My Chanukah party menu

Chanukah lights

The Kindling of the Hanukkah Lights, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Chanukah is nearly here! This means it’s time to polish the antique brass Chanukah menorah that has been in my family for more than a century, as well as go in search of the narrow glass oil holders for the menorah that are so difficult to find.

Just like in years past, we’re planning to have a family Chanukah party with lots of delicious fried foods and gold-wrapped chocolate coins. Latkes, or potato pancakes, will be on the menu; and I might make some spelt sufganiyot  (jelly donuts), time permitting.

This year I also have some new ideas for our Chanukah party menu, courtesy of my guest bloggers. Check out Libi Astaire’s post on the very Jewish origins of that British staple, fish and chips, and Sophie Schiller’s yummy-looking recipes for fried red snapper and West Indian Johnny Cake for creative, Chanukah-appropriate food ideas from Jewish communities around the world. Or, if you want to play it traditional, find out how I make my latkes and sufganiyot.

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