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Dec 12 2012

Have Yourself a Vodka Latke Party

By at 4:00 pm

My favorite holiday memories revolve around my mother’s Hanukkah parties.

Three generations of Americans, Israelis, and Russians gathered in our small home by moonlight, their stories and voices and accents braiding together.

Old Hanukkah tapes would play, the almost-twangy music filling the spaces between food and loud and food and talk and food and fun.

Latkes were eaten, sufganiyot were devoured, and more than a few dreidels were spun.

My memories of these parties are golden, and their lesson equally bright: Hanukkah is meant to be a celebration. A fun one.

Today, my husband Jason and I are ready to create our own version of my mother’s parties for our (adult!) friends, with a twist.

Enter: The Vodka Latke Party. Read the rest of this entry →

Dec 7 2012

8 Days of Hanukkah Recipes: Chocolate Mousse

By at 2:33 pm

chocolate mousseHanukkah starts tomorrow night, so we’re wrapping up our 8 days of Hanukkah recipes with a recipe from Meredith Jacobs for chocolate mousse. Sure, it’s not a traditional Hanukkah food, but it’s chocolate! Need we say more? Check out all of our Hanukkah recipes here.

Chocolate Mousse

by Meredith Jacobs

We know Hanukkah’s known for fried foods: potato latkesdonuts, and the like. But truthfully, there’s really only so much oil you want to eat over an eight-day period. That’s where this delicious chocolate mousse comes in. It doesn’t take too long to prepare (just remember to budget the time to chill it before you want to eat), and it’s delicious. We like to top it with a few pieces of chocolate gelt for a special treat! Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 28 2012

Eight Days of Hanukkah Recipes: Jelly-Filled Cupcakes

By at 6:46 pm

hanukkah cupcakesWhat would a Jewish holiday be without food? Luckily, we don’t have to answer that. We’ve got plenty of delicious Hanukkah recipes to fill you up on every night of Hanukkah. And since Hanukkah is eight (week)days away, we thought we’d share one a day right here on the blog. First up: Rhea Yablon Kennedy’s recipe for Hanukkah cupcakes! Below is the recipe for jelly-filled cupcakes, and be sure to click here to get recipes for lemon cupcakes and deep-fried chocolate cupcakes, too.

Jelly-Filled “Sufganiyot” Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 2 2012

Saturday Morning Breakfast Traditions: Challah French Toast!

By at 9:46 am

Right now we have two adults and one picky toddler eating solid foods in our house and on Friday night, we always have lots of left over challah.

One of our family traditions is to make challah French toast on Saturday morning. Literally, the first thing my son says when he opens his eyes on Saturday morning is, “Challah French toast day!” (God forbid I attempt to serve him cereal.) Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 12 2012

Kids Bring You Their Favorite Healthy Recipes

By at 12:11 pm
healthy lunchtime challenge

The faces of the talented young chefs.

Need some new healthy, kid-friendly lunchtime options in your repertoire? Michelle Obama and 54 little talented chefs have just the thing for you.

As part of a project called “The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” the First Lady paired up with Epicurious to ask kids  between 8-12 years old to send in their favorite healthy recipes. One recipe from each state (plus a few territories) was chosen and compiled in this free, online cookbook. You can check out the whole cookbook here, and we’ve picked out two of our favorites below. Happy healthy eating! Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 14 2012

Rosh Hashanah Recipes: Apple Cake

By at 2:30 pm

Today’s Rosh Hashanah recipe of the day brought to you by Meredith Jacobs is a nice alternative to the traditional honey cake. Enjoy!

Rosh Hashanah is known as a holiday that loves sweetness–after all, that’s what the whole dipping apples in honey thing is all about. And traditionally you’d find a honey cake on the holiday table–sweet and spicy. But personally, I never really liked that honey cake. I’m a fan of apple cake. This is my mom’s recipe and I think it’s delicious. I hope you like it too.

You’ll Need:

3 cups flour
2 ½ cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
5 unbeaten eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup orange juice
2 ½ teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
8-10 thinly sliced apples
cinnamon
sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease and flour a tube pan or bundt pan.

3. Beat together flour, sugar, oil, eggs, salt, orange juice, vanilla, and baking powder until smooth in a large bowl.

4. In another bowl, mix together apples with 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 3 teaspoons sugar.

5. Layer apples in the bottom of the pan. Pour over enough batter to cover, then layer more apples, then batter again. Top with apples.

6. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Sep 13 2012

Rosh Hashanah Recipes: Chicken Soup (& Veggie Chicken Soup)

By at 9:45 am

chicken soup recipeToday’s Rosh Hashanah recipe of the day is quite the classic–chicken soup. Meredith Jacobs shares her recipe for the Jewish penicillin. But have no fear, vegetarians–we’ve also got a great recipe for vegetarian chicken soup from Leah Koenig that’s just as yummy.

Recipe for Chicken Soup:

My kids love this chicken soup. Why? Because I let the flavor of the chicken and vegetables infuse the broth creating a rich, velvety, and delicious soup. I make this every other week, freezing part of it use whenever we need it. My kids like it with matzah balls(of course) and they also like to eat the chicken shreds. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 12 2012

Sneak Peek at Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Honey Cake

By at 9:53 am

mayim bialik vegan honey cake recipeEditor’s note: Today’s Rosh Hashanah recipe of the day comes from Kveller’s very own celebrity blogger, Mayim Bialik. Last week, Bialik announced her next book, a vegan family cookbook, and today we’re getting a sneak preview with her Rosh Hashanah recipe for vegan honey cake.

Ingredients

2 egg equivalents (I use Ener-G egg replacer)

3/4 cup agave

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp oil Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 11 2012

Five Sweet Treats for Rosh Hashanah

By at 12:06 pm

Generations of families have started the Jewish New Year with something sweet, in the hopes of a great year. It is a brilliant idea. What is more fun than allowing kids to put honey on their apple slices, and sprinkles on their challah at dinner? It’s a tradition, so we have to do it. Here are five sticky sweet treats to make and enjoy with your kids.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar: Combine 3 Tbsp. white sugar with ½ – 1 tsp. of molasses. It will be hard to combine, but it will work. Enjoy on yogurt mixed with fruit, or use it in baking. Read the rest of this entry →

Rosh Hashanah Recipes: Apple & Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

By at 9:01 am

apple and honey sandwich breadToday’s Rosh Hashanah Recipe of the day is a delicious way to add apples and honey to your everyday eats. Zoe Singer gives us a recipe for apple & honey whole wheat sandwich bread, which is about as delicious and wholesome as it sounds.

Recipe for Apple & Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread:

This is a slightly sweet, tender sandwich bread with a crisp crust. It’s perfect with a sharp cheese or a schmear of cream cheese or nut butter. Read the rest of this entry →

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