TIP OF THE DAY: Potato Latkes, Root Vegetable Latkes

The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, begins tonight, and we’re having latkes. Potato latkes are a Chanukah tradition*, but they are enjoyed year-round.     THE HISTORY OF LATKES The popular potato latkes of European Jewish cuisine descend from Sicilian ricotta pancakes that appeared in the Middle Ages. They traveled north to Rome, where the… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Potato Latkes, Root Vegetable Latkes”

TIP OF THE DAY: Potato Latkes & Beyond

[1] Nana’s latkes, served with applesauce and sour cream (photo courtesy Melissa’s).[2] A more elegant presentation (from Anne Fruart via Vermont Creamery. [3] Mix it up: potato latkes with cauliflower from Idaho Potatoes (recipe at right). [4] Our personal heaven: latkes with smoked salmon, caviar, filled sour cream and a bit of chive (photo courtesy… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Potato Latkes & Beyond”

TIP OF THE DAY: Jewish Chicken & Matzoh Ball Soup Soup

In the 1970s, one of the most beloved subway advertising campaigns in New York City was, “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” Each poster or print ad in the campaign featured African-Americans, Asians, choir boys Irish cops, Italian grandmothers and WASPs, enjoying a slice of the rye bread (see… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Jewish Chicken & Matzoh Ball Soup Soup”

TIP OF THE DAY: Blue Cocktails For A Chanukah Party

We’ve never heard of a Chanukah cocktail party, so we decided to throw one this year. The menu: Wine: red, white, sparkling Chanukah beer from Schmaltz Brewing Blue cocktails and cocktails (recipes below) Nibbles: brisket sliders, chopped liver with bagel chips, mini bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, mini potato latkes with crème fraîche… Continue reading “TIP OF THE DAY: Blue Cocktails For A Chanukah Party”