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HAPPY HANUKKAH (Chanukah) ^ | Dec. 18, 2003 | Carlo3b Dad, Chef, Author

Posted on 12/18/2003 6:30:28 AM PST by carlo3b


". . . and May This Festival of Lights bring Blessings
upon you and All Your Loved Ones for Happiness,
for Health, and for Spiritual and Material Wealth,
and May the Lights of Chanukah Usher in the Light of Moshiach
and a Better World for All of Humankind."

The Victory over Antiochus

More than 2000 years ago, the land of Judea was ruled by Antiochus, a tyrannical Syrian king. Even today, people fight wars over their gods, despite claims to value "religious tolerance." But a couple of thousand years ago, religious tolerance didn't exist at all. Religion was as good an excuse as any to oppress a people.

That's precisely what Antiochus did to the Jews: he forbade them to observe the Sabbath or study their religious text, the Torah, and he erected a statue of Zeus in their sacred temple of Jerusalem. Many Jews followed his decrees, because they had no choice; those who resisted were executed.

In 167 B.C., the Jews -- driven to desperation -- rose up against Antiochus. Mattathias, a well-respected priest, gathered together an army and put his five sons in charge. Judah and his brothers wanted a name for their battalion that would signify force and strength; "Maccabee", meaning "hammer", fit the bill. It took three years of fighting, but eventually the Maccabees drove the Syrians out of Israel and reclaimed the temple in Jerusalem.

Naturally, the Maccabees quickly got rid of the statue of Zeus. Then they cleansed and purified the temple, and rekindled the menorah, a candelabra that symbolized God's Divine Presence. Oddly enough, although it only held enough oil to burn for a single day, the menorah burned for eight. This was the miracle.


About the Menorah
To Jews and non-Jews alike, the menorah, or Hanukkiya, is the most recognizable symbol of Hanukkah. It's usually a nine-branch candelabrum whose candles are lit by a "shamash" or service candle which then takes its own place at the centre of the menorah. The menorah itself is placed in a window or anywhere it can be seen by passers-by.

Lighting the Menorah
On the first night of Hanukkah, a single candle (or oil wick) is lit on the far right side of the menorah. A candle is added, from right to left, each night, and the newest candle is always lit first. Ideally, the candles should be lit as soon as stars become visible in the night sky, but they can be lit late into the night. While the candles are being lit and the blessing given, the whole family and any guests gather to witness the ceremony; everyone is encouraged to participate. By the eighth night, with all eight candles lit, the menorah makes a spectacular sight. And as they did the previous evenings, the candles will continue to shine until they burn themselves out.

The Blessing
The first blessing thanks God for the commandment to "kindle the Hanukkah lights."

  Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech Ha-olam Asher Kidshanu B'mitzvotav V'tzivanu L'hadlik Ner Shel Hanukkah.
Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, by whose Mitzvot we are hallowed, who commands us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.

The second blessing praises God for the miracle the candles symbolize; it's said as the candles are being lit.
  Baruch Atah Adonia Elohenu Melech Ha-olam She-asa Nissim L'votenu Bayamim Ha-hem Ba-ZmanHa-zeh.
Blessed is Adonai our God, Ruler of the Universe, who performed wonderous deeds for our ancestors in days of old, at this season.
On the first night of Hanukkah the "shehechiyanu" blessing is included, to signify that this is the first time the Hanukkah lights have been lit this season.

 Hanukkah is a "Festival of Lights" to celebrate the victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Syrians, and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. The holiday also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.

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To: Grampa Dave
41 posted on 12/18/2003 7:47:19 AM PST by carlo3b (
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To: Liberty Valance
Happy Chanukah and a Merry Christmas to the many talented Freepers who continue to amaze me daily!

You want amazement, ha! Try this Bad Boy, it'll knock your socks of.. Happy Healthy and Safe Holidays to you and yours.. :)

LowCarb Cauliflower Alfredo

For those following a Low Carb diet, know that cauliflower is one of those veggies lowest in carbohydrates.
Did you know it is high in Vitamin C, a good source of folacin and an excellent source of natural potassium.

