50 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO HAVE IN YOUR KITCHEN

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I have to admit stealing this idea from the Ranting Chef. My list is different from his. His list had to do with the most important food-related inventions of all-time. My list tells you what I consider to be the most important things to have for a well put together kitchen. To be honest, I have much more than this, but then I am an admitted (should be committed) pack rat. I love everything and anything to do with the kitchen, baking, cooking and entertaining. Also, please note that if you keep kosher, you will need double of most things, if not everything, depending upon your level of orthodoxy. Let me know what you think are the most important things that you need in your kitchen.

  1. Food. My hubby insisted this was the most important thing to have in a kitchen. I couldn’t argue with him on that point.
  2. Enough dishes so that you have 1 per person in your household plus at least 2 extra, in case of breakage of in case it gets thrown accidentally into your garbage can.
  3. Enough forks, knives and spoons so that you have 1 per person in your household plus at least 2 extra, in case they get lost or get accidentally thrown into your garbage can. Hey, it does happen! Just ask me!
  4. 1 mug for each person in your household plus 2 extras as per above.
  5. 1 juice glass and 1 8-oz. Drinking glass per person in your household plus 2 extras each as per above.
  6. 1 multi-purpose wine glass per person in your household over the age of 5. You can always serve milk in them when you set a fancy-smancy table and make the wee ones feel grown-up. They’ll love you for it!
  7. 1 12” fry pan, 1 8” fry pan, a small, medium and large saucepan, a Dutch oven and at least an 8 qt. Soup pot. I suggest a good set with a non-stick coating and glass lids. I like glass so you can see what’s cooking.
  8. 1 good bread knife
  9. 1 good chef’s knife
  10. 1 good paring knife
  11. And to me the most important knife of all, Cutco’s Trimmer. It’s the only knife I use. I am dangerous to myself with knives as I cannot learn how to properly use them. Thus I have never endeavored to become a professional chef…well, except that once…don’t ask…it hurt big time!!! Also, this is the best knife for slicing bagels that was ever made, I swear by it!
  12. 1 set of measuring spoons
  13. 1 set of measuring cups
  14. 1 2-cup or larger glass liquid measuring cup
  15. 1 set of mixing bowls. I like stainless steal. Look for a set that includes tight-fitting covers for storage.
  16. 1 9x13x2” glass baking pan. You will find a thousand uses for this. If you get no other size baking pan, get this one.
  17. 1 9” round OR square baking pan – I don’t suggest silicone or coated or dark pans. Get the shiny old-fashioned kind. They work the best. If you can, get 2 pans of this size to make 2 layer-size cakes. You can always use one of the layers to freeze and eat later. I suggest 2 pans because most cake mixes call for them.
  18. 2 shiny old-fashioned cookie pans (or jelly roll pans) with the sides. You really need 2 so while one is in the oven, you can be filling the second one so you can just pop it into the oven when the first one is finished baking. I like the Wilton cookie pans the best. I have 6 as when I bake, I bake.  Get the 12x18x1″ jelly roll pan.
  19. Depending upon space on your table and/or counter-top, you need 2 wire cooling racks or a 3-tier wire cooling rack. I prefer the single ones. Easier to work with. I suggest getting the biggest your space can handle. I have 1 double rack and 3 singles. It is not enough for me, but I have absolutely no room in my house. I live in a very small townhouse.
  20. You need 1 good plastic spatula to take cookies off the cookie trays and to turn pancakes, French toast, etc. in the frying pan.
  21. 1 2-3” metal round cookie cutter, 1 2-3” square cookie cutter, 1 2-3” heart-shaped cookie cutter, plus 1 2-3” cookie cutter that you just can’t resist. If you want more, wait till you have everything else you need or treat yourself to one a month to begin a collection. There are so many to choose from!
  22. Then you need 1 good rubber spatula, but 2 can’t hurt.
  23. 1 large wooden spoon. Again, this is something you will find many uses for.
  24. 1 fine-mesh strainer. I love my old Tupperware stainer. It’s the perfect size for draining 1-2 lbs. Of ground beef or sifting a cup-full of dry ingredients such as flour. Can from Amazon.com  They only have a few left though.  The link is http://www.amazon.com/Tupperware-Colander-Strainer-Handle-Yellow/dp/B004RGIPFA It works for almost a half of a box of cooked pasta also. It’s also a good idea to have 1 large metal one with legs for bigger meals.
  25. 1 set of medium tongs with silicone tips. Another tool that is a treasure for the variety of tasks you can find for it.
  26. 1 roll of waxed paper
  27. 1 roll of parchment paper – NEVER be without parchment paper! What we ever did without it, I don’t know. It’s one of the best ever inventions in my humble opinion.
  28. 1 roll of non-stick aluminum foil
  29. 1 roll of Press-N-Seal. When this first came out, I hated it. I think they greatly improved it since then and I cannot be without it!
  30. Plastic resealable baggies in EVERY SIZE! Another of one of the best all-time inventions.
  31. A Kitchen-aid Stand Mixer. It will cost you your first born, but is so worth it! One precaution. It is super-heavy, so make sure you have a spot on your counter for it near an electrical outlet. When you have extra money, invest in an extra work bowl. It will come in handy, especially during holiday times.
  32. A good microwave oven of a decent size. Don’t skimp here. Get one that you can really cook a turkey or roast in and learn how to cook in your microwave. You won’t be sorry!!! We have an old JC Penny’s combination microwave-convection-broiler that is 28 years old. It makes the best turkeys in the world! Prime rib comes out fantastic, albeit with no au jus because the juices stay in the roast, making it perfectly juicy. Now a days you will also find many baking ideas for your microwave.
  33. A good toaster oven. You can skimp here if you invest in a good microwave. But I can’t be without either. I often broil in my toaster oven and I toast bagels, etc. everyday. You can bake, you can heat TV dinners up, etc. Some of the newer models even come with pizza stones to make great re-heated or delivery pizza.
  34. You can’t get away without a good refrigerator. Make sure there is plenty of good freezer space!!!
  35. Nor can you get away without a good stove. Don’t skimp on your stove!!! I love my glass-top. It is electric and it cooks, bakes and cleans up beautifully! Or did till my hubby got “smart” and started leaving the racks in while it self-cleaned. They were beautiful until he began doing that. Oh well, we are getting on in age.
  36. You need a decent food processor. Again, this will do a thousand tasks. Mine came with a mini-processing bowl and attachment that fits right inside the regular unit. This