The Hanukkah Meal
relax, it's a woman's holiday!
So, you are planning cozy Hanukkah meals for family and friends gathering to celebrate together, as always~with food! It's wonderful to have Hanukkah as our oasis of warmth and light in the middle of a cold dark winter. But we still have our mantle of daily responsibilities to take care of. How can we handle it all with a smile?
Photographed by Chayim B. Alevsky
First, remember that our dedication to family and community is a mantle of royalty. We sometimes feel a burden that keeps us from our mission in life. This IS our mission. If you run a home, you have a leadership role, and every leader must have a PLAN.
That's why I am giving you some of my all time best recipes and planning tips to keep under your crown, from Cooking for The King. I hope you'll try them and don't forget to let me know how your Chanukah went with your Queen in the kitchen meal plan. Consider it a Hanukkah gift, especially for you.
The You are the Queen of the Kitchen
Hanukkah Meal Plan from
Cooking for The King
21 Mix and Match Recipes for 8 Nights ~Entrees~
of Easy and Elegant or Cozy and Comfortable
Kosher Beef Bourguignon ~delicious Jewish version of Julia Child's very un-kosher recipe
Smoke n'Cola Brisket ~a Hanukkah tradition with a sauce that is wonderful with latkes
A Better Deli Roll ~make ahead comfort food
Oven Fried Chicken ~you don't have to tell them it's not fried!
Chicken and Wild Rice Pilaf ~easy and elegant
Garden Vegetable Chili ~can serve this in so many ways
Oven Barbecue Salmon ~for your dairy meals
~Latkes & "Fried" Sides~
Classic Potato Latkes ~and video!
Winter Vegetable Fritters with Creamy Dill Sauce ~a different kind of latke
Oven Fried Eggplant ~creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside
Low Fat Latkes ~baked in a muffin tin
Dixie Corn Dollars with Honey Mustard Sauce ~a Southern tradition, perfect for Chanukah
Caesar Salad ~you can make Chicken Caesar Salad with this because it's pareve!
Snappy Slaw ~great make ahead, gets better every day
~Make it Easy~
Frittata This! ~easy dairy dinners
Olive Oil Dips ~two simple recipes to bring the tradition of cooking with oil on Chanukah to your table without frying
Bumuelos ~for a scrumptious Sephardic Hanukkah treat
Cupcake Menorah ~everyone decorates a cupcake, light them before dinner and eat them for dessert
Sufganiyot Cupcakes ~lower in fat and calories than fried, and so much less to clean up
NEW! Tahini Cookies ~made with olive oil and tahini paste, a flavorful exotic combination, so easy, the kids will want to get in on the fun
Sepahrdic Wedding Cookies ~for Hanukkah we call these "Snow Cookies"
Linda's Fruit Salad ~with cinnamon and a hint of vanilla
Plan to enjoy relationships with all the people Hashem has placed in your life. You'll plant memories that bond you each to one another~ and to the generations that came before us. It is not only their historic triumph over the darkness that we celebrate on Chanukkah...but our own tiny triumphs throughout our every day that we celebrate as well.
Hanukkah is a holiday bursting with meaning, ideas that we can apply to our daily lives. We eat traditional foods fried in oil at our Hanukkah meals to remind us of the
miracles and bravery, the dedication and purity of our forefathers~attributes we can use to build our families and ourselves.
Cooking for The King by Renee Chernin
The book of Torah insights, recipes and practical tips
designed to bring majesty to the mundane.