Charm guests by adding an "Old World" feel to your holiday festivities.
Hanukkah Brisket: A melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket.
Sweet Potato and Currant Latkes: An updated variation on the classic latke.
Steamed vegetable of your choice
Hanukkah Challah: The tradition continues with this egg-rich braided bread
Fruit Tzimmes: A fancy fruit compote. Consider doubling this recipe to ensure you will have enough for your guests.
Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls: A wonderful beginning to tradition.
Hazelnut Cookies: During Hanukkah, partaking of homemade treats is a way in which to commemorate the annual Jewish celebration of freedom. Create these cookies in all of your favorite Hanukkah shapes.
Beverage of your choice
- Share the soaring spirit of shtetl life with Chagall note cards ($14.95 for 20) and postcards ($9.95 for 30) from The Jewish Museum.
- Nu? Add a Yiddish accent to your invites with the All-Purpose Yiddish Knowledge Card Deck ($9.95 for 48 cards) from Pomegranate.com. Slip one or two into each envelope.
- Sunrise, sunset, the Fiddler on the Roof Menorah ($80) from Jewish Bazaar, will shed a sweet, nostalgic light for generations to come.
- Set an elegant holiday table with luxurious San Remo Table linens, blue sateen and velvet placemats ($6.95 each) and sateen napkins ($3.95 each) from Crate & Barrel.
- Based on an 18th-century Delft faience design, the Mazel Tov Plate ($25) from The Jewish Museum brings good luck and good cheer to your festivities.
- Dress up your menorah with unique Hanukah candles like the pearlized metallic spirals ($12 for 45) from Jewish Bazaar.
- Bring back pleasant memories -- place a bag of Elite milk chocolate Chanukah gelt ($20 for 24 bags) at each place or fill the Hanukah Tidbit Server ($16) with gelt, for a delicious centerpiece, both from EverythingJewish.com
- Sing along with the "If I Was A Rich Man" musical snowglobe ($40) from Jewish.com.
- Joyous music will put your guests in a holiday mood. Try Itzhak Perelman's klezmer collection, "In the Fiddler's House" ($15.99 CD) or the original Broadway cast version of "Fiddler on the Roof" ($14.99), featuring Zero Mostel, from TowerRecords.com
- Share the shtetl silliness of the famous fools of Chelm -- take turns reading aloud from "The Wise Men of Chelm" compiled by Sandra Asher ($3.60 paperback) from Amazon.com.
- Everyone will want a turn playing with the Hi Tech Talking Draydel ($12) from Jewishsource.com. It sings "The Draydel Song" and tells you what to do for each letter the draydel falls on.