When it was suggested to me that I participate in a latke-making party and write a story about it, my initial response was, “Hmmm, doesn’t sound like much of a food story. Grated potatoes fried in oil? How interesting or complicated can that be?” When I heard that a number of children would be helping, I thought, “Now it’s getting interesting.” And when I learned about all the delicious varieties of latkes in existence, I was much enthused.
These are the three recipes we made for the Temple Adas Israel celebration. The first one is from Joan Nathan’s book “The Jewish Holiday Kitchen.”
Serves 8 to 10.
10 medium potatoes
2 medium onions
2 large eggs
1/4 cup flour
Salt and white pepper to taste
Peel the potatoes if skin is coarse; otherwise just clean them well.
Cavaniola’s Traditional Swiss Fondue
It is important to use the best ingredients for best flavor. Supermarket cheeses probably won’t yield the same results, so I strongly urge you to get the best cheeses you can for this fondue recipe.
Cavaniola’s very kindly shared its recipe for fondue, and the results were spectacular. If you want, the shop will blend the cornstarch and grate the cheeses for you beforehand. Bring cheese to room temperature before beginning.
Serves two to three.
This is the time of year when warm, comforting foods are very appealing. What can be even more appealing are melty-cheesy dishes like Welsh rabbit, Kentucky hot brown, fondues, and raclette. The fun of fondue and raclette is that they are interactive meals. You simply set out the ingredients and let everyone do their own thing. While some would consider fondue a meal, I prefer to have it as a fun first course, followed by a light, yet heartily packed vegetable soup like ribollita.
There are three new cookbooks out right now with local connections. Ina Garten, a k a the Barefoot Contessa, has come out with her ninth book, called “Make It Ahead.” The folks of Edible School Gardens have published the “Delicious Nutritious FoodBook,” compiled and written by Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz. And the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living have come out with “One Pot.”
With the holidays upon us, it is time to dust off that punch bowl, dig out your finest glasses, and create some memorable “adult beverage” cheer. And of course some drinks for toddlers, teens, and teetotalers.
You are probably familiar with the usual suspects: eggnog, hot toddies, and mulled cider. But have you ever heard of, much less tried, caudle, posset, smoking bishop, or bumbo? Don’t worry, you’re not missing anything.
Bolero Carrot Gyoza
Here is Chris Polidoro’s creation from Quail Hill carrots. It is awesome.
1 lb. carrots, washed and sliced
1 shallot, sliced
2 pinches salt
3 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 lb. savoy cabbage, blanched, well drained, and chopped
1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
1 package Nasoya round wonton wrappers
Preheat oven to 425.
Lights! Carrots! Action! It was Colin’s Carrot-Palooza at Estia’s Little Kitchen last week, as splashy a media event as you can expect for a Wednesday . . . in November . . . for a vegetable. There were local rock star chefs and their Daucus carotas, served raw, steamed, and in various dishes. The carrots, that is.
The following is excerpted from Laura Donnelly's restaurant review in this week's Star. More ideas for meals on the go can be found in the Star's Restaurant Guide: easthamptonstar.com/restaurants.
It's Columbus Day weekend AND the Hamptons International Film Festival is on the East End so I know all of you ladies and gentlemen and black-clad cinephiles want to know where to eat. With movies being shown in 6 locations from Southampton to Montauk your dining options are plentiful.