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Hanukkah at Cindy's

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 :)


david mcmahon said...

Thank you for the visit and the comment.

Here's the deal - you and your family come round to our place for a traditional Aussie BBQ and you can swap recipes with me!!

Anonymous said...

Sweet potato latkes WITH cinnamon? Oh my, but those sound divine! Wow, with a dab of applesauce, those must be heaven.

Anonymous said...

Yummy looking.

Dewi said...

Chanuka Sameach, Olga!

Is that potatoe latkes? I love potato latkes very much. We invited our Jewish friend last night for dinner too. I din't have the traditional jewish dish, because they are vegetarian (and vegan too), and very careful with what they eat. Which, I must say I was pretty stress... if you know what I mean!
Glad you have wonderful hanukkah!

Dora said...

That's look very yummy!

Happy Holidays! :)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Sweet potato latkes - yum! Never tried those....but will put it on our "to eat" list!
The split pea soup sounds great too!

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a lovely last night of Chanukah! Sounds like you had a great gathering of loved ones already. :)

BlueToYou said...

ooo! i didn't feel up to making my own latkes but i did make frozen ones that weren't too bad. i want the salad recipe! :)