‘Tis the Season: Holiday Treats

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By Marielle H.

          The season of sleigh bells and fake snow is fast approaching. It’s the perfect time of year to get in the kitchen and cook up some delicious treats. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or none of the above, there are many great foods for everyone to enjoy this holiday season. From latkes to Nanaimo bars your taste buds will get in the holiday spirit.

Hanukkah: Latkes

For those celebrating Hanukkah, or if you just love food, Latkes are the food to make. This simple and delicious recipe is perfect on a cold winter day.

Latkes Recipe

2 peeled and shredded potatoes

1 tablespoon grated onion

3 beaten eggs

2 tablespoons flour

1 ½ teaspoon salt

½ cup peanut oil (for frying)

  1. Put potatoes in cheesecloth and squeeze to get rid of excess moisture.
  2. Stir potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt all together
  3. In a large skillet heat peanut oil until hot.  Place spoonfuls of potato mixture and press down to form pancake sized patties. Cook until browned on one side and then flip.  Once other side is cooked let them rest on paper towels to get rid of excess oil. Serve hot.


Christmas: Nanaimo bars

Nanaimo bars are delicious chocolate and nut dessert that has three layers. This festive dessert is great to share with family and friends. This dessert jingle bell jingle bell jingle bell rocks!

Nanaimo Bar Recipe

Bottom Layer:

½ cup unsalted butter

¼ cup sugar

5 tbsp. Cocoa

1 egg beaten

1 ¼ cup graham wafer crumbs

½  cup finely chopped almonds

1 cup coconut

Melt you butter, sugar and cocoa in a double boiler. Add the egg and stir until thickened. Remove from heat. Add in the graham wafer crumbs, almonds and coconut. Press mixture into a greased 8”x8” pan.

Middle Layer:

½ cup unsalted butter

2 tbsp Cream

2 tbsp. Vanilla custard powder

2 cups icing sugar

Mix butter, cream, vanilla custard powder and icing sugar. Spread over the bottom layer.

Top Layer

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1.0 oz. each)

2 tbsp unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter in a pan over low heat. Let cool. Once chocolate is cool but still liquid pour onto top of middle layer. Let chill in the refrigerator until solid.

Now enjoy your delicious Christmas holiday treat! Either eat it with friends and family or enjoy it alone.

Kwanzaa: Candied Yams

For those who celebrate Kwanzaa here is a delicious and easy Candied Yam recipe. Enjoy 6 to 8 servings of these delicious candied yams for a Kwanzaa treat.

Candied Yam Recipe:

2 apples, sliced

⅓ cup chopped pecans

½  cup brown sugar

½ tsp. Cinnamon

2 17 oz. cans drained yams

¼ cup butter

2 cups mini-marshmallows

  1. Mix apples with nuts and then add brown sugar and cinnamon. Alternate between apple mixture and yams in a 1 ½ qt. Casserole dish.
  2. Add a dot of butter. Cover with tinfoil. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle marshmallows over baked yams and apples. Broil until it is lightly brown.

Now go out and make all of these delicious treats, not matter what you celebrate. The holidays is a great time to take a look into others people’s cultures and religions by seeing how they celebrate and what treats they make. You may gain a bit of chub, but that’s what new year’s is for.


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