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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Quick Summer Breads are delicious and colorful way to brighten up a summer supper, picnic or garden party (3 recipes)

By Margaret M. Johnson





JewishWorldReview.com | Quick breads -- old-fashioned, fast rising breads that get their leavening by baking powder or soda rather than yeast -- are a baker's delight, especially in summer when the livin' is easy and farm stands and markets are overflowing with prime ingredients like seasonal berries, fruits and vegetables.


Biscuits, scones, muffins and even pancakes fall into the quick bread category, and we often find the word "tea" in the title -- think Banana Tea Bread -- and nuts as an addition -- Date and Nut Bread is a classic.


Tradition aside, at this time of year, look beyond shortcake and smoothies and combine strawberries and pecans in an easy-as-pie strawberry bread that's got both color and crunch.


Come mid-summer, when the annual bumper crop of zucchini arrives, think bread again in a quick loaf dense with grated zucchini and chopped pistachios.


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Lemon bread, a light loaf reminiscent of an old-fashioned pound cake, can be a year-round favorite. But when it's glazed with sweet-tart lemon syrup, it's a colorful way to brighten up a summer supper, picnic or garden party.


To prevent crumbling, and for easier slicing, make these breads a day ahead.



STRAWBERRY BREAD

Makes 1 loaf


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 3/4 cups canola oil

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered

  • 3/4 cups chopped pecans


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with butter flavored cooking spray and dust with flour. Tap out excess.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and sugar. Fold in the strawberries and pecans. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then invert on to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing (or wrap in foil and store at room temperature).



ZUCCHINI BREAD

Makes 1 loaf


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup canola oil

  • 2 medium zucchini, grated

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pistachios


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with butter flavored cooking spray and dust with flour. Tap out excess.

In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown and granulated sugars, and oil. Stir in dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the zucchini and nuts.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, and then invert on to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing (or wrap in foil and store at room temperature).



GLAZED LEMON BREAD

Makes 1 loaf


  • 1 1/4 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

  • 2 large eggs, separated

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with butter flavored cooking spray and dust with flour. Tap out excess.

In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of the sugar and the butter with an electric mixer until blended. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and beat until smooth. Beat in the flour, salt and baking powder, alternating with the milk. Stir in the nuts and 1 tablespoon of the lemon peel. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, and then fold into the batter.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Just before the end of the baking time, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon peel, and the lemon juice in a small saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves. Glaze bread with lemon syrup immediately upon removing from the oven. Cool in pan on rack for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the bread from the pan and cool on the rack for 2 to 3 hours before slicing (or wrap in foil and store at room temperature).

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