Did you get a little overly zealous buying potatoes at Costco in preparation for Hanukkah? Yeah, we know a few people just like you.
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.
Wisconsin, where I’m from, has a culinary landscape rich with cheese, beer, and deep-fried foods. You can enjoy all three of these food traditions in one delicious, melty bite with a basket of deep-fried, beer-battered cheese curds. (Cheese curds are the youngest form of cheese, springy and squeaky when fresh.) I recently learned that such a combination of fried, salty cheese, happens to be perfect for Hanukkah!
Have you always aspired to bake like bubbe? Now, you can, with the help of the prolific Israeli baker, Carine Goren. As a holiday treat, we’re giving away her new book, Traditional Jewish Baking: Retro Recipes Your Grandma Would Make if She Had a Mixer, to one lucky Nosher reader. Enter below by the end of the day on Monday December 19.