Leah Koenig's Recent Articles
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Recipe: Fennel-Lemon Latkes with Toasted Caraway Sour Cream
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah typically arrives in December, but I start getting excited for it sometime around Labor Day. I love lighting the menorah (Hanukkah candelabra) and watching the candles’ reflection, warm and comforting, in my window. And I crave the overall feeling of coziness that comes with the season. But what I long for most are the latkes — fried potato pancakes that Jewish families fry up during the eight-day holiday.
Nov 27, 2013
The Best New Jewish Cookbooks to Gift for Hanukkah
With all due respect to the Kindle and other e-readers, I think that cookbooks — meaning the printed-in-ink kind — make the best presents. There is just nothing that can quite top the joy of unwrapping a beautiful cookbook, thumbing through the collection of recipes, stories, and photos within, and starting to dream about which dish to make first. Just in time for the holiday, here is a roundup of our favorite recently-published Jewish cookbooks.
Nov 26, 2013
5 More Ways to Rock Thanksgivukkah
Perhaps you have heard the news: this year, for the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The convergence of these two holidays — which has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah — is huge for food lovers. Potato latkes meeting turkey and sweet potato casserole — it is almost too much goodness to take. This once-in-a-lifetime occurrence is not scheduled to happen again for 70,000 years (seriously) so let’s rock it.
Nov 25, 2013
Chef Einat Admony’s Sukkot Celebration
Chef Einat Admony knows a thing or two about “leaning in.” As creator of the popular New York eateries, Taim Falafel and Balaboosta, she has helped bring inspired Middle Eastern fare to New York City. The Israeli-native (her mother is originally from Iran; her father from Yemen), has a brand new cookbook out too. Also called Balaboosta, it shares many of her best dishes pulled from the restaurants and her Mediterranean roots. (See our peek inside it here.
Sep 23, 2013
Recipe for Rosh Hashanah: Apple Butter Challah
I have never met a challah I did not like. There is simply something magical about the puffed, egg-enriched loaves that sit at the center of many Jewish holiday meals and that make an extravagant base for French toast. And yet as a kid, I would count down the days to Rosh Hashanah when my mom would bring home challah baked specially for the holiday.
Sep 3, 2013
A Food-Lover’s Guide to Rosh Hashanah
This year, the two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of September 4, kicking off the Jewish High Holiday season. Often called The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is considered the spiritual head of the year and is a time of both great joy and introspection. It is sister holidays with Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which follows ten days later.
Aug 28, 2013