Today, Joan Nathan's Q&A about traditional and non-traditional Chanukah foods is in the NYT and they printed a question from yours truly.
Do you have any suggestions for Gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free Chanukah treats? Thanks! — Allergic Girl, New York City
How about making vegetable or potato latkes, substituting chick pea flour for matzo meal. I just tasted a delicious chickpea pancake at the River Café in London. And for dessert, why not make chocolate-chip kisses.
Chocolate Chip Kisses
Adapted from "The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen" (Alfred Knopf)
1 cup chocolate chips
3 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. In an electric mixer beat the egg whites until they form peaks. Gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla until the whites are stiff.
3. Gently stir the chocolate chips into the egg whites with a spoon. Drop the batter on the cookie sheets in teardrops. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the kisses are hard but still white. Yield: about 36 cookies.