Holiday and New Year Recipes for Peace and Joy

By Rachel D. Russell | Last Updated December 22, 2016
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This year something special is happening: Hanukkah begins on the same day as Christmas. It’s a rare occurrence – since 1900 it’s only happened four times – so we would like to mark this occasion with … what else … food!

Hanukkah marks the event after the Maccabean revolt when there was only enough oil left for a temple lamp to burn for one day, and miraculously, it burned for eight. This is why Hanukkah is celebrated with eight days of festivities, games, and of course, noshes (many of which are fried in oil).

But we know not everyone celebrates Hanukkah, or even Christmas, but what we have found is at the holidays most families have traditions that honor homemade-from-the-heart food that's accompanied with lively and engaging conversation about memories of how things used to be and ideas about what's to come. 

So whatever your family traditions this holiday season, we hope some of these recipes make them even more worthwhile.

Peace and joy to you and your loved ones and friends this holiday season and in the New Year.

Golden Panko Latkes with Sour Cream and Chives

Golden Panko Latkes with Sour Cream and Chives
A more traditional take on Potato Latkes- just in time for the perfect side dish!

Sweet Potato & Celeriac Latkes

Latke with Applesauce and Sour Cream
When asking a friend what his favorite Chanukah foods are, latkes were at the top of his list. An essential to Chanukah cuisine, latkes put a modern spin on ingredients using a traditional technique....

Braided Challah Loaf

braided challah bread milktooth
Part of shabbat in any Jewish household is challah bread - this recipe will make you want this bread 7 days a week!

Apple and Honey Challah Rolls

Apple and Honey Challah Rolls
I filled these delicious rolls with cooked apples and honey, which we eat at the beginning of the meal and wish everyone a sweet new year. Almost every year on Rosh Hashanah I host at least 25 people...

Hanukkah Churros

Hanukkah Churros
This is a spicy-sweet twist on traditional Hanukkah doughnuts - even the adults will devour these treats!

Crispy Home-Style Latkes with Homemade Applesauce and Sour Cream

Crispy Home-Style Latkes with Homemade Applesauce and Sour Cream
I love this time of year because it evokes a warm, happy, cozy feeling for me. I know it does for many others, as well. It is a sentimental time, bringing back memories of holidays past—days shared...

Temple Israel Brisket

Marcie Cohen Ferris
Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of two books, shares one of her family's favorite Hanukkah dishes. She now serves it with potatoes and carrots in the pan.

Barbara Nedd’s Butternut Squash Cake Donuts

Move over, cider donuts. These savory squash circles are perfect for fall.

Challah Bread

Traditional challah bread
Challah Bread is a traditional Jewish egg bread, often braided for a beautiful presentation. Top it with sesame or poppy seeds or try adding raisins to the batter for a special touch.

Nach Waxman's Brisket of Beef

Brisket of Beef
You don't have to have a reason to want to make a GREAT tasting brisket and this recipe may just be that reason.

Sweet and Savory Brisket

Sweet and Savory Brisket
Brisket is the perfect for to slow-braise with wine and apricots for a cozy autumn dinner.

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup with Double Chicken Stock
The secret to Chef Scotty Schwartz’s soul-warming “Jewish penicillin” is a double stock.
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