I'm sure I have mentioned my adopted family: Cindy, her husband, and their 2 girls. I've known them for the last 7 years, and am considered to be their adopted older cousin.
What does that role mean? It means they are free to make fun of me, occasional baby-sitting (although that hasn't happened in quite a while) and invitation to holiday meals. I've spent numerous Thanksgivings and Jewish holiday dinners with Cindy's family, and whenever Anna is visiting me, she always comes along (of course!).
This past Monday, Anna and I went over to Cindy's for Hanukkah. We were in charge of a vegetable dish, dessert, sour cream and apple sauce, while Cindy provided the rest.
For dessert we brought Coconut Macaroons with Dark Chocolate and Almonds, and for the green side, Anna made a salad with pears, peanuts and mustard-y dressing. [I think eventually she'll post a recipe on her site.]
Cindy made two kinds of latkes: the regular ones and the sweet potato latkes with cinnamon: delicious! I absolutely love potatoes, and these were crispy, but completely cooked through. Cindy said the key was to soak the potatoes in water to let out most of the starch. You then dry them well before adding the other ingredients and forming the latkes.
Cindy also baked eggplant together with greens and mozzarella cheese: perfect for our vegetarian Hanukkah! Special thanks to Cindy's husband and the girls for helping!!!
This was such a fun night: good friends, good food, and we even played "would you rather" game :)