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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 9, 2018 soup recipe By Vieky Cohen and Ruth Fox (The Nosher via JTA)--Let's face it: There's just something wonderfully soothing about seeing a steaming bowl of matzah ball soup with its pillowy-plump dumplings swimming in a bath of golden broth. This healing vegetarian matzah ball soup delivers all the "ah" of its traditional cousin with precisely the right amount of goodness (and good-for-you-ness) thanks to a clever use of shiitake mushrooms, tomato paste and a pot full of seasonal vegetables. Whether you add our healthy matzah ball soup to your Friday night dinner routine or prepare a large pot for lazy Sunday afternoons for the family, this soup is certain to satisfy the stomach and soul. When we first considered a vegetarian alternative to chicken soup, we knew that we didn't want to use bouillon cubes, powders or vegetable broth. The question was, how could we create a deep, rich taste that would satisfy our family? The first thing we did was caramelize some tomato paste with olive oil in order to enhance the flavors of the tomatoes and oil; then we added fresh shiitake mushroom tops for their chicken-like texture and rich almost-smoky flavor. Additional depth came from a cheesecloth bag filled with delicious ingredients--red and yellow onions (skins still on to create a rich-colored broth), carrot, parsnip and celery, dill, parsley and a whole head of garlic. We also cooked the matzah balls in the vegetable broth instead of cooking them separately, so they could absorb the flavor of the broth. The result was rich, deep-flavored broth where the chicken was not missed This soup is easy to make and can be dressed up or down. Try serving it in an elegant china bowl with a steamed bundle ofjulienned carrots, zucchini and yellow squash for a sophis- ticated first course to a formal dinner. You can also cut plenty of root vegetables (sweet potato, turnips, butternut squash) into a large dice and cook together in the soup for a delicious more rustic soup. Ingredients: For the soup: 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 tablespoons tomato paste 16 fresh shEtake mushrooms, thoroughly washed, stems and caps separated and caps sliced I to 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (adjust to taste) 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 medium carrots, cut into chunks 1 large parsnip, cut into chunks I yellow onion, unpeeled, quartered 1 red onion, unpeeled, quartered 3 celery stalks, cut into chunks 1 head ofgarlic, unpeeled, cut in half width-wise ] bunch of fresh dill I bunch of parsley For the matzah balls: I pack ofmatzah ball mix, prepared according to directions (or make homemade) Directions: 1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. 2. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Add the sliced shiitake mushroom caps, stir well and cook for another minute 3. Add 10 cups water, salt, turmeric and pepper (don't add all the salt at once here, you can adjust to taste later). 4. Place the shiitake stems, carrots, parsnip, onions, celery, garlic, dill and parsley in a cheese cloth. Tie it well with kitchen twine and place it in the soup pot. Bring to a boil and let it cook for 5 minutes. 5. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for an hour. The broth should be ready and should be flavorful. If it's not, continue cooking for another 15-20 minutes. 6. While soup cooks, prepare the matzah balls following the package instructions. 7. Remove cheesecloth from the soup and place it in a col- ander with a bowl underneath. Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the cheesecloth and pour it into the soup pot (the liquid will be hot, so use a wooden spoon or another utensil). Discard vegetables. 8. Prepare matzah ball according to directions on the box, and chill in fridge for 30 minutes. Or, you can make a home- made version. 9. Place the matzah balls directly into the broth and cook, covered, for 20 minutes Serves 6. Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox are sisters who were raised in Barcelona, Spain. Their parents are Syrian-Lebanese Jews but now they live, cook and blog from the East Coast of the U.S. about their family recipes and healthy eating at NayI- The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www. (JTA)--The Louvre Mu- The Associated Press re- seum in Paris has put 31 ported. Nazi-looted paintings on Some 296 Nazi-looted permanent display in an at- paintings are stored at the tempt to find their rightful Louvre and remain unclaimed. owners. Sebastien Allard, the head Theworkswereinstalledinof the paintings department two showrooms last month, at the Louvre, told AP on Tuesday that most of the art- Ways to prove ownership workswerestolenfromJewish include old family photos, families during World War II. receipts or testimonies. "Beneficiariescanseethese The Louvre initiative is artworks, declare that these the latest effort by French artworks belong to them and authorities to find heirs of officiallyaskfortheirreturn," families who lost their art- he said O Z~ Ohev Shalom synagogue cornerstone, 1926= (3 9: A H ory of Jewish Life in Greater Odando " 2" r'--- cb Kanner Store, 1905 AI Morrell, grove owner 1941 Exhibition of 150 Years Nov 12, 2017 - Feb 20, 2018 ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER 65 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL work during World War II. French authorities have The French Culture Ministry also designed a National Mu- has formed a committee in seums Recovery catalog that charge of locating the original isavailable online.The catalog owners of the paintings. Only can help owners identify their about 50 artworks have been itemswithouttravelingtothe returned since 1951. Louvre. of and n Shown here (l-r): Samantha Keimach, Paige Keiner, Livia Smith, Tony Moreno, Samantha Trattner, and Eric Levine. On Sunday, Dec. 17, thewas dramatic and the program biggestannualfundraiser, the Jewish Academy of Orlando was fantastic," says Robyn proceedsfromwhichhaveen- celebrated its 40th anniver- Eichenholz, parent, riched curriculum advances, sary in style. Its annual gala Fivealumniwereinvitedtoprovidedscholarshipfundsfor honored both Dr. Jordan and sing as part of the program, students and most recently Nathalie Steinberg andgavea Each alumnus selected and contributed to the creation lifetimeachievementawardto performed a song, accompa- of the Innovation Lab. Dr. EdwardZissman. niedbyEricLevine, themusic For more information All ofthe attendees enjoyed director of the school. The about the Jewish Academy of the evening at the Dr. Phillips audienceproudlywatchedSa- Orlando or to arrange a visit Center for the Performing manthaTrattner, LiviaSmith, to the school, please contact Arts. Paige Keiner, Samantha Kei- Amy Polacek, admissions co- "It was a great move to this mach and Tony Moreno. ordinator, at apolacet@myjao. location.The feelofthe event The Gala is the school's org or 407-647-0713.