There area at least 16 ways to spell Hanukkah.  Chanukah is a Jewish holiday that falls in December.   It celebrates religious freedom and faith.

Hanukkah is one of the less important Jewish holidays. However, Hanukkah has become much more popular in modern practice because of its proximity to Christmas.

Hanukkah falls on the twenty-fifth day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Since the Jewish calendar is lunar based, every year the first day of Hanukkah falls on a different day – usually sometime between late November and late December. Because many Jews live in predominately Christian societies, over time Hanukkah has become much more festive and Christmas-like. Jewish children receive gifts for Hanukkah – often one gift for each of the eight nights of the holiday. Many parents hope that by making Hanukkah extra special their children won’t feel left out of all the Christmas festivities going on around them.

One of the best things about Hannukah is the latke.  It’s a potato pancake.  Everyone has their favorite but really the best ones are freshly grated potatoes, onions, eggs, a bit of flour or matzoh meal and eaten practically out of the frying pan.  People are passionate about their latkes and there are lots of different recipes.   Just because you can add things to a recipe doesn’t necessarily make it  a good idea.  Sometimes it is best not to mess with success.

It’s all about the potato.  You can find the perfect potato at the Saturday market.     No matter whether you are in the wet (people who don’t drain and wring out the potatoes) or dry school of latke batter…a number of Saturday vendors carry a variety of potatoes.  If you are looking for an all purpose potatoe — New Family Farm recommends the “german butterball” or as they call it, “The Michael Jordan of potatoes.

Want to step it up?  Fry your latkes in duck fat.  You’ll have to skip the sour creme to be strictly kosher but it would be worth it.  Salmon Creek Ranch  has duck fat ready for frying.

Saturday December 8th is the first night of Hanukah.  Get everything you need including wonderful gifts — food and crafts and of course the perfect potato.

 

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