  • lg. Cauliflower, prepare in whole or florets
  • 6 Tbs. butter
  • 2/3 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ground white pepper
  • dash of ground nutmeg
Prepare Cauliflower:
Wash, drain and remove outer leaves; cut and trim stems. Break cauliflower into small florets, but it can also be cooked whole.
To microwave cauliflower florets, place in microwave-safe baking dish with 1/2 cup of water. Cover with plastic wrap, cook at high (rotating the dish at half-time) for 8 to 10 minutes or until stem ends are tender. Let stand, covered, 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
To microwave whole cauliflower, clean, trim and wrap in plastic wrap. Place, sealed edges down, on microwave-safe serving dish. Cook at high for 3 minutes, turn over, and cook at high for 3 minutes more or until tender. Let stand, covered, 3 minutes before serving.

Alfredo Sauce:
1) Place butter and cream in large skillet over medium-low heat.
2) Cook and stir until butter melts and mixture bubbles; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Stir in salt, pepper and nutmeg.
3) Remove from heat. Gradually stir in cheese until thoroughly blended and smooth.
4) Return briefly to heat to completely blend cheese, but do NOT let sauce bubble or cheese will become lumpy and tough

Buying and Storing Cauliflower:
Select heads that are firm and tightly-flowered, with fine white or creamy white florets and fresh-looking, green leaves. A large head will weigh about three pounds and serve four.
Brown spots on a white cauliflower are most likely only water marks, but yellowish ones may indicate excessive age.Store unwrapped in refrigerator cooler for up to five days.

LowCarb, copyrighted by Morelli Enterprises Inc.

42 posted on 12/18/2003 7:52:13 AM PST by carlo3b (
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To: cars for sale; carlo3b
That may be the case, but this is a Happy Hannukah thread. Let's celebrate this holiday with our Jewish FRiends. I for one am enjoying the Kosher recipes. If you want to complain about the problems displaying the nativity start a thread of your own.
43 posted on 12/18/2003 7:53:53 AM PST by CajunConservative
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respond completely please..I did not say the 95% quote.That was another poster. I was kicked off FRep.
for saying there are two types of jews in America.Good God loving types like so many here and the 2nd type we see on TV and movies who simply believe the ends justify the means
44 posted on 12/18/2003 7:53:59 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: Betteboop

LOLOLOL.. I love women with a purpose.. HUGGGGGGGGS.. :)

45 posted on 12/18/2003 7:54:52 AM PST by carlo3b (
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To: Fawnn
Happy Holidays Chef.. sigh.. :)
46 posted on 12/18/2003 7:55:55 AM PST by carlo3b (
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To: carlo3b
LowCarb Cauliflower Alfredo

Will definitely try this one!

As for the rest of my family which seems to have a genetic aversion to broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc.


47 posted on 12/18/2003 7:57:15 AM PST by Alouette (To a bear, a PETA activist is junk food.)
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To: carlo3b; Dennis; SJackson; quidnunc; JohnHuang2; Catspaw; Alouette; hchutch; BenF; Nachum; ...

And Merry Christmas to all my Christian friends at FR! :)

48 posted on 12/18/2003 7:58:42 AM PST by veronica (Monterey County Film Commission Screenwriting Contest /ATTN:FR writers/FReepmail me)
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To: SFmom
Does anyone have a recipe for baked (as opposed to sauteed) latkes? I made them once and they were good and not as oily, but lost the recipe.

I'm Protestant, so I am definitely not a latke expert; however,...

You should be able to use your favorite latke recipe and adapt it to baking fairly easily. (I've done this!) As for HOW you bake the latkes, you have two choices:

For either method, I line a jelly roll pan with aluminum foil; I now use the non-stick "release" kind.

Method 1 would be to coat the foil with a little olive oil, place the latkes on the foil, and then "spritz" the top of each with a little additional olive oil. (I don't know from Kosher, so I usually use a mixture of olive oil and butter to coat the foil.)

