Gambling for Education and Retchene Latkes

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
To continue with the story of Chanukkah and latkes, Judea was eventually captured by the Romans. Some of the Roman rulers could care less about various religions of the occupied territories, or provinces, as long as the taxes were collected regularly and accurately. Some others, however, persecuted Jews relentlessly; Emperor Hadrian even earned the…

But Hannah Did Not Have Potatoes! Latkes with a Tropical Twist.

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
Chanukkah is coming, and kids are looking forward to stuffing their faces with latkes – potato pancakes. When I was growing up, we had all kinds of latkes on Chanukkah, and sometimes my grandmother skipped the deruny (potato latkes) altogether because of the variety of other, more interesting ones: carrots with apples, zucchini with raisins, and my father’s favorite rechene (buckwheat) latkes. When…

Squash Thai and I

Originally posted on Renard's World:
Once upon the time, in the magical land of Thailand, there was a crocodile lord called Chalawan who fell in love with a beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant and abducted her. Another merchant, Kraithong, courageously challenged fearsome Chalawan and rescued the young lady. The legend of brave Kraithong…

Artsy Upcycled Soup

Last week we had our spectacular annual art event, Art Basel, and, according to The Art Newspaper, the show was “stolen by text and slogans.” One of the biggest attractions was Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s huge framed neon slogan “All I Need Is Less” embedded in a two-way mirror. I did not take of photo…

Placinda – Flaky Pumpkin Pie

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
A prominent Rabbi picks up an apple, pronounces the appropriate blessing, and bites into it. One of his students also picks up an apple, mutters a blessing, and takes a bite. Then he stops and asks: “Rabbi, what is the difference between you and me eating an apple? We both say…

Sweet Rose of Thanks

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
This beautiful rose and a beautiful sentiment by Paolo Coelho is for all of you, Beautiful People, with all my love and best wishes for Thanksgiving! I also have a delicious sweet potato rose to grace your table with love and heartfelt promises. I have been asked to post “something new…

Something Wild About That Turkey

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
Of all the silly infantile jokes, this one takes the cake (or a pumpkin pie, in this case): What did the turkey say when he saw a computer? “Google, google, google!” I guess that was a wild turkey who had never been introduced to a Publix freezer. But then, if we…

Crock Pot Turkey Breast and Finding Courage to Love

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued an historic document that started with the following words: The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. The Proclamation continues: I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United…

Smoking Turkey

Originally posted on koolkosherkitchen:
This is not a mistake. It’s not smoked turkey; these are turkey cigars. You can’t smoke them, so you’ll have to eat them! They are pictured next to a real cigar, made by my husband’s boutique cigar company Senor Solomon Kosher Cigars. This unique cigar is 12 inches long, 70 gauge, and…