Savory Vegetable Kugel

A few months ago The Fella and I were visiting my Cousin and her family for dinner.  My Cousin served a vegetable and potato kugel as a side dish.  Unbelievably, I had never had kugel before.  I fell in L-O-V-E with this kugel.  My cousin was so nonchalant.  Kugel was nothing special, an everyday dish in her mind.  But to me, a new delight had been discovered!  She shared her recipe with me which is really a recipe for potato kugel with vegetables substituting some of the potatoes.  I adapted her recipe to use sweet potatoes in place of white potatoes, but I kept the basic structure of her recipe the same.  I also did a little research on kugel and found that savory is not the traditional vibe for kugel.  Most kugels seem to be made with noodles and fruit.  I’m not sure how I feel about that.  I may have to taste a noodle kugel before I try making it myself.

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Pasta Fagioli

My Grandma made this hearty pasta dish often when I was growing up.  Grandma Laciura was Dutch-American but she was raised in a poor Italian neighborhood in New Jersey and she married my Grandfather who was pure Sicilian.  Italian food was all that she knew how to make.  She was a great Italian cook! When I was a teenager I asked her to teach me how to make a few of her basics.

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