Dana Slatkin

Scallion Pancakes with Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce (Gluten-free)

Scallion pancakes with sweet soy dipping sauceMakes about 2 dozen small (about 3-inches in diameter) pancakes, or 6-8 servings

It’s beginning to feel a lot like…get me to January 1.

If you’re already over the holidays, you’re not alone. All the forced festivity, cloying crooning and nonstop consuming can start to grate on nerves.

But in light of the heartbreaking tragedies in last week’s news, let’s count our blessings.

In the final stretch to the finish of 2012, I get busy cooking. For those I love. For those who are suffering or struggling. For those who are no longer here to enjoy the holidays.

One ritual I always look forward to: Chinese food on Christmas Eve. It’s practically a cultural imperative. Some years we head to our favorite local restaurant for dim sum and sizzling rice soup. Last year we cozied up with takeout boxes in front of the fireplace, playing fierce games of Stratego and Blokus.

This year, I’m planning to cook my own Chinese feast. And these pancakes are a must. I came up with the recipe after rooting around the vegetable drawer for something to accompany a stir-fry. All I found was a bunch of scallions, along with some eggs and oil from last week’s latke provisions.

In a snap I had whipped up a savory version of my breakfast standby, and they were gobbled up before even making it to the table. Next time, I might add a handful of peas, diced water chestnuts and chopped cilantro to make the pancakes extra festive.

They are just what I’m craving for the holidays…to go along with generous servings of gratitude, comfort and joy.

Congratulations to the winner of my November Giveaway! Kara Fox is co-founder of glamourproject.org well as writer and photo editor of neworldreview.com. She also created karasbest.com to share her favorite resources with friends and others. Kara’s  adorable dogs star in many of her photographs. She plans to enjoy her new Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat while baking with her grandson over the holidays.


May your holidays be rich and meaningful.

Do keep in touch and let me know what’s cooking in your kitchen.

 I look forward to sharing lots of delicious adventures with you in 2013!

 Photo credit:  food52.com

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