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An American, Dad, Vet, Clinton Legacy Cookbook Chef, an all around good guy..LOL ^ | Dec 9 2001 | Carlo3b

Posted on 12/09/2001 5:45:52 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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Chanukah Latkes
By the light of the Chanukah Menorah, young and old enjoy this crisp, holiday treat!


Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Grate potatoes and onion on the fine side of a grater, or in a food processor; or put in a blender with a little water.
Strain grated potatoes and onion through a colander, pressing out excess water. Add eggs, flour, and seasoning. Mix well.
Heat ½ cup oil in skillet. Lower flame and place 1 large tablespoon batter at a time into hot sizzling oil and fry on one side for approximately 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn over and fry on other side 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from pan and place on paper towels to drain excess oil. Continue with remaining batter until used up, adding more oil when necessary.
Serve with applesauce on the side.
Variation: Zucchini or Carrot Latkes: Substitute 5 medium zucchini or 5 medium carrots for potatoes.

Excerpted From: Spice and Spirit, The Complete Kosher Cookbook

Happy Holiday my dear friends......

1 posted on 12/09/2001 5:45:52 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: TwoStep; Yellow Rose of Texas; Taxula; DugwayDuke; Chapita; southernnorthcarolina; JoeEveryman...
Rumanian Zucchini Potato Latkes
Makes 18 large pancakes to serve 6-8.
Peel the zucchini and grate down to the seeds (discard the seeds). Squeeze out the liquid.
Peel the potatoes and grate into the zucchini. Once more, remove the liquid. This is important!
Grate the onion and add to the zucchini mixture. Add the eggs, oil and matzah meal, starting with ½ cup matzah meal and continuing to add more if necessary, until there is body to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and blend well.
In a large, heavy frying pan, heat some vegetable oil until almost smoking. Using a large tablespoon, spoon a round portion of zucchini mixture into the pan and brown on both sides. Serve hot with sour cream or applesauce.
Note: You can also add carrots, parsley and dill to this recipe.
Copyright Joan Nathan
2 posted on 12/09/2001 5:51:01 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: RJayneJ; Exit148; Holding Our Breath; uglybiker; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; razorback-bert

Traditional Chanukah Doughnuts
Doughnuts, an old-fashioned treat, are never quite as good when store-bought. Try them homemade!
USE: 2-quart pot 
In a large mixer bowl: place eggs, oil, sugar, nondairy creamer, vanilla, and grated lemon peel. Add yeast mixture; add flour until soft dough is formed. (Dough need not be dry; it should be softer than challah dough.) Knead for a few minutes. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 to 1-½ hours.
Roll out dough ½-inch thick on floured surface. Cut out circles with a doughnut cutter.
Place 2 or 3 inches oil in a 2-quart saucepan and heat over a medium flame until hot. Place four doughnuts at a time in the oil. Brown on one side and then on the other. Remove with slotted spoon. Drain and cool on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
Note: To test if dough is ready for rolling, place a small piece in a glass of water-if the dough floats to the top, it is ready.
YIELDS: 5 to 6 dozen doughnuts
Excerpted from: Spice and Spirit, The Lubavitch Women's Cookbook
3 posted on 12/09/2001 5:55:13 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b
Yummy BUMP! I always stumble over these threads, somehow... :-)
4 posted on 12/09/2001 5:57:29 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: Not gonna take it anymore
Jelly Doughnuts
Making these feather-light doughnuts is quite a job. But the compliments you receive make them well worth the effort. Eat them while piping hot.


FILLINGYIELDS: 18 to 24 doughnuts
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup lukewarm nondairy creamer. Pour 1/2 cup flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the flour and pour in dissolved yeast and a pinch of salt; mix well. Cover bowl with a towel and let stand in a warm place until sponge is double in bulk, about 1 hour.

While dough is rising, melt margarine in top of double boiler over boiling water. Remove from flame and pour margarine into a large bowl and allow to cool 15 to 20 minutes. When cool, add egg yolks one at a time and mix. Add sponge to egg yolk mixture and beat well for 10 to 15 minutes.

Add sugar and 1/2 cup of lukewarm nondairy creamer, stirring continuously. When completely mixed, add 2 1/2 cups of flour a little at a time, continuing to stir mixture. Once all the flour has been added, continue kneading until dough detaches from sides of the bowl. Cover bowl with a towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of flour over board and place dough on it. Gently roll out with a rolling pin to 1/4-inch thickness. With 2-inch cookie cutter cut out twenty-eight circles.

