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Hanukkah

Recipes, menus, and how-tos for a very festive Festival of Lights

  • Orange Olive Oil Cake
    Recipe

    Orange, Olive Oil, and Rosemary Cake

    A syrup of macerated orange segments and a dollop of crème fraîche embellish this rustic cake, a nod to the Sephardic desserts of Italy and Spain. Olive oil gives the…

  • Challah Toasts with Smoked Salmon
    Recipe

    Challah Toasts with Dill Cheese, Fennel, and Smoked Salmon

    These canapés are like Sunday brunch meets the Jewish holidays. Use a mandoline, if you have one, to shave the fennel into super thin curls. If not, a sharp chef’s…

  • Braised Brisket
    Recipe

    Red-Wine Braised Brisket with Pearl Onions and Star Anise

    The sweet, subtle flavor of star anise gives this comforting braise an exotic twist. I like to season the brisket with a fragrant spice rub a day before braising so…

  • Honey-Glazed Rainbow Carrots
    Recipe

    Honey-Glazed Rainbow Carrots with Cinnamon and Cumin

    Colorful “rainbow” carrots—yellow, purple, and white roots to go with the traditional orange—are increasingly available at supermarkets. Slow-roasted with cinnamon-infused oil, honey, and fresh herbs, they provide an elegant counterpoint…

  • Potato Latkes
    Recipe

    Nana’s Classic Latkes

    My nana’s latkes were just too good to update, but I’ve given them a modern twist by garnishing with watermelon radishes and serving them as a base for a first-course…

  • Recipe

    Salad of Frisée, Fuji Apple, and Marinated Beets

    The beet “noodles”—long, spaghetti-like strips of the root vegetable—are increasingly available at supermarkets and add to this salad’s festive feel.

  • Chocolate-Chile Rugelach
    Recipe

    Chile-Chocolate Rugelach

    With guajillo chile chocolate and toasted pepitas, this traditional Jewish cookie takes on a Mexican twist.

  • Sweet Potato Pancakes
    Recipe

    Sweet Potato Pancakes with Spicy Cinnamon Aïoli

    The crispy sweetness of these pancakes plays well off the kick of the aïoli. If you have any aïoli left over, it’s great as a sandwich spread.

  • cider doughnuts
    Recipe

    Spiced Cider Doughnuts

    In the fall, almost every pick-your-own orchard in New England serves its family’s version of cider doughnuts. They’re all wonderful, but I’ve been told many times that mine—warmly spiced and…

  • Recipe

    Streusel Coffee Cake

    If you’re a fan of New York-style crumb cake, you’re going to love this version, which is more streusel (shown here with Cocoa Cardamom Streusel) than cake. Too much of…

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