The Jewish festival of Chanukah starts on Dec 24 and finishes on Jan 1st.  The eight-day “festival of lights” is celebrated with nightly menorah lighting, and special prayers and foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is named because it celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple. The festival celebrates the miracle of one day’s supply of oil lasting for eight days to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum).

Here is a special Chanukah recipe (thanks to C. Giberstein and “Secrets from our Kitchens” published by Capricorn)


  • 6 large potatoes, peeled & grated
  • 1 large onion, peeled
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Chopped parsley (optional)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

Combine all ingredients, except oil and mix well. Heat half the oil in a frying pan and add mixture in large spoonfuls. Fry until browned on one side, turn over and fry on other side. Add additional oil to the pan as needed. Place latkes on kitchen paper to drain and keep warm. They are best prepared before serving. Serve with sour cream or apple sauce.