On fourteen circles, place 1 teaspoon of jam or pastry cream. Moisten edges with finger dipped in a glass of water. Cover pastry with remaining fourteen circles. Press edges together tightly. Cover doughnuts and let rise 1 hour.

In a 4-quart pot, melt 1 pound solid shortening. Deep-fry each doughnut 1/2 minute on each side. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Once cool sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Excerpted from: Spice and Spirit, The Complete Kosher Cookbook

5 posted on 12/09/2001 5:59:44 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: B Knotts
Welcome aboard, fire up the oven, we are cookin with Gas!!
6 posted on 12/09/2001 6:01:08 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b
Got any bagel recipes?
7 posted on 12/09/2001 6:03:55 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: carlo3b
Jelly Doughnuts

Sorry too many calories...but everything sounds delicious!

8 posted on 12/09/2001 6:04:00 AM PST by Lady GOP
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To: carlo3b
9 posted on 12/09/2001 6:07:03 AM PST by veronica
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To: carlo3b
Related thread: Bush Sends Hanukka Greetings
10 posted on 12/09/2001 6:10:40 AM PST by veronica
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To: carlo3b
I have an electic stove. :-P

I hate it, but there's no gas laid at my house. I might have propane put in, at some point.

Anyhow...there's always my gas barbecue has a burner on the side.

11 posted on 12/09/2001 6:10:58 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: nopardons; Miss Marple; Inspectorette; Hopalong; boris; Ken; brat; jellybean; BunnySlippers...
Easy Rugalech
" A rolled cookie of Jewish ancestory!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Mix butter or margarine, cottage cheese and flour together.
Roll the dough into a circle about 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into triangular wedges. Sprinkle raisins into the broad end of the wedge along with cinnamon and sugar. Roll from the broad edge toward the pointed edge to form crescents. Sprinkle the crescents with cinnamon and sugar. Arrange the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
Makes 18 crescents
Bake for 12 minutes.
by: Edna Weisberger,  Allrecipes
12 posted on 12/09/2001 6:17:55 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: B Knotts; carlo3b
Actually I found one (courtesy a web page authored by one Louis Bookbinder):





            Put 3 cups of warm water in the bowl, with about 1/4 cup
            sugar or honey. Mix well, add a package of yeast. Mix in a
            cup of flour. Let rise 1/2 hour
            Dump in about 6 cups of flour, and as many eggs as you want,
            and some salt (not too much). Mix like crazy, adding more
            flour a bit at a time until you cannot work the spoon anymore. 
            Dump on a well floured counter. Clean the bowl and oil it.
            Now kneed the dough until it doesn't want any more flour.
            Could take 10 minutes. Put back in the oiled bowl. 
            Clean your counter again, and flour well. You are going to
            spread bagels all over it. Grease the cookie sheets. Put a
            quart of water in the sauce pan and bring to gentle boil.
            Meanwhile dump out the dough, kneed until elastic, then cut
            in half. Cut each half in half. Cut each quarter in half.
            Cut each eighth in half. Cut each 16th in half. If the
            pieces you have now are bigger than a lemon, cut in half
            again. Each piece will become a bagel.
            Roll each piece out to a snake - a long thin cylinder. Loop
            around your fingers and roll the ends together making a
            donut. Don't fret about wimpy looking rings - they will
            rise!  Put down on a floured surface to rise. By the time
            you finish rolling them all, they will be ready to boil.
            Heat oven to 400.  Boil each bagel on each side about 30
            seconds.  I usually do 2 at once, one 30 seconds before the
            next so that I have a continuous flow of bagels through the
            boiling water. Put boiled bagels on the sheets.
            When you have one sheet covered with bagels, stop the
            boiling. Mix eggwash: one egg and a bit of milk. Brush egg
            wash on top of bagels, sprinkle on sesame seeds, or poppy
            seeds, or your favorite. Or leave blank. Pop cookie sheet in
            oven for 20 minutes. Check the last 3 minutes to prevent
            burning. Have the next batch ready by the time the first
            batch comes out.
            Remove from cookie sheet (may need metal spatula) and let
            cool on cake rack.  Clean cookie sheet for re-use. Eggwash
            is hard to remove.  Eat with butter or cream cheese or
            anything. Clean up your mess.
            You can try other ingredients if you wish - rye flower or
            whole wheat, add seeds to the dough, add raisins, cranberries
            or dried fruit, or nuts. Try different amounts of eggs. Try
            molasses for sweetener. Try other shapes than donuts.
            The same recipe is good for traditional Challah bread. You
            just braid 4 very big snakes of dough and bake on a cookie
            sheet like the bagels - no boiling necessary. A Challah loaf
            takes only a quarter the dough of a batch of bagels, so I
            usually make a loaf and 3/4ths the usual number of bagels,
            all at once.
            Freeze the bagels you will not eat today. Give them to
            friends. They make great drop-off Christmas gifts! Great to
            bring to parties (with creamcheese, too). Slice thin and
            toast. Dip bagel chunks in cheese fondue.

