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Another Hanukkah column, I thought with a sigh. Judas Maccabeus, big battle, miracle oil that burned for eight days, yadda, yadda, yadda. And for the food column: latkes, latkes, latkes. Sigh.

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Though our break fast gatherings may be more intimate this year because of the pandemic, they need not be less joyful. I invite you to think of all your cherished holiday memories and to prepare for a year of good health, happiness and human kindness. 

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This soup is lovely simply garnished with snipped chives. However, I made a delicious herb puree – parsley, chives, garlic and olive oil – in a blender to swirl through the soup just before serving.

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When we think about symbolic foods for Jewish holidays, the items on the Passover seder plate immediately come to mind, including the salt water, parsley, matzah and bitter herbs. But rich symbolism also is an ingredient in many of the traditional foods we serve on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish …

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There is simplicity and an unspoken elegance inherent in most comfort foods. Every culture has them. They are the foods that console us and make us feel good.

When I was growing up, I knew brisket as an island of meat in a sea of sweet brownish-red sauce with carrot-plank buoys. Every holiday, this was plunked in the center of the table alongside a loaf of bread. It was … fine. But nothing to write home about.

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A quick search for “Instant Pot recipes” will yield hundreds of ideas for savory dishes — chilis, pasta, soups, casseroles and more.