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 […]

salmon deviled eggs

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients: 8 extra-large eggs 4 oz smoked salmon 2 oz room-temp cream cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1 TBSP lemon juice 2 TBSP mayo 2 TBSP fresh chives, minced (plus enough for the garnish) salt and pepper to taste Directions: Cook the eggs hard-boiled. Cool and peel. Slice in half, lengthwise. Prepare an electric mixer […]

strawberries chocolate

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, […]

meatloaf

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 […]

broccoli leek soup

Leek Soup with Thyme and Broccoli

Ingredients: 3 large leeks, chopped (only use the white and pale green parts) 3 TBSP butter 4 TSP chopped fresh thyme, plus 2 TSP for garnish 8 heaping cups chopped broccoli crowns 4 cups chicken broth To Make: Sautee butter, leeks, and thyme until soft – do not brown. Set aside half a cup of […]

scalloped potatoes and ham

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Ingredients 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 3 TBSP butter 3 TBSP flour Pinch of black pepper 1 tsp salt 2-1/2 cups milk 1-1/2 cups cooked ham, cubed 6 medium potatoes 1 additional TBSP butter To Make Preheat oven to 350°F. On the stovetop, melt 3 TBSP of butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, […]

Pumpkin Pancakes

If you are rushed in the morning, you might not have time to make pumpkin pancakes completely from scratch. Save time by making pumpkin puree the night before, or use canned pumpkin. Pumpkin pie spice is a completely valid shortcut: it’s simply a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Ingredients 1/2 cup canned or […]