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Crispy Chinese Hanukkah-mas Noodle Latkes (P)

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Once the Thanksgiving Leftovers were all done I looked at the calendar to see when the next go around was, and noticed a curious quirk: The first night of Hanukkah and Xmas Eve coincide this year.  Oh the  possibilities!   The recipe ideas started to spin out and before long I was […]

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Indian Spiced Latkes (D or P)

Something a little different from your usual latke, but still recognizable as a good ol’ potato latke, thanks to the telltale raggedy potato shreds.  Chickpeas add texture (and protein), and the spices are unmistakably Indian.   Fried to a shattering crunch these latkes are a great addition to your Hanukkah repertoire, and with […]

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Quinoa-Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage with Rich Red Sauce (P)

  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced (2 tablespoons) ½ onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 8 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine (2 ½ cups) 1 cup prepared quinoa 1 teaspoon paprika ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine Salt & Pepper, to taste 1 head of […]

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Tex-Mex Pulled Chicken Nacho’s (M)

Easy, tasty, and super-bowl appropriate!  Great over tortilla chips or in a taco.   16oz. jar of enchilada sauce 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon mustard 1 teaspoon onion powder Salt and pepper, to taste 1 1/2 -2 […]

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Light & Fresh “Everything” Salmon(P) with Yogurt Horseradish Dill Sauce (D) (& Artichoke Latkefritto’s )

  Eighth night of Hanukkah and I’m burnt out as well as deep-fried.  Craving something light and fresh with clean flavor.  The “everything” blend adds a bit of crunchy toastiness and a lot of well-seasoned taste.  The Yogurt  sauce adds a bit of refreshing creamy tartness.  The fresh green dill adds herby-ness, […]

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Crispy Cheddar-Potato Latkes (D)

There are many far-flung fancy variations of the good ol’ latke out there, and even on this website, but  I mean potato latkes for the first night of Hanukkah, right? It’s a no brainer.  These potato latkes are flat and crispy and totally addictive.  The shredded sharp cheddar melts into the […]

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Recollecting Gil Marks

  I  became aware of Gil Marks from a Shavuot baking class he gave at the JCC on the Upper West Side. I had been married for a couple months, and was really trying to figure my way into Shabbat and holiday cooking and entertaining. We lived a […]

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Onions (P)

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I love this dish.  I love it so much I made it three times in one weekend.  It is adapted from a recipe in Fine Cooking magazine which always has great and do-able recipes. The onions are sweet and slippery and have a slight tanginess to them, which is in pleasing […]

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Taim Israeli Dog (M)

I never really thought much about hot dogs until I read  “Roadfood” by Jane and Michael Stern- the true diner, drive-in, and dives experts.  From it I learned that every region in the US has a signature dog.   I decided to broaden the scope this National Hot Dog Day and make a hot […]

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Kalbi-Galbi (M)

Not sure of the correct pronunciation or spelling of this barbecued Korean beef dish, but I know  for sure that this is a delicious recipe to make on the grill at any outdoor summertime event.  Serve on a bun stuffed with Korean Cukes and sriracha for extra layers of contasting sweet-sour-spicy-salty […]

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
Faux-sher Food (fo-shure) Rachelese: Kosher food in disguise. The minute Judy bit into the krab kake she was a fauxsher food fan.
Taim (tay-yim) Hebrew: yummy, delicious
Zetz (zets) Yiddish: smack