Put on that Yarmulke, it’s time for Hanukkah!
Every year we have a Hanukkah celebration to celebrate the first night of the Festival Of Lights. I cook Aunt Rifka’s Red Wine Braised Brisket, matzo ball soup, homemade latkes, homemade applesauce, brussels sprouts, and this year I served a kale salad. My mom makes her famous Challah. This year we were very fortunate to have Chris’ parents joining us from Southern California. We invited our good friends The Sheridans to light the menorah and feast with us as well. Unfortunately my sister and her family couldn’t come because of illness.
I cooked all day. The brisket cooked for four hours. I cooked the latkes in advance and froze them so I wouldn’t have to deal with them that day. Our guests arrived and Ava had a nice Hanukkah song to play and a story that she wrote to recite to our guests. We lit the candles and Chris told the story of Hanukkah (abridged version) and everyone listened attentively.
We sat down for dinner and feasted in our version of Babette’s Feast. Our family and friends gathered around the table radiating happiness, satiated with good food and wine. Instead of serving Veuve Cliquot as they did in Babette’s Feast, we enjoyed Opus One, Justin Isosceles, Carlisle Syrah and Boeger Old Clone Zinfandel for our special Hanukkah celebration.
These are the reasons I love Hanukkah from a non-religious perspective:
1. Miracles are awesome
2. Brisket, latkes and matzo ball soup taste delicious and you only eat this combination once a year (in our house)
3. Getting family together
4 Lighting candles in a traditional ceremony is good for the kids
5. Listening to my husband sing prayers in Hebrew
Our friend Alex put together a special video of the evening which you can view through Vimeo.
Black and white photos courtesy of Alex Sheridan
I will leave you with this, on this the fifth night of Hanukkah:
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.