Monday, December 26, 2011

Latkes, Cheese and Julia Child

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Z is half Jewish, so we spent the season celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas. This is our first year celebrating both holidays in the same house together, so we took full advantage of the festivities. On the first night of Hanukkah, we made potato latkes (I used this recipe, but used frozen hashbrowns in place of potatoes, and cayenne and cumin in place of the cajun seasoning) and vegetable kugel - and then I kicked Z's butt in dreidel. It was a good first night.

As the week went on, we opened the advent calendar each morning, and we lit the menorah each night. We are very lucky people to get to celebrate two wonderful holidays together.

On Christmas Eve, Z came with me to my parents' house in New Hampshire. There, we enjoyed my parents' lavishly decorated home as well as about 800 kinds of cheese. My family loves cheese.

On Christmas morning, after opening gifts, Z made his way to his family's Christmas celebration, and I stayed in New Hampshire to see my niece and older sister. We spent the day cooking (I made butternut squash lasagna), drinking wine, eating our faces off, and watching old episodes of "The French Chef" on television. I'm pretty sure this was the best Christmas yet.

My brother and niece.

Butternut Squash Lasagna.

How did you celebrate the holidays this year?


  1. Like you, I'm lucky to celebrate both holidays with two wonderful families! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  2. such a fun celebration, your family's house looks gorgeous!

  3. Looks like so much fun! We actually make latkes on Christmas morning for breakfast.