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We Tried Trader Joe’s New Cauliflower Latkes — Here’s What We ThoughtGroceries
After running out to purchase these cauliflower pancakes (aka latkes), heating them up in our kitchen convection oven, and wafting the scent of crispy Parmesan throughout the office, my coworkers were dying to know: Where did I get these? “Cauliflower Joe’s,” I told them. “I mean Trader Joe’s!
May 24, 2019
Edible Gift Idea: The Best Chai Tea Mix!Recipes
This is one of my absolutely favorite things to give away at the holiday time. It makes a great gift, especially if given with a hand-thrown mug and one of those long, involved novels that are best read in January. (Armchair optional.) It’s also great to keep a few batches on hand as hostess or last-minute gifts.The beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. You can adjust any of the spices to your taste and even eliminate one altogether.
May 2, 2019
10 Crafty Cool Ways to Wrap Gifts from The KitchenPeople
So, we’ve given you quite a few ideas for homemade gifts from the kitchen (40, to be precise!) and now you’re thinking about pretty, crafty, homemade ways to wrap up those gifts. We asked our Twitter and Facebook friends to give us some ideas, and here are some of their suggestions. Add your own, too!WRAPPING IDEAS FROM OUR FRIENDS• 1 Black Boxes with Japanese Paper – Leah on Facebook pointed these out to us. They are lovely!
May 2, 2019
Jewish Holiday Recipe: Mom’s Simple Savory KugelRecipes
Growing up on the coast of Southern California, I was pretty far removed from my father’s native Brooklyn neighborhood. However my Mississippi-born mother made sure to close some of that distance with one delicious Jewish recipe she adapted from her mother-in-law. Savory noodle kugel is as comforting and cozy as it gets.Like all great casseroles, kugel has many variations, incarnations and riffs.
May 2, 2019
Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays by Jeanne SauvagePeople
Hip hip hooray! Here’s a gluten-free baking book just in time for the holidays! All your favorites are here, from cutout cookies and rugelach to bûche de noël and pumpkin pie. No need to miss out on tasty holiday treats this year — Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays will help fill your cookie tray.• Who wrote it: Jeanne Sauvage• Who published it: Chronicle Books• Number of recipes: 60• Recipes for right now: All of them!
May 2, 2019
10 Useful & Inspiring Gifts for New CooksTools
Shopping for new cooks is a real pleasure. There’s so much excitement and optimism to work with! You could probably rattle off a list of must-haves in the kitchen (our Essentials postsTOP ROW• 1 Starter Salt Set, $38 from The Meadow: the best way to explore finishing salts, and something a new cook could get exited about! • 2 End Grain Butcher Block, $175 from End Grain Butcher Blocks: Ok, this is the butcher block to end all butcher blocks, and a bit of a splurge.
May 2, 2019
The Best Way to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls: Parbake & Freeze Sweet Rolls NowPeople
Fresh, warm cinnamon rolls are a special breakfast for the holidays (or any day), but who wants to wake up at 5 am to start the process of making them from scratch? Instead of reaching for canned rolls, try this technique from King Arthur Flour: parbake and freeze cinnamon rolls, then fully bake them just before serving. You’ll have hot, homemade cinnamon rolls on the table in just 20 minutes.
May 2, 2019
4 Tips for Mailing CookiesSkills
Thinking of sharing the bounty from your holiday cookie baking marathons with friends far and wide? Make sure those tasty cookies of yours arrive with nary a crumb out of place. Here are some tips for packing up your cookies and sharing the sugary joy. • Choose Your Cookies with Care: The best cookies to ship are those that are fairly firm and sturdy, like crinkle cookies, thumbprint cookies, gingerbread, Mexican wedding cookies, and sugar cookies.
May 2, 2019
Homemade Gift Recipe: Maple Bourbon Caramel SauceRecipes
Making caramel sauce is simple, and additions of sea salt, lavender or even chilies take a basic sauce and make it into something special. This holiday season, I made mine boozy with an infusion of maple bourbon. Maple bourbon is the most popular flavor of bourbon on the market now with big guys like Jim Beam and Knob Creek topping the list of producers. It’s a sweeter style and works well in lots of hot cocktails, after dinner drinks and desserts.
