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The Cookstr Weekly: Winter Fare for Hanukkah

December 19, 2011

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 Chestnut Doughnut Holes by Barbara Kafka 

During Hanukkah, tradition dictates eating fried foods or foods baked in oil, in commemoration of the oil that lit the Temple in Jerusalem for eight nights. Besides potato latkes and fritters (try making your own applesauce to serve alongside!), explore other vegetables that take well to frying, like carrots, parsnips and zucchini. One of the most well-known Hanukkah foods, particularly in Israel, is sufganiyot, yeast doughnuts deep-fried in oil. Now, American and Israeli bakers create fried doughnuts filled with a variety of flavors, like chocolate cream, vanilla custard or dulce de leche. Try Barbara Kafka’s Chestnut Doughnut Holes for a unique and seasonal treat. In the Middle Ages, the custom of eating dairy foods like cheese blintzes and cheesecake during Hanukkah became widespread, drawn from the story of the Jewish heroine Judith who used cheese and wine to charm and then disarm the Babylonian army that besieged her village. And of course, cold-weather favorites like brisket and chicken soup will always be at home on a Hanukkah menu.

More Hanukkah Recipes from Cookstr



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“The secret to stews lies in the thickening, the same element that sets a braise apart from a brothy soup. Stews may contain more solids, or the savory liquid in which they cook may be

thickened. Either way, there is that satisfying density.

Many times the thickening is added at the beginning of a stew, but it can also be added toward the end of cooking via a paste of cornstarch and cold water, called a “slurry.” But there are sneakier ways. Pureed, cooked or canned chickpeas will also act as a thickener-and a boost of nutrition. There is also the gelatin that seeps out of bones as they stew. As we know from Jell-O, gelatin thickens anything.” – Barbara Kafka


5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 30, 2011 10:53 pm

    why can’t I down load only 20 favorite recipes and no more. I spent two hours picking out
    my favorite recipes thinking they were adding to my recipe box only to find out that I only had
    20 recipes. As I hit my favorite heart sign the message said this would be put into my favorite file.??? Someone please help me.

  2. January 3, 2012 1:13 pm

    Dear Richard,

    Thanks so much for reaching out and for your support of Cookstr! I’m
    sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the My Cookstr section, and
    I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot. Normally, a “Show More” button
    will allow you to see all of your saved recipes. Is that button not
    appearing for you, or if it is, do recipes fail to appear when you
    click it? I’m determined to make sure we figure out why this is
    happening and how to fix it!

    All the best,

  3. January 3, 2012 2:40 pm

    Hi,Kara and thank you for helping me.

    Last week I had a good start with 11 recipes that showed
    up on my Cookstr’s favorites. At this point I began going through
    the many recipes Cookstr’s offers for their members, picking favorites. again
    After many hours of selecting I wanted to see what I had accumulated.
    After the first 11 recipes I hit show more and only eight rec. and show more sign.
    I could not retrieve the many recipes I thought I had saved. When I hit the show me
    more sign, a javascript:void(0) appeared lower left side screen. I use explorer browser
    and aol homepage.

  4. January 3, 2012 2:43 pm

    Hi Richard,

    This is a bug that Cookstr experiences with Internet Explorer, in which the recipes are saved but won’t all display. Do you have another browser you could try this out on to confirm that’s the issue? We’re working on a solution to the problem, which will likely be to allow all of the recipes a user saves to be displayed on a single page. Thanks for your patience, and please let me know if there’s anything else I can help with!

    All the best,

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