A Hanukkah Dinner

Me, relaxed and happy at the dinner table. Photo by Tom Filardo.

12 Dec 2012

Ruth Mankin’s latkes with sour cream and applesauce

Sephardic brisket with prunes and apricots

butter lettuce salad with golden beets, meyer lemon vinaigrette and dill

persimmons and dates

*Special thanks to Ruth and Charlee for frying up a storm and also to Kelly, Carolyn, Aaron and Tom for kitchen assistance


And the night asked to be fed.

1o Dec 2012

pasta e ceci

tubetti pasta and chickpeas with chili and wild fennel oil

Parmigiano Reggiano on the table

late season roasted peppers with parsley, garlic and Grenache vinegar

boiled dandelion greens with lemon and oil

And the night asked for change.

5 Dec 2012

barley miso soup with homemade dashi stock, sea palm fronds, silken tofu and scallions

Eden’s chard and kale in sesame sauce with sesame seeds

roasted Hubbard squash with hot pepper and parsley

ridiculously late-in-the-season roasted eggplant brushed with umeboshi plum paste

toasted nori rubbed with dark sesame oil

short grain brown rice, pickled ginger with shiso

apples, pomegranate seeds

surprise cake and cookies from Leah Rosenberg

*Special thanks to Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs for kitchen assistance

On repeat: Adobo

3 Dec 2012

chicken adobo

Filipino-style chicken cooked in soy sauce, vinegar and coconut milk

tofu simmered with fermented black beans, oyster sauce, shitake mushrooms and scallions

jasmine rice

Eden’s lettuces with garlicky vinaigrette