Every Good Holiday Party Needs Latkes

I am known for throwing overly ambitious dinner parties. Sometimes they work out really well—usually when my guests are smart and bring lots of beer and a hefty salad. Sometimes they do not, and I’m pretty sure everyone ends up going throug…

I am known for throwing overly ambitious dinner parties. Sometimes they work out really well—usually when my guests are smart and bring lots of beer and a hefty salad. Sometimes they do not, and I’m pretty sure everyone ends up going through McDonald’s drive-thru when they leave my house.

My problem is that my imagination often outpaces my organization skills, which, I'll be honest, were never really that strong to begin with. 

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33 Genius Edible Holiday Gifts (with Semi-Handy Wrapping Tips)

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.
Things the best edible holiday gifts will always do: w…

Every week in Genius Recipes—often with your help!—Food52 Creative Director and lifelong Genius-hunter Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that will change the way you cook.

Things the best edible holiday gifts will always do: warm hearts, fill bellies, fuel holiday travel, get shared, spark conversation, inspire your loved ones to start making their own granola (or hot sauce or challah or macaroons), and disappear, leaving only happy memories.

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Happiest Hanukkah From This Crispy Latke, Egg & Cheese Sandwich

Egg and cheese sandwiches are often just that: egg and cheese on a roll or bagel or toast. Just as often, they co-star a choose-your-own breakfast meat, be it bacon or sausage or ham. But arguably the most festive version, especially during Hanukkah, f…

Egg and cheese sandwiches are often just that: egg and cheese on a roll or bagel or toast. Just as often, they co-star a choose-your-own breakfast meat, be it bacon or sausage or ham. But arguably the most festive version, especially during Hanukkah, features a crispy, chewy latke.

The latke, egg, and cheese sandwich on house-baked challah from B&H Dairy in Manhattan’s East Village has technically been available for years, yet only just became a permanent menu item.

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Yes, Virtual Holiday Gatherings *Can* Be Fun. Here’s How.

Jokes were cracked, garlic bread was burned (quite the tradition in our household), turkey was roasted and my grandma bossed my Mom around in the kitchen. In many ways, this Thanksgiving was a mirror image of years passed, with one exception—a big ol’ …

Jokes were cracked, garlic bread was burned (quite the tradition in our household), turkey was roasted and my grandma bossed my Mom around in the kitchen. In many ways, this Thanksgiving was a mirror image of years passed, with one exception—a big ol’ computer on the table where our loved ones should be. We made the best of it, but like many others, our family was acutely aware of everything we were missing.

With the holiday season looming, the word Zoom is sure to be top-of-mind for everybody that's considering how they’re going to host in what has been a most unexpected year. And while a virtual video platform is a great way to get in face-time with those you love and miss, there’s only so much “togetherness” that can be forged through a screen. Luckily, a video call is not your only option when it comes to maintaining meaningful connections this holiday season. From gift exchanges and matching outfits to easy eats and distanced hangouts, we’ve rounded up eight fun ways to unite with your friends and family these next few months—whether you’re five minutes down the road or five states away.

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My Family Hadn’t Been Kosher for 76 Years. Then My Brother Came Along.

My older brother, Jake, was called to the Torah almost 19 years ago to the day. As he chanted in Hebrew to our congregation, he wore a yarmulke on his head and a tallit around his shoulders, while a photographer snap-snap-snapped photos, which we can n…

My older brother, Jake, was called to the Torah almost 19 years ago to the day. As he chanted in Hebrew to our congregation, he wore a yarmulke on his head and a tallit around his shoulders, while a photographer snap-snap-snapped photos, which we can no longer find.

I still remember the bagels: everything, sesame, pumpernickel, onion, poppy seed—but not blueberry, which we didn’t believe in—piled as high as the clouds. Cream cheese, scallion–cream cheese, more cream cheese, more scallion–cream cheese. Lox, herring, whitefish salad. Oh, the whitefish salad!

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