Happy Hanukkah; Festival of Lights:

Captain- Thumper

it's- all- mine
Barked: Wed Dec 1, '10 7:54am PST 
Hanukkah, Festival of Lights:

HANUKKAH is a Jewish holiday celebrated on eight consecutive days and nights. Here's a bit of its history.

The holiday commemorates the restoration and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews defeated the Syrians in 165 BC. The king of Syria, Antiochus IV, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered that the Jews worship Greek Gods. Most did not obey and fought back.

Jews were rounded up by Greek soldiers and ordered to worship an idol and eat the flesh of a pig, two things forbidden to Jews. One of the soldiers asked a Jewish high priest named Mattathias Maccabee to preside over the ceremony, but he refused. Another man offered to do it.

Mattathias got so angry that he took out his sword and killed the man and the soldier. His son, Judah Maccabee and his followers killed the remaining soldiers and ran into the mountains to hide.

The group went to the Temple andwere sad to find that it had been ransacked and that many things important items were destroyed. They cleaned up the Temple and decided to have a rededication ceremony, reclaiming it from the Syrian king. They found a candelabra, called a menorah, but when it came time to light it, they found that there was enough oil only for one day. But when they lit the oil, it lasted, miraculously, for eight days.

During Hanukkah, the eight candles of the menorah are lit to celebrate the eight days that the oil burned. Today's menorah holds nine candles, one for each night, plus a center candle, which is lit first and is then used to light the rest. It lights one candle on the first night, two on the second, three on the third - until the eighth night, when all nine candles burn brightly.

Ancient menorahs were made of clay, with small vessels that each had its own wick. Today's menorah resembles the ones that began to appear at the end of the Middle Ages.

''Dreidel'' is a popular game played by children and adults during the holiday. The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top. Each side has a Hebrew letter on it, each the first initial of words that, when translated, mean "a great miracle happened there," referring to the miracle of the oil.Wagers are placed on where the dreidel will land. Players wager with chocolate coins, which are given as gifts. Today's Hanukkah celebrations now include the exchange of gifts on each night.

Here's what the letters on the dreidel mean: Nun - Nothing happens. Next player spins the dreidel Gimel - Player takes all tokens in the pot Hey - Player takes half the pot Shin - Player must put one token into the pot

Like all holiday festivals, Hanukkah is full of good food - and oil, of course, is an important ingredient. Latkes - fried potato pancakes - are a favorite. They are made of grated potatoes mixed with eggs and onions, and are topped with apple sauce or sour cream. The Jewish solders ate them on the battlefield. However, those early latkes were made with cheese and vegetables or fruit, as potatoes weren't available until the 16th century.

In addition to latkes, other goodies include fried zucchini or artichokes and apple and corn fritters. These oily foods commemorate the oil that burned for eight days.

The main meal might include beef brisket, chicken, veggies and ''kugel,'' a noodle pudding. For dessert, you might find doughnuts or blintzes, cheese wrapped in dough and, of course, fried in oil. A traditional doughnut is called sufganiyot - basically, a jelly doughnut. These popular treats are sold on street stands a month before Hanukkah begins.

Happy Hanukkah
♥Prin- cess- Nikki&hearts- ;

Furever Loved
Barked: Wed Dec 1, '10 8:17am PST 
A very happy Hanukkah to all of our dear friends who begin their celebration today.
Captain- Thumper

it's- all- mine
Barked: Wed Dec 1, '10 8:21am PST 
A feast that might be enjoyed is:


Potato Pancakes:

Preparation Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Yield: 8 pancakes


4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
1/4 cup hot milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
margarine or canola oil butter blend
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil

Quick and easy microwave mashed potatoes: Place whole potatoes (do not poke) into microwave-safe dish. Cover dish. (If covering dish with plastic wrap, poke small hole in plastic.) Microwave on high for nine minutes or until potatoes are done. Use oven mitts to remove dish from microwave; carefully remove cover from dish due to steam build-up. Add milk, canola oil margarine or butter blend, salt and pepper to taste. Using potato masher, mash potatoes to desired consistency.

To prepare pancakes: In large mixing bowl, combine mashed potatoes, carrots, onions, parsley, flour, salt and pepper. Mix well.

In large fry pan, heat canola oil. Spoon vegetable mixture, about 1/3 cup at a time, to form pancakes. Cook pancakes over medium heat for three to four minutes per side, or until cooked through and golden brown. Add additional canola oil as needed to cook remaining pancakes.

Another Latkes recipe:

12 Servings ,Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.

2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled
1 medium onion
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Oil for deep-fat frying
Coarsely grate potatoes and onion; drain any liquid. Place in a bowl; add green onions, egg, salt and pepper.
In an electric skillet, heat 1/8 in. of oil to 375°. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into hot oil. Flatten to form patties. Fry until golden brown; turn and cook the other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with applesauce. Yield: 2 dozen.

