This is an occasional column in which the writer evaluates a cookbook by making some of its recipes, sharing the dishes with friends and asking her guests what they think of the results. She recently cooked her way through “The Silver Platter: Simple to Spectacular Wholesome, Family-Friendly Recipes” by Daniella Silver With Tips & Techniques From Norene Gilletz (Artscroll/Mesorah Publications).
This gorgeous salad from “The Silver Platter” is refreshing, clean and simple. As an almost-all-green salad with very few ingredients, the unique cut on the sweet snap peas exposing the tiny green treasures hidden within makes it so elegant to present.
This dish, from “The Silver Platter” cookbook, is elegant, eye-catching and, most importantly, simple to make. When topped with crunchy candied almonds, this delicious side goes from ordinary to extraordinary.
On the 4th of July, which this year falls on the Sabbath, I plan to celebrate the Jewish role of Revolutionary-period chocolate in North America with a homemade, refreshing, frozen hot chocolate. I recommend that you do the same.