“Four Bam, One Crack, Six Dot.” Generations of Mah Jongg players and their children and grandchildren recognize the names of the small decorated tiles used in the Chinese game that found a devoted American audience among Jewish women.
Did you get a little overly zealous buying potatoes at Costco in preparation for Hanukkah? Yeah, we know a few people just like you.
This year, the last night of Hanukkah falls on New Year’s Eve, making for a doubly festive evening. By this time, you’ll probably be craving something other than latkes and jelly donuts. Fried kugel, fried cheese curds, and off-kilter sufganiyot might just be the perfect way to celebrate Hanukkah while ringing in the New Year.
This year has been awesome for Jewish food – amazing Jewish cookbooks came out, Israeli food was consistently celebrated in the news and new eateries keep opening truly declaring: Jewish food is beloved by all and not going anywhere. Oh Jewish food – I am totally shepping nachas for your accomplishments this year. Mazals.
From the beginning, latkes were always open to interpretation. Need proof? In Yiddish, the definition of latke is ‘little oily thing,’ which widens up our latke schema considerably.
Like the majority of North American Jews, my family is made up of Jew and non-Jews: Italians, Colombians and a slew of Ashkenazi Jews. We celebrate different holidays, and of course there are many things that are different, but there are several key cultural things we have in common. We are all loud. We all love celebrating stuff, no matter the occasion or holiday. And we all adore delicious food. I embrace opportunities to celebrate the diverse cultures that have influenced me, and there is no greater time to celebrate and embrace diversity than when holidays coincide. And really any excuse to celebrate with delicious foods.
Keith Cohen, owner of the 100-year-old Orwasher’s Bakery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, created this fruit and nut studded ‘Holiday Challah’ as a sweet and light-hearted way to celebrate the holiday season. This bread has a beautiful interior that is sprinkled with color from the dried fruit and pistachios. The Holiday Challah is great as toast with tea or coffee—or even better–slice it thinly and bake the slices on a sheet pan until crisp, making a biscotti-like treat.
Chinese food on Christmas: it just goes together like peanut butter and jelly. Like matzah balls and chicken soup. And this year Christmas and Hanukkah all fall on the same glorious day, making it the perfect opportunity not only to make some homemade Chinese food, but homemade fried Chinese foods. Here are a few of our favorite dishes to test out at home.