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O, Chanukah! Looking beyond latkes

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/chanukah/article/o_chanukah_looking_beyond_latkes_20101123

When I was growing up in Los Angeles, the highlights of our Chanukah celebration included visiting with extended family — uncles, aunts and cousins — lighting the Chanukah candles and eagerly awaiting the platters of fried potato latkes. In our home, the potato latkes were served crisp and topped with sour cream, sugar or apple sauce. Most families have a favorite latke recipe that is made year after year. The real quandary is what to serve with the latkes. In planning a Chanukah dinner, it’s usually a good idea to keep the menu simple. The emphasis should be on foods that can be prepared in advance and will hold up if guests arrive late. Every year, our menu changes. One year, we served Cabbage Borscht With Short Ribs. Another year, it was beef brisket with prunes, almost like a tzimmes, in a wine sauce. It’s fun to serve something new during Chanukah to surprise the family.

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