Grandma’s Noodle Kugel Makeover

grandma's noodle kugel makeover 1 adjustedDreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made you out of kugel….I mean, clay. Wouldn’t it be awesome if dreidels were made out of kugel, though? Kind of like gelt – coins made out of chocolate. I may not be a very good Jew (I quit Sunday School when I was 6 years old to be a “dancer”), but I will always appreciate that Jewish holidays revolve around food: latkes, kugel, matzo, bagels. These are the things meant to be celebrated.

My family doesn’t really celebrate Hanukkah anymore, but, as a kid, I remember visiting my grandparents in Florida, lighting the candles and partaking in the oh-so-Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas Day. Those were the days.

When I told my mom I wanted to feature family recipes on my blog, she sent me my Grandma’s Noodle Kugel recipe. I don’t actually remember my grandma ever making me her kugel. All I remember is her feeding me buttered matzo to my little heart’s content – happy food memories – but my mom has made my grandma’s kugel and I know it’s family comfort food perfection. All savory and sweet and creamy and crunchy. It’s actually kind of a weird dish – I mean cheese, noodles, graham crackers and cinnamon? That shouldn’t taste good. But it does….

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WARNING. This post is not healthy. I repeat. This post is not healthy. I wish I could blame this masterpiece on pregnancy cravings but I shamefully dreamt up this indulgent creation almost a year ago when I was brainstorming entries for the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Academy contest. My entry was “The Highlander” – a Scottish…

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Anytime I cook for my family there are certain things I have to take into consideration. My mom and brother are lactose intolerant so the meal either has to be light on dairy or Lactaid needs to be a side dish. My stepmom is gluten intolerant so when I cook for her and my dad,…

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