Chanukah

 

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.


 

Gougeres for Chanukah

 

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There’s always a bagful of cheese-and-herb gougeres in my freezer. Everyone loves them – they’re basically small, savory cream puffs. When my family or company comes and I need a quick hors d’oeuvre, all I have to do is pop them into a hot oven and wait for a few minutes until they’re ready. My daughter Meredith eats them cold, straight from the freezer (but they’re much better hot and crispy).

Cheese-and-herb gougeres are a must for Hanukkah at our house. Not just because they are well-loved but because of the tradition of celebrating Judith, the ancient daughter of the High Priest, and her role in the Hanukkah story.


 

Zucchini Latkes with Tzatziki

 

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My recent obsession with zucchini knows NO bounds.  I make the Zucchini Spaghetti from the summer issue of the magazine almost weekly.  And for lunch, when I am in a rush (which I always am) I just julienne some Zucchini, quickly sauté it and top it with a little marinara and grated Parm.  It’s not unheard of that both my lunch and dinner, on any given day, feature this member of the squash family that looks like a cucumber’s cousin.

The infatuation all started with my commitment to eat right (zucchini is a “free” veg on most healthy eating plans) and my handheld julienne peeler.  I cried when we had to part ways for 6 weeks when I moved to Israel, Hubby put it on the lift, I wanted to bring it in my makeup case.


 

Cheese Latkes (Gluten Free)

 

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I have my mother-in-law to thank for turning me on to cheese latkas, which she used to whip up anytime we tugged at her heartstrings, Chanukkah or not, and often for a light lunch, as they are only very lightly sweetened. With this recipe, your cheese latkas will be every bit as delicious as hers. Ricotta Latkas/Fritters are a huge Italian dessert favorite, and a snap to make. Like mini cheesecakes. Gluten-Free diners can enjoy them too! You will find them quite versatile, served as suggested here in Cheese Latkes Recipe.

If you decide to serve the cheese latkas as a savory dish, reduce the sugar to just 2 tablespoons, skip the vanilla or rum, and add some thinly sliced chives, a good pinch of nutmeg and some ground pepper to the batter. Proceed just as instructed, and if desired, top them with thinly-sliced smoked salmon and a dollop plain yogurt.


 

8 Nights of Dairy Delights Starts with Savory...

 

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Happy Chanukah everyone!!  It is here one of our favorite times of years to celebrate with chanukah parties, fried foods and lots of dairy.  Starting tonight along with the first night of Chaukah we are sharing 8 Days of Dairy Delights.  Two years ago we did Latkes, last year we did Crispy Treats and now we thought let’s go with Dairy Delights.  After all it is a custom to eat dairy on Chanukah and I do love dairy.

When I was thinking of what I should contribute I wanted to be a little more creative.  I thought first about my Inside Out Stuffed Spinach and Artichoke Dip, perfect for a party, but it didn’t feel like it related to Chanukah enough.  Then I kept seeing those donut pans and I thought what about using those pans to make a savory baked donut.  It could be healthy at least better than fried and it would be fun for Chanukah.  I have to say I love fake out foods.  When my husband came home and I asked him to taste these donuts, his first excited reaction was, “isn’t that dessert?”. When I laughed and said no, he took a bite and once he got over the confusion, he loved them.


 

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


 

Layered Desserts Really Dress Things Up

 

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Coffee Cream Cups pictured above.  I love desserts in cups.  No matter how you do it, they always look great.  Try these dairy coffee creams.  They are really unique.


 

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.


 

Decorating a Table for Chanukah

 

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Miraculously Modern

“…She’asah Nissim Lavoteinu Bayamim Haheim B’zman Hazeh!”

Chanukah is a time to recall miracles of the past as well as the many small miracles bestowed upon us daily. May the flames of the Menorah illuminate that for which we should be grateful.


 

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


 

Make a Dreidel Centerpiece

 

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Chanukah is coming, we’re so happy!!  Start planning your party early by making these fabulous dreidel centerpieces.  Not so crafty? Don’t worry, these instructions will walk you through it and no matter what happens you will have fun in the process.

DREIDELINSTRUCTIONS