Monday, December 8, 2014


As a mom, I never know what is going to come out of my kid's mouth when I pick him up in the carpool line. What he said today, as he climbed in, scuffing his dirty shoes over my newly-cleaned leather seats, made my heart almost fall out of my butt. 

"Mom, I don't want to celebrate Christmas this year."

"Um, what? Why not?"

"Because Hanukkah food is so much better than Christmas food."

"Oh," Phew. We don't have to take down the tree or blow out the advent candles. I just need to learn how to make Jewish food. I can do that. 

I love that my kid has this thirst for knowledge of other cultures. He respects it and I'm so proud of him. So, after he explained what he learned in Kindergarten about the origin of the Menorah (something I had never learned), the Star of David and dreidels, he revealed his menu of choice: 
Chocolate coins, latkes, applesauce and donuts. (Donuts? That's Hanukkah food!? I totally would have banked on my NYU dormmate Asaf's leftovers had I known that. His dad was a rabbi! Grr.)

Anyway, I narrowed it down to something that at least resembles paleo -- Sweet Potato Latkes with Cranberry Apple Sauce. They turned out so amazing that I'm going to petition the Vatican to make them a Christmas food. 

Christmas Latkes
Makes 12ish
2 medium sweet potatoes, shredded
3 green onions, chopped
3 eggs
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoons black pepper
duck fat or coconut oil, for frying

Whisk together the green onions, eggs, coconut flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the shredded sweet potatoes, mixing well. In a large skillet, heat a couple tablespoons of duck fat or coconut oil over medium heat. Grab a handful of the sweet potato mixture and squish it into a flat pancake patty. Repeat in a single layer in the pan. In 2-3 minutes, when the outside of the latke start to turn golden brown, flip them over and cook them for another couple of minutes. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve with cranberry applesauce. 

Cranberry Applesauce:
Make my homemade applesauce, adding 2 cups of fresh cranberries with the apples a the beginning of the recipe. That's it! 

OMG please don't ask me when my book comes out. The cover is under construction. Stand by, my friends. It's looking really sharp. I promise. 

Song of the Day : Thinking Out Loud -- Ed Sheeran


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