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Weekend Cooking – Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings

November 14, 2010

I love Kosher by Design Lightens Up, so I was thrilled to see that Susie Fishbein has written a new cookbook – Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-Somethings.  To appeal to “the next generation,” this cookbook is bright and colorful.  It starts out with preparation and healthy eating tips.  It also has a section on special diet needs and I love that some of those – vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free are clearly labeled throughout the book. There’s even a section that includes tips on throwing a party.

The recipes are divided into starters, munchies, soups and salads, poultry and meat, fish, pasta and dairy, side dishes, and desserts.   Some of the recipes, like Big Dogs in Blankets, are pretty simple, but others like Pineapple-Maple Glazed Salmon are a little more sophisticated.  There are recipes that are sure to appeal to even the pickiest eaters, like Pizza Soup and Tater Tot Casserole.  Each recipe has clear and detailed instructions and includes a full page photo.

When Vance was younger, he loved fudge, but every recipe I found back then looked complicated to me, so I’ve never made it before.  The first recipe I decided to try from this cookbook was the Easy Fudge recipe and easy it was!   Everyone thought the results were outstanding. I think this is a wonderful cookbook for anyone, whether you’re in your teens, twenties, or beyond!  (The fudge tasted and looked better than it does in that picture.)

Easy Fudge

butter to grease pan
16 ounces good-quality chocolate bar, such as Ghiradelli
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks

If all you have in the house are chocolate chips, you can substitute in 3 cups of good-quality chips for the 16 ounces of chocolate bars.  You can also melt 1 cup of peanut butter chips in the microwave and, once the fudge is poured into the pan, use a knife to swirl in the melted peanut butter chips for a marbled effect.  You can also set nuts like chopped cashews, walnuts, or almonds into the fudge, as well as mini marshmallows, shredded coconut, or butterscotch chips.

  1. Butter a 9-by-9-inch square Pyrex or baking pan.  Trim a piece of parchment paper to line the bottom and side of the pan, leaving extra parchment to overhang all sides.  This will help with unmolding the fudge when it is done.  Set aside.
  2. Create a double boiler by filling a small-medium pot with a few inches of water.  Set a glass or metal mixing bowl onto the pot so that it is snug and won’t move around.  The bottom of the mixing bowl should not touch the water in the pot.  You also want to make sure that no water gets into the chocolate mixture or it won’t melt smoothly.  Turn the heat to medium and allow the water to simmer.
  3. Meanwhile, break the chocolate bars as you place them into the bowl.  Add the sweetened condensed milk and butter.
  4. As the gentle heat starts to melt the ingredients, stir and make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Once the chocolate mixture is melted, creamy, and slightly thick, remove bowl from pot.  Carefully wipe hot water droplets from the bottom of the bowl.  Use your spatula to scrape the mixture into the prepared pan.
  6. Cool for a few minutes and then place into the refrigerator to cool completely, about 2 hours, until solid and fudge-like.
  7. Using the parchment paper, lift the fudge out of the pan and place onto a cutting board.  Cut into squares.
  8. Refrigerate if not eating right away.

A couple of notes:  I used Ghiradelli chocolate chips and did not grease the pan since I lined it with parchment paper.

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Review copy provided by Marcus Wynn Group Public Relations.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
29 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2010 5:37 am

    *drools* Mmm fudge, perhaps I should try those

  2. November 14, 2010 6:05 am

    I love fudge! I made some last Christmas using a very similar recipe to that one, and it was delicious 😀

  3. November 14, 2010 7:49 am

    I may have to try this. I’d be tempted to add the peanut butter 🙂

  4. November 14, 2010 7:59 am

    I’ve never made fudge either, but this really does look easy as can be. I am always looking for good kosher cookbooks because I have friends with dairy issues and I love being able to cook and bake for them with no worries.

    I also like that the book lists nut-free, gluten-free and so on.

  5. November 14, 2010 8:28 am

    This does look like a wonderful cookbook. Plus it might actually have some good recipes for Booking Son and his food allergies.

  6. November 14, 2010 8:32 am

    Holy cow, that looks like the easiest fudge recipe I ever saw! Sounds like a great book!

  7. November 14, 2010 8:51 am

    I’m happy to see the fudge is nut-free. Nuts in fudge is wrong! (Probably in the minority here, but I happen to hate walnuts.)

  8. November 14, 2010 11:55 am

    Oh I am drooling over the fudge…. anything chocolate… and I agree with Jill (above) – I prefer the nut free version as well…..

  9. November 14, 2010 12:33 pm

    Not a fudge eater but do like the review of this book. I keep thinking that my boys need to do a cookbook and may take that on as a project next year.

  10. November 14, 2010 1:02 pm

    That fudge looks yummy to me! *drool*

  11. November 14, 2010 1:58 pm

    Anytime there can be an easy recipe for fudge that is a cause for celebration!

  12. November 14, 2010 2:50 pm

    The fudge looks delicious and I love that the recipe sounds so easy. This sounds like a good recipe for my son who has allergies.

  13. November 14, 2010 3:23 pm

    I’ve never made fudge but now how could I not with such an easy recipe. My mother-in-law has decided to become Kosher and I think these cook books may make great gifts for her.

  14. November 14, 2010 6:51 pm

    I love the idea that it warns of food alergies. How far we’ve come. Fudge sounds delicious.

  15. November 14, 2010 7:38 pm

    I had no idea that fudge could be that easy!

  16. November 14, 2010 8:10 pm

    Yes! My father loves it when I bring fudge for Christmas, and the recipe I have is so complicated that I usually hate to make it. So, so glad to see this one here, as it seems really easy and looks delicious! I am going to be a fudge-making fool this holiday season, thanks to you!

  17. November 14, 2010 8:41 pm

    awww..the magic of sweetened condensed milk!

  18. November 14, 2010 9:12 pm

    Kathy this looks like a quick and easy fudge recipe. I make one that is super quick and easy. Hmm will be trying your version very soon.

  19. November 14, 2010 9:45 pm

    That is a great recipe and I’m going to make some of that fudge for sure!! 😀

  20. November 14, 2010 9:51 pm

    Dang — now I want fudge! Back to the kitchen and the treadmill 🙂

  21. November 15, 2010 6:22 am

    Wow! That is some seriously good looking fudge!

  22. November 15, 2010 8:22 am

    That fudge looks so delicious. I would never stop eating it. Somone would have to hide it. It’s so pretty too. Perfect squares.

  23. November 15, 2010 3:03 pm

    My favorite fudge is Peanut Butter Fudge, but I do like some chocolate. That sounds (and looks!) yummy!

  24. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 15, 2010 5:06 pm

    My post delivery diet has been heavy on the chocolate and that fudge makes me want to start baking right now!

  25. givingreadingachance permalink
    November 15, 2010 6:43 pm

    I love fudge too. This does sound easy.

  26. November 15, 2010 7:35 pm

    That Easy Fudge recipe comes just in time for the holidays. I can impress my friends and family with that one!

  27. November 16, 2010 4:17 pm

    My husband loves fudge and always wants me to make it, but I never do. Perhaps I’ll surprise him with this.

  28. November 16, 2010 4:28 pm

    The fudge looks yummy…I tried it once and the results were less than spectacular. This looks easy enough though I should give it another try 🙂

  29. November 19, 2010 2:54 pm

    thanks for the recipe! i’m going to try this one out. i have a huge sweet tooth and just looking at the picture makes me want to have a piece!

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