Method 2 would be to use a nonstick spray oil on the pan and on top of the latkes. (I'm soooooooooo sold on Spectrum Naturals [] spray oils over that other nonstick spray that bears my real first name.) Here's a non-Kosher version for baked latkes that will be in my cookbook due out next fall (The Everything Low-Salt Cookbook):

Baked Potato Latkes
Serves 8
Per serving:
Calories: 107.94
Protein: 3.30 g
Carbohydrates: 21.03 g
Total Fat: 1.33 g
Sat. Fat: 0.26 g
Cholesterol: 26.56 mg
Sodium: 141.26 mg
Fiber: 1.44 g

Spectrum Naturals Canola Spray Oil with Butter Flavor or Spectrum Naturals Extra Virgin Olive Spray Oil
4 medium-size potatoes, peeled and grated
1 medium-size red onion, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon dried lemon granules, crushed
½ teaspoon freshly grated black pepper
1 teaspoon freeze-dried chives
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white, lightly beaten together
¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon canola or olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Treat a baking sheet with the spray oil.
2. Mix together the remaining ingredients. Spoon the batter onto the baking sheet in 8 equal-sized portions, flattening them slightly. Spray the tops of the pancakes with a light coating of the spray oil.
3. Bake for 10 minutes or until brown on the bottom. Turn and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until evenly browned.
49 posted on 12/18/2003 7:59:09 AM PST by Fawnn (Official Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and person)
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To: carlo3b
LowCarb Cauliflower Alfredo...

Ohhh that sounds yummy. I'm gonna try it. :)

50 posted on 12/18/2003 8:01:36 AM PST by veronica (Monterey County Film Commission Screenwriting Contest /ATTN:FR writers/FReepmail me)
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To: carlo3b
51 posted on 12/18/2003 8:03:35 AM PST by bmwcyle (Hillary's election to President will start a civil war)
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To: carlo3b
I put carrots, celery, onion, turnip, and parsnip in my chicken soup. It kicks!
52 posted on 12/18/2003 8:04:54 AM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: carlo3b
You're the chef! I'm just a psychic cook. (Psychic as in I'm pretty darn good at guesstimating which little bit o' this and little bit o' that to throw together. LOL)
53 posted on 12/18/2003 8:05:08 AM PST by Fawnn (Official Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and person)
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To: In_25_words_or_less
FYI. :)
54 posted on 12/18/2003 8:09:00 AM PST by veronica (Monterey County Film Commission Screenwriting Contest /ATTN:FR writers/FReepmail me)
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To: carlo3b
You are a treasure.
55 posted on 12/18/2003 8:09:23 AM PST by amom
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To: cars for sale
I fully understand your beef with what could be the apparent double standards with a strong dose of hypocrisy exhibited in the media my friend, and I rile about it all of the time, but it's the holidays.

I think everybody can see at least some of what you talk about.. you know what I mean?.. However, there will be plenty of time to make your point after we tuck the kids into bed after New Years.. Just a thought.. Carlo Here is a healthy drink that can cool you down.. :)

LowCarb MooLess Soothin Smoothies

A great refreshing Non-Dairy beverage.

  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit, as peach, strawberry, pear, (or 1 cup fresh)
  • 1/4 cup soft tofu
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon Splenda
  • 1 20-gram scoop (3/4 oz.) of low-carb soy powder
Very simple directions: toss everything in the blender and mix.

LowCarb, copyrighted by Morelli Enterprises Inc.

56 posted on 12/18/2003 8:11:52 AM PST by carlo3b (
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To: veronica
HAPPY HANUKKAH to you too!

(And remember, fellow Christians, if not for Hanukkah, there would BE no Christmas!!!)
57 posted on 12/18/2003 8:12:34 AM PST by AnalogReigns
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To: amom
You are a treasure.

NO you are.. :)

58 posted on 12/18/2003 8:15:29 AM PST by carlo3b (
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To: carlo3b
Bless you and Dr Atkins!!!!
59 posted on 12/18/2003 8:17:01 AM PST by Betteboop
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To: carlo3b
thx for the civil eeply
60 posted on 12/18/2003 8:21:13 AM PST by cars for sale
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