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Light the Night for Hannukah

December 19, 2011 - 7:20pm
Julie S.R. and Catt W.


Tomorrow’s Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market falls on the first night of Hanukkah, so get there before sunset and collect the farm fresh ingredients for your holiday meal.  A lot of people find Hanukkah to be a bit of a mystery; Why is it never the same time each year? Do you really get one present a night? If there are 8 nights of Hannukah why are there 9 candles on the menorah? (answers below)

Invited to a Hannukah celebration? Gift packs from California Olive make a beautiful hostess gift. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are fried in oil to honor the olive oil that burned for 8 nights to light the Temple. Think about replacing the potato with grated zucchini or winter squash from Kawano Farms, Suzie’s Farm or JR Organics, and onion from Maciel Farms. Think about using avocado oil for frying, it will let you get your latkes nice and crispy without smoking up your kitchen. Top with sour cream from Springhill farms and a simple applesauce from Smit Orchards apples. Serve warm whilst spinning dreidels. What’s a dreidel?

Oh yes, we promised you answers.Hanukkah is based on the lunisolar Jewish calendar. Traditionally, a few gifts are given on only one night of Hanukkah, but some families gift children every nigt. The extra candle on a menorah is a shamash, it’s lit first then used to light the rest of the candles. A drediel is a 4-sided top used to play a children's game, winning gold foil-covered chocolate money or gelt. Happy Hannukah!