Every time I talk about "party planning", I halfway feel like I'm in an episode of The Office and I'm fighting to be part of the party planning committee. But that's because we watch a lot of The Office and refer most things to either food or TV.
Speaking of TV… allow me to freak out for a minute. I was sitting at my desk on Tuesday during my 20 minute plan period, and my cell phone rang. The next thing I knew, I was talking to Chef Spike about what the heck to make for my Captain Morgan Hanukkah Shindig I'm planning for December 9. CHEF SPIKE! I mean, he's been on TV for years now, wears cool hats, and LOVED my idea of going with a Hanukkah theme over a typical Christmas-because-its-December theme.
So we chatted for five minutes, I got a couple of ideas, and then giggled for about 5 minutes more about how OMG I talked to SPIKE!
So, in the spirit of Hanukkah, and my quirky sense of humor and overwhelming Jewish pride, the Captain is losing the pirate hat and putting on a kippah!
In addition to our typical Hanukkah fare of latkes, cookie meatballs, hot dogs, and beans, I'll be serving three brand new recipes featuring Captain Morgan spiced rum! Since I love the kitsch and the schtick and all the ferkaktah jokes that surround my Jewish culture, each dish is named something with a bit of chutzpah.
Cocktail: The Russian Jew, a cocktail made with Captain Morgan Black spiced rum, whipped cream vodka, cream, cinnamon, and a gingerbread dreidel for garnish.
Appetizer: Not Your Bubbe's Barbecue; a savory barbecue sauce made with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, juniper, tomato, and dark molasses, served with slow-cooked chicken on mini white rolls.
Dessert: Straight to the Tuchus Bread Pudding; buttery brioche baked in a Captain Morgan-spiked custard topped with an apple cider caramel and served with vanilla bean whipped cream
I know it's not quite kosher, and it's far from traditional, but the goal is to celebrate the holidays in the best way we know how. Hanukkah, I know. Just call me meshuganah.
I can't wait to get cooking!