May 2, 2019
21 Homemade Gifts You Can Make Over the Long WeekendRecipes
I adore the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s long and replete with leftovers, and it’s also when I get seriously excited about planning holiday gifts. This weekend is perfectly early enough to start a project like DIY vanilla or cocktail bitters, and not too early to freeze some dough for homemade puppy treats. If you need a few fresh ideas for homemade holiday gifts this year, take a look!
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Spaghetti Squash LatkesRecipes
Every year when Hanukkah comes around, I always take on the challenge to cook up creative latke recipes. The classic potato-and-onion recipe is always great on the first few nights, but by the third night, I find that I’m craving something a little different. Here, I’ve swapped the starchy grated potato for some tender spaghetti squash and tossed it with fresh herbs, green onions, and Pecorino Romano — an easy (and gluten-free!) latke everyone will love.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Crisp Parsnip LatkesRecipes
Parsnips — sweet, citrusy, spicy, and starchy — make a crazy-good latke. What? You thought latkes were only made from potatoes and only for Hanukkah? Let me explain. Latkes — typically potato pancakes — are a traditional European side dish that the local Jewish (Ashkenazic) population adopted long ago as their Hanukkah treat.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Pomegranate Molasses & ShanklishRecipes
What’s happened to Brussels sprouts may be one of the best food moments of the 21st century. No more boiling them into cabbage-y oblivion. We love roasting them, for good reason — time in a hot oven reveals Brussels sprouts to be remarkably nutty, earthy, sweet, and versatile. If you’re like me and can’t get enough roasted sprouts, you already know how great they are with balsamic vinegar. Meet my new best friend: pomegranate molasses, the Middle Eastern equivalent.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Rustic Almond-Orange MacaroonsRecipes
French macarons may be all the rage, but don’t dismiss the humble macaroon, which is derived from marzipan — a smooth paste of blanched almonds and sugar that, when mixed with egg white and baked, turns into chewy little gems. And macaroons are a heck of a lot easier to make than a DIY Ladurée project. It wasn’t always so simple. My aunt Hanna once told me a story about the massapan that her mother, my Iraqi grandmother, use to make.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways to Make a Mason Jar Feel Gift-WorthyKitchen
If you haven’t already noticed, Mason jars continue to be everywhere, whether they’re used as a water glass or to transport your lunch salad. They also make for a rustic, practical, and affordable vessel for food gifts. Load them with granola, or pancake mix and consider that long list of gifts you need for family and friends taken care of.
May 1, 2019
7 Tips to Help You Make a Better BrisketSkills
During Hanukkah (and well beyond), there are bound to be many briskets gracing tables around America. Braised brisket takes time, but a great brisket is not hard to bring to the table. These seven simple tips will help you make a better brisket every time. There’s a delicate balance here. Leave too much fat and the braising liquid you’re left with will be greasy. However, you don’t want to cut off too much fat; fat equals flavor in the final dish.
May 1, 2019
An Easy, Modern Menu for HanukkahRecipes
Make latkes. Pop bottles.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Gougères with Fig JamRecipes
Fried jelly doughnuts, called sufganiyot, are a common Hanukkah treat in Israel, and are increasingly popular in the United States. But while homemade doughnuts filled with strawberry or raspberry jam are delicious as a once-in-a-while treat, they make the house smell like fried food and leave a pesky amount of cooking oil behind to dispose of. These gougères, which come sandwiched with fig preserves, offer a savory, sophisticated twist on sufganiyot.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Fennel-Apple BellinisRecipes
Bubbly Champagne makes the perfect, effervescent pairing for potato latkes and other fried foods served on Hanukkah. Here, apple cider enhanced with homemade fennel seed syrup and offset with a splash of lemon juice puts a cozy, winter-friendly spin on a classic Champagne bellini. The fennel syrup is simple to prepare and keeps well in the fridge, making it the perfect prep-ahead base for holiday cocktails.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Pull-Apart Challah RollsRecipes
Individual knots of challah bread, rich with eggs and ready for a slathering of butter.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Best Menorah for MillennialsKitchen
According to the data, millennials are drinking #allthewine. A study from the Wine Market Council, an industry nonprofit, found that millennials drank 42 percent of all the wine drunk in the United States in 2015, more than any other age group — an average of three glasses per sitting, to be exact. In seemingly unrelated news: Neither Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, or millennials seem to want their parents’ stuff. These two things are, in fact, related, though!
