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Kitchen Heat at Hanukkah

what-are-some-fun-facts-about-hanukkah-1972090532-dec-3-2012-1-300x200I get it, I really do. Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication, celebrates the cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem after foreign occupation. When it came time to light the menorah, oil that should have lasted one day lasted eight until more holy oil could be produced. So most every food during the eight days of Hanukkah has to do with oil.

Oil, oil, and more oil. As they say, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen….

Potato pancakes called img_183011e02d1f6c334e4cf34868b42ca3a4ab Fried jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot.

Braised brisket. Fried French toast. Challah bread pudding.

I get it. Been there, done that. I love tradition.

But oil? You want oil? I’m not so sure that our forefathers in Jerusalem were running around making potato pancakes or fried jelly doughnuts. I mean, fried falafel balls would seem more authentic even if their time period is all wrong.

Oily foods? How about potato chips? A burger and fries? A fried egg sandwich? Homemade soup without the oil skimmed off the top? Maybe a burrito or a spicy samosa? Pizza and wings?

Somehow they’re not the same. We will light candles and eat greasy, carby foods.

It’ the least we can do. Happy Hanukkah!

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