13 posted on 12/09/2001 6:21:28 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: veronica
Bottoms to speak...SHALOM
14 posted on 12/09/2001 6:24:44 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: B Knotts

Yummmmmmmmm, thanks so much!

15 posted on 12/09/2001 6:27:17 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: veronica
Gee, that tripod thing isn't very chanukah, veronica.
16 posted on 12/09/2001 6:32:12 AM PST by freedomson
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To: Lady GOP
Sorry too many calories...but everything sounds delicious!

Honey Vanilla Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Believe it or not, LOW-CAL......LOL!!

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2 In a food processor or blender, crush the gingersnaps with the 2 tablespoons sugar. Add the egg white and process long enough to moisten the mixture. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of an 8 or 9 inch springform pan to form a thin layer.
3 If the crumbs are too sticky, use a sheet of waxed paper between the crust and your fingers to press the crumbs into place. Bake 10 - 12 minutes until the crust is brown and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven. If the crust slides down the side of the pan, use a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon to press it in place.
4 Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Fill an oven-proof dish with about 1 inch of warm water and place it at the back of the oven to provide steam for the cheesecake while it bakes.
5 Clean the food processor or blender. Add the cream cheese, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese and cornstarch. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Add the honey, vanilla and blend again. Add the egg substitute, blending until the mixture is smooth and even colored. Pour into the prepared crust.
6 Bake 20 minutes on the lower rack of the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) and bake 60 minutes longer or until the sides are set and the center is fluid but not sloshing.
7 Turn off the oven and allow the cake to cool 1 hour in the oven. Remove and cool to room temperature. Chill covered overnight before slicing. The cake will continue to set in the refrigerator so don't worry if the center doesn't appear to be firm when you remove it from the oven.
8 If desired, serve the cheesecake with a sauce made from thawed frozen strawberries or raspberries. Place the berries in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add sugar (or sugar substitute) to taste, if desired.
Eleanor Johnson, Allrecipes
17 posted on 12/09/2001 6:34:10 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: freedomson
I get a Menorah graphic.
18 posted on 12/09/2001 6:35:12 AM PST by veronica
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To: carlo3b
Happy Chanukah to all our Jewish cousins.
19 posted on 12/09/2001 6:36:57 AM PST by LostTribe
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To: carlo3b
Happy Chanukah everyone! BTTT
20 posted on 12/09/2001 6:40:37 AM PST by sunny
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To: LostTribe; TAdams8591; Common Tator; Victoria Delsoul; Cincinatus' Wife; William Wallace...
"Also called Mandelbrodt. Similar to Biscotti "
1 Beat eggs and 1 cup sugar together in mixer until blended, add salt and 1/4 cup oil and mix again until blended. Combine 1/4 cup flour and almonds, tossing until coated.
2 Add rest of flour mixture to egg mixture alternately with the remaining 3/4 cups oil, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Stir in extracts and almonds until well blended.
3 Divide into eight portions and shape each into portions of 8 x 3 inch log shaped portions on lightly greased cookie sheets.
4 Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
5 Cut each log diagonally into 1/2 inch slices and place slices on their sides. Bake again at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about five minutes. Remove to wire racks and cool. May be sprinkled with sugar before baking.
Makes 6 dozen
21 posted on 12/09/2001 6:44:38 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: chimera; impeachedrapist; Mudboy Slim; GEC; thewildthing; MozartLover; MrChips; Howlin...
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the diced eggplant in a colander and salt it. Let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sautee over moderate heat until it begins to turn golden. Add the eggplant and just enough water to keep the bottom of the skillet moist. Cover and cook, stirring frequently. When the eggplant is about half done, stir in the basil and cumin. Cook until the eggplant is tender, adding small amounts of water as needed while cooking to keep the skillet moist. Stir in the wheat germ and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Oil a large, shallow baking casserole and pat the eggplant mixture into it.
Rinse the skillet and heat the oil. Add the peppers and sautee over high heat, stirring frequently, until they begin to brown.
Lower the heat, stir in the tomatoes, and sautee for a minute or two, just until they begin to soften. Slowly sprinkle in the flour, stirring until it disappears. Then, slowly, stir in the milk and bring to a simmer. Sprinkle in the cheese, a bit at a time, followed by the cayenne. Let the mixture simmer until thickened and the cheese is completely melted. Pour over the eggplant. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and bubbly. Let cool for 10 minutes, then scoop out sections with a spatula to serve.
Makes 6 to 8 servings
22 posted on 12/09/2001 6:53:36 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b
Thank you, thank you, thank you. For the lesson and the recipes.

