer in another saucepan or in the microwave. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe Add millet to heavy saucepan with butter and toast, stirring, until it begins to smell fragrant and toasty, about 5 minutes. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with almond milk Add boiling water and salt to taste, and return to a boil. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with ice cream Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, until liquid in saucepan evaporates and grains are fluffy. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe without yogurt Transfer to large bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe healthy Butter a 2-quart baking dish. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with yogurt In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, blend cottage cheese until smooth. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with greek yogurt Add milk, honey or agave, eggs, vanilla and nutmeg and blend until smooth. Strawberry smoothie recipe yogurt Scrape into the bowl with the millet.

Stir together millet and cottage cheese mixture. Strawberry smoothie recipe with yogurt and orange juice Stir in apricots, apples, currants and lemon zest. Strawberry blueberry smoothie recipe with yogurt Scrape into the prepared baking dish. Cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice and brown sugar Cut the remaining butter into small pieces and dot the top of the kugel with them. Cranberry sauce recipe with orange juice and cinnamon Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the kugel is set and beginning to brown on the top.

Remove from heat and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes (longer if possible) before serving. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with apple juice Serve warm or at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees grease a 2-quart baking pan or ring mold. Strawberry banana smoothie recipe with orange juice Sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Mango salad dressing recipe orange juice Beat in the egg. Orange juice concentrate chicken recipe Add the flour mixture, lemon or orange juice and zest. Orange juice chicken marinade recipe Stir in the carrots, and if using, raisins.

Spoon into prepared dish. Sangria recipe white wine orange juice Bake until golden, about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pineapple mango smoothie recipe from mcdonalds In a large skillet over medium high heat, drizzle the olive oil. Pineapple mango smoothie recipe with yogurt Add the zucchini, sweet potato, carrots, onion, salt, garlic powder and black pepper to the skillet.

Saute the ingredients on medium high for 10-15 minutes, shifting the vegetables regularly so that they do not burn. Pineapple mango smoothie recipe You want them to soften and for any excess moisture to evaporate prior to baking. Pineapple coconut smoothie recipe Turn the heat to high if there is residual liquid in the pan.

After the vegetables are cooked and starting to brown slightly, remove them from heat allowing them to cool for a few minutes so that they do not cook the eggs.

Once slightly cooled, add the eggs one a time and stir into the vegetable mixture. Mango strawberry smoothie recipe without yogurt Then add the spinach, chives and almond flour. Mango banana smoothie recipe without yogurt Once combined thoroughly, pour mixture into a greased, 8×6 inch casserole dish. Carrot apple ginger juice recipe You may use a larger casserole dish, but you’ll need to adjust the baking time accordingly.

Bake the mixture, uncovered, for around 45 minutes or until the center is set. Passover sponge cake recipe orange juice If you choose to use a larger casserole dish, you may need less baking time. Recipes using frozen orange juice concentrate Allow the kugel to cool slightly before slicing into squares and serving.

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