Solving the Frying Issue: As Easy As Latke Gratin

celery root potato latke gratin (1)

contributed by Melissa Roberts

In case you haven’t heard, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year. It’s a big deal because the holidays last converged in the 1880′s and it won’t happen again for thousands of years.  Reason to celebrate Thanksgivukkah, for sure!

For some, the idea of frying latkes while preparing a Thanksgiving feast isn’t an intimidating thought. For most of us mortals, however, the thought of standing and frying at the stove isn’t a welcome notion. (And for mortals like myself, frying but once a year is enough!) There is a solution to the frying “issue.” Continue reading

This Cooking Class Round-Up Has You Covered

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

By Katy Morris

Thanksgivukah is almost here!

In a once in a life-time gastronomical marriage, Chanukah and Thanksgiving, two of the most celebrated holiday feasts, happen to fall on the same exact day this year. And unless you’ve been hiding from all of the hype in your cave, you know it has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah.

To help you avoid the potential stress that this culinary crossover may cause for you in the kitchen and to also provide you with some great Chanukah gift ideas for your food-loving family, we have rounded up some local cooking classes which are sure to inspire this year’s menu or will simply help boost your cooking talents overall.

From kosher classes in NYC where you will learn to create hybridized holiday dishes like layered sweet potato casserole, orange olive oil cake, and root-vegetable latkes alongside well-known chefs, to 100% vegetarian classes on a farm in CT where you will learn scrumptious recipes for your Veg-only Thanksgiving…these classes will be sure to delight every palate. Continue reading

Farm to Table from Goat to Goatgurt

I’m still abuzz from all of the new experiences I had last weekend at the Hazon Food Conference.

Over the course of four jampacked days, I met  passionate, articulate and inspiring food, social and environmental activists, Rabbis, educators and students, chefs and home cooks, gardeners, farmers and food producers, writers and filmmakers. Continue reading

Ready, Stuff, Roll for Chanukah

Giveaway is now CLOSED. BUT please keep on reading and find the scrumptious recipe at the end of this post.

Sometimes the mere suggestion of a twist on tradition is enough to get me going in the kitchen.  And I wasn’t even thinking about Chanukah yet.

On the last day of the  outdoor Westport Farmers’ Market in November, organic farmer, Patti Popp of Sport Hill Farm, beckoned me to come check out her pile of brussel sprouts still firmly attached to their stalks.

My focus shifted as I noticed the generous, fan shaped LEAVES fanning out at the tip of these nobby supportive stalks.

THE LEAVES?  I had never given them a moment’s notice, and likely had never even seen them before.  They were both  dusty and vibrant and Patti encouraged me to experiment with these lovelies as wrappers for whatever filling I saw fit. Continue reading

Chanukah in Venice with Holy Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters Recipe and photo: Alessandra Rovati

“Man tracht un Got lacht”.

Man plans and G-d laughs. Sometimes stuff just happens.

After weeks of planning the perfectly timed Chanukah cooking demo and tasting, we needed to postpone it due to unforeseeable circumstances.

I love to share my experiences at compelling culinary events, so you might guess that I had a cool post sketched out. I was just waiting to perk it up with action shots of charming Alessandra barely breaking a sweat while she fried up 50 fritters,  tempting close-ups of perfectly crisped, celebratory Italian treats, along with captivating descriptions of the Holy Pumpkin Fritters on the menu.

If the irristable aromas of traditional potato latkes (pancakes) or sufganiyot (doughnuts)  reduces your will power to nil,  you’ll love these novel and unfamiliar fritters from my blogging buddy,  Alessandra Rovati.

 

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Eating Out and About During Chanukah

Chanukah has arrived!
And while there is nothing like the sizzling sounds and homey aromas of latkes on the first night of celebration, cooking fatigue may set in by night four or five. Depending on the ages of the little ones and where you live, you may feel inclined to take a break and check out these great choices for eats and treats in Connecticut and NYC.

 

Starting in CT. check out Cake Suite in Westport, where owner and baker Michelle Klem has prepared a riot of  sweets to bring to your party host or to enjoy with your own family.

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Sizzling Latkes and Gravlax with Chef Russell Moss in TriBeCa

Chanukah is fast approaching. We celebrate from December 20-27 this year.
My head is already sizzling with ideas for latkes variations.You know what I mean.
How do you like your latkes: bite size, lacy and crisp throughout or voluminous and golden brown all over with extra crunchy edges?
And, what about integrating other veggies into the basic potato recipe?