While the winter is cold and dark, the season has a few silver linings. One is witnessing the first real snowfall, which the Communications gang did yesterday from the Museum of Jewish Heritage's board room. The board room is shaped like the bow of a ship, so we were surrounded by windows on three sides. It was just magical, like we were inside a snow globe. (Remind me of this in February when I ask if we can open a museum in the Bahamas).
The other lovely thing about winter is Hanukkah, and with Hanukkah comes the best excuse to eat fried carbs. A new book by Jayne Cohen called Jewish Holiday Cooking was recently written up in the New Jersey Jewish Standard. It had some good tips in it and some recipes for off-the-beaten-path latkes including Scallion Latkes and Chickpea Latkes. While I may have to try one of these soon, my personal favorite recipe is from Everyday Italian . To make them Parve, skip the parmesean.
If you are on South Beach or Atkins and are still reading, may I suggest celebrating the season with festive music. Joshua Nelson and his Kosher Gospel Choir will be joined by Cissy Houston and Frank London on December 25 for a joyous and fat-free concert.