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 […]

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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 […]

Peach Blue Cheese Flatbread

Ingredients: 1 peach 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 pieces flatbread 1/2 cup fresh arugula To Make:  Preheat oven to 375. In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar over medium heat until it reduces by half. Set aside. Meanwhile, thinly slice the peach. On top of each flatbread, lay out the […]

Baked Lemon Gin Wings

Ingredients: 4 pounds chicken wings 1 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup gin Zest and juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Whisk together all ingredients and toss with wings to coat well. Place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for […]

Roasted Stuffed Jalapenos

Ingredients: 12 jalapenos, halved 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Remove seeds from the peppers and set on a foil-lined baking sheet. Mix together the cheeses and cilantro and stuff 1-2 tablespoons in each half. Roast for about 15 […]

Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients: 6 medium tomatoes 4 slices crisp bacon, crumbled 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup celery, chopped 1 cup crumbled cornbread Salt and pepper 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded To Make: Preheat oven to 350. Slice the tops of each tomato and carefully cut out the inside of each with a paring knife. Chop the […]

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, quartered 8 slices thick cut bacon Fresh cracked pepper Salt To Make: Steam brussels sprouts for about 5 minutes, or until they just start to soften. Crack pepper directly on to the bacon and press in firmly, flip and repeat. Slowly cook the bacon in a large saute pan […]

Lemon and Garlic Hummus

Ingredients: 2 cups chickpeas, drained and well rinsed 2 teaspoons minced garlic 3 tablespoons lemon juice 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt To Make: Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with additional salt or lemon if you life. Serve with cut pita wedges.

Chicken and Scallion Yakitori

Ingredients: 1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs 3 bunches large scallions 1/4 cup sweet rice wine 3 tablespoons sake 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons sugar   Vegetable oil 12 wooden skewers To Make: Preheat broiler. Place a wire rack on to a broiler pan lined with foil, brush the rack with vegetable oil, set […]

Spicy Chicken Dumplings

Ingredients: 3/4 pound ground chicken 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup scallions, finely chopped 2 thai chilies, finely chopped 3 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon sriracha 1 teaspoon sesame oil 45 prepared wonton skins 1 egg, beaten vegetable oil To Make: Mix together the chicken, garlic, scallions, chilies, soy sauce, sriracha, and sesame oil. Place […]