A typical Chanukah menu sounds as though it were planned by the under-twelve crowd: potato pancakes, fried, of course, in lots of oil; sweet cream cheese rugelach; strawberry jam–filled doughnuts (sufganiyot) covered in powdered sugar; fried apple fritters; cheese-filled doughnuts fried in oil and dipped in honey; cheese blintzes; etc.
Is it all just a ploy to keep kids lingering around the candles and enjoying a family meal? Not at all!
Chanukah food traditions have their origins in the first years that the holiday was celebrated, and are meant to remind us of certain miracles associated with the events of Chanukah itself. And of course, remembering the miracles and the freedom that we’re all celebrating adds a special flavor to everything we serve . . .
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