Archive | November, 2012

The Best Brisket Recipe (Kosher)

21 Nov

I have to give all credit to this recipe to my aunt Tanya. She is a kitchen god. One of those women who just turn every piece of food they touch to perfection. Everything she makes comes out good, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything bad shes made. During the jewish holidays and thanksgiving, she makes this brisket. I crave this, and its become a tradition to have, at least in my opinion.

Aunt Tanya’s Brisket

3-4 lb brisket
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Gold Buckle Brisket Sauce (or any hickory bbq sauce)
4-5 carrots, cleaned and chopped into 3 inch pieces
4-5 celery stalks chopped into 3 inch pieces
1/2 an onion, chopped anyway you like
1 or 1.5 jars of marinara sauce, depending on how much brisket you make(without cheese in the ingredients for the jewish holidays)
1 bottle of red wine (merlot or cab is fine)

A day before, liberally rub the brisket with montreal steak seasoning. Place the brisket in a ziplock bag and add the brisket sauce, shake, and let sit in the fridge overnight. The following day, remove the brisket, discard the marinade, and place into a dutch oven. Chop up the carrots, celery, and onion and throw in there as well. Add the marinara sauce, and red wine. Don’t use the full bottle of red wine, just use it to help cover the meat nicely with liquid to soften up. Let it cook covered for 5-6 hours at 350 degrees, turning and covering with sauce every 1/2-1 hr.

This is like the best sauce you’ll ever have. Its so good. TRY IT! you’ll find a new favorite in your life. It also tastes better the day after since the sauce really soaks in!

Happy Holidays!


Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle

21 Nov

OK I SWEAR I’M STILL AROUND! Working a full-time job in NYC and planning a wedding is exhausting and lets just say chinese food and mom-made-and-given food has been on the menu way too often lately.

Tomorrow is our first thanksgiving at my fiance’s parents house. I’m making a few things, and I stumbled across this beautiful looking trifle on tasteofhome.

I decided to post a step by step, since this thing can be super easily explained through photos and comes out gorgeous and delicious! FOOL PROOF!

Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle

1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg
2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup hot water

2 cups cold milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon rum extract


In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the molasses and egg. Ew – molasses is really gross btw !! but the gingerbread somehow came out delish.

Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together and slowly add to creamed mixture alternating with hot water, beating well after each addition.

Pour the blended mixture into a greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool and cut the gingerbread into 1/2 to 1 inch cubes. (I may not have let it cool enough.. but its okay because i used the center crumbles for the top!)

In a large bowl, whisk the milk and instant pudding for 2 minutes until it thickens. Let it stand for 2 minutes to soft set.

(i used about two packs of the pudding mix)

Add the pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; stir into pudding.


In another bowl, beat heavy whipping cream until it begins to thicken (about 10 mins). You have to use an electric mixer here, as it wont thicken if you aren’t patient and wait for those stiff peaks to form!

Add sugar and extract; beat until stiff peaks form.

Set aside 1/4 cup gingerbread cubes.


In a trifle bowl or glass serving bowl, layer a third of the remaining gingerbread cubes on the bottom of the trifle bowl

Top with a third of the pumpkin mixture

Finally, top with the whipped cream. Repeat these layers twice and crumble the reserved gingerbread over the top of the last layer. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. How beautiful does this look?!

Happy Thanksgiving!! I’m thankful for having the ability/motivation to bake beautiful things like this! What are you thankful for?