Happy Chanukah to you too.

23 posted on 12/09/2001 6:58:01 AM PST by amom
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To: Wyatt's Torch; Southflanknorthpawsis; bigsur; Dan from Michigan; HOYA97; monkeyshine; Uncle Bill...
Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, and the kids go wacky for this stuff, and oh so many ways to fill'em....enjoy!

These Hanukkah desserts are appropriate to this holiday, since cheese delicacies are a typical off offering.


Pancake batter


Combine the blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a food processor. Pulse on and off until the blueberries are coarsely chopped. Sprinkle in the cornstarch and pulse on and off a few more times. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the mixture has thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. The filling may be done ahead of time and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before serving.
Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. In another bowl, combine the egg substitute with the water, soymilk, and oil. Stir until well blended. Make a well in the flour and pour the wet mixture in. Stir vigorously just until smoothly combined -- don't overbeat.
Heat a 6- or 7-inch nonstick skillet. When it is hot enough to make a drop of water sizzle, drop a scant 1/4 cupful of batter in and swirl it around until it coats the skillet. Cook on both sides until golden. Remove to a plate and repeat until the batter is used up.
Combine the ingredients for the filling in a small mixing bowl. If the "cheese" seems very dry, add a bit of soy milk to give it a creamier consistency. Divide the mixture among the pancakes and fold as instructed in the accompanying illustration. Serve at room temperature, passing the sauce around for guests to spoon over their blintzes.
Makes 16 blintzes, 2 per serving
24 posted on 12/09/2001 7:04:14 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b
Mazel Tov!
25 posted on 12/09/2001 7:05:17 AM PST by IronJack
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To: IronJack; Vigilanteman; lepton; Jim Scott; summer; 38special; Wright is right!; irish guard...
Mushroom Barley Soup
Who can say no to a wonderful hot hardy bowl of Mushroom soup??
Heat oil in a large pot. Cook onion, celery, and both mushrooms about eight minutes, or until very soft. Stir in barley and cook one minute. Add tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 45 minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in parsley and dill. Taste for salt and pepper and serve.

26 posted on 12/09/2001 7:25:27 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b
Yum! All these recipes look so good!
Thank you and Happy Chanukah.
27 posted on 12/09/2001 7:27:24 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cyber Liberty; pgkdan; Urbane_Guerilla; gardner; mjaneangels@aolcom; Mare; hattend; petkus...
Wonderful Ginger Tortes
Preheat oven to 350ƒF. Oil or spray a 10 inch tube pan. Combine nuts with 1/2 cup of the sugar, flour, ground ginger and salt. Beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the remaining sugar until thick and pale, about eight minutes. Stir in the orange juice, zest and candied ginger. Fold nut mixture into yolk mixture with a spatula. In a large bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining 1/2 cup of sugar. Fold whites into yolk batter and pour into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool in pan, then invert onto serving plate. Dust with powdered sugar.
serves 12
28 posted on 12/09/2001 7:31:00 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: Lady GOP; Howie; Pray4USA; BigBadWolf; real saxophonist; TruthShallSetYouFree; lowbridge...
DIET ALERT>>>>Lady GOP, please change channel, NOW!!!!!   LOLOLOLOL



