It's Chrismukkah in Cucina49. What's Chrismukkah, you say? It's what David and I name the rare holiday season where Hannukah and Christmas collide.
Jewish holidays are on a lunar calendar, so Hannukah can fall anywhere in December. There are years it's started at the very beginning of December, and years when it is at the very end. This year it started at sundown this past Tuesday night, which means it's a Chrismukkah year in our household.
|In the lobby of Cyrano's |
on the second night of Hannukah.
|Backstage at Inspecting Carol on the third night of Hannukah.|
I've made the following recipe twice in the last month and will likely make it again in an appetizer version for our big Chrismukkah dinner on Sunday. You can vary the meats used in the meatballs to suit your taste, but this is one of those moments when (ahem) I'm going to ignore a little pork working its way into the food.
Mama Lidia's Meatballs
Adapted from Lidia's Italy in America by Lidia Bastianich
|I used crumbs I made from a stale loaf of rosemary bread, |
which added another layer of flavor.
Prepare two large cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.