May 1, 2019
Build Your Own Menorah Out of Mini BagelsPeople
Not to generalize or anything, but we Jews love us some bagels. We typically eat them on one of the holiest days of the year. We eat them with just a schmear of cream cheese or piled high with lox, onions, capers, and more. So it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see bagel-themed Hanukkah menorahs all around the country. Last year, just for fun, the Chabad in Bethesda, Maryland, built a 10-foot menorah out of 400 assorted bagels from Goldberg’s New York Bagels.
May 1, 2019
My Childhood Was a Lie and Dreidel Can Actually Be Fun to PlayKitchen
Real talk: If you haven't been betting with food, you've been playing it wrong.
Dec 12, 2017
What Do Jelly Doughnuts Have to Do with Hanukkah?Skills
Latkes get all the attention this time of year — as they should, latkes are awesome — but another Hanukkah treat has been gaining in popularity stateside in recent years. Put your hands together for the jelly doughnut. What the two have in common symbolically is also the ingredient that makes both so delicious: oil.
Dec 21, 2016
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Frying DoughnutsSkills
Whether it’s the hot oil or the cleanup, there’s certainly some work involved with frying at home, but if the freshest yeasted doughnuts are what you’re after, then making them at home — even if you only do it once a year — is worth the effort. To make frying doughnuts an experience you want to repeat, there are a few key mistakes to avoid. Here’s what you need to steer clear of for success.
Dec 19, 2016
Beyond Popcorn String: Candies for Your Christmas Tree GarlandKitchen
We totally get why people make popcorn garlands: they’re relatively easy to do, popcorn is lightweight, and you can get a big bag of kernels for, like, $10. Great! But why stop there? We raided a candy shop to find fun treats that’ll string up just as well. Unless otherwise noted, we made these with a sewing needle and some waxed floss, which conveniently comes in white (regular) or red (cinnamon!).
Dec 14, 2016
Why Eating Egg Rolls Will Always Feel Like Christmas to MePeople
A Jewish family of four sharing a plate of sesame chicken on Christmas Day: It’s a holiday tradition for so many of this country’s 5 million Jews. Indeed, it was a tradition throughout my own childhood. Every year — without fail — we’d hop in the station wagon (in later years, the van) in Albany, New York, and make the 15-minute drive to Dumpling House. It was a bit like a mini-pilgrimage in the town nicknamed “Smallbany.
Dec 22, 2015
Recipe: Pummelo, Fennel & Radish SaladRecipes
Salads are the unsung hero of my winter. Often overlooked — it’s too cold for salad! There are no tomatoes! — a winter salad challenges my creativity; surprises me with possibilities; and lifts my spirits on short, gray days and long winter nights. Yes, we have those in California where I live. Truth is, a refreshing winter salad is the essential counterpoint to hearty soups and braises.
Dec 3, 2015
Recipe: Braised Beef with Semolina DumplingsRecipes
This hearty winter braise is inspired by two of the most beloved dishes my safta (grandmother in Hebrew) used to make: kubbe — miniature meat-filled semolina dumplings simmered in a vegetable or meat stew — and long-cooked green beans, variously known as loubia or fasoulia. Here, herb-flecked semolina dumplings capture the flavor and nubbly texture of my safta’s original recipe without all the work.
Dec 2, 2015
Recipe: Syrian Herb and Meat Latkes (Ijeh B’Lahmeh)Recipes
In my recent interview with cookbook author and magazine editor, Janna Gur, she described a recipe so delicious that I just had to share it. The recipe is for Syrian herb and meat latkes, called ijeh b’lahmeh. They’re shaped into patties, bound with eggs, and fried in oil just like Hanukkah latkes. But instead of the grated potato most of us are used to, these latkes are made with ground beef and a delightful mess of chopped mint, parsley, cilantro, and scallions.
Dec 10, 2014
7 Questions for Janna Gur, Author of Jewish Soul FoodPeople
With Hanukkah around the corner and Christmas coming soon, holiday cookbook season is in full swing. Among the piles of recently published, glossy tomes, the book I’m most excited about is Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh by Janna Gur. Gur is the longtime editor of Al Hashulchan, a popular food publication in Israel.
Dec 9, 2014
A Modern Relish Tray for Thanksgiving: A Beautiful Whole CheesePeople
For our final Modern Thanksgiving Relish Tray (see our pickle board and spread of dips and crudités) I went a very untraditional route for Thanksgiving: cheese! I was looking for something that represented the Bay Area and our local bounty, something unique and delicious and maybe just a bit decadent. Something dramatic and singular and celebratory. Well, hello there, whole wheel of beautiful, buttery Mt. Tam! You’re looking marvelous!
