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To Do List: B4 end of world – 12/21/12:

*Record our Hanukkah happenings.

*Do a load (2?  if there’s time) of laundry.

* Birthday card for Mom.

*Finish the  book I’m reading  Read last chapter of book.

 

8 Crispy-Fried Hanukkah Nights , or, What Hanukkah Means To Me: 

Night #1:Hanukkah began on Saturday night, and even though we went to our shul’s Hanukkah Bash, I couldn’t resist frying up a batch or two of my Souper Traditional Potato Latkes.   Kiddles all thrilled with their presents, Hub happy with the buttery soft leather gloves I got him.

 

Night#2: Latke demo  at the Princeton JCC.  Fried up several batches of Souper Potato Latkes as well as Onion Ring Latkes, which were well received, along with the crock pot applesauce and horseradish sour cream dipping sauces that went along with them.

After a lifetime of discontent over the quality of the Hanukkah chocolate, I decided to do something about it and made my own gelt in 3 flavors: cookies ‘ n cream, toffee chip, and rice crispy crunch.  Kids were quite content.

Night #3: Made Onion Bhajee Latkes, aka Onion Ring Latkes, Onion Fritter Latkes, Bloomin’ Onion Latkes, these fried delights look like golden suns and are absolutely delicious.  Served them as a side dish for the turkey burgers that night, along with some slightly spicy chutney dipping sauce.  Yippee!  We heart Hanukkah! How awesome is it that there’s a holiday where you are encouraged to eat fried food?! I’m totally in…

 

 

Night#4: Artichoke Latkefritto’s- recipe is a riff on the well loved Roman dish Carciofi alla Guidia (Artichokes prepared in the Jewish style), Hub’s most requested birthday dish.  Decide that serving it with a crisp salad might be a good idea. Insides are starting to feel…starchy.

 

Night#5:  Made a sensible dinner, and as a reward made crispy-fried chocolate cheesecake eggrolls with a sour cherry dipping sauce for dessert….Started to entertain the thought that I might have a  problem.

Night#6: Problem confirmed when I insisted on making a batch of crunchy-fried pickles.  But really,  fried kosher dill pickle chips for Hanukkah- it just makes sense.  Right?

 

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Night#7:  No appetite. No holiday joy.  The Hanukkah  menorah is almost completely lit, but it’s so dark.  Newtown shooting.  Latkes taste like cardboard.

Night 8 Revelation: Hanukkah is more than eating yummy fried foods and scrumptious sweets, although it’s a happy perk, its essence is about bringing light and warmth to a cold and dark world.

 

 

***And now to the laundry.   Mom always said to wear clean socks and underwear – you never know what the day will bring….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bissel (bis-sul)Yiddish: A bit, a little.
B'Tayavon (be-teya-von) Hebrew: Bon Appetit! Enjoy (in reference to a meal/dish)
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