Happy Chanukah!


The Festival of Lights is the celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days, hence the eight days of Chanukah. To commemorate this miracle, we eat “oily” foods on Chanukah, like fried potato pancakes called “Latkes”

and deep-fried doughnuts called “Sufganiyot”.
Not the heart-healthiest of foods, but nonetheless, it’s a
tradition that our family loves.

Many years ago, my grandmother gave me a cookbook titled Cook Book, copyright 1955. I know, creative title, right?  This cookbook is a compilation of traditional Jewish recipes and it’s my most loved, most used, and most worn cookbook in my collection. I have tried so many different recipes to get the perfect latke, and I keep coming back to this very simple recipe that has the perfect measure of each ingredient. Top the latkes off with sour cream or applesauce and it’s heaven on earth!

Here’s the recipe:
And here’s the Neil Diamond The Chanukah Song for those of you who haven’t seen it…

Our Chanukah just isn’t complete without watching A Rugrats Chanukah
And for each of the eight days of Chanukah, we all love winning lots of gelt…
I Have a Little Dreidel
I have a little dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then dreidel I shall play.
O dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
I made it out of clay,
And when it’s dry and ready
Then dreidel I shall play.
It has a lovely body
With legs so short and thin,
And when my dreidel’s tired
It drops and then I win.
My dreidel’s always playful
It loves to dance and spin,
A happy game of dreidel
Come play now, let’s begin.
May you all have a Happy Chanukah with family and friends!
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  1. Happy first night of Hanukkah! : )

  2. Lori, Happy….Oh my. I am by no means the sharpest tool in the shed. I am so confused on the spellings of the Holiday now. Why are there two different spellings?
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  3. Actually Scott, there are lots more spellings than just two. I've seen Chanukah spelled any of these ways below and they are all correct. So take your pick!


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  4. Happy Hanukkah! I'm not Jewish, but one of my good friends growing up was so I always got to celebrate with her family. I loved eating latkes and spinning the dreidel. Actually, I liked the gelt so much that my parents began putting some in our Christmas stockings- and they still do to this day (we're pretty open minded!). Anyway- Happy happy!!
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  5. Ohhhh! I could just eat those pancakes right now! 🙂

  6. Lori, what a surprise this post was! One of my very favorite foods is latkes! My first husband was Jewish and we ate a lot of Jewish foods and celebrated many Jewish holidays. I order latkes at a certain restaurant around here that we go to for breakfast often. Topped off applesauce of course!
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  7. Happy Chanukah! I've noticed the different spellings and am curious as to why. I'm not Jewish but I love potato pancakes … might have to try your recipe.
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  8. Hey Mandy, thanks for stopping by. I'm not sure exactly why there are so many spellings, but I think part of the reason may be that there is no exact English translation of the Hebrew word for Chanukah. Any way it is spelled, it's still the same holiday. I've always spelled it Chanukah and my oldest took a liking to Hanukkah. 🙂
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  9. Great post! I always love learning more about different traditions. I didn't realize there was a Rugrats Chanukah. That would be great for children to see if they're Jewish or not!

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