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We love you a latke, don't misunderstand - but seeing as it's the sixth night of Hanukkah, we think we need some space. It's not you, it's us.
Here to ease us into our potato-pancake separation is Tori Avey. She's the woman behind the popular blog, "The Shiksa in the Kitchen."
When Avey made collecting authentic Jewish recipes somewhat of a hobby, she earned the nickname "the shiksa in the kitchen” from her Israeli family and friends - and well, the rest is history. The word “shiksa” is a Yiddish word often used to describe a non-Jewish woman who is in a relationship with or attracted to a Jewish man. And although Avey formally converted to Judaism earlier this year, she'll tell you, "once a shiksa, always a shiksa!"
Five Hanukkah Dishes That Are Not Latkes: Tori Avey
Chremslach are a tasty way to commemorate the miracle of the menorah oil. These fried potato pancakes are somewhat similar to latkes, but they're made from mashed potatoes instead of shredded. My chremslach recipe combines mashed sweet potato, matzoh, coconut and spices to bring a touch of sweetness to the Hanukkah table."
3. Creamy noodle kugel
Judith was a celebrated Jewish heroine who saved her village from an invading Assyrian army. Judith, a beautiful widow, plied the Assyrian army's general with wine and salty cheese (wine and cheese - that's my kind of heroine!). When the general passed out drunk, Judith beheaded him with his own sword. The Israelites launched a surprise attack on the leaderless Assyrian army and emerged victorious. In Judith's honor, we eat dairy foods during Hanukkah, like kugels made with cheese and sour cream."
4. Challah bread pudding
And because we don't want latkes to feel left out:
Be sure to share your favorite tastes of Hanukkah in the comments below.
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