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How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes

In my house, we can’t go through Hanukkah without eating latkes at least once, so I decided to pour my holiday spirit into creating a new Hanukkah recipe. I’ve been on an Indian cooking kick lately, and I realized that Indian flavors would meld well with traditional potato pancakes.  If you make the batter ahead of time, refrigerate it until you are ready to cook them, and drain the excess liquid from the bowl before frying them. In the video below I'll show you how to make potato pancakes, in this case, Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes.  You can serve them with a side of chickpeas and mint. Try an Indian twist on a beloved Hanukkah potato pancakes (latkes) recipe. Serve these crispy potato pancakes with mango chutney for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal or side dish. Watch the YouTube video (and subscribe to the channel for more recipes like this one from Aviva Goldfarb) How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes 1 lb....

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

When it comes to holiday gift giving, it may not surprise you that I enjoy sharing my favorite foods (or food related gifts) with friends and family. Generally, I think most of us have more than enough possessions filling up our homes, so the idea of giving consumable gifts is very appealing to me.  Giving an edible gift almost guarantees that it won’t sit on a shelf collecting dust.

There are a number of Scramble gems tucked away on the site that would be ideal for whipping up, putting in mason jars or decorative tins and giving as gifts to those you care about.

These are some of my favorite edible holiday gift ideas:

Peanut Butter Bites (Needs refrigeration) Molly’s Chocolate Chewies Quick Dill Pickles (Needs refrigeration) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Corn Muffins Fudgy Figgy Balls (Needs refrigeration) Quick and Spicy Cashews Chocolate...

Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing

Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing We love the flavor of spicy buffalo wings with cooling blue cheese dressing, but we wanted to make a vegetarian version that our daughter Celia could also enjoy, so I cooked up buffalo cauliflower bites with creamy blue cheese dressing instead. The result was so delicious that Celia and I gobbled up all 4 servings and made it again the next week. The combination of the tender, spicy cauliflower and the creamy, cooling blue cheese dressing is irresistible.  You can serve it with cooked chicken strips if you want a meatier meal. Watch the YouTube video and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more: Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing Prep + Cook = 30 minutes 4 servings, about 1 3/4 cups 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into smallish florets (about 8 cups) 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 3 Tbsp. Frank’s Red Hot or other...

Scramble Kids’ Favorite Family Dinners

Scramble Kids' Favorite Family Dinners! When I created The Six O’Clock Scramble back in 2003, our children Solomon and Celia were 6 and 4, so they have eaten a lot of Six O’Clock Scramble recipes for their family dinners over the years.  I’ve created over 1,200 recipes—and that’s not including the hundreds that didn’t make the cut—and my kids and Andrew are the first official testers, for better or for worse. Like ours, the children of other members of The Scramble team have grown up on Scramble food.  Our editor Kathryn Spindel, whose kids were 5 and 7 when she joined the team, and are both now in college, thought it would be fun to share our Scramble kids’ favorite meals in case your kids want to try them, too.  So here is a very nonscientific list from our kids’ memories of their favorite Six O’Clock Scramble recipes that have nourished them over the years: ...
  Oct 31, 2016   cocktails, Recipes

Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts

Pair Mango Ginger Cocktails with Easy Cheddar Chutney Melts for an Indian-Spiked Happy Hour Treat! Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts 8 servings 3 cups frozen mango chunks 1 cup ginger syrup (see below) ½ cup water 3 cups mango vodka (or if you don’t want to buy mango vodka, I think 2 1/2 cups regular vodka and 1/2 cup orange liqueur would work) 4 limes, juice only 8 jalapeno slices (optional) Puree first 3 ingredients until very smooth. Combine all ingredients. Serve over ice or shake over ice and serve in martini glasses. Garnish with the jalapeno slices or add them to the pitcher with the cocktail mixture. To Make Ginger Simple Syrup 2 ounces ginger, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped(1/2 – 2/3 cup) (no need to peel) 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer it, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering...

Ravioli Soup with Grated Zucchini and Spinach

This 5-ingredient ravioli soup is takes just 10 minutes to make and so easy that you may even have time to let the kids help you make it—or make it themselves if they’re old enough Ravioli Soup with Grated Zucchini and Spinach Prep + Cook = 15 minutes 4 servings, about 2 cups each 15 oz. chicken broth 10 oz. refrigerated cheese ravioli (about 20 small raviolis) 1 zucchini or yellow squash (8 – 10 oz.) 2 ounces (about 2 cups) baby spinach 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, or to taste 1.    Pour the broth in a medium to large stockpot over high heat, fill the can with water (or use 2 cups of water) and add the water to the pot, and cover it to bring it to a boil. 2.    Add the ravioli to the pot, cover it to bring it back to a boil, then uncover it and let it cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3.    Meanwhile, grate the zucchini with a cheese grater.  When the pasta is one minute from being fully cooked, stir the zucchini...
  Oct 17, 2016   cocktails, Recipes

How to Make a Pomegranate Margarita

Spicy Pomegranate Margaritas Learn how to make a pomegranate margarita and make it spicy--if that's your thing--with some fresh jalapeño slices. Pair it with tortilla chips and guacamole with pomegranate seeds for the perfect happy hour snack. Watch the video (and subscribe to the Six O'Clock Scramble YouTube channel for more recipes and ideas) (serves 2) 2 oz. tequila 1 oz. triple sec juice of 1 lime 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice 2 slices jalapeno or a few shakes of mango hot pepper sauce (optional)

Stir or shake together all ingredients except the jalapeno or hot pepper sauce. Serve over ice in a tumbler, or use an ice-filled shaker and serve in a margarita glass. Garnish with the pepper slices or drizzle in the hot pepper sauce.

Easy Salmon Recipe: Indian Spiced Salmon

This Indian Spiced Salmon is truly an easy salmon recipe and one of The Scramble favorites!  Simple, unique, and delicious, it's elegant for company but quick for anytime.  To save time, make the spice mix in advance. Then slice the fish, coat with oil and spices, and in 12 minutes you have a delightfully easy yet sophisticated main course.

Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel: Easy Salmon Recipe: Indian Spiced Salmon Prep + Cook = 20 minutes 4 servings 1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. brown sugar 1/2 - 1 tsp. curry powder, to taste 1/2 tsp. kosher salt Preheat the broiler. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil, and set the rack about 4 inches from the heating element. Cut the salmon into 4 serving size pieces.  Pour the olive oil in a small bowl or dish and brush it over the fish with a pastry brush. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, curry powder and salt and rub it evenly over the...

New Video: Easy and Healthy School Lunches You Can Pack in Less Than 10 Minutes (Featuring “Real” Foods! Not Junk Food)

Easy and Healthy School Lunches You Can Pack in Less Than 10 Minutes Think outside the lunchbox! Take a peek at my latest video for easy and healthy school lunches, ideas that you can pack quickly and feature whole foods and go far beyond the sandwich.   As parents, we know that you can never have too many lunch-packing ideas up your sleeve as a new school year gets rolling.

Watch the video (and subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don't miss any upcoming videos):

For further inspiration, check out some of my other easy, healthy and quick school lunches: These lunch ideas are stellar because they won't have you standing in the kitchen packing lunches for what feels like forever.  (In fact, they should only take you about 7 minutes!)  And... they're filling and great for your kids. (I've been packing school lunches for exactly 15 years!!)  Speaking of that, take a peek at my article...
  Jul 19, 2016   brunch, cocktails, peach, Recipes 2

Peach-Mango Bellinis

Peach-Mango Bellinis

You are going to love this recipe for peach-mango bellini cocktails! You can pair them with smoked salmon appetizers on sliced cucumbers with capers and dill, or with mini caprese bites for a more Italian theme. They are so sweet, tangy, bubbly and fruity, they go down way too easily so be sure to make plenty.

When we celebrated my dear friend Rachel Lostombo’s birthday, we organized a gourmet Italian picnic which we enjoyed at Wolf Trap park in Virginia, while listening to Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar.

When Rachel’s friends arrived at my house before we carpooled to the concert, I greeted them with these peach-mango bellinis and Caprese bites on colorful toothpicks with balsamic-olive oil and crushed red pepper dipping sauce.  At the Italian picnic we also enjoyed prosciutto and cantaloupe bites, Italian salami and cheeses, orzo and arugula salads, olives, artichokes and other traditional Italian antipasto, and Rachel's favorite, Stella D'oro...