Spotlight on Thanksgiving Sides: Spinach Kugel Soufflé from Kenny & Ziggy's...Mazel Tov!

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This year is very special. For the first time in 225 years, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlap, which means it's Thanksgivukkah 2013!! Yay, another portmanteau. We definitely need one of those. Not.

Anyway, in the spirit of blended holidays, Kenny and Ziggy's is offering a combo plate with a roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, a potato pancake and kasha varnishkas November 21-27 for lunch and dinner.

More exciting, they also are including many traditional Jewish specialties on their to-go holiday menu, including my personal favorite: spinach kugel soufflé.

In case you haven't had the pleasure of ever trying kugel (truly a shande), this egg-cheese-noodle casserole is an Ashkenazi Jewish tradition served usually on the sabbath. I have high regard for K&Z's regular kugel, a lightly sweet confection that sort of makes me want to convert just so I have the excuse to make it every Saturday.

The introduction of spinach to the more straightforward plain kugel adds an extra textural dimension and nudges the dish more to the right on the sweet-savory spectrum. The added greens also, I think, give you the excuse to eat a third helping, because, ya know, you can never have too many vegetables.

Orders for Kenny & Ziggy's spinach kugel soufflé should be placed by November 20 and will be available for pick-up until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27. Further information and menus can be found online at www.kennyandziggys.com.

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