Whitefish Guacamole Spices Up Chanukah

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Need some help spicing up your Chanukah dinner celebrations? No problema!

Renowned Chef Julian Medina invites you to venture south of the border for the Festival of Lights this year. Actually, just south of Houston.

Once again, he has combined his Mexican heritage, present-day Jewish practice, and culinary erudition to create an enticing four-course Mexican Chanukah dinner at each of Toloaches and Yerba Buena for a non-traditional yet authentic holiday feast. Continue reading

Nomoo Cookie Give-Away- One for You & One for a Lucky Friend

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Freshly baked and dairy-free (parve) cookies, delivered directly to your doorstep? Yes, indeed!

Be sure to scroll down for the Nomoo Cookie Give-away. What a great gift for all you cookie monsters!

Nomoo Cookie Company is a new Pennsylvania based, certified kosher bakery that offers eight playfully named varieties of cookies. We taste tested them all and couldn’t find any that we didn’t love. No dairy, no preservatives, no need to leave the house. No joke. Continue reading

Sizzling Latke Variations for Chanukah

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Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannuka, however you transliterate it,  it spells L-A-T-K-E  deliciousness for all eight nights of celebration.

Starting with the perfect traditional potato latke (pancake) and winding our way from savory to sweet, we’re providing a range of flavors and ingredients for you to sizzle at home as you celebrate. Continue reading

Warm up with Winter Cooking Classes

Photo: Home Cooking NYC

Photo: Home Cooking NYC

Contributed by Katy Morris

As December’s temps drop we head straight to the kitchen for some extra warmth and long afternoons exploring new ideas and re-visiting old favorites. Looking for inspiration? We love to amp up our game by learning from the experts.

In that spirit, here’s our annual end of the year kosher-friendly cooking class round up. We believe it will satisfy all of your culinary curiosities – at least until next year! Continue reading

Roasted Parsnip & Pear Salad with Spiced Glaze

photo: Rachel Carr

photo: Rachel Carr

Contributed by Katy Morris

We know it can be frustrating once the temperatures drop and your local farmers’ markets may seem, well, a little lack luster. But there are some interesting vegetables that thrive in the cold weather, resulting in a surprisingly bountiful winter harvest for locavores who know how to bring out the best of these ingredients. Continue reading

Kabocha and Coconut-Ginger Soup

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My friends Melissa and Marissa taught a group of friends how to make this creamy vegan soup (along with other wonderful dishes) in a Celebration of Harvest hands-on-cooking class at Chabad of Westport, CT this week. For those of you who couldn’t be there, Continue reading

Carrot Soup with Harissa and Coconut

The Modern Kosher Kitchen by Ronnie Fein. Photo: Glenn Scott

The Modern Kosher Kitchen by Ronnie Fein. Photo: Glenn Scott

Do you serve a soup course for Thanksgiving? I love the warm spices and seasonal veggies highlighted in the soups we’ll be sharing this week and next. Consider making any of these bowls of goodness 3-4 days ahead of the feast. They will all benefit from time spent resting in the back of your refrigerator as their flavors develop. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Sweet Potatoes & Why We Love Them

Sweet potatoes: NOT the prettiest girls at the market

Sweet potatoes: NOT the prettiest girls at the market

Contributed by Katy Morris

Whipped to creamy perfection and topped with toasted pecans? Roasted and sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon? Perhaps baked into a cupcake and generously frosted?

There are so many ways to enjoy sweet potatoes; it’s hard to choose just one. And given we are in the throes of Thanksgiving menu planning right now, we’re serving up everything you need to know about this highly nutritious but slightly unattractive veggie in this month’s Seasonal SnippetContinue reading