Zombie Burger in Iowa has dreamt up a kosher, but crazy, burger for all their Jewish and latke-loving fans
Honestly, who thought of this schlock? But, we’ll take two to go, please.
Forget matzo ball soup and noodle kugel, and get ready for the wackiest Hanukkah food ever: the Hanukkah burger: a fried matzo ball, a chicken soup croquette, beef, pastrami, and apple butter mustard, all smashed between two fried latke buns. This monstrosity, invented by the folks at Zombie Burger, is on the menu starting this Thursday, December 18 for the Hanukkah season. All we have to say to that is “Oy Vey!”
The burger is officially called the Dybbuk, which according to the Des Moines Register, means “a malicious spirit that’s said to be the dislocated soul of a dead person.” Sounds tasty. Zombie Burger is known for wacky burger creations that take any form of meat between two buns (or latkes, in this case). Next up for the Christmas season is the Krampus (named after the Nordic holiday devil that terrorizes children on Christmas). This burger is topped with oat chorizo, pepper jack cheese, bacon, red chile sauce, fried onion strings, and chipotle mayo.
Insane Hanukkah Burger Smashes Beef and Matzo Balls Between Two Latkes - Recipes
Arugula with Orange, Pomegranate, and Goat Cheese
4 cups arugula
1 orange, segmented
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds*
1/4 cup fresh goat cheese (aka chevre)
2 Tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
course sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
good quality extra virgin olive oil
juice from the orange that is being segmented reserved for the vinaigrette
Make the vinaigrette first. As you're segmenting your orange, squeeze out the juice from the core left into a bowl. Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil slowly to the juice and whisk together to combine. This is super easy and healthy vinaigrette you can use with a variety of dishes.
Place the arugula in a large mixing bowl. Add the orange segments and pomegranate seeds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the vinaigrette and toss very gently to coat. Add the goat cheese on top -- use your fingers to break off small pieces. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top and serve.
Conversely you can portion out the dressed salad onto individual plates, then add the cheese and seeds for a more elegant presentation (as above).
*An excellent post on how to seed pomegranates -- with pictures! Check it out here.
If you don't like pumpkin seeds you can substitute with walnuts or pecans. If you'd rather use a fancier orange you can use clementines, tangerines would be outstanding in this dish, but a simple naval orange will do it just fine too. I like using French chevre for this kind of goat cheese -- it's brighter in flavor and super creamy.
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Friday, November 30, 2012
How to Dress for an Ugly Sweater Hanukkah Party
December always marks the arrival of loads of ugly tacky garish Christmas sweaters in department stores. So a Jewish entrepreneur asked why should Jews celebrating Hanukkah be denied the pleasure of giving ugly sweaters as gifts to friends and family? But where can you find ugly sweaters with Chanukah motifs? What to do if you're invited to an Ugly Sweater Chanukah party?
We found these questions challenging and thought-provoking, so we set about to do some research on the Internet. What we found was a sizable cult of people devoted to tracking down, buying, and wearing the ugliest sweaters that they could find and building a Christmas party around a contest for who has the ugliest of them all.
Carin Agiman of Santa Ana, California, the founder of Geltfiend.com, took the idea of designing and selling ugly Chanukah sweaters seriously and started a fundraising project on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com to come up with $20,000 to start producing and marketing them. Her high hopes were met when 293 backers stepped up with donations ranging from $1 to $1,000 to kick start the project.
Are the sweaters really ugly? Well, you'll have to be the judge. Check ou t some of the designs above and the video that was used to get investors interested. Enjoy!
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