Date Challah – Revisited

As Rosh Hashanah approaches this year, I am being drawn to cooking with the traditional foods – dates, honey, apples… So, I decided to make a date challah for this Shabbat. Here’s what it looked like when I did the original post in 2013: I made just a couple of tweaks when I made it…

A Great High Holiday Breakfast – Dried Fruit Compote with Yogurt

I start every day with 2 dried figs or dates, I have for at least 10 years.  Not by themselves, but with whatever other item I am eating for breakfast.  Breakfast does not feel complete without my dried fruit. The Monday Morning Cooking Club recently posted a recipe for Kompote as a dessert for Rosh Hashanah. …

Roasted Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Local asparagus is in!!! To me, this is the real sign that spring is here. We will be obsessively eating asparagus for the next few weeks, it’s one of our traditions… “When they pick it, we will eat it” We also still have some matzoh left over, so I decided to make the romesco sauce…

Escalivada (Catalan Roast Vegetables)

I am in love! I want to put these vegetables on everything! And yes, we were continuing our Spanish theme from Passover. It was so simple. Rub on some oil, sprinkle with salt, wrap in aluminum foil, then bake. Unwrap, peel, chop and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and sherry vinegar. And, ta da! A…

Quajado

Our Spanish Passover continues… Lauren is home, so we needed a vegetarian dinner option and opted for a Quajado, an egg, cheese and vegetable dish. For tonight, we used zucchini, feta and cheddar. The combination was simply delicious. Salty, rich and slightly sweet. To complete the dinner we added a Spanish spinach dish with pine…

Our Spanish Seder

I decided to make an all-Spanish food Seder this year. It started with a Spanish Sephardic Charoset with hazelnuts, pistachios, marcona almonds, walnuts, dates, pears, figs and apples. This made a fabulous Hillel sandwich with my home-made maror (horseradish) The serious eating started with saffron sofrito matzoh ball soup. This was so good, it will likely become…

Potato and Parsnip Latkes

After several days of “let’s make latkes out of anything” including lasagna and mac and cheese, it was time for some “normal” latkes. But not quite normal; parsnips and potatoes are a great combination, so why not potato and parsnip latkes? Parsnips add a nice sweetness that added interest to the latke. It was another reason…

Spaghetti Squash Latkes

Spaghetti squash latkes, who would have thought? Zakah Glaser, that’s who; and I thank her for the recipe I found on Chabad.org. I have to say that these were good the first day, but they were excellent as leftovers.  I have no idea why this was true, but that bodes well for making these in advance for…