Last night was the first night of Chanukah. This year it happened to coincide with Christmas Eve. I had no memory of when that last happened last, so I looked it up. Nearly 40 years ago — 1978. (Yes, everything is on the Google!) Jen and Louis usually go out for dinner on Christmas Eve with his sister and her husband. Instead, they joined Michael and me in our apartment for our annual Chanukah dinner. Jen came in the afternoon to help with some of the prep. It was fun cooking together, something we’d not done in ages.
Michael got a half bottle of Pinot Noir in the liquor store across the street.
With the exception of dessert, the menu is the same every year.
My Famous Chopped Salad
Red Cabbage with Apples
For dessert this year, we kept it simple:
I did do a bit of baking since we must have Chanukah cookies! With Louis in mind, they’re gluten-free though, frankly, you’d never guess it since they’re really tasty. The recipe calls for shortening, but I use butter because, let’s face it, everything tastes better with butter!