Christmas Traditions: December 24 to January 7 and in Between!

The second of the December Festivals of Light this month is Christmas on December 25; in Orthodox Christianity it’s celebrated on January 7, observing Christ’s birth according to the Julian calendar. But, did you know that in many cultures, Christmas Eve is a celebratory holiday as well, complete with unique foods and traditions? For all […]

Hanukkah: the Menorah, Sufganiyot and a Potato Pancake

The first of the December Festivals of Light to be celebrated this year is Hanukkah, which begins on December 22. I was familiar with the story of Judah Maccabee and the menorah that burned for 8 nights but not why two traditional foods: sufganiyot and latkes, are eaten during this festival. Hanukkah, known as the […]

Sautéed Zucchini and Tomatoes

Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small red onion, diced 1 pound zucchini (2-3 medium), cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil, plus more for garnish if desired Heat the olive […]

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Filled Strawberries with Chocolate Topping

Ingredients: 1 pint strawberries, fresh 8-ounce package of cream cheese 1/2 TSP vanilla extract 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup chocolate chips To Make: Leave cream cheese out of the refrigerator for half an hour or until softened. Remove the center and tops of the strawberries. Use an electric beater to mix the confectioners’ sugar, […]

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Crab Cakes – Easy Recipe

Ingredients: 2 cans crabmeat (6 ounces each, 12 oz total) 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, seasoned Additional 2/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs for coating 2 green onions 1 TBSP fresh or bottled lemon juice 1/4 cup sweet red pepper 1 egg 1/4 cup mayo 1/8 TSP cayenne pepper pinch garlic powder 1 TBSP butter for frying To Make: […]

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Traditional Meatloaf

Ingredients: 1-1/2 LBS ground beef 1 egg 3/4 cups dry oatmeal, quick 1/2 cup diced onion 3/4 cups milk 1-1/4 TSP salt 1/4 TSP pepper Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup 2 TBSP brown sugar 1 TBSP prepared yellow mustard To Make: Mix oatmeal, meat, egg, milk, onion, salt and pepper together. Press into loaf pan. Mix […]

Ginger Cilantro Swordfish

Ingredients: 2 6-ounce swordfish steaks, skin removed 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey To Make:  Combine all marinade ingredients and add, with swordfish, to a large ziplock bag. Refrigerate […]

Grilled Swordfish Salad

Ingredients: 2 6-ounce swordfish steaks, skin removed 4 cups baby spinach 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 2 tablespoons capers, drained and chopped 1/4 cup of your favorite vinaigrette To Make:  Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Brush swordfish steaks with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill […]

Kale Chicken Pasta

Ingredients: 1 pound of your favorite pasta 3 boneless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 3/4 cups white wine 3/4 cups chicken broth 1 bunch kale 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved To Make:  Prepare pasta. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet. Cut chicken into nite […]