Ok, I did try and do a real blog post today, but it just isn’t happening. We had wonderful guests this morning, and it is bloody cold, and I really need to clean the rabbit cages and then I just want to hang out and bake things that smell like cinnamon – writing is way down on the list.
So today I’m just inviting you to share – what’s the best thing you’ve cooked in the last few weeks? What was so great about it? Want to post the recipe?
Besides pumpkin pie, which is always a high number contender for best food ever, my most recent contender for best recipe of the season is latke-kugle. You see, I hate frying latkes. I mean I really hate it. I do it, because well, you are supposed to fry once a year at Chanukah, but I dont love it. I’ve made baked latkes, but the consensus was that these were not as awesome. Then I discovered latke-kugel, which is like latkes, only it is baked in a pan. It tastes better than latkes, and is great with the traditional sour cream and applesauce. It is also awesome with sour cream mixed with horseradish and dill by itself. You will note that this is not health food – but it is marginally better than deep frying and really yummy.
6 medium potatoes
3 medium onions
1 head of garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
chopped fresh thyme or dried
Grate potatoes and onions – this is one of the few things I actually use a food processor for. Mix together with minced garlic and rest of the ingredients and placed in a greased baking pan and bake at 425 about 1 hour until top is golden brown and crisp.
Traditional accompaniments are applesauce and/or sour cream. We like our applesauce with a few quinces thrown in for additional fragrance.
Also, and this is barely a recipe, there are cranberry chocolate chip cookies. These are way more awesome than ordinary chocolate chip cookies. I could post the recipe I stole from Rose Levy Beranbaum, but really, everyone knows how to make chocolate chip cookies, so why bother. Take your favorite cookie recipe, and add 2 tsp grated orange zest and a cup of whole (do not chop them) cranberries. Mix in and bake. The tartness of the cranberries meets the sweetness of the chocolate chips and makes that greatest of all cooking syntheses – something far greater than the sum of its parts.
Ordinarily, I would not leave you with two recipes that are so bad for you, but if you can’t do that the week before Christmas/of solstice, when can you post the bad for you but good tasting stuff?
So what’s your fave?