For the holiday of sides, a new book has lots of suggestions.
Since Thanksgiving – not to mention Thanksgivukah – is famously the holiday of beloved sides, we at JW Food & Wine thought it high time that we cracked open Victoria Dwek and Leah Schapira’s new “Starters & Sides Made Easy” (Mesorah Publications).
The third in a series by the same authors – also including “Passover Made Easy” and “Kids Cooking Made Easy” – the book is a collection of simple kosher recipes, each calling for a short, unintimidating list of ingredients.
Many of the recipes will be familiar to even a moderately experienced home cook, but folks who sometimes can’t for the life them figure out what to serve with the main they’re making will find this volume a handy resource.
And of course, Dwek and Schapira have suggestions for Thanksgiving:
Dwek: I'd definitely include the Green Beans and Basil Salad on the menu, because I'm always looking for the light veggie dish to balance out a heavy meal. If I was serving a pasta side, the flavors of the Winter Squash Ravioli are spot on for this meal.
Schapira: Oh, great. And of course you need a sweet potato dish--the Whisk and Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes are easy and pretty. For a grain, I love Couscous and Crumbs. Even though it's easy enough for a weekday, it's definitely worthy for the holiday table. And the New Potatoes with Spinach. How does that sound?
Dwek: Oh, I love those. Perfect. They're that gourmet-tasting potato that will be beautiful on the table.
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