Food thoughts for holiday parties

With holiday parties in abundance this month, thoughts inevitably turn to food.

What should you take your hostess? Food and drink to share? Or maybe a thank you gift?

A bottle of wine is always a nice choice for a formal dinner or elegant party. But if you’re going to a casual get together, consider picking up some beer and chips.

For beer, you might pick up some of Shmaltz Brewing’s two new holiday beers – Jewbelation 21st Anniversary Ale and golden strong ale Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass The Beer, available in 4-packs. They also offer the annual favorite Shitck In A Box variety 12-pack.

For a different take on chips, try these Flamous Brand Falafel Chips for a healthy Mediterranean taste. These chips are organic, gluten-free, kosher and vegan and taste great with hummus or other dips.

Looking for a hostess gift, my mind still drifts to food. Two new cookbooks would be welcome additions to most cooks’ kitchen bookshelves.

Mesorah Publications has just released Real Life Kosher Cooking: Family-friendly recipes for every day and special occasions (hardcover $34.99). This new cookbook from food blogger Miriam Pascal shares a delicious collection of recipes for real life cooking and for real people. Real Life Kosher Cooking features more than 160 doable recipes for home cooks.

Modern Jewish Baker: Challah, Babka, Bagels & More (hardcover $29.95) was released by Countryman Press in September. Shannon Sarna is the editor of the popular Jewish food blog The Nosher. This book features Step-by-step instructions for the seven core doughs of Jewish baking. Often referred to as the Queen of Challah, author Shannon Sarna is known for her unique and untraditional challah recipes.

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