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Hanukkah Menu

Is there any child (big or small) who doesn’t get excited for The Festival of Lights? From the foods to the gifts to the lighting of the menorah, this eight-day festival is one of the best-known Jewish holidays, probably because it usually falls so close to Christmas. Hanukkah however, is a celebration of a miracle, of the people of Israel being able to reclaim the Holy Temple after defeating the Syrian-Greek army, and when going to light the Temple’s candelabra, (which had seven candle arms), having only a little bit of oil to do so. That oil, which should have only been enough to provide light for a single day, burned for eight days instead, inspiring generations to come to commemorate that miracle by celebrating for eight nights and eating foods fried in oil.

These are our recommendations for a festive and delicious Hanukkah:

For the Table:

Buttery Twist Rolls

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First Course Options:

Salad with Dried Cherries, Cranberries and Candied Walnuts

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Main Course:

Sweet and Sour Pot Roast (includes carrots and green beans)

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Delectable Sides:

Traditional Potato Latkes with apple sauce

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Note: If serving a Kosher meal, omit the sour cream)

Mom’s Noodle Kugel

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Decadent Desserts:

Jelly Doughnuts (Sufganyot)

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Hanukkah Cookies

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Jodi Luber

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
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