Celebrating the Festival of Lights
My grandmother was an ace in the kitchen, rendering her own chicken fat for her recipes and giving me the cracklings to snack on when they were crispy and the fat was clear and golden. Her postage stamp of a kitchen at 411 West End Avenue was where I learned to pay attention to what was being cooked and served – she taught me to cook by osmosis. Her poached and roasted tongue with mustard sauce was a work of art, her roasted chicken still stands alone in my poultry pantheon. I serve her chopped liver recipe and her potato pancakes to this day. I always imagined that when I grew up, holidays would be different in my house, but history has a happy way of repeating itself.
Hanukkah is a great time to share food with friends and family and I have received dozens of emails asking for some great recipes, so here you go. I should tell you, the potato pancakes are so good, posting this recipe alone is a mitzvah of the highest order. This year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving, so my table will have a mix of traditions. For Thanksgiving inspiration, check out my go-to recipes.
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