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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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Lemon-Strawberry Brioche Toast (D)

  Helllloooo Gorgeous! It would be impossible not to think bright and yummy thoughts when faced with this fresh beautiful concoction! A perfect breakfast in bed for that special someone…. 4 slices challah or brioche toast (below) lemon curd (below) 8 large strawberries, stemmed and sliced width-wise […]

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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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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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Smoked Trout Pot Pie with Horseradish Caper Sauce (P)

I started working on this Thanksgiving  Smoked Trout Pot Pie around  Rosh Hashana* time.  Because planning ahead naturally  increases the chances of a recipe piece being  published.    I worked it over a few times, parvadapted*  a popular pie dough recipe so that there would be a from-scratch option for those who want it.   Now I flinch when I think about my carefully constructed pitch to ___________magazine, in which I offered the line: this recipe […]

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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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Kimchi Stuffed Cabbage (M)

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  That point where Autumn begins to mellow and cool  is exactly when comfort classics start to sound like the perfect idea.  The time for a big bowl of flavor that’s as substantial and well-seasoned as the burnished leaves outside.  Stuffed Cabbage wasn’t part of my mother’s repertoire, but I would have it at my friends house on Sukkot, aka Feast of the […]

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Mediterranean Six Layer Dip (P)

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Go deep with this gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, full flavor Six-Layer Mediterranean-inspired dip.  Layer One: Smooth, earthy, and rich hummus.   Layer Two: Bright, tangy-sweet sundried tomatoes that can be chopped up manually, or made into a chunky paste by a food processor, or it can be purchased ready-made at […]

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Fig-Port Brie (D)

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Easy-cheesey-diviney-winey.  In this simple and straightforward recipe dried figs get plumped up in reduced Port wine syrup, and then are lusciously drizzled over a wheel of warm and oozing creamy brie.  Serve with crackers, sliced baguette, or fresh fruit.   Every bite is a luxurious symphony of flavor and texture. 1 1/2 […]

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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