Crack and whip eggs and superfine bar sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Add booze. Mix well.
Add light cream. Break up ice-cream small and add 1/2 ice-cream and 1/2 whipped cream and stir in well. Float remaining ice-cream and whipped cream on top. Grate fresh nutmeg and cinnamon over top lightly. Serve with butter cookies.
Whipped Cream
Chill bowl and beater. Whip 1 qt heavy cream till tracks show. Add 4 oz sifted 10x sugar. Add 1/2 oz Virginia DareVanilla. Continue beating, add Gran Marnier slowly while beating if you are adding it. Whip to medium soft peaks. Makes the 3 qt's required.
Chocolate Version
Use Double dark chocolate ice-cream. Add 6-8 oz (about a cup) of Gran Marnier to the whipped cream with the vanilla slowly. Or add a pint of Gran Marnier or Sabra Orange Chocolate liqueur instead of the vodka. Garnish with chocolate curls or grated dark chocolate.
29 posted on 12/09/2001 8:00:43 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: LostTribe
Stay safe and warm...HAPPY CHANUKAH
30 posted on 12/09/2001 8:08:03 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: sunny
Let there be Peace on Earth....HAPPY CHANUKAH
31 posted on 12/09/2001 8:09:32 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: amom
Happy Homes, Happy Families, HAPPY CHANUKAH
32 posted on 12/09/2001 8:10:43 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Bake Fresh Bread and bring warm smiles....HAPPY CHANUKAH....LOLOL
33 posted on 12/09/2001 8:12:21 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: freedomson
This should work::
34 posted on 12/09/2001 8:13:22 AM PST by veronica
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To: IronJack
..and Mazel Tov back atcha Jack...HAPPY CHANUKAH
35 posted on 12/09/2001 8:24:58 AM PST by carlo3b
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To: carlo3b; All
Happy Chanukah!

Click the Pic J
36 posted on 12/09/2001 8:26:00 AM PST by Fiddlstix
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To: carlo3b

From: (40 page document)

What is Chanukah?

Chanukah is an observance commemorating the rededication (164 BC) of the Second Temple of Jerusalem after its desecration three years earlier by order of Antiochus IV Epiphanes; the Syrian king was thus frustrated in his attempt to extirpate the Jewish faith. Though modern Israel tends to emphasize the military victory of Judas Maccabeus, the distinctive rite of lighting the menorah also recalls the Talmud story of how the small supply of non-desecrated oil, enough for one day, miraculously burned in the Temple for eight full days until new oil could be obtained. Beginning on Kislev 25 (Kislev 25 generally falls in December), Chanukah is celebrated for eight days. During this time, in addition to the lighting of the candles, gifts are exchanged and children play holiday games.


Chanukah is a holiday of spiritual light; even the war against the Greeks was essentially spiritual, since it was a struggle to preserve the Torah heritage from the taint of secular influence. This is why the prayer beginning VeAl HaNissim, which expresses thanks to HaShem for the military victory, does not mention the spiritual miracle of the Menorah, for the latter eclipses it and is deserving of separate mention.


Events of Chanukah

It is noteworthy that our Messiah, the "light of the world", was conceived on the festival of lights (Chanukah) (See link to Course of Abia below)

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month, HaShem sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, To a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with HaShem. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord HaShem will give him the throne of his father David, And he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of HaShem. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with HaShem." "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.


In this next scripture we can see that Yeshua was called the Light of the World

John 9:1-7 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?""Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of HaShem might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." >  Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.


So, on the "Feast of Lights" Yeshua brings literal light to the blind. This event precedes this biblical statement:

John 10:22 Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon's Colonnade.


We can see the relationship of Chanukah to Succoth by the statements of Yeshua. In the previous verses He was the "Light of the world" at Chanukah, In this next verse we see Him as the "Light of the World" at the end of Succoth:

John 7:37-38 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."...



John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."


So, The "Light of the World" gives "light" (sight) to man, on the festival of Lights.

Yeshua also taught near the altar that was desecrated in:

John 8:12-20 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.">  The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid." Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."  Then they asked him, "Where is your father?" "You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also." He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come.


He also removes the light for judgment:

John 9:39-41 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."  Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"  Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.


There is a certainty that if we do not listen to His voice, we are NOT His sheep:

John 10:24-30 The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly."  Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."


This story of sheep in a pen seems consistent with winter. Then our story ends with water as Yeshua returns to the Jordan where many believe in him:

John 10:40-42 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed and many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true." And in that place many believed in Jesus.


