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An Oily Experiment For Kids


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Have you ever seen oil on puddles in the street after a rain? Have you ever wondered why oil and water don’t mix? Let’s experiment and try to understand, with this ‘Oil and Water Don’t Mix Experiment’

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A Venetian Hanukka


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Venice is generally considered to be the most romantic city on earth. It is where people fly to declare love, propose marriage, or spend their honeymoon.  But if you arrive in the height of the tourist season, the crowds can turn your dream into a nightmare and make you wish you had stayed home.

However, away from the main drag you can still find plenty of quiet alleys to wander, where you can lose track of time.  Surprisingly, one of Venice’s best-kept secrets, which still maintains its quiet and charm, is the old Jewish quarter.  The Ghetto of Venice was the first in the world, instituted in 1516 by the Venetian republic as a means of isolating and controlling its Jewish inhabitants. However, while Jews were harshly persecuted in the rest of Europe, Venice was a safe haven where they were able to practice their faith openly.


Baked Doughnuts for Chanukah


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Raise your hand if you ever really stick to your shopping list! Yeah, I didn’t think so. Neither do I. So while on a shopping trip at Bed Bath & Beyond, I happened upon a mini doughnut pan by Wilton and bought two! I mean, each pan only makes twelve mini doughnuts, and I knew I would want more that. Are you laughing now? I put the pans aside for the right moment and it came when my three-year-old randomly asked for chocolate doughnuts.

I made these Baked Doughnuts.  Then I lightly topped 24 of the doughnuts with colorful sprinkles for my 3-year-old, Zach, and another 12 with shimmery yellow sugar from Breezy’s in Long Island. I think I enjoyed them more than he did.  Thirty Six baked doughnuts later, Zach actually asked for red doughnuts. What a demanding child! Since I still had ¼ of the batter left, I added some red food coloring and Zach had red mini doughnuts!


5-Ingredient Hors D’oeuvres for 8 Nights


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Chanukah and party go hand in hand with one another. Chanukah is an exciting Jewish holiday which calls for eight nights of parties while gathering with family and friends. Now you’ll be able to create the ultimate gourmet party food with no more than five ingredients! What is impressive about the following hors d’oeuvres is how gourmet and complicated they seem, yet how simple and easy they are to make.

caramelized onion tart

Caramelized Onion Tart


An Illuminating Chanukah Party


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Your children came into Your House, cleansed Your Temple, purified Your Mikdash, lit candles in Your holy courtyards, and instituted these eight days of Chanukah to give thanks and praise to Your great name.” – Al HaNissim prayer

When the Jews returned to the Beis Hamikdash after defeating the Greeks—they found it defiled, with idols and graven images. And so, when that tiny vile of oil was discovered, the Menorah couldn’t be lit indoors where the atmosphere was impure. It was carried into the courtyard, where the miracle of lights became a public phenomenon in the streets of Jerusalem. This is why we place our own menorahs by the window—lighting up the streets and not merely our own homes. This Chanukah, Shavy Weiss remembers the miracle of the burning lights by bringing the outdoors inside and lighting up the night.


My (Not So) Tiny Gift of Life – Chanukah...


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The best Chanukah Gift I ever received weighed exactly 9 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 22 inches long. That was three years ago, when my son was born on the fifth night. We named him Avraham Yitzchak after both of my grandfathers, two strong, warm human beings—and both exceptional chefs! AY’s Chanukah/ first haircut/ Birthday Party will include festive delights that are kid-friendly, yet so elegant even my gourmet grandfathers would be impressed!

Join our family celebration with this Chanukah menu:


Chanukah Treats


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Box ‘em, Bag’em, Eat’em!  Whatever you do with them, they are the perfect Chanukah treat.

Ycan find pastry boxes for your donuts at craft stores or online.  Fill mini boxes with donuts for your guests to take home.


Stuffed Latkes


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A latke with a surprise in the middle is a great way to update the classic Chanukah dish. Be creative and stuff latkes with anything you have on hand. Maybe even use it as a way to get your kids to eat their veggies by adding peas, broccoli, tomatoes, zucchini, or spinach.

Start with my favorite Basic Latke Recipe.


Savory & Fried – 4 Hanukkah Recipes ...


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It’s that time of year when deep frying is practically a mitzvah! So even if you usually avoid deep-fried foods, I say go with the flow and embrace the customs of the holiday.  You’ve got eight guilt-free nights to savor these sizzling delights—it would almost be a sin not to.

Caraway Noodle Pancake

Caraway Noodle Cakes with Red Cabbage




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This winter, enjoy wine country and the wonder of California’s coastline—kosher style