Shakshuka with Summer Squash and Goat Cheese (Giveaway Post!!)

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Can you believe it’s May already? Me neither! I’m still writing 2011 on checks (and yes I am still writing checks too). Part of the reason time may be flying is that I keep going on trips to visit friends. But what can I say, I love it! This past week I scurried over to Athens, GA to frolic around with some of my friends from school. It was fantastic! Here we are enjoying a nice glass of iced tea.

We made a tasty brunch one day-I cooked up some mini spinach feta frittatas and another amiga made this key lime pie- amazing!

And there was wine…

These tasty celery and Parma stuffed dates from Hugh Acheson’s restaurant Five & Ten. I could eat a dozen!

These freaking fantastic Jew magnets that I was this close to stealing (kidding. Not really).

And my souvenir- Magical Unicorn Salt! Man oh man I can’t wait to use this on everything.

You know what I love almost as much as visit friend? Free cookies! The lovely folks at Smiley Cookie offered to send me some of their new Israel flag colored cookies that were recently certified kosher and I happily agreed! (They also have adorable kosher cookie gifts for all your kosher gifting needs!) Literally a day later I got this festive box of cookies.

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I took the suggestion that came with the cookies to warm one up for 10 seconds to get that fresh from the oven taste. Um yum! These cookies are awesome- super buttery and just the right amount of sweetness. Plus they are customizable so you can get the cookies in colors to match a theme party!

The Smiley Cookie peeps were kind enough to offer not one but three boxes of cookies to give to WJWE readers!!! Simply answer the question in the comments: “What is your favorite kind of cookie?” For additional entries, follow WJWE on Twitter and Facebook and leave separate comments saying you did so. I will pick three winners next Tuesday, May 15th so all entries must be in my 11:59 PM CT on Monday, May 14th.

And do you know what I love almost as much as visiting friends and free cookies? Breakfast for dinner! I whipped up shakshuka- an Israeli dish where eggs are poached in a tomato sauce- for dinner last week and it was awesome! And easy to boot. Here is all you need for some shakshuka of your very own.

First up, saute your onions in olive oil and salt for a 3-4 minutes until slightly soft.Then add diced summer squash and garlic and cook until all ingredients are soft, or about two more minutes.

Next up add your spices – cayenne pepper, cumin and paprika- and stir up.

Mmm. Now add your tomatoes and red wine vinegar and simmer until thick, about 10-15 minutes. Adjust the seasonings if necessary.

Now add spinach and stir until it slightly wilts.

Then crack eggs one at a time into a ramekin and gently pour into the shakshuka. This method helps the eggs keep their shape.

Cover with the pan top or foil and cook for 5-7 more minutes until the egg whites are set. Cook longer if you want the yolks set too. Then top with goat cheese and chopped parsley and dig in!

I ate mine right from the pan! Serve with pita to soak up all the tomatoey goodness. You can easily adjust the recipe to serve more people.

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And don’t forget to leave a comment on “What is your favorite cookie?” to win your own case of Smiley Cookies! For additional entries, follow WJWE on Twitter and Facebook and leave separate comments saying you did so.


Shakshuka with Summer Squash and Goat Cheese (Giveaway Post!!)
 
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An Israeli dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce perfect for breakfast or breakfast for dinner!
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Recipe type: Main Dish, Breakfast
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ summer squash, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 3 eggs
  • Goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. First up, saute your onions in olive oil and a pinch of salt for a 3-4 minutes until slightly soft.
  2. Then add diced summer squash and garlic and cook until all ingredients are soft, or about two more minutes.
  3. Next up add your spices – cayenne pepper, cumin and paprika- and stir up.
  4. Mmm. Now add your tomatoes and red wine vinegar and simmer until thick, about 10-15 minutes. Adjust the seasonings if necessary. I like extra cayenne pepper!
  5. Now add spinach and stir until it slightly wilts.
  6. Then crack eggs one at a time into a ramekin and gently pour into the shakshuka. This method helps the eggs keep their shape.
  7. Cover with the pan top of foil and cook for 5-7 more minutes until the egg whites are set. Cook longer if you want the yolks set too.
  8. Then top with goat cheese and chopped parsley and dig in!
  9. I ate mine right from the pan! Serve with pita to soak up all the tomatoey goodness.

 

Disclaimer: Smiley Cookie gave me these cookies to review, but the opinions are all my own. 

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  1. says

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! My favorite cookie is the white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! Just one is enough! YUMMY! I’m so hungry this morning, thanks for that!

  2. says

    I like you on facebook too!

    Just curious, are all of your friends “cooks”, because everything you shared within this post looks absolutely divine!!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • says

      Ha good question! No most of my friends are not cooks but a few like Mindy who I visited in GA are big time foodie/cooks! Most of my friends to like to eat though.

  3. Nikki says

    Love those cookies… Homemade key lime pie is yum, but Publix here in GA has a really good one too… you should try it next time you’re here in GA!

  4. leah k says

    I love pretty much any and all cookies cept peanut butter. My all time favs are homemade chocolate chip of course!

  5. says

    Ok, now I want shakshuka… Crazy enough, I don’t think Iever actually had it in Israel…
    My favorite cookie is probably a snickerdoodle. But I love cookies of all kinds… ;)

  6. Ileen says

    I love chocolate chip cookies, but any cookie with raspberry jam is a fav too! I check your blog a couple of times a week!
    Thanks,

  7. says

    That Shakshuka is beautiful with those eggs sitting on top!!! My husband would adore YOU if I made it!!! My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin walnut when it is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside! I already follow you all over!!

  8. says

    My favorite cookie? How could I ever pick?! I would have to say that oatmeal raisin is right up there. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  9. David says

    I think they are “Cowgirl Cookies”…any cookies that combine chocolate chips, raisins, oatmeal and sunflower seeds? That’s it right there.

  10. Laura says

    Hello, it’s your favorite shiksa! I miss you! And I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They’re healthy because they have whole grain. And obvi I follow you on the FB.

  11. Heather Weisenfels says

    Oh how I love any lemon cookie.. But a chewy white choclate chip is a all time fav..
    But I also love a good shortbread with half dipped into a very fine choclate.
    Okay, now I’ve got to go make done cookies.
    Thank you for the chance to win

    hweisenfels(at)yahoo(.)com

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