In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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

Elegant main without time in a hot kitchen? Lamb Chops and Couscous with Asparagus, Mint and Almonds

By Betty Rosbottom

JewishWorldReview.com | Recently I taught a cooking class titled "Fast Lane Entertaining." The point was to showcase a menu that would take only about an hour to prep and cook. Since most people today are overscheduled and short on time, plenty of students signed up.

Grilled Lamb Chops and Couscous with Asparagus, Mint and Almonds is the type of entree that fits these criteria.

For this quick, all-in-one main course, tender rib lamb chops are marinated in orange juice, garlic and oil, and then popped on the grill for only a few minutes. Buttered couscous tossed with sliced, blanched asparagus, toasted almonds, and mint makes a fast and delicious side.

You could add a salad of watercress tossed in a vinaigrette dressing, and serve scoops of lemon sorbet (a good purchased variety) garnished with strawberries for dessert.

Voila! You've got a delectable dinner for company that hasn't kept you in the kitchen for hours.


SERVES : 4 with 2 chops per serving

  • 8 lamb rib chops, about 1/2 inch thick and 3 ounces each .

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


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SERVES : 4 with 2 chops per serving

  • 1/2 pound slim asparagus spears

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted margarine

  • 1 cup quick-cooking couscous

  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted (see note)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint, divided, plus several sprigs for garnish

  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

  • Kosher salt

Place lamb chops in a shallow, nonreactive pan. Combine orange juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and pour over chops. Cover and refrigerate 45 minutes or longer. (Chops can be marinated up to 4 hours.)

Meanwhile, prepare the ingredients for the couscous. Cut off and discard the tough base ends from asparagus, then cut spears into 1-inch pieces. Cook in boiling, salted water to cover until just tender, only 3 to 4 minutes. Place in a colander, then run under cold water to cool. Pat dry.

To cook chops, oil a grill rack lightly and place about 5 inches from heat source. When grill is ready, add chops and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cooking time will vary depending on intensity of heat and thickness of meat. Chops are done when they are rosy pink inside when pierced with a sharp knife. Remove and cover loosely with foil.

To finish couscous, heat stock and margarine in a medium, heavy saucepan (with a lid) over high heat until simmering. Remove and stir in couscous. Cover and let stand 5 minutes. Stir in asparagus, almonds, half of the mint, and orange zest. Salt to taste.

Arrange 2 chops on a dinner plate along with a mound of couscous. Sprinkle remaining chopped mint over the couscous and garnish with a mint sprig.

Note: To toast almonds, spread on a rimmed baking sheet and place in a 350 degree F preheated oven. Bake until golden brown, only 4 to 5 minutes. Watch carefully. Remove and cool.

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Betty Rosbottom is a Food lover, Cooking Teacher, Writer, TV Show Host and Culinary Explorer.

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