Potato Pancakes-Latkes

Challah Bread:

32 Servings Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
4 eggs
6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 egg
1 teaspoon cold water
1 tablespoon sesame or poppy seeds, optional
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the oil, sugar, salt, eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each piece into a 15-in. rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Beat egg and cold water; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 137 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 232 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Challah Bread

Served with....

Old-Fashioned Beef Brisket Recipe:

1 fresh beef brisket (4 pounds)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 large sweet onions, sliced
2 cups ketchup
2 cups water
1/2 cup dry red wine or Progresso ® Beef Broth
In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil on all sides; drain. Top with onions. Combine the ketchup, water and wine; pour over meat and onions.
Cover and bake at 350° for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Let stand for 5 minutes. Thinly slice brisket across the grain. Thicken sauce if desired; serve with beef. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.

Nutrition Facts: 4 ounces with 1/3 cup sauce equals 277 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 562 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 31 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

12 Servings Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3 hours

Beef Brisket

and a side of course;

Tzimmes Recipe:

3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into chunks
2 pounds medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 package (12 ounces) pitted dried plums, halved
1 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, cubed
In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, combine the sweet potatoes, carrots and plums. Combine the orange juice, water, honey, brown sugar and cinnamon; pour over vegetables.
Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover; dot with butter. Bake 45-60 minutes longer, carefully stirring every 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and sauce is thickened. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup equals 262 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 3 g protein.

12 Servings Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours


Vegetable Slaw Recipe:

1 small head cabbage (1-1/2 pounds), shredded
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup fresh cauliflowerets
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped peeled cucumber

6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
4-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1-1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup minced fresh parsley
In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.
In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Stir in parsley. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 2/3 cup equals 88 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 219 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.

12 Servings Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Vegetable Slaw

and a little bit of sweets is in order too,

Raspberry Chocolate Rugalach Recipe:

1/2 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup dried currants
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup HERSHEY’®S Mini Chips Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Divide dough in half; form into two balls. Flatten to 5-in. circles; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Place currants in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside. Combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
On a lightly floured surface or pastry mat, roll one portion of dough into an 11-in. circle. Brush with half of the jam. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar, pecans, chocolate chips and currants; press down gently.
Cut into 16 wedges. Roll up wedges from the wide end and place point side down 2 in. apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Curve ends to form a crescent. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before baking. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 32 cookies.

Nutrition Facts: 1 cookie equals 90 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 49 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

32 Servings Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling

Raspberry Chocolate Rugalach

Well enjoy and Happy Hanukkah....wave

♥- Mattie- ♥

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Barked: Wed Dec 1, '10 11:20am PST 
additional info that some may like to know....

Hanukkah Blessings;
There are three Brachos (blessings) which are recited when the Chanukah candles are lit.
"Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha'olam, Asher kid'shanu b'mitzvosav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah"

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to Kindle the Chanukah light.

"Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha'olam, She'asah nisim la'avoseinu, bayamim ha'hem baz'man hazeh"

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who has wrought miracles for our forefathers, in those days at this season.

Recited on the first night only
"Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha'olam, She'hecheyanu, vekiyemanu vehigi'anu laz'man hazeh"

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.
After reciting the blessings and lighting the candles, the following paragraphs should recited or sung.

"Ha'Neiros halalu anachnu madlikin al hanisim ve'al hanifla'os, ve'al hat'shu'os ve'al hamilchamos, sh'asisa la'avoseinu bayamim hahem baz'man hazeh, al yedei kohaneicha hakedoshim. Vechol sh'monas yemei Chanukah, haneiros halalu kodesh hem. Ve'ein lanu reshus le'hishtamesh ba'hem, eh'la lir'osam bilvad, ke'dei le'hodos u'lehalel leshimcha hagadol al nisecha ve'al nifle'osecha ve'al yeshu'oshecha."

These lights we kindle upon the miracles, the wonders, the salvations, and the battles which you performed for our forefathers in those days at this season through Your holy priests. During all eight days of Chanukah these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make ordinary use of them, but to look at them in order to express thanks and praise to Your great Name for Your miracles, Your wonders and Your salvations.

"Ma'oz tzur yeshu'asi
Lecha na'eh leshabe'ach
Tikone bais tefilasi
Ve'sham todah nezabe'ach
Le'es Tachin Mabe'ach
Mitzar ham'nabe'ach
Az egmor beshir mizmor
Chanukas hamizbe'ach."

O mighty Rock of my salvation,
to praise You is a delight.
Restore my house of prayer
and there we will bring a thanksgiving offering.
When You will have prepared the slaughter
for the blaspheming foe,
Then I shall complete with a song of hymn
the dedication of the Alter.