How to Celebrate Hanukkah Like a Celebrity

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Hanukkah 2015: Five facts you didn’t know about the Festival of Lights.

You may know the basic images of Hanukkah: a menorah, a dreidel and chocolate coins. Even though Hanukkah’s not one of your major Jewish food holidays, attention’s always paid to latkes, the crispy potato pancakes fried in oil — that being the key ingredient honoring the small cruse of blessed oil that lit the menorah in the ancient, rebuilt temple of Jerusalem for eight nights instead of one. ( I am not discounting sufganiyot, also fried in oil, or the kugels and ricotta pancakes made as a nod to Hanukkah’s cheese connection.

With Hanukkah swiftly approaching – it begins the evening of Sunday, Dec. 6 – it’s imperative to start preparing for your holiday festivities, which will also help distract you from your debilitating latke cravings. See recipe links below!) The holiday begins Sunday at sundown this year, and rather than make anybody wait until Dinner in Minutes pops up midweek, I thought I’d share my weekly column recipe in advance. Whether you choose the traditional raspberry filling, which can provide a deliciously tart contrast to the sweetness of the powdered sugar topping, or go with another filling like custard or caramel or chocolate, sufganiyot are terrific treats for a holiday many in the United States associate with latkes, the grated potato pancake.

What I like about these latkes is that they’re light and tender, made mostly of garam masala-scented parsnips and carrots with a little dehydrated potato flakes (yes!) and egg to bind them. Here are the best tips we’ve gleaned from Jewish stars’ social media: Deschanel, as adorable as ever, models exactly what not to do when you’re lighting the candles: look away.

My dad pulls out the food processor grating disc that collects dust the rest of the year — if my grandfather had his druthers, we’d still be using the box grater — and my mom straps on an apron to fry each potato pancake to golden perfection. Hanukkah is considered a minor Jewish holiday, and the story it commemorates — the ancient and outnumbered Maccabees who triumphed over their Hellenistic oppressors to preserve their faith — is not based in the Torah, the Hebrew Bible. Some festive eating results here, in our most-viewed Recipe Finder offerings online. (The top five most-searched holiday cookie recipes thus far, besides the two — both no-bakes — listed here, are Calissons d’Aix, Dulce de Leche Macaroons and Garibaldis.) Bonus: The mixture won’t turn gray or discolor with the same speed as a typical potato latke mixture. And there’s no denying that Hanukkah is a bigger deal in majority Christian nations because it’s celebrated near — and sometimes on — Christmas.

Only one small jar of oil was found to be burnt, enough for one day, but miraculously the lamp stayed alight for eight days and Hanukkah celebrates this miracle. The word Hanukkah means ‘rededication’ and commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom when, according to legend, the leaders of a Jewish rebel army called the Maccabees rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BC (BCE).

The origin of Hanukkah gelt is unclear, however coins are believed to be a symbol of the independence ancient Jews gained after their three year battle with Syria when they were able to make their own coins. Wherever you go for sufganiyot, call ahead to check on availability, and remember most bakeries will likely make the dessert only until the last day of Hanukkah, which is Monday, Dec. 14. But Hanukkah is still important, and underscores one of the most significant themes in Jewish history: the struggle to practice Judaism when powerful forces seek to extinguish it.

They wanted to rededicate the desecrated temple, but could find only one container of the sacred oil they needed which had the seal of the high priest still intact. Traditionally Jews only exchanged gifts on Purim, a Jewish holiday commemorating the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by a young woman called Esther. However, when Christmas became more prominent in the late 19th century and the Christian holiday’s consumerism grew, the Jewish custom shifted in imitation of Christmas. The bakery is also offering a gift box of four holiday doughnuts — sufganiyot, egg nog, sugar cookie and chocolate peppermint bark — for $8.50. 68 W.

To celebrate Hanukkah, aka the Festival of Lights, Jews light a candle on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and one more on each successive night of the eight-night holiday. These four letters form the acronym of the phrase: “Nes gadol hayah sham,” “A great miracle happened there”; a reference to the Hanukkah miracle of the oil.

This potato-and-onion pancake recipe is based on one for an Indian fritter that was made by the Mumbai-born mother of Fairfax resident Shulie Madnick. The name refers neither to size nor to neck bolts in the ingredient list, but to techniques and ideas cobbled together from several potato pancake recipes. All are festooned with a dollop of the frosting found inside; all save the caramel version are lightly dusted with powdered sugar. $1.10 each. 2919 W.

Variations abound mostly because of the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the “chet,” with which the word “Hanukkah” begins in Hebrew. “Chet” doesn’t have an equivalent in English. With this recipe, you won’t miss fussing with potato or the usual amount of oil that’s used for sauteing the small pancakes to their crisp potential. In more Northern communities, where olive oil was scarce and expensive, goose or chicken fat was often used for frying so potato pancakes (latkes), apple fritters, and other non-dairy fried foods became the norm. During the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, the town of Bethulia in Judea was under siege and its population on the verge of surrender due to lack of water.

Ah, the Jewish parents’ dilemma: They want their kids to appreciate Hanukkah, and not be jealous of friends who will be visited by Santa; but they don’t want children to equate Hanukkah only with presents. These are delicate and can fall apart easily, so handle them gingerly. (You can smoosh them back together in the pan.) Lay 1 or 2 at a time in the potato flakes, then use your fingers to gather and sprinkle more potato flakes on top (to coat). He debuted the fourth and most recent version of the song at the ‘Judd Apatow & Friends’ event at the New York Comedy Festival at Carnegie Hall in November. NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS | Per serving 230 calories 5 g protein 25 g carbohydrates 13 g fat 2 g saturated fat 95 mg cholesterol 220 mg sodium 5 g fiber 6 g sugar

Many fans of popular culture previously unfamiliar with the festival first became aware of Hanukkah after an episode of the popular sitcom Friends aired in December 2000. The only outfit available is an armadillo so he creates a new holiday character called ‘The Holiday Armadillo’ – Santa’s south-of-the-border friend who teaches Ben about the importance and history of Hanukkah.

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