Ah . . . there are few things that bring back memories more strongly than smell.  Here are some of my favorites, from the festival of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that starts tonight and celebrates the miracle of oil lasting long enough to rebuild the Temple during the 2nd century BCE:

  • Oil frying in the pan as latkes (potato pancakes) start to sizzle. It’s the type of smell that stays on clothes and in people’s hair and even the family pet for days but ah…is it warm and delicious!
  • The candles burning in the menorah. It’s a strong odor but filled with beauty as the candles dance and fill the room with warm light.
  • Chocolate gelt, often enjoyed most by children after winning a round of the dreidel game.
  • The paper of new books offered as Hanukkah gifts.

To celebrate Hanukkah, and the sizzle of hot oil, here are a few of my favorite latke recipes and tips for getting the crisp just right. What are some smells that remind you of a festive time of year?

David The Latke King’s Latkes: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1015336/david-the-latke-king-firestone-and-rsquo-s-latkes.html

20 Healthy New Takes on Traditional Latkes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/24/healthy-latkes-recipes_n_4304678.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living

The Unexpected Trick that Makes the Crispiest Latkes Ever: http://www.thekitchn.com/the-unexpected-trick-to-make-the-crispiest-tastiest-latkes-ever-181496

25 Latkes Recipes from the popular blog: What Jew Wanna Eat: http://whatjewwannaeat.com/25-latkes-recipes/

 

The image above is from The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales. You can buy the book here: US Shoppers / UK Shoppers

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