A Lighter Take On Slaw

This Thanksgiving, offset your sweet potatoes and stuffing with a healthier side.

Online Jewish Week Columnist

Thanksgiving is certainly a holiday of indulgence, and Chanukah is a festival filled with oil and fried foods. It can't hurt to try something just a little bit healthier on your table this year. So nestled among your marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, your green bean casserole and sausage stuffing, why not try a lighter take on coleslaw?

2 cups shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix
1 red pepper
2 stalks green onion
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup toasted shelled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce

For Turkey Day, A Jewish-Italian Tradition

Make a meatloaf the way they do in Venice and Ferrara.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

This year’s much-hyped “Thanksgivukah,” aside, many Jews always celebrate Thanksgiving Day with an intensity usually reserved to our most sacred holidays. We identify with the Pilgrims, who travelled across an ocean to flee religious persecutions and find freedom. With their sweat and faith, they fought against illness and scarcity, finally turning America’s wilderness into their “Promised Land.”

About 4 lbs turkey meat, mostly dark
Few slices Hungarian salami, finely minced
2 raw eggs and 2 boiled eggs
1 tbsp freshly minced parsley
Handful pistachios, optional
Salt and pepper
Chicken or meat broth

A Lot Of A Good Thing: Pumpkin Pie-Stuffed Sweet Potato Latkes

Embrace Thanksgivingukah excess with this seasonal spin on latkes, topped with cinnamon-y whipped cream.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Not everybody thinks Thanksgivukkah is a good idea. Some folks want their holidays –  and ritual food – separate. It’s kind of like your birthday falling on Cinco de Mayo. Do you have margaritas and cake? It’s almost too much!

For Pumpkin Pie Filling
1/3 cup cream cheese, softened in the microwave and whisked until smooth
1 cup pureed pumpkin (canned or homemade)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar
For Cinnamon Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For Latkes
3 cups sweet potatoes, about 1 pound, washed, peeled and shredded with a box grater or food processor
3 eggs, whisked
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup high heat oil (canola, vegetable, etc.)
1/2 cup graham crackers, crushed, for garnish
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