Which Festival of Light Is Celebrated the World Over?

It’s New Year’s Eve of course – with 24 hours of celebrations around the globe! Back in the day of the Concorde – a supersonic jet built by Great Britain and France in the 70s, you could celebrate New Year’s Eve in London listening to Big Ben chime, then fly to the Big Apple in […]

Hanukkah: the Menorah, Sufganiyot and a Potato Pancake

The first of the December Festivals of Light to be celebrated this year is Hanukkah, which begins on December 22. I was familiar with the story of Judah Maccabee and the menorah that burned for 8 nights but not why two traditional foods: sufganiyot and latkes, are eaten during this festival. Hanukkah, known as the […]

Sautéed Zucchini and Tomatoes

Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small red onion, diced 1 pound zucchini (2-3 medium), cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil, plus more for garnish if desired Heat the olive […]

scalloped potatoes and ham

Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Ingredients 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 3 TBSP butter 3 TBSP flour Pinch of black pepper 1 tsp salt 2-1/2 cups milk 1-1/2 cups cooked ham, cubed 6 medium potatoes 1 additional TBSP butter To Make Preheat oven to 350°F. On the stovetop, melt 3 TBSP of butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, […]

potato salad

Greek Potato Salad

Ingredients: 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes 1 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup chopped cucumber 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 3 tablespoons chopped red onion 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese To taste: Salt, pepper, and oregano Boil salted water and add potatoes. Cook for approximately 15 minutes until potatoes are tender but […]

Sesame Garlic Asparagus

Ingredients: 1 1/2 pound asparagus, washed and ends trimmed 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted Salt To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Toss asparagus with oils and garlic. Arrange on large baking sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds and a good pinch of salt […]

Carrot Slaw

Ingredients: 2 pounds carrots, peeled and trimmed 5 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped Zest of 1 lemon Salt and pepper To Make:  Grate the carrots either in a food processor or with a box grater. Whisk together other ingredients and season to […]

Ginger Tahini Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients: Dressing: 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup water 2 tablespoons tahini 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon white wine or rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 2 tablespoons finely grated or mined ginger 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 2 scallions, finely chopped Slaw: 3 cups shredded cabbage – mix of red and napa 4 […]

Scalloped Turnips

Ingredients: 2 pounds turnips, thinly sliced 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup heavy cream Salt and pepper To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Butter the bottom and sides of a casserole dish and set aside. Saute the onions in 1 tablespoon of butter in […]