Do any of you know the Hanukkah story? Did you know there IS a Hanukkah story? It’s one of my favorites…
Way back when, there was a group of soldiers in Israel called the Maccabees. When the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, the Maccabees went back to the site to rededicate the altar with the eternal light (an oil lamp that continuously burns) and could only find enough oil to light the lamp for one day. But, miracle of miracles (cue earworm…now) the small amount of oil lasted for 8 nights, more than enough time for a soldier to go to the next town to get more oil. So, Hanukkah is celebrated for 8 nights to celebrate the miracle of that little lamp not going out.
Since the tradition of Hanukkah revolves around oil, many traditional foods for Hanukkah are fried in oil, my favorite being potato latkes. When my mom asked me to come over to help her cook for our annual family Hanukkah party on Saturday, I of course obliged!
I walked into my mom’s house at about 10 a.m. on Saturday morning to find her already hard at work, and these already finished:
- teriyaki chicken wings
- cookie meatballs
- hot dogs
- baked beans
- broccoli and mozzarella salad
- applesauce and sour cream for dipping the latkes
- Tarte tatin for dessert (I’ll try to get my sister to part with the recipe)
- Chocolate chip cookie dough truffles (which I made WAY too big
And my plate:
In all, it was a stellar evening in which we exchanged gifts, ate well, and truly enjoyed each other’s company. This was the first post-wedding get together of all the new family on both Adam’s and my side, and I think we all truly had a great time! And just another glimpse into how quirky we all are: my sister and her boyfriend bought Adam and I the Bacon of the Month Club!
ALSO! I know many of you have asked, so I thought I’d share: our wedding photos are online! Go to www.photosbydale.net and click on Mara & Adam Wedding. The password is rosenbloom and there are 1190 pictures!
Back to normal cooking posts tomorrow, and don’t forget to enter the amazing cookbook giveaway!