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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Put on your Yarmulke, it's Time for Hanukkah!

I was the first Jewish friend one of my college roommates ever had and when Hanukkah rolled around, she wished me a happy "Chaka Kahn" (it was the late '80's).  Another one of my roommates (whom I recall also didn't have any Jewish friends) started wishing me a happy "Chucka-Nucka".  Both versions still make me chuckle over twenty years later.  Then, in 1994, came "The Chanukah Song" by Adam Sandler and what pop-culture following American between the ages of 18-50 doesn't think of it every time the holiday rolls around?
I started this post because I was considering hosting my first Hanukkah party for my daughter's Hebrew School but decided that it would be too much to deal with if I want to maintain my pleasing personality.  She doesn't have a large class but they all have at least one sibling and it would be on a school night and we're leaving two days later for vacation and the thought of it was starting to give me ajeda.  Maybe next year....  For now, I'll just make one of the treats in this post (I'm thinkin' the Martha Stewart Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidles) for her class to enjoy.
That said, if you're thinking of hosting a Hanukkah gathering of some kid this year or just want some delicious nosh recipes and thematic dessert ideas for your own small family celebration, here are some resources: 

Oh, and for any of you who don't know or need a refresher on how to play the dreidel game, here's quick video explanation: Dreidel 101

Happy Hanukkah, Chaka Kahn and Chucka-Nucka to all!


Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints
Frog Prince Paperie via Etsy: Hanukkah Collection DIY Printable Party

Martha Stewart: Glittered Dreidel Garland

Martha Stewart: Glittered Dreidel Centerpiece
HGTV: Menorah Tablecloth

Martha Stewart: Manzanita-Branch Menorah

Martha Stewart: Dazzling Menorah

Martha Stewart: Dreidel Place Card

Martha Stewart: Dreidel Place Cards

Creative Jewish Mom: Yarn Wrapped Hurricanes

Martha Stewart: Star-Punched Paper Hurricanes

Martha Stewart: Construction-Paper Chains

HGTV: Hanukkah Garland
Land of Nod: All the Trimmings Hanukkah Garland

Target: Hanukkah Lights
Crate and Barrel: Dreidel Plates

BHG: Etched Hanukkah Glass

Target: Hanukkah Tumblers

Pottery Barn Kids: Hanukkah Tumbler

Pottery Barn Kids: Hanukkah Plates

Apartment Therapy: Modern Hanukkah Tables

Dress My Cupcake: Star of David Cupcakes Wrappers

Squidoo: Crisp, Perfect Homemade Latkes!: The Best Latkes Ever

Food on the Brain: Best Latkes Ever

                                     Here and There: Best Latkes Ever (from Wolfgang Puck)

Our Tasty Travels: Potato Latkes
Smitten Kitchen: Potato Pancakes, Even Better

Sassy Radish: Best Potato Latkes (from Martha Stewart)

Beer & Nosh: How to Make the World's Best Latkes

Girl With Spoon: Potato Latkes

Leanne Bakes: Carrot and Potato Latkes

Elana's Pantry: Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Latkes

The Kitchn: Apple and Cheese-Stuffed Latkes

Serious Eats: Pumpkin Potato Latkes

Mostly Food Stuffs: Sweet Potato Parsnip Latkes with Feta Leeks

How to Cook Like a Wolf: Lokshen Kugel...Noodle Pudding

Smitten Kitchen: My Family's Noodle Kugel

Sassy Radish: Noodle Kugel

Gluten Free Canteen: Gluten-Free Egg Noodle Lokshen Kugel

Upper Crust Desserts

A Dozen Eggs
Cookievonster: Hanukkah Cookies

Make More Cookies

A Crafty Escape

Bundles of Cookies

Prudent Baby

Martha Stewart: Monogrammed Hanukkah Cookies
ABC Cake Shop and Bakery

Sweet Designs
5 Second Rule: Chocolate Cinnamon Ganache Hanukkah Cookies

Beau-Coup: Mini Snowflake Brownie Pops

Sweet Avenue Bake Shop

Bright Ideas

Saks Fifth Avenue: SAS Cupcakes Hanukkah Collection

Fast Foodss
Pinmaklet via Pinterest

Martha Stewart: Marshmallow Dreidels


Inspired: Edible Dreidels

Stella Pastry and Cafe: Hanukkah Gingerbread House


  1. I love the martha stewart (like she knows from hanukkah? ) glittered dreidel thing! I may need to stock up at Target this week and fill one of my apothecary jars !

    I have to say, BabyCakes are AWESOME and I don't have to fry in the house!

  2. Aren't they festive? If you do them, email me a pic! What are BabyCakes? I guess I could just Google them :) Yah, the oil-splattering, frying is the a downside to latke making....but so worth it!

  3. Ah, you found them at Target...that explains it ; ) Here's some more info. for anyone who's interested in trying them. Thanks, Kristin!
    http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf14694494.tip.html http://www.mccainusa.com/McCainFoodService/Brands/Babycakes/default.aspx