This week, cookbook author Faye Levy shares the importance of oil to Hanukkah:
"As a child in Hebrew school, I was taught the story of the Hanukkah miracle: When the Jews in the land of Israel defeated the foreigners, the priests seeking to rekindle the temple’s eternal light found enough ritually pure oil for only one day. Miraculously that oil lasted for eight days.
"What we hadn’t learned in Hebrew school was that the oil of the Hanukkah miracle was olive oil. In ancient Israel, olive oil was used for lighting lamps, for religious rituals and for cooking."
She includes recipes for potato kugel, colorful spinach salad, chickpea turnovers and fragrant pull-apart bread with fig jam. And S. Irene Virbila shares her love of Tarte Tatin. And a pretty amazing recipe. This week's recipes include:
- Potato kugel with sour cream and Parmesan
- Spinach salad with olives, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts
- Chickpea turnovers
- Hanukkah kubanah with fig jam (pull-apart Middle Eastern bread)
- Tarte Tatin
- Market Garden Brewery's sweet potato pie
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