Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Cake (Dairy)

Believe it or not, it has been forty-nine days since the first day of Passover and it is time to celebrate Shavuot. Traditional fare includes cheese blintzes, sour cream and cheesecakes, honey cakes, garden fresh vegetable soups or salads, and fruits, commonly the beginning of the season's best strawberries with whip cream.

A wonderful addition to your Shavuot dessert selection this year should include a Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Cake (page 218 in California Kosher ). I am quite fond of this delectable cake and its author, my beloved mother-in-law, Trana Labowe. She is truly a remarkable human being, an experienced Adat Ari El Sisterhood board member, and baker extraordinaire. Trana has served this memorable bundt or 9x13 at many a Labowe Rosh Hashana open house, Newport Beach Fourth of July celebration and will make it upon special request for her granddaughters, Jodi and Emily, who adore the incredible combination of chocolate and cheesecake.

What could be better than chocolate and cheesecake? I personally can't think of anything at the moment.


Lena :)

Chocolate Cream Cheese Swirl Cake (Dairy)

1 package devil's food cake mix with pudding

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease or spray a bundt pan or 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish.

Prepare devil's food cake batter according to package directions.

In medium mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, eggs and sugar. Add chocolate pieces.

Pour cake batter into prepared pan. Swirl cream cheese mixture into batter with a knife.

Bake 5 minutes less than package instructions.

Serves 10-12.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

California Kosher

California Kosher was first published in 1991 with recipes submitted by members and friends of Adat Ari El.

All recipes and complete holiday menu suggestions comply with the laws of kashrut regarding the prohibited foods, restrictions on permitted foods, the preparation of meat, and the separation of meat and milk. Each recipe title carries a "Meat", "Dairy" or "Pareve" (neutral) designation to help the reader plan menus that comply with these laws. All recipes have been tripled tested and most are easy to prepare.

California Kosher reflects a merging of cuisines from everywhere in the world that Jews lived, combined with the dazzling variety of fresh foods available in California- while observing the traditional Jewish dietary laws.

Food has always played an important role in Jewish culture, for it is at the center of the Shabbat observance in the home each week and is equally important in celebrating the Jewish holidays.

California Kosher contains the Jewish "culinary classics" that are permanently woven into our collective culture and have been handed down from generation to generation. Whether you are beginning your odyssey into the rich heritage of Jewish cooking or have mastered the classics and want to branch out, this cookbook will serve as an inspiration and guide.

California Kosher is the fourth cookbook we have published; it follows Food for Goodness' Sake (1955), V.J.C.C. Cooks Tour (1959) and Flavored with Love (1973, 1977, 1980, 1987).

Share with us your California Kosher stories.


Welcome to California Kosher Cooks!

Our blog stems from our successful cookbook California Kosher and a desire to share our community's love of cooking with others. Through our talented members and friends, we hope to bring California's unique cuisine style- lighter, healthier fare as well as our "Classics". All kosher, tasty and delicious.

Around here there isn't an event or meeting that doesn't involve food! Food plays an important role in our Jewish culture from Shabbat to holidays to making those school lunches. Our goal is to create a community that is passionate about food and has a desire to help each other make our everyday meals as meaningful as our celebrations.

We will share our events, special people and tips with you. However, as with any successful blog, we need to hear from you. Tell us your favorite recipes, comments and stories. If submitting a recipe, please follow the laws of kashrut and designate whether the recipe is "Meat", "Dairy" or "Pareve".

We are excited to enter this culinary journey with you,

Christine and Lena