Next Wednesday marks the start of Hanukkah (also spelled, Chanukah), an 8 day Jewish festival celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. It begins Wednesday, November 27 and runs through to Thursday, December 5th.
As forklore goes, more than twenty-one centuries ago, Israel was under attack by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks). Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated them and in effect, restored order to the holy land. However, when they went to light the Temple’s menorah, they discovered only a single cruse of olive oil had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, the one day supply burned for the entirety of 8 days.
The sages thereby instituted the festival of Chanukah to commemorate this miracle – the center of which is a nightly menorah lighting wherein everyone gathers around the menorah, blessings are recited from a prayerbook, and a candle is lit each night followed by the singing of hymns and sharing of Chanukah stories and games, such as Dreidel, and gifts are presented. This happens each night for the duration of the holiday.
To celebrate this event, we’ve got a ton of new baskets – all of which are Kosher certified! This means you can make A Tasteful Gift a part of your special holiday! We’ve made it easy to share amazing baskets loaded with incredible tasty treats with your co-workers, friends and family for this meaningful holiday.
Speaking of tasty treats, as olive oil is at the center of Hanukkah, some of the dishes Jewish people eat during this celebration are cheese, donuts and our personal favorite, latkes! We’ve collected 5 amazing recipes you can make to chow down – everything from classic to gluten-free to spicy to just plain luxurious:
1. Standard Potato Latkes from Epicurious
2. Classic Potato Latkes from Shiksa In the Kitchen
3. Gluten-Free Latkes from New Family Nutrition
4. Sweet Potato Latkes with Homemade Apple Sauce from Kitchenelly
5. Cilantro Jalapeno Latkes with Cilantro Sour Cream from Ingredients Inc.
Could it get any better?? Quick, elegant and beautiful gifts PLUS fried potato goodness… Happy Hanukkah everybody!