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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

Tonight marks the first night of Hannukah! For our Jewish friends, it's time to light the Menorah, play with the dreidel, eat traditional food, and best of all exchange presents. Though Hanukkah is rooted in Judaism, the wonderful thing about the holidays is that we can all enjoy certain traditions of each holiday. For example, food. The traditional food that is served for Hanukkah is sure to please all, Jewish or not because a lot of the foods served are fried! Symbolizing the sacred temple Menorah (candleabra) that miraculously burned for eight days when it was only supposed to last one,many traditional foods are fried in oil, to represent the oil that lasted eight days.

In honor of Hanukkah, here is delicious recipe for latkes (potato pancakes) for you and your family to enjoy:

1 large egg
3 tablespoon(s) chopped chives
2 tablespoon(s) matzo meal or all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon(s) grated onion
1 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1/4 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
2 1/2 pound(s) baking potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup(s) vegetable oil, for frying
Applesauce and sour cream
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with paper towels.
In bowl, with fork, lightly beat egg. Stir in chives, matzo meal, onion, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. In food processor with shredding disk, shred potatoes. Place potatoes in colander in sink; squeeze out liquid. Stir potatoes into egg mixture.
In nonstick 12-inch skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Drop potato mixture by scant 1/4 cups into oil to make 6 latkes. Flatten each latke into 3-inch round.
Cook latkes 8 to 10 minutes or until both sides are browned and crisp, turning over once. With slotted spatula, transfer to lined cookie sheet. Keep warm.
Repeat, stirring mixture each time before frying and adding more oil for each batch. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.
Still haven't made your list or purchased your holiday present yet? Check out for some great present ideas!
Have a great day and a Happy Hanukkah!!
The Moody Mamas

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