The Inspired Kitchen

Eating fried foods is one of the distinct pleasures of Hanukkah, and the tradition behind it is well-known. According to legend, after the temple was ransacked by Antiochus’ troops, a small vial of undefiled oil miraculously lasted for 8 days, until more oil could be found. More…

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