Nov 18, 2014
A Modern Relish Tray for Thanksgiving: Homemade Pickles & Rye CrackersRecipes
When Faith floated the idea of having the gang from The Kitchn gather at my house in Oakland to celebrate and shoot the 2014 Thanksgiving spread, I was thrilled. They would take care of everything, she promised, except maybe could I do a modern interpretation of the old-fashioned relish tray as appetizers? Absolutely! We ended up deciding on three trays: pickles, spreads, and cheese and fruit. Let’s start with my favorite: the pickle tray.
Nov 13, 2014
5 Tips for Setting Up a Better Holiday BuffetPeople
Setting up a buffet table like the one for our Cozy Holiday Potluck Make things easy on yourself and on your guests: have a post-it note with their name or the name of their dish already on the buffet table. This way, no one has to finagle for space between the macaroni salad and the dinner rolls, or wonder if the host wants their dish in a particular spot on the table.
Dec 13, 2013
Recipe: Fennel-Lemon Latkes with Toasted Caraway Sour CreamRecipes
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 HanukkahPeople
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
Make Holiday Butter Mints In Any Shape Or ColorRecipes
Many people have strong opinions about mints, especially those of the wedding variety. But those who have either been on the fence or a little shy about them — you’ve never had a real, melt-in-your-mouth butter mint. Bonus: they’re easily customizable for any party and a snap to make!Amanda over at Bake It Pretty has been kind enough to share her recipe for butter mints. This time she pressed them gently into a small snowflake mold to make them festive for the season.
Dec 15, 2010
Hanukkah Recipe: Apple and Cheese-Stuffed LatkesRecipes
Potato latkes are such humble little things, yet so incredibly addictive. This version puts the traditional applesauce topping on the inside, where it gets warm and wonderful as the latkes cook. We love adding cubes of cheese to the filling, too. They melt into pockets of cheesy goodness and add extra savory depth to this classic dish. For this recipe, we’re essentially making a fresh applesauce and sandwiching this between two layers of potato pancake.
Dec 1, 2010
How To Make Funnel Cakes At Home Street Fair Food WeekRecipes
If we had to name the ultimate Fair Food, hands down it would have to be funnel cakes. The sweet smell of fluffy, frying bread in combination with powdered sugar is enough to make even the strongest go weak in the knees.Well, lucky for you, they aren’t difficult to make and are perfect for a party or just a weeknight snack.Not wanting to disappoint anyone’s favorite childhood (or adult!
Aug 12, 2009
Tip: Use Spreadable Goat Cheese in Place of Cream CheesePeople
I recently got hip to a great cream-cheese alternative for bagels and such and was thinking it’d be a nice time to pass on the tip given what a brunch-y time of year this is between Christmas and New Year’s and all the other excuses for gathering and eating. Spreadable goat cheese is a lower-fat form of goat cheese with a looser texture as compared to the chèvre usually sold in log form and usually comes in a tub so it even looks like cream cheese.
Dec 19, 2008
Gourmet Magazine’s Favorite Cookies: 1941-2008Recipes
Sixty-seven years of amazing cookies — 1941-2008. That’s what Gourmet Magazine is featuring on their website right now. They went back through every year of their magazine’s history and chose a favorite cookie from each year.It’s like a time capsule back to their early days inthe 40s and 50s and all through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. They give a quick recap of each decade and some of the new influences in each.The real stars of course are the cookies.
Dec 5, 2008
Recipe: Cocoa Molasses ToffeeRecipes
Old-fashioned candies, sweet and strong, are our favorites. Toffee, caramels, divinity – they all show up in our Christmas packages. Here’s a new favorite with an old flavor: molasses. These are strong little candies with a heady molasses kick that tastes of burnt-sweet and sour dark sugar syrup. We added a pinch of salt and a dash of cocoa to round out the flavor.We love how these appear hard at first – teeth crackers! – but soften into taffy as they warm in the mouth.
Dec 14, 2007
Crispy Classic Latkes
Crispy Classic Latkes
Nov 27, 2017
How To Cook A Frozen Turkey
How To Cook A Frozen Turkey
Nov 2, 2016