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Hanukkah

Sometimes a song lyric conveys a story so well that it does the job all by itself. Listen to this song on Spotify and go through the lyrics with your children to help them better understand the Hanukkah story. Enjoy!

In a one-hour online session, we explore the ideas, themes, and opportunities Hanukkah presents to us (no pun intended!) – both as individuals and as parents. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 1:00pm

Sadie loves to climb. She will climb on anything. This annoys her big brother throughout his family’s Hanukkah preparations. While shopping for ingredients to make dosas (savory Indian pancakes), her big brother discovers a musical way to talk Sadie down from the heights. 

Here are eight questions to kindle your enthusiasm about Hanukkah music. Take the quiz and see how well you score!

Whether you're hosting a holiday party or simply want to turn on some Jewish tunes as you light the candles with your family, our Spotify playlists will do the trick.

Can the Plony family get ready for an unexpected Hanukkah visit with only an hour’s notice? 

Hanukkah is a joyous time of year – full of light, fun, and cool new projects.

The Latkatini - A Hanukkah Cocktail

By: 
Tina Wasserman

I originally created horseradish vodka to serve with gefilte fish at my Passover seder.  Thinking about what this flavor evokes in Jewish cuisine and thinking about the foods we customarily eat for Hanukkah, I created this Hanukkah cocktail.  The Latkatini mirrors the ingredients in latkes with applesauce, and the milk stands in for sour cream.  All that’s missing is the onion!

Chag urim sameach, Happy Festival of Lights!

Ingredients: 
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LATKATINIS:
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon rosewater
3/4 cup unfiltered apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2-3 tablespoons plain or horseradish potato vodka (recipe below)
1/3 cup milk or milk substitute
¼ cup Hungry Man mashed potato flakes
1 cup of ice
Baharat or cinnamon for garnish
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HORSERADISH VODKA
4-inch piece of horseradish
2 cups potato vodka
Directions: 

Vodka Latkatinis

  1. To make the rosewater simple syrup, combine the sugar and water in a 1-quart saucepan.  Bring to a boil and stir once or twice until the liquid is clear. Boil for 1 minute, remove from heat and stir in the rosewater. Pour into a clean jar and store in the refrigerator until needed.  
  2. Combine 1 tablespoon of the rosewater simple syrup with the next five ingredients in a blender. Blend until combined. Let mixture rest for a minute or two to allow the potato flakes to hydrate.
  3. Add the ice to the blender and blend on high until ice is totally incorporated. If necessary add a little more apple juice for desired consistency.Pour into martini glasses and sprinkle with some baharat or cinnamon as a garnish.

Horseradish Vodka

  1. Peel a 4-inch piece of horseradish. Rinse.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler or a julienne peeler/shredder, shred about ¼ cup.
  3. Place shredded horseradish in a quart jar and add at least 2 cups of potato vodka (I prefer Titos).
  4. Let the jar of infused vodka sit on your counter for at least two days but preferably four.
  5. Refrigerate with the horseradish until needed.
Tina's Tidbits: 
  • Rosewater simple syrup will last for months in the refrigerator.

The Bloody Maccabeet - A Hanukkah Cocktail

By: 
Tina Wasserman

I originally created horseradish vodka to serve with gefilte fish at my Passover seder. Thinking about what this flavor evokes in Jewish cuisine and thinking about the foods we customarily eat for Hanukkah, I created this colorful and delicious Hanukkah cocktail. 

Chag urim sameach, Happy Festival of Lights!

Ingredients: 
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BLOODY MACCABEET:
15 ounce can Julienne beets
1 ½ cups tomato juice
3-4 tablespoons honey (according to taste)
Juice from 2 medium limes
½-3/4 cup horseradish-flavored potato vodka (recipe below)
Zatar
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HORSERADISH VODKA:
4-inch piece of horseradish
2 cups potato vodka
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Directions: 

Bloody Maccabeet

  1. Place the contents of the can in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the tomato juice, honey, lime juice, and vodka to the blender and blend well.
  3. Pour into 4-6 highball glasses over ice.
  4. Garnish with zatar and serve.

Horseradish Vodka

  1. Peel a 4-inch piece of horseradish. Rinse.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler or a julienne peeler/shredder, shred about ¼ cup.
  3. Place shredded horseradish in a quart jar and add at least 2 cups of potato vodka (I prefer Titos).
  4. Let the jar of infused vodka sit on your counter for at least two days but preferably four.
  5. Refrigerate with the horseradish until needed.
Tina's Tidbits: 
  •  I often serve a shot of this vodka at my Passover seder with the gefilte fish.  Mini “Maccabeet” shots could be served as well!

Peanut Butter Gelt Cookies

By: 
Deborah R. Prinz

This easy recipe incorporates and maintains the shape of the gelt on top of the cookie. Not only is the cookie delicious with the chocolate, it also highlights the gelt.

Ingredients: 
1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth; do not use old-fashioned or freshly ground)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
Approximately 35 chocolate Hanukkah gelt (preferably organic, fair trade)
Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  2. Beat the peanut butter, sugar, and egg together.
  3. Shape the dough in rounds with flat tops the size of the gelt.
  4. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  5. Remove the cookies from the oven, cool slightly on the pan, then gently press one piece of gelt into the center of each cookie.
  6. Cool the cookies on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
     

Reprinted with permission from On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao (2nd Edition) by Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz.

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz speaks about chocolate and Jews around the world. The newly released 2nd Edition of her book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, (Jewish Lights) contains 25 historical and contemporary recipes. She blogs at The Forward, The Huffington Post and onthechocolatetrail.org. The book is used in adult study, classroom settings, book clubs and chocolate tastings.

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