This is the weekend when kosher cooks turn to Susie Fishbein for help and inspiration.Her books in the "Kosher by Design" series and her cooking demonstrations across North Jersey are a lifesaver to cooks starved for ideas on baking, decorating, entertaining and upholding family traditions on Hanukkah, which begins at sundown Friday.
Tradition Keeper ; Susie Fishbein Observes Hanukkah Custom but Finds Way to Refresh It
The fourth book in the series, "Kosher by Design Short on Time" (Art Scroll/Shaar Press, November 2006), is especially appropriate this time of year, with most recipes requiring only 10 minutes of active time, so you can take a break from the kitchen and keep the emphasis on what's really important, she said."Hanukkah is not necessarily about the food, although when people come together, it tends to revolve around a meal. But Hanukkah is really a holiday of family and coming together. It's a very happy holiday," said Fishbein, who lives in Livingston with her husband, Kalman, and four children, Kate, Danielle, J...