Now that we're finally over the Thanksgiving hump, it's time to focus on some other holidays! Specifically, 'tis finally the season for Chrismukkah!!!
For all you non-OC fans out there (or maybe you missed that boat because I'm old — am I one of the last few folks to know how to dance the macarena and crushed hard on Seth Cohen?), Chrismukkah is basically a mash-up of both Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. With a Jewish dad and a Catholic mom, it's pretty much what was celebrated in my household.
You can read all about my mixed-up childhood upbringing and traditions on Crate and Barrel's awesome blog, where I've provided a bunch of modern Hanukkah recipes that, true to the spirit of Chrismukkah, pretty much walk the line between Hanukkah AND Christmas. Think: Jewish jelly donuts (sufganiyot!) with quick floral fruit jams, gingerbread and cookie butter rugelach, and dark chocolate and cranberry challah bread pudding. I've also got a fun and easy recipe for mini baked bries with honey and rosemary on Cup of Jo, for all you of you folks who need a last minute festive appetizer.
(Raspberry Rose Jam, Apricot Lavender Jam, and Elderflower Lemon Curd)
Gingerbread and Cookie Butter Rugelach
Dark Chocolate and Cranberry Challah Bread Pudding
Bite-Sized Baked Brie with Honey and Rosemary