The first snow of the season arrived this weekend – quite the surprise but we on the East Coast are always prepared for some flurries (as long as we can get to the store for bread, milk, eggs, and bourbon, etc.).
When we talk about a “winter wonderland,” (and hum it to ourselves) I’m sure many people picture Christmas trees and Santa’s sleigh. But don’t forget about the other winter holidays, like Chanukah, which begins on Tuesday evening. There are lots of lighting festivities this week and next in and around Bucks County with potato latkes (pancakes), hot cocoa, doughnuts and chocolate!
This week we’ve also got a wine dinner, bourbon-infused coffee beans, Christmas celebrations and more. Enjoy!
Recipe of the Week: Thick & Creamy Potato Latkes
Here’s our favorite recipe for latkes among the thousands for these tasty potato pancakes. It’s from Cook’s Illustrated, and is a bit more work, but they are delicious. They are great with applesauce but a lot of people like sour cream on top. They are good cold, too, eating them standing over the kitchen sink the next morning…if there are any leftovers.
Head to the courthouse in Doylestown on Tuesday evening, December 12 for a festive lighting of the outdoor public Menorah, followed by an indoor Chanukah celebration with children’s entertainment and food. This event is held at the Bucks County Courthouse at 6 pm.
On Thursday evening, there is another fun Chanukah party, this time at the Shops at Valley Square. In addition to lighting the menorah, there will be hot latkes and hot cocoa – and lots of chocolate “gelt” (chocolate coins), a traditional gift for children during the holiday, as well as children’s ente
Across the river in Lambertville is the Menorah lighting of the Union and Bridge Street Menorah. Join Chabad of Hunterdon County as they gather to light the menorah and celebrate Chanukah with a street party. This includes: singing, doughnuts, hot latkes, free Menorahs, door prizes, gelt, Chanukah music, and more! Festivities begin at 6:30 pm and the event is free!
Horn & Hardart and Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Team Up This Holiday Season!
U.S. coffee business Horn & Hardart has introduced a line of alcohol-infused coffee that utilizes distilled craft spirits in an innovative way. The first blend in H&H’s Prohibition Series is a limited-release, small batch, super premium, handmade line of whole bean coffee that has been aged in used Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey barrels.
According to H&H President Al Mazzone: “Our #18 Prohibition Series has been infused with Pennsylvania’s premier rye whiskey. Dad’s Hat Rye gave us one of their recently drained oak whiskey barrels, and we used a blend of 75% Horn & Hardart Liberty Roast whole bean and 25% espresso whole bean, and transformed it in the air tight spent barrel for 21 days.” He added, “Coffee drinkers will love the refined taste, with subtle aromas and textures.”
The Pennridge Community Senior Center is hosting its annual Christmas Banquet, which includes a catered luncheon at noon, followed by the Pennridge Senior High School Choir. Tickets cost $15 per person and are limited. Call 215.453.7027 for more information.
Earl’s New American Holiday Wine Dinner
This event is a prix fixe menu valued at $75 per person. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call 215.794.4020. For more information, visit here.
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Giving Back This Holiday Season – How to Help!
In Bucks County, 65,000 residents are food insecure, lacking access to affordable, nutritious food. Thirty-five percent of those are children; fourteen percent are seniors. Sixty-four percent are adults working at least one full-time job. Just think about what that means during the holiday season, and the effects it has on a family.
Read this to see how you can help with the hunger problem in Bucks County. Or check out organizations like United Way of Bucks County, or Bucks County Toys for Tots. Be sure to follow Rolling Harvest Food Rescue as well.
Where to Find Local Foodie Gifts This Year
Don’t wait until the last-minute. Pick out some really unique and local gifts for the foodie in your life. Your friend doesn’t need another coffee mug or scarf. What she does need is a cheese board with some amazing local cheeses, or handcrafted utensils, or creative preserves made with local ingredients, or artisanal chocolates. Or a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant or the Bucks County Taste Dinner Club.
Want more local gift ideas? See our post, Gifts for the foodie in your life.
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In the works…
The Farm Cooking School – Save the date for a five-course meal sourced from Roots to River Farm and other nearby farms. Chefs Ian Knauer and Shelley Wiseman will also demonstrate some of the dishes before we eat! Saturday, April 7, 6 pm. Details to follow. SAVE THE DATE!
James & Jamie – Local restaurateur and chef James Seward (Bowman’s Tavern, Bowman’s North) and Jamie Hollander (Jamie Hollander Gourmet) are teaming up to make us one wonderful dinner. (Winter 2018)
Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm (Winter 2018)
For more details on any of these events, please go to our full calendar, Food Events in Bucks County.
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