We also have a verse, which indicates that we, too, are to be the light of the world:

Matthew 5:13-19 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.


Here it is very plain that even as the Chanukah light does not represent light in the plain sense, but, rather light is the sense of wisdom, knowledge, and truth, so too is our light! This is also illustrated in one other place:

Ephesians 5:1-14 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.   But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) And find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, For it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."


This may explain why there is more wickedness at night, for we remember that the "lesser" light governs the night

Genesis 1:16 God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.


Here we have another link between Chanukah and Succoth. The Temple that Solomon built was dedicated on Succoth. Remember that the Maccabees re-dedicated the altar on Chanukah:

II Chronicles 7:8-10 So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him--a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more. On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things HaShem had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.



December 23 (24 kislev, 3241) 519 BCE

Supported by Haggai and Zechariah, the Second Temple foundations are laid during the second year of Darius' reign. The building would take 4 years.

December 24 (25 kislev 3595) 165 BCE

This is the first of the 8 days of Hanukkah, celebrating the victory of the Hashmonaim under Mattyahu against the Selucid Greeks. The victory was both physical in terms or regaining independence and spiritual against the Helenizaion of Judaism.

    Death of Abel - Bereishit Rabbah (chap. 22) (might have been Sivan 6)
    The construction of the Tabernacle is complete. Numbers Rabbah 13
    Antiochus Epiphanes offers a pig to Zeus on the altar of Temple in 168 BCE.
    Chanukah (Feast of Dedication / Light) First day. (25th - Tevet 3).
    Day 38 of HaShem's rain in Noah's day. Genesis 7:4
    Issachar is conceived. Bnei Issachar
    Mary gets pregnant with Yeshua. Luke 1:26
    Mary visits Elizabeth. Luke 1:36-40
    Yeshua gives sight to the blind. John chapters 8-10
    Yeshua is the light of the world. John 8:12
    Yeshua celebrates while Pharisees try to kill Him. John 10:22-33   
    Maccabees light the ner tamid.



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37 posted on 12/09/2001 8:43:42 AM PST by Texas Yellow Rose
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40 posted on 12/09/2001 8:58:54 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica; Valin; dennisw; Alouette; BrooklynGOP; RnMomof7; truthandlife; American in Israel...
preheat oven to 350o F.
Combine carrots, onion, pepper, garlic, paprika, sage, bullion cube, chicken soup base, flour, matza in a bowl; mix well.  Add egg and oil; mix well.  Shape into long "snake".
Wrap in greased foil and place on baking sheet.
Bake 45 min.
10 - 12 servings
41 posted on 12/09/2001 8:59:19 AM PST by carlo3b
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Thank you Rose, this is going to help everyone understand this great time of the year for our fine Jewish neighbors.
42 posted on 12/09/2001 9:03:09 AM PST by carlo3b
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This gets bookmarked thanks for the latke them!
43 posted on 12/09/2001 9:07:44 AM PST by RnMomof7
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Going there, wonderful time of the year, thanks so much!!!

44 posted on 12/09/2001 9:08:11 AM PST by carlo3b
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Happy Hanukkah!

May God continue to Bless you and yours.

45 posted on 12/09/2001 9:10:42 AM PST by MoJo2001
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Revenge is a necessary evil. For how those bleeding political capital for the dead victims can recoup losses as the criminal perpetrators see their political ranks swell up with very alive criminals readying themselves for the final kill of their oponents?
46 posted on 12/09/2001 9:14:20 AM PST by lavaroise
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Serve this spread on pitta or Turkish bread, or served as a dip with vegetable strips, water crackers or corn chips. It also goes beautifully in sandwiches instead of butter.
Chop garlic as we puritans, by hand or in a new fandangled food processor...LOLOL
Then put the chick peas in food processor until ground fine
Add rest of ingredients one at a time, running the food processor to mix each in well
Careful, if you desire to make it less stiff, add a small amount of the chick pea liquid, Enjoy!
47 posted on 12/09/2001 9:20:50 AM PST by carlo3b
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48 posted on 12/09/2001 9:21:30 AM PST by vrwc54
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From my boys and I, to you and your families... Thank you, a peaceful and Happy Hanukkah!
49 posted on 12/09/2001 9:26:16 AM PST by carlo3b
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Yes, sometimes we must disturb the peaceful to gain peace! Shalom
50 posted on 12/09/2001 9:30:04 AM PST by carlo3b
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