Holiday Specials Archive

  • THE SECRET TO SUCCESS AT THE THANKSGIVING TABLE / buy a great bird and get out of the way

    THE SECRET TO SUCCESS AT THE THANKSGIVING TABLE / buy a great bird and get out of the way

    Larry Levine – Don’t brine it or butter it. Don’t smoke it or grill it or deep fry it. Just buy the best turkey you can find and step aside. That’s the simple secret to a really wonderful main course at Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, you will spend a lot of money for the bird. But […]

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  • YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO LIKE BRISKET / and it doesn’t have to be Passover

    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE JEWISH TO LIKE BRISKET / and it doesn’t have to be Passover

    By Larry Levine – You don’t have to be Jewish to like brisket and it doesn’t have to be Passover for you to eat brisket. But it wouldn’t hurt. It goes by many names: brisket, brisket of beef, baked brisket, and in barbecue joints everywhere it’s called Q. If prepared properly brisket can be good […]

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  • LATKES AND TURKEY/ a culinary convergence when Hanukkah meets Thanksgiving

    LATKES AND TURKEY/ a culinary convergence when Hanukkah meets Thanksgiving

    By Larry Levine – Jews in American usually get to cash in on the holiday culinary sweepstakes at least twice at this time of year. For some, who yield to the Christmas avalanche, it can even be three times. We get Thanksgiving dinner; we get Hanukkah latkes; and then there’s a Christmas tree and maybe […]

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  • TRADITIONAL GEFILTE FISH FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

    TRADITIONAL GEFILTE FISH FROM THE OLD COUNTRY

    By Larry Levine – One of my most prized culinary possessions is a recipe for Gefilte Fish in my mother’s own handwriting. Mom made Gefilte Fish twice a year and served it as an appetizer for the Passover and Rosh Hashanah holiday dinners. A couple of weeks before the holiday, she would phone the fish […]

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  • FEAST OF THE 7 FISHES / In memory of Jim Tabilio

    FEAST OF THE 7 FISHES / In memory of Jim Tabilio

    (We first published this article in January 2011 – a bit late for the 2010 holiday season but we found it warm and tender. Marika Tabilio is the daughter of the late Jim Tabilio, who was one of the original co-hosts at the restaurant recommendation web site atLarrys.com. Some six weeks after we published this […]

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  • IT’S TURKEY TIME OF YEAR / our annual guide to a great roast turkey dinner

    IT’S TURKEY TIME OF YEAR / our annual guide to a great roast turkey dinner

    By Larry Levine – I love the taste of a good roasted turkey. I like it unadorned – no smoking, brining or other gimmicks. If you buy a really great bird you don’t need all the rest. If you’re going to pick up a 99-cent-a-pound frozen bird at the local big box store, then reach […]

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  • POTATO LATKES ALMOST DAD’S WAY

    POTATO LATKES ALMOST DAD’S WAY

    By Larry Levine – Each year about this time my father would get out the old box grater and set to work hand-grating potatoes and onions for Hanukkah latkes. Mom would peel the potatoes and put them in cold water to keep them from discoloring until Dad could get to them. Most often, we would […]

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  • WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEARS EVE?

    WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEARS EVE?

    By Larry Levine – What are you doing New Years, New Years Eve? That’s the refrain from an old song. It’s also a question you should start to think about now if you haven’t already done so. Even in this down economy, New Years Eve tends to loosen up people and their pocket books. The […]

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  • TURKEY – THE DAYS AFTER

    TURKEY – THE DAYS AFTER

    By Larry Levine – I love turkey leftovers almost as much as I love turkey dinners. That’s why I always buy the biggest bird I can find. When the kids were young and living at home, picking over the carcass the day after Thanksgiving was anticipated for weeks. Now, I break the carcass into quarters […]

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  • CHICKEN SOUP – It Really Works

    CHICKEN SOUP – It Really Works

    By Larry Levine – It’s jokingly called Jewish penicillin, but it’s no joke. The name is well-deserved because it helps cure not just the common cold but also all manner of other maladies, including flu and chest congestion. It’s chicken soup. There are generations of anecdotal evidence that it works and now comes actual proof. […]

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