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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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Goat Cheese-Onion Confit Toast (D)

 I call this un-French toast.  Great as a light meal,  appetizer, or hors d’oeuvre.  Goat Cheese Onion Confit Toastini 4 slices sourdough toast (see below) 5oz. container of herb-infused spreadable goat cheese (such as boursin, alouette) Onion confit  (see below) Fresh chopped parsley (optional)   Spread approximately […]

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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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Hamantaschen Sandwich Cookies

      Hamantaschen are to Purim, as latkes are to Hanukkah, and Pumpkin Pie is to Thanksgiving. That is to say they are a flavorful and beloved part of the celebrations.   Preparing, eating, and gifting hamantaschen are a fun and traditional part of the Purim festivities for many […]

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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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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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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