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Take the upcoming holiday of Chanukah and the traditional food favorite, latkes. Growing up in my household we ate the best – traditional Idaho potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce. These days, many people still follow those recipes, but if you go online, it’s possible to expose your palate to different tastes. And people are definitely interested in trying new things, like un-fried latkes.
Due to high demand, this year I actually created eight new healthy Chanukah Quick & Kosher delicacies including South of the Border latkes served with Black beans, Samosa latkes, Steakhouse latkes, Sweet Potato latkes with gingered sour cream and non-potato latkes made from cauliflower and carrots and, since you now have calories to spare, baked sufganiot (which really are delicious).
From lovingly passing down recipes through word of mouth, to cookbook collections, to the World Wide Web, we have certainly come a long way in the world of food interest and preparation.
And while there are some who worry about possible ill effects of this modern technology on our Jewish traditions, I firmly believe it’s a blessing. When used properly, the Internet will not hinder but will help us hold on to treasured memories of food and family as well as move us forward into the future with new, exciting and, yes, tasty opportunities.
In ten years we’ve added oat, spelt and millet matzah to the world. What will the next ten years bring – quinoa matzah? I can hear bubbie saying: Millet, schmillet. Ah, progress what a mechayah!
Jamie Geller is chief marketing officer at Kosher.com, author of “Quick & Kosher: Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing,” a regular contributor to The Jewish Press and an award winning TV producer. For more articles, blogs, tips, tricks, shopping and her Healthy Chanukah recipes visit her at www.Kosher.com.
About the Author: Jamie Geller was "The Bride Who Knew Nothing" - until she found her niche as everybody's favorite kosher cook next door. She is the author of the best-selling Quick & Kosher cookbook series and creator of the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine. Join Jamie and the world's largest kosher food community of joyofkosher.com to discover 5,000 FREE kosher recipes, inspiring menu ideas, how-to videos, and more! Follow more of Jamie's Quick & Kosher cooking adventures on Twitter @JoyofKosher and on facebook.com/joyofkosher.
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Is Woodstock still leading the world to destruction?
Cooking according to Chanukah tradition doesn’t have to be boring! Though it’s unlikely that any Maccabee ever saw a potato, latkes are traditionally made with potatoes and that particular “traditional” dish is based on a South American tuber that didn’t cross the Atlantic until the sixteenth century.
One of the cool benefits of living way north of the GW Bridge and the Big Apple is that we are in real apple country. On a whim, we can take the kids to a local orchard not ten minutes from our house, and become one with nature. It feels just like the olden days – only back then, the farmers would pay hired hands to pick the apples, while we actually pay the farmers to please, please let us harvest their fruit.
I love hosting backyard barbecues on sunny, cloudless days. Hubby at the grill. Me sitting poolside, sipping a pina colada as the kids splash around. After the party’s over, I’ll lounge a while with a novel.
I try to make it a point to work things into my life – including insane schedules, impossible goals and conflicting priorities – in the most upbeat way I can. OK, so it doesn’t always work. What surprises me is how shocked people are when I tell them I just can’t handle everything.
I sometimes — ok, often — envy my friends who cook daring, exotic dishes and throw crazy things like fruit into veggie salads. Innovative stuff like that doesn’t go over so well in my house. I can prepare it, but Hubby will stare down at the unfamiliar thing on his plate with suspicious distaste. He’s a creature of habit, even more so a creature of tradition. Not only does he want to eat the same things, he wants it prepared in the most traditional way. To him, it’s not really Shabbos without classic gefilte fish and chicken soup. And even when its 99 degrees outside, steaming hot cholent and potato kugel better be on the menu.
This is the final cleaning phase and your vacuum cleaner is going to be running all week long! Go over all the bedrooms, living spaces, offices, the dining room, kitchen – every possible area that needs to be vacuumed.
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