Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bundt Noodle Kugel...and a Winner!


OK...moving on!
This is entire new post I am trying to create...unfortunately I had technical difficulties since yesterday...cannot seem to comment, and now, the worst part of it is, I have written a new post right under the first photo, which is no longer there...the photo and the post got wiped out for some reason. When I put caption into a photo, it gets linked, but to where does it link to? That I don't know. I hear a click, and "poof"...it just disappears. I will just deal with this one photo now, and try to start all over!
For the Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) celebration, we were invited to my son's best friend's house for dinner. They had a "feast"...literally! The hostess, Lisa, made this beautiful and delicious Bundt Noodle Kugel, and to my amazement, I have never made this in a bundt pan, like a dessert! I asked her where she got this new recipe...she simply said..."online"...at Epicurean. So here's the recipe. Honestly, this was the lightest, and perfect Noodle Kugel I have had...ever! Light, perfect, and yummy:DDD

Bundt Noodle Kugel ...recipe, from Epicurean
I'm going to the desserts first: Peter's twin brother Craig who is a Web Designer, designed the website for this gorgeous little cafe in Boca Raton Florida, called Ganache 316. He highly recommends the artistic nuvou dessert the pastry chef creates there...it is not only a work of "art"...but really delicious, and not to mention how elegant!
I'm starting with the dessert, working my way down!

I photographed these artistic desserts, while still in the brown carton box...just could not wait!
For the flavors, all I can tell you is the pretty yellow cake on the upper photo is a lemon cheesecake, which I had a bite of...heavenly delight! So good!...also the chocolate one, with the caramel cream...wow! So hard to describe...you need to share each, one bit per person...ha, ha! Seriously, because it cost $5.00 for one of these beauties, which is well worth it...spectacular, and a "showpiece."


More selections...everybody taking a piece of "dessert heaven."














Their little dog Bailey, already sat himself down, as the Host of the dinner! He just did not want to move from this spot...so cute!





Not often do I get to be invited to a "showcase" of a home like this one, just had to take photos to blog about this gorgeous home which actually was a "model" home before they bought it! It is way, way out west of the turnpike, and the farther you go west, the more affordable homes like these, are...or are they?
In South Florida, its "location...location"...is what counts. As for me, I leave way up east, as you know...right "smack, dab" on the beach, where again, you actually pay for the "location"...regardless of the size of your home...in which case...I live in a "shoe box"...ha, ha... as long as I fit in that shoebox, its all right by me...to me, this is somewhat of a mansion!





Giving a little tour here...this is the living room...just look at the gorgeous leather sofa set!








If I didn't know any better, I think they were waiting for Yanni to play on the beautiful Baby Grand piano!



Peter, the host, actually designed and created this beautiful "breakfast nook"...benches, with leather covering, and same leather covering on the chairs, the base of the table, and designed the granite top, which is the same on the kitchen counters!
He is such a creative "designer."






Such a beautiful kitchen with the "state of the art" appliances, as well. A big pot of matzo ball soup on the stove... so delicious...made by Peter!








Peter, and my son Joe in the background...the swimming pool was also designed by Peter...so cozy, and relaxing!






I gotta tell you, this is my most favorite spot...the tiki hut, with tables and chairs under the hut...eating outside here would be a "sheer delight!"










...but dinner was served, promptly in the dining room. My chair is the empty one, next to my granddaughter, Sophia! She is going to be 10 at the end of this month, and no more "kiddie" table for her:D






My little granddaughter Mattia...on the other hand, did not mind the "kiddie" table. I would much rather have sat at this table, as well. I just love the coziness of tables with booths!







My contribution...The Brisket...have never made such a huge brisket before, 7.5lbs...cooked 1 day before, for 2 hrs. and sliced paper thin the next day, and save all the amazing juices to make the sauce, and heat up again.



This is the brisket, the day after. The secret to making a perfect brisket, is to let it cool down completely in the pan, remove from the pan and the juices, and slice them paper thin at an angle, with a sharp carving knife

...then strain the juice from all the vegetables, and thicken it with flour, put the meat back in, and bake for an additional 2 hrs. It was kept in a warm oven...on the above photo, is the way it was served




Here's another traditional holiday dish, made
by Peter's mom...Sweet and sour cabbage, with meatballs, a tomato sauce based cabbage, with brown sugar, and delicious tasty meatballs, baked in the oven!





So, here's a plateful of the end result...from left to right, Noodle Kugel, Spinach Souffle, Brisket, Roasted Asparagus,
In the top row...Sweet and Sour meatballs, and Turkey Breast!...That is what you call a FEAST, for all Seasons!









...and the winner of the Giveaway is...Swathi from Zesty South Indian Kitchen

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33 comments:

  1. Every single thing looks so beautiful...it sounds like a wonderful and delicious event.
    Lovely photos, too...

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  2. Congrats to the winner (and giver) of this wonderful gift.
    Thsi post I didn't know where to look first,so I lokked againa and again.Great suff;)

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  3. Elisabeth, thanks for selecting me as winner. I will send you my mailing address.This feast looks awesome.

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  4. Lucky you to be invited to such a sumptious feast in a gorgeous home. Everything looked perfect, and your brisket is aamazing, well worth the time.

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. This looks like it was a fun party at Peter's and all the food is incredible (especially yours). Great pictures!!

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  6. What a Feast Elizabeth..yum yum...the brisket looks so well done and the desserts are to die for.Thanks for sharing your happy moments:)Congratulations to Swathi!!!

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  7. Congrats to Swathi!
    Man! That brisket looks delicious and so does everything else. That's a feast alright. Is there no recipe for that? I want! Yum!

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  8. What a feast! Everything looks delicious, and that house is gorgeous! :)

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  9. Everything looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. What a beautiful home! The bundt noodle kugel and the brisket looks delicious...good food, good company, and beautiful surroundings! Congrats to Swathi!

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  11. Gyönyörű ház és micsoda finomságok! Remek lehetett! :)

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  12. It looks like a wonderful Rosh Hashanah feast with all the right ingredients (and I love sweet Kugel)

    Gamar chatima tovah :-)

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  13. What a feast! I would have loved to be seated next to that cute Bailey :) I've never made a noodle kugel before, but this beautiful caramelized version would be my first choice! What a fabulous home...I loved the tour of both your friend's home and the restaurant. What a bargain for those delectable desserts. Fun post as always!

    Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! xoxo

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  14. Thoroughly enjoyed this post..Fantastic clicks :)And a special hugs & kisses to Mattia :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  15. Csodálatos ez a sütemény,és milyen finom lehet,talán egyszer elkészítem!!!

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  16. Everything looks fantastic. I love noodle kugel but have never done it in a bundt. Looks so good.

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  17. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing. Everything look so delicious.

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  18. What a lovley celebration, grandma always said the briskit is better if you cook it the day beofre!! Love, Love, Love sweet kugal but never made it ina bundt.. going to have to try. Thanks for sharing. L' Shana Tovah!

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  19. Hi Elisabeth! I came back to say that I have some awards waiting for you on my blog. Do check it out. Have a lovely weekend!

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  20. now this is what I call a feast!
    I think I would have stopped at the dessert. All look AMAZING!!
    thanks for sharing Elisabeth!

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  21. Everything looks amazingly Yummy Elisabeth!! especially those dessert.. Enjoying every shot here.. Nice ^,^

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  22. Beautiful home and wonderful feast! The desert looks like heaven in deed... Thanks for sharing a bit of your life. It's kind of nice to know friend's personal life, isn' it? :-)

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  23. I thought it said Burnt Noodle Kugel and I was laughing, thinking I've done that, lol. Rrr, I hate technical difficulties. Do love that kitchen though. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    -Gina-

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  24. Peter is a genius, isn't he! So every household in Florida owns a swimming pool? Or just all your (and family's) friends? ;-) I love the tiki hut!
    Yes, desserts first! o man..that's a dessert paradise..Bundt noodle kugel looks really nutty and splendid!
    Have a great weekend, Eli!
    Angie

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  25. Everything looks good. Congrats to the winner.

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  26. Sei sempre spettacolare nelle tue creazioni culinarie Cara Elisabeth..bravissima!!!!!;-))
    Un bacione e good week end to you and your family
    Daiana*

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  27. I love looking at houses, big houses especially adn this house is no exception. It's big and grand and it's in Sounth Florida!
    I enjoyed the tour and what a great feast you have here!
    Malou

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  28. Looks like you had a blast at your friends house , everything looks amazing , I love the breakfast nook :).

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  29. wow i would love to have a tikihut in my backyard :). i've done that before with turkey - letting it sit until cooled, but i've never put it back into the oven before. if i ever make brisket, i'll keep your tips in mind. have a great sunday! :)

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  30. Wow!! What a meal Elisabeth.. It's early in the moring right now, and I cannot believe I'm reading this ultra sinful post. Now I'm thinking, when can I host another party. Hehehe, and cook some good food. How fun. Huggsss..

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  31. That was amazing! And, yes, a showcase home. I enjoyed my tour of the great family meal and home! So nice to get family together and share in such a wonderful feast. Makes the best memories, even for the cute pooch! (Thanks for your touching comment, it means a lot to me.) xoxoxoxoxo

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  32. It looks like you had quite the feast a d in such beautiful surroundings with family and friends.

    Your brisket turned out perfect and looks nice and juicy. I've. Ever seen a Kugel in a bundt pan either and this one sounds delicious. I will definitely try it.

    I hope you and your family have a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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