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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Hanukkah!

Tuesday at sundown marked the beginning of Hanukkah! Happy Hanukkah to all of our friends who celebrate the miracle at the ancient Temple. Foods cooked in oil are part of the Hanukkah experience. (If you're not familiar with the holiday, you can learn the basics here.)

Many people have heard of the potato pancakes fried in oil, known as latkes, which are made during Hanukkah. But, I wonder how many people know how to make them?

If you'd like to try to make them for your family, borrow one of these books:

Brownstein, Rita Milos. Jewish Holiday Style. [394.267 BRO]

Fellner, Judith B. In the Jewish Tradition: A Year of Foods and Festivities. [394.267 FEL]

Nathan, Joan. The Jewish Holiday Kitchen. [641.5676 NAT]

Zoloth, Joan. Jewish Holiday Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family. [641.5676 ZOL]

Some people may not find plain potato pancakes to their liking. If you're one of them, Buzz-Feed did a piece this week titled, "21 Next-Level Latkes You Need To Try." There are amazing looking latkes, some in bright colors!

The photo above is from a blog called What Jew Wanna Eat: This Ain't Yo Bubbe's Blog. Click here for even more photos and latke recipes.

Jewish or not, enjoy a potato latke this holiday month--or any month for that matter!

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