Beef Borscht

Borscht comes in lots of different varieties. The common denominator is the beets that form the base with its dark purple color. This borscht is a hearty beef soup that in addition to beets uses, leeks, celery cabbage, potatoes and flanken, which all come together in a melt in your mouth rich soup with tons of flavor. I love to add marrow bones or beef bones for extra depth. This is a great one pot meal when you are craving a bowl of hearty soup for dinner. (Adapted from Jewish Soul Food)

Slow Cooker Unstuffed Cabbage

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Stuffed Cabbage rolls are a family favorite for special occasion holidays, but who has time on a weeknight to roll out each cabbage roll? My mother, who worked full time and had to get dinner on the table, used to make unstuffed cabbage for us to satisfy our desire to have this delicious meal more frequently. This meal has all of the essential ingredients and flavors of stuffed cabbage – a sweet and tangy sauce, rice, beef, raisins -yet you can put this recipe together in no time, and work while it cooks!

Vegetarian Deli Reuben Sandwich

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If you love overstuffed, warm Deli Reuben sandwiches, you have to try this vegetarian version. It has all of the flavors of the sauerkraut, with the sweet relish dressing and swiss cheese, but with a meat substitute of marinated and crisped tempeh or tofu. Make sure to load on the Kraut and dressing and eat alongside my sweet potato fries for a delicious deli dinner at home!

Sweet Noodle (Lokshen) Kugel

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This is a great sweet treat for the Jewish food lovers out there. This version of lokshen kugel combines a sweet and cinnamon-y custard with raisins and noodles that bake up together for a cheesey and chewy bite. Even though it tastes like dessert, this is traditionally served as a main course – so enjoy! If you want to get in your greens, try serving this alongside my salad of mixed greens with roasted pears and spiced nuts.
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It doesn’t feel like Hanukah until I’ve had homemade latkes and the smell fills the house. When I was first married, my husband made his mom’s latkes for me and they were truly the best! Now he is stuck making these every year. When you bite into a latke, you want crunch on the outside and a smooth potato flavor on the inside, with just enough salt. These traditional latkes will not disappoint. It is worth going the extra step of wringing out latke batter in cheesecloth to ensure that they are the crispiest latkes they can be! Serve them with homemade applesauce for an extra special Hanukah treat.
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These are latkes with a twist, in this case a twist of lemon. Fried zucchini is always delicious, and this latke recipe takes zucchini and scallions and fries them up latke style. The real pop in this recipe comes from the amazing lemon zest cream, which has double lemon, in zest and juice form, as well as fresh garlic. Eat the hot and crispy zucchini fritters along with the cool and refreshing sauce.

Pickled Salmon Bites

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Whenever I make this recipe, people think I have slaved in the kitchen to produce these delicious pickled salmon bites. The truth is they are delicious but, the only thing that is hard about this recipe is waiting the few days until you can dig in! Serve this as a first course with crackers or as finger food at your next party. (Adapted from Joyce Goldstein as seen in New York Times)

Mini Latke Trio

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These little latkes are a great Hanukah finger food for your next party. Each latke comes with its own sauce that you can put on top. Try the traditional latkes with homemade applesauce, the zucchini latkes with lemon zest cream or the sweet potatoe latkes with sriracha aioli. If you make them all, have a taste test to see which ones your guests like best!
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f you are looking for a little variety in your latke eating, these sweet potato latkes are a great choice. They are made like the traditional latkes, but have a sweet taste< If you like sweet and salty, crisp up the latkes and add some extra salt at the end, when you remove them from the oil. I pair this with a sriracha aioli, for a great sweet, salty and spicy contrast.