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Tips for Making Latkes for Hanukkah

After the Hanukkah candle lighting, it’s time for singing songs and feasting on latkes. Learning how to make latkes is pretty easy; the cooking tips included here will help you make the best latkes for [more…]

Discovering Sufganiyot — Hanukkah Doughnuts

To most Jews in North America, latkes mean Hanukkah, but to Israelis, sufganiyot say Hanukkah even more than levivot, the Hebrew word for latkes. Soofganiyot are light doughnuts without holes. They are [more…]

How to Make Sweet Hanukkah Fritters

Hanukkah fritters are light puffs of batter or simple dough that have been fried. This recipe makes fritters that are quick to prepare, because they use a batter leavened with baking powder instead of [more…]

How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce for Hanukkah Latkes

Most people simply serve their Hanukkah latkes with applesauce from a jar. Try making your own applesauce instead for entertaining or to be true to tradition. Homemade applesauce is tastier than store-bought [more…]

Savory Leek and Mushroom Topping for Hanukkah Latkes

This savory leek and mushroom topping for Hanukkah latkes is scented with cumin and thyme. It enlivens any vegetable or potato pancakes. If you’re including dairy foods on the menu, top each latke with [more…]

Choosing a Kosher Beer

For millions of observant Jews around the world, following the kashrut, or Jewish dietary laws, is a very important part of everyday life. Food and drink that are in accord with [more…]

Five Ways to Feel Good Physically during the Holidays

Your physical well-being can take a hit during the holidays. Keeping in shape both physically and mentally can do wonders for you during and after the holiday season. Dedicating just a few minutes a day [more…]

Home-Baked Holiday Gifts: Frosting Tools and Techniques

Decorating homemade cakes and cookies for the holidays can be extremely fun and rewarding. With the tools and techniques described here, you can create beautifully decorated holiday cakes and cookies for [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

How to Make Red Velvet Cake for the Holidays

This recipe for red velvet cake is a delicious holiday staple. Enjoy the cake plain or top it with it traditional partner, cream cheese frosting. Either way, the deep red velvet color of the cake is a [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

Holiday Treat: How to Make Rolled Sugar Cookies

Everybody appreciates homemade holiday cookies. This recipe for rolled sugar cookies can be cut with any holiday-themed cookie cutters or cut into circles and decorated with simple sprinkles or food coloring [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

Frosting and Icing Recipes for Holiday Baking

These recipes for buttercream frosting and royal icing are great for decorating home-baked goods this holiday season. Homemade buttercream frosting tastes so much better than store-bought stuff; and royal [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

Eight Holiday Do's and Don'ts

Holiday happiness or holiday horrors? Some of the choices you make ultimately affect your holiday enjoyment (and stress levels!). Here are some tips on what you should and shouldn't do to survive the holidays [more…]


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