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.
Here are a few of my top picks for delicious ways to celebrate the holiday season:
Italian wedding matzo ball soup from A Day in the Life with Liz (leave out meatballs if you keep kosher)
Pronounced: AHSH-ken-AH-zee, Origin: Hebrew, Jews of Central and Eastern European origin.
Pronounced: KHAH-luh, Origin: Hebrew, ceremonial bread eaten on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
Pronounced: KHAH-nuh-kah, also ha-new-KAH, an eight-day festival commemorating the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks and subsequent rededication of the temple. Falls in the Hebrew month of Kislev, which usually corresponds with December.