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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, DECEMBER 12, 2014 PAGE 17A By Shannon Sarna NEW YORK (JTA)--One of my favorite ways to celebrate Cha- nukah is over brunch. Yes, it's nontraditional and you can't enjoy the experience of lighting the menorah together or singing. But it's a great way to change up the routine, especially if you have young kids and want to work around nap and bed- time schedules. Serve Dill Potato Latkes with Caper and Lemon Creme Fraiche and a seasonal winter Blood Orange and Goat Cheese Salad, and add tradition with sufganiyot. Sufganiyot are much more popular in Israel, where an array of flavors is featured at bakeries beginning as early as October. In the United States, the flavors are more limited to jam and perhaps chocolate. But these round, fried doughnuts aren't so difficult to make and lend themselves to any combination of flavors that you fancy. I love peanut butter and jelly with baked goods, and so I decided to combine an Israeli-style sufganiya with the classic American pairing of PB&J. Whether it's Chanukah or not, doughnuts really are a perfect brunch food. So are the latkes when they are topped with lox. Serve these dishes with mimosas and a strong pot of coffee. You might miss the sparkling lights of the menorah, but you won't think twice about that applesauce or sour cream. Blood orange and goat cheese salad Ingredients: 3 blood oranges, peel removed and cut into sections I naval orange, peel removed and cut into sections 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 lemon, zest and juice Salt and pepper to taste Preparation: Alternate the blood orange and naval orange slices decora- tively on a platter. Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts and goat cheese on top. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings. Dill potato latkes with caper & lemon cr me fraiche Can't find creme fraiche? Substitute sour cream or Greek yogurt for an easy fix. Ingredients: 6 medium-large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks 2small onions, or ] medium-large onion, cut into large chunks 2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 2 teaspoons salt I teaspoon pepper Vegetable oil for frying to do 8 By Nina Badzin MINNEAPOLIS (Kveller. com)--The Chanukah I see in children's books demon- strates families playing dreidel and eating latkes while the menorah shines brilliantly in the window. Then there's the inevitable illustration of the kids' utter elation when the parents unveil a bag of gelt night after night. The .scene sounds delight- ful, but I can't imagine it's realistic in all Jewish homes. Let's be honest: Start- ing in October, lots of Jewish kids obsess over the "holiday" (aka Christmas) catalogs that arrive daily in mailboxes across the country. Right or wrong, at some point this tradition of eight nights of gifts as influenced by Christmas has become part of the Chanukah many of us know and love. And yes, yes, yes, I know that letting Chanukah resemble Christmas undermines the main message of Chanukah. I don't need the lecture. My kids go to Chabad every Shabbat morning. They love Shabbat dinners, decorating the suk- 8 to 10 ounces fresh smoked salmon i cup creme fraiche i to 2 tablespoons chopped capers 1/2 lemon, juice and zest Pinch salt Preparation: Using the shredding attachment of a food processor ora hand grater/coarsely great potatoes, onions and garlic. Place in a large bowl. Add flour, eggs, dill, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly until completely combined. Allow to sit 5 to 10 minutes. Drain excess liquid. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Using your hands, make a small latke patty and squeeze out excess liquid. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Remove from pan and place on wire cooling rack placed on a baking sheet, which you can place in a warm oven until ready to serve. Mix together the creme fraiche, capers, lemon juice, lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Place piece of smoked salmon on each latke. Add approxi- mately I teaspoon of creme fraiche mixture on top of salmon. Garnish with more dill, if desired. Makes 2 dozen latkes. Peanut butter & Jelly sufganiyot Have a peanut allergy? Swap out the peanut butter in the glaze for cashew or almond butter. Substitute the peanuts for the corresponding nuts, or exclude them completely if you prefer. Ingredients: For the sufganiyot: 1 1/2 tablespoons dry yeast I teaspoon sugar 1/2 cup lukewarm water 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 teaspoons salt Vegetable oil for frying For the glaze: 2 tablespoonsmilk 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup chopped, salted peanuts For the filling: 1 1/2 cups raspberry jam Preparation: Combine yeast, I teaspoon sugar and water in a small bowl. Mix gently and allow to sit until top gets foamy, around 5 to 10 minutes. In a stand mixer fitted with dough hook, add flour, sugar, eggs, butter, nutmeg and salt. Add yeast mixture and mix on low for 2 minutes. Increase speed and mix another 5 minutes. You can also do this by hand with a wooden spoon, which will take slightly longer. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a damp towel kah and attending ice cream Use the holiday as a time to Hopefully you have some parties for Shavuot. They even take stock of the games and grandparentsorauntsandun- know that Chanukah cel- puzzles it's time to retire due cles that live out of town and ebrates the war story of the to the kids' increased skill like to send a gift to the kids. Maccabees' unlikely defeat of level or their propensity to Seventh night: Creative the Greeks (and not just the misplace essential pieces, practicality oil laSting for eight days). Second night: Books My kids are packrats. This Nobody would accuse my Give the kids all those books year I'm trying to teach them husband and me of neglect- you were guilted into buying the art of keeping only their ing to pass on a healthy dose attheschool'sScholasticbook favorite projects and other of serious Jewish tradition to fair. (This is also the perfect junk--I mean memories-- our children, opportunity to sign up for PJ which is why each of the kids Nevertheless, instead of Library to get a free Jewish will receive a plastic box with completely trying to fight bookinthemaileverymonth.) their name and the word this Christmas imitation dur- Third night: Clothes you "memories" on the cover. ing Chanukah, I've come to would have bought anyway Eighth night: Giving back embrace it by adding my own ThinkpajamasorfunsocksAt the end of Chanukah practicalandreasonabletwistto and tights. Another idea is we discuss where we want to thenightlycelebrations.Imean, hats and gloves that they al- donate money and time as just because I let my kids open ready lost in early November. a familyinthe upcoming fiscal gifts during every night of (I live in Minnesota.)year. It's also a great night for Chanukah, itdoesn'tmeanthat Fourth night: Family party! siblings to exchange presents the toy section of Target needs If at any point during Cha- and to give somethingtoMom to take up temporary residence nukah we're having a party and Dad (maybe using the art in my living room. withmembersofour extended supplies they got earlier in Trust me, you can do family, I do not give the kids the week). eight nights of gifts without anything from us. They seem NinaBadzin is a columnist creating spoiled brats, even if to get their toy fix on this for The HerStories Project itseemslikeonacoupleofthe night, and for Tcjewfolk.com. She nights the only thing missing Fifth night: Replenishlives in Minneapolis with her is the eggnog and the tree. Construction paper run- husband and four children. Here are some ideas for ning low? Markers are dry? It's She tweets at @NinaBadzin, a festive but practical Cha- theperfecttimetorestockthe blogs regularly at http:// nukah: art supplies, ninabadzin.com and is on First night: Games and Sixth night: Gifts from out- Facebookathttp://www.face- puzzles of-town family book.com/NinaBadzinBlog. Peanut butter &jelly fijaniyot: Israeli-style doughnuts with the classic American pairing. and allow to rise 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a round biscuit cutter or drinking glass, cut rounds. Place on a large plate, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise another 20 minutes. While doughnuts are rising again, whisk the milk, peanut butter, powdered sugar and chopped peanuts together to make the glaze. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat until a thermometer reads about 370 degrees. Fry each round for 30 to 40 seconds on each side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Immediately spoon peanut butter glaze over the top. Fill a pastry bag with jam and cut tip. Using a wooden skewer or toothpick, make a hole in the side of each doughnut. Wiggle the toothpick around abit to open up the inside of the doughnut. Fit the pastry bag into the hole, pipe about 2 teaspoons jam into doughnut. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Add an extra dot of jam on top if desired. Makes 10-12 sufganiyot. Shannon Sarna is editor of The Nosher blog on MyJew- ishLearning, com. Wishing our friends and clients a Happy Hanukkah! MORRISON BROWN ARGIZ & FARRA, LLC Ira Silver, CPA [ Principal ~h, erg~nl~p~corn Donald Levin, CPA I Director d~lbafcpa.com 200 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1445, Orlando, FL 3280 I T 407 237 3600 F 407 237 3601 I www.mbafcpa.com Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy Chanukah Maitland Tire Company Robert A. 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