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  • Chag Hanukkah Sameach!

    Break out the latkes, Hanukkah has begun! It’s time to fry potatoes, doughnuts(sufganiot) and more, during the the 8-day celebrations. Of course, all that oil doesn’t always agree with a body, so why not choose a low-fat recipe when you can, like this low-fat potato latke recipe from


    personalized hanukkah plate – boy


    • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil, preferably canola
    • 2 pounds russet potatoes (about 4 or 5), peeled
    • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion (about 1 medium onion)
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose white flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten


    Set oven racks at middle and lower positions of the oven. Preheat oven to 450° F. Prepare 2 baking sheets by brushing with 1 teaspoon oil on each sheet.

    Grate potatoes using hand grater or shredding blade of food processor. Place in a large bowl and add onions, flour, salt and pepper; toss to mix well. Add egg, egg white and remaining 1 teaspoon oil; toss to mix.

    Drop onto prepared cookie sheets by the tablespoonful and press lightly to form cakes. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip latkes, switch position of baking sheets, and bake about 5 more minutes, or until golden brown.

    Transfer to a platter, arranging browned-side up, and serve with no-fat sour cream or applesauce, or both. May be made ahead and stored overnight in fridge. Reheat at 350° F for 10 minutes. Makes about 24 latkes.

    Tip: Use the grater attachment of a food processor to simultaneously grate both the potatoes and the onion. Set the shredded material in a colander over a bowl to catch the dripping liquid. When the grated potato-onion mixture stops squishing combine with the egg, egg white and remaining teaspoon of oil as above. Carefully pour out the liquid collected from under the grated potatoes and onions, taking care to save the white cake which has formed at the bottom of the bowl (the potato starch). Add this white stuff to the latke mixture and mix well. Complete the above recipe as written.

    dreidel girl cards

    While the latkes are cooking, pull out the dreidel for some fun and games. For my non-Jewish friends that aren’t quite sure what one does with a dreidel, for starters you play! A dreiedel is a  4-sided top. The letters Gimmel, Hei, Nun and Shin are depicted on the sides of it. You start by putting a game piece in the pot, then take turns spinning the dreidel. Whatever side it lands on,  shows what you must do – Gimmel means you get the pot, Hei gets half, Nun gets nothing and Shin means you pay in. Children spin the top and obviously hope for the best.

    personalized holiday stickers – menorah label

    The game is only half of the dreidel though, as when you add all the letters together it spells Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – “a great miracle happened there”. The miracle is of course the fact that a small army of Jews fought and won against a huge army, were left with almost no oil for their menorrah, but miraculously it burned for eight days, until more oil could be produced. That is certainly a miracle and is a huge part of the Hanukkah celebration- the triumph of light over dark.


    Chag Sameach! Happy Holidays!


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    One Response to “Chag Hanukkah Sameach!”

    1. Gerry V. Walsh Says:

      The festival of lights! It’s time for latkes and doughnuts. Oil-fried foods are symbolic of the lamp oil in the Chanukah story. Preparing foods cooked in copious amounts of oil symbolizes our trust in God to supply this precious commodity.

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