Some Holiday Food Porn

I did so much cooking, baking and eating these past two weeks that by the time Christmas Day came along, all I wanted was a glass of water and a salad. Whew! I’m glad the holidays are almost over. (Not worried about New Year’s Day menu)

struffili xmas
Struffili: Italian Honey Balls

Here are some of the items I made over the past two weeks. Click on any photo to enlarge and read description.

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6 comments

  1. There is some Jew in you my darlin!! Those latkes are a picture of perfection. Better than mine !!Meatballs look amazing and so does the sauce . Bravo on wearing another hat ! Wife,mother,friend,photographer,writer and now fine chef !!!What other hidden talents ????

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    • Ev, I am probably the only Italian mother who makes matzoh ball soup on Easter Sunday. My kids love it! I also make a mean French toast with challah bread. Delish! Re-read how I made my pot roast. I make that Jewish style also. I keep a copy of my fave cooking book ‘The Molly Goldberg Jewish Cookbook’ right next to ‘Lidia’s Italian American Cooking’.
      As for other hidden talents….I’m working on it. LOL. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. Can’t find pot roast recipe. Care to share again ?! Ina garten had a secret for her latkes. Mix half mashed potatoes in mixture. My matzo ball secret is club soda. Now I’m hungry so going to raid the pantry. Have a day full of good yummies.

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    • I have the same matzo ball soup secret as you. One of my Brooklyn Jewish neighbors shared that with me many many years ago.
      The secret with the pot roast recipe was paprika. Lots and lots of paprika according to Molly Goldberg. Season the meat with salt, pepper and paprika and sautee it on all sides before adding the veggies, broth etc. And to either cook it on top of the stove or the oven. No slow cooking it in a slow cooker!
      I don’t know if I would put mashed potatoes in with the grated/shredded raw potato mixture for the latkes. Have you tried it? How did it come out? Was it real mashed potatoes or out of a box??
      I was an Italian girl growing up in the middle of an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn NY. I adored it. I had such wonderful friends, many of whom moved to Israel. And I attended a NYC college that was 90% black. To say I’ve gotten an all-rounded upbringing would be an understatement. I had a wonderful, wonderful time with many wonderful memories and made lots of friends.
      Only in New York for sure!

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  3. Me again. My mom was born in Austria so I’m all about that magic red powder on pot roast. Mashed potatoes not boxed add a nice twist to latkes. They were pretty good. My High school in WestChester county was a melting pot of everyone. Loved having that experience,unfortunately none of my grandkids will. My late hubby grew up in spring valley near the real orthodox community .. Its great to remember good times.

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    • Good times, they were Evelyn. One of my kids will get the same blended upbringing I had. the other, not so much. Oh well. Thank you for your comments!

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