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Celebrate with JOI: Hanukkah Food  

Review by Debbie Mazo


Celebrate with JOI: Hanukkah Food 
Leading the way for this year's holiday season is Hanukkah, celebrating a miracle that occurred over 2000 years ago when a tiny bit of oil burned for eight days. Honoring this holiday means lighting a menorah (a nine-branched candelabra), and eating special foods that have been cooked in oil. For the best in seasonal preparations for Hanukkah, visit Celebrate with JOI: Hanukkah Food.

The traditions of Hanukkah have survived for centuries, and are still celebrated around the world by young and old alike. A must for any Hanukkah meal is the traditional latke, a delicious pancake of grated potatoes and onions fried crisp in oil. The secret to great latkes is to remove as much liquid from the potatoes and onions as possible. Put the grated potatoes in a clean tea towel, and squeeze the liquid out of the mixture. Do the same for the grated onions. Sample the site's Potato Latke recipe and serve with sour cream or applesauce, or sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Hanukkah is famous for other delicacies including Sufganiyot or jelly doughnuts. The word sufganiya, a modern Hebrew word, comes from the Greek sufgan meaning "puffed and fried". Prepare these doughnuts filled with apricot or strawberry preserves with your children, and you can teach them the meaning of Hanukkah and the joy of preparing food with the ones you love.

Want to make every night of Hanukkah special? Then, explore the holiday activities the site has to offer including Hanukkah songs and arts and crafts for kids. Full of ideas for commemorating this year's Festival of Lights, Celebrate with JOI: Hanukkah Food will help create special moments during the eight days of Hanukkah.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.


    December 2001



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