Posts Tagged ‘Chanukah’

At Home: First Night of Chanukah 2019

December 23, 2019

At Home:  1st Night of Chanukah 2019

On the first night of Chanukah 2019, it was just Michael and me at home in NJ. Our official Chanukah dinner with Jen and Louis will take place in their apartment this coming Saturday. Since Jen will be making short ribs, for last night’s dinner, I decided to make Pot Roast.

Pot Roast

To start the meal, Chicken Soup with Matzoh Ball and Noodles (bought from Fred & Murry’s Kosher Deli).

Chicken Mazoh Ball Soup with Noodles

For the main course, Pot Roast, Potato Latkes with Homemade Applesauce, and Roasted Cauliflower.

Pot Roast, Potato Latkes & Roasted Cauliflower

Michael used his Coravin and had a glass of Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir

We didn’t have dessert.

Wishing everyone a Chanukah Sameach!

Addendum: As mentioned above, we had our Chanukah dinner with Jen and Louis in their apartment on Saturday, December 28th. The photo set of that meal can be seen on my Flickr here.

Chanukah Dinner at Jen and Louis’s

December 7, 2018

Chanukah Dinner 2018: At Jen and Louis's

I usually cook our Chanukah dinner, and we do it in our apartment. However, this time, we went up to Jen and Louis’s apartment and she did the cooking. We hadn’t been there in quite some time, so this gave Michael and me the opportunity to see the few new things they recently acquired, including a gorgeous couch. So-o-o-o comfy!

Jen set out some tasty noshes.


The table is ready.

Chanukah Dinner 2018: At Jen and Louis's

Our holiday dinners traditionally start with my famous chopped salad. Because of the tainted romaine lettuce situation, she and I decided she wouldn’t use any green lettuce.

Jen dishes out the salad.

Jen Dishing Out the Chopped Salad

She cut the vegetables in bigger pieces than I do.

Chopped Salad

This excellent baguette came from Maison Kaiser.

French Baguette

We discussed the main course menu ahead of time and made some changes from what I usually make: short ribs rather than pot roast and carrots instead of red cabbage. Of course, the one thing that had to remain the same was potato latkes with applesauce.

Main Course


Louis was in charge of desserts. He is gluten-intolerant, so it’s really lucky that there is a bakery called By the Way nearby where everything is gluten-free (as well as dairy-free and kosher) and delicious. He got Chanukah cookies…

Chanukah Cookies

…and raspberry-filled sufganyot, Israeli donuts that are a Chanukah treat.


Vanilla and vegan dark chocolate ice cream came from Van Leeuwen which opened a shop a few blocks away during the summer.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Jen did a great job! And Louis’s dessert choices were first-rate! I hope those of you celebrating have had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful holiday meal as we did.  Happy Chanukah!

Chanukah 2018

December 3, 2018

Chanukah 2018

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

December 17, 2017

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

This year’s Chanukah dinner took place yesterday evening. As you can see by the place settings, there were four of us: Jen, Louis, Michael and me. The menu for the savory part of the meal is one that has become a tradition.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Plain Soft French Brioche Baguette (cut up); Gluten-free Ciabatta Rolls

The Ciabatta rolls were, of course, for Louis.

And speaking of Louis, he doesn’t normally like salads. However, this one he loves. As does everyone.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

My Famous Chopped Salad

I did ask if we should have something different for the main meat, maybe short ribs or even chicken?  But the resounding response from the others was, “No way!”

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Pot Roast

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Potato Latkes

Jen insisted that we grate the potatoes instead of using the food processor because, she said, that “would make them taste better.” O.K.! Using my 50-year-old box grater, we took turns and got the job done managing not to add any grated finger tip skin. I did, however, use the food processor to grate the onion since I wasn’t in the mood to cry, which is usually what happens when you use the box grater. We kept the latkes warm in a 250 degree oven until it was time to serve them.

To accompany the latkes, of course…

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Homemade Applesauce

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Red Cabbage with Apples

Time for dessert!

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Homemade Gluten-free Chanukah Cookies

As I mentioned in a previous post, although I originally started making them for Louis, because they’re so tasty, we all like them, so I stopped making regular ones.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Gluten-free Jelly Donuts

By the Way Bakery is near Jen and Louis’s apartment. Their entire line of baked goods is gluten-free and kosher. These cake-like little suckers were excellent. In Israel, by the way, sufganiyot (donuts) are traditional for Chanukah. (Notice what I did there?)

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Ice Cream and Sorbet

Salt & Straw is a company located on the West Coast which makes really delicious ice cream. Our friend Andrew has twice sent us gift packages from them containing a variety of flavors. A few months ago, Daily Provisions, the take-out spot next door to Union Square Café, began carrying Salt & Straw’s ice creams. D.P. is conveniently located a short walk from our apartment. Lucky us! For this occasion, we selected two flavors we’ve had before: Sea Salt & Caramel Ribbons and Joe Coffee & Freckled Chocolate. Louis prefers sorbet, one of his favorite flavors being chocolate.

Jen bought these at Eli Zabar’s.

At Home: Chanukah Dinner 2017

Milk Chocolate Chanukah Gelt

A sweet end to what everyone agreed was a delicious meal.

Chag Sameach!