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My Sister-in-law gave me this great shabbos treat: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put a bar of chocolate onto the baking sheet, bake at 350°F (175°C) for 2–3 minutes. Take it out of the oven and use a spatula to spread chocolate until it’s about 1⁄8-inch thick. Sprinkle on topping of choice (think: chopped nuts, sprinkles, chow mein noodles, marshmallows), then freeze until it hardens. Break into pieces and enjoy!
FT, help me!!
How do you properly cook a bone-in chicken breast so it’s soft and moist and doesn’t dry out?
Honestly, I don’t really cook bone-in chicken breast. No takers in this house for that. But I love to sous vide regular whole chicken breast — soooo moist and delicious.
I pop it into a ziplock bag with a marinade or spice rub, set the temperature to 145°F, and let it go for 1½–2 hours. Then I sear it quickly on both sides and serve.
You had an article comparing brands of paper towels; not sure how you left out the Kirkland brand. The price and quality are great, and it also comes with a half-size towel, which can save a lot of waste.
— Y. Stein, Brooklyn, NY
I recently tried hearts of palm spaghetti in a can — it’s great in salads or heated. This is what my daughter created and it’s delicious and dietetic:
Prepare 1 can hearts of palm spaghetti, 1 small can tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and shredded cheese. Line a Betty Crocker Pizza Maker with parchment paper. Spread hearts of palm over the surface and pour tomato sauce over it, spreading to coat. Sprinkle with seasoning and then with cheese. Cook for a few minutes, until the cheese melts.
If you could create a kitchen gadget, what would it be?
Ooh, I like this question! I would create an ice cream scoop that has some properties of a cookie cutter — it would be able to carve 3D shapes out of ice cream or melon. So instead of getting a spherical shape, you would be able to make a star or a heart shape.
What’s the traditional after-school snack in Casa Kafra?
I always try to have cut-up fruits or veggies on the table when the kids come home — we love grapefruit wedges, pears, or apples, and when they’re ripe, I’ll put out peaches and plums.
(Originally featured in Family Table, Issue 808)
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