In the Kitchen with Christina


Tu B’Shevat Seven Species Spiced Chicken & Couscous

Ingredients (Makes 6-8 servings)
2 onions, chopped                        2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon                             1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground ginger                       12 drum sticks or 2 whole chickens, cut into eighths
½ cup flour                                    1 cup kalamata olives
1 cup dried whole figs                    1 cup dried whole dates (pitted)
½ cup white wine vinegar               1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup barley                                    2.5 cups chicken stock
½ cup almond slivers (optional)      Salt & pepper to taste

Couscous (to serve with chicken)

1. In a large pot sauté onions in olive oil until translucent.

2. Stir in cinnamon, ground ginger, and paprika.

3. In a separate bowl, toss chicken in flour until lightly coated, then add chicken to pot and brown on all sides.
(This may need to be done in shifts, depending on the size of your pot.)

4. Return all chicken pieces to the pot and add the remaining ingredients: kalamata olives, figs, dates, white wine vinegar, pomegranate juice, barley, chicken stock, almond slivers (optional), salt and pepper to taste.

5. Make sure that the chicken pieces are covered with liquid to ensure they cook through.

6. Cover pot and cook on a medium-high flame for 45-60 minutes, until chicken pieces are cooked through, stirring occasionally to loosen barley from bottom of the pot.

7. Make couscous according to package instructions and serve Seven Species Spiced Chicken on a bed of couscous. Enjoy!


Hanukkah Latkes

Ingredients (Makes 20-25 Latkes)

5 pounds of golden potatoes (peeled, grated,
soaked in ice water bath until ready to mix)
1.5 cups vegetable oil
5 eggs (lightly beaten)
2 tsp Black pepper
1 tbsp Kosher salt
2 small onions (finely chopped)
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
½ tsp paprika


  1. Wash, peel, and grate all potatoes (put in an ice cold water bath in the large mixing bowl as you grate them to keep them from turning brown).
  2. Finely chop the two onions and add to the ice bath with the potatoes.
  3. Let the potatoes and onions sit in the cold bath for 10 minutes after the last potato is peeled.
  4. Drain potatoes of the water, by squeezing handfuls of grated potatoes and putting them on the pan lined with a kitchen towel and paper towels.
  5. Spread the grated potatoes evenly over the paper towels and roll like a jelly roll, to pull as much liquid out of the potatoes as possible.

6. While potatoes are wrapped in the towel/paper towels, lightly beat together eggs, pepper, salt, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder in the large mixing bowl.

7. Unroll the potatoes and carefully put them into the mixing bowl with the egg mixture, making sure to mix everything together fully so that all the potatoes are covered in the egg mixture.

8. On the stove, put vegetable oil (at least 1.5 inches of vegetable oil) into the skillet and turn the heat on high to fully heat the oil. Wait a few minutes until the oil is hot to put the first latke in to fry.

9. Take a ¼ cup of potato mixture and press into a patty, squeezing extra liquid out of the patty. The patty should be about the size of your palm and about ½ inch thick.

10. Carefully place latkes into hot oil (I usually only put about 5 in the skillet at a time so that they have room to cook and can be flipped easily)

11. Lower the heat to medium to have an even cooking temperature

12. Let latkes cook for about 3 minutes (or until they start to turn golden brown on the bottom). Carefully flip each latke to the other side and cook for 2-3 minutes (or until golden brown).

13. Remove latkes from skillet and place on a layer of paper towels to drain some of the oil.

14. Once all of the latkes are cooked, serve with sour cream and applesauce! Enjoy!