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 […]

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, […]

potato salad

Greek Potato Salad

Ingredients: 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes 1 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup chopped cucumber 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 3 tablespoons chopped red onion 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese To taste: Salt, pepper, and oregano Boil salted water and add potatoes. Cook for approximately 15 minutes until potatoes are tender but […]

Sesame Garlic Asparagus

Ingredients: 1 1/2 pound asparagus, washed and ends trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted Salt To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Toss asparagus with oils and garlic. Arrange on large baking sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds and a good pinch of salt […]

Carrot Slaw

Ingredients: 2 pounds carrots, peeled and trimmed 5 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped Zest of 1 lemon Salt and pepper To Make:  Grate the carrots either in a food processor or with a box grater. Whisk together other ingredients and season to […]

Ginger Tahini Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients: Dressing: 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons tahini 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon white wine or rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons finely grated or mined ginger 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 scallions, finely chopped Slaw: 3 cups shredded cabbage – mix of red and napa 4 […]

Scalloped Turnips

Ingredients: 2 pounds turnips, thinly sliced 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Butter the bottom and sides of a casserole dish and set aside. Saute the onions in 1 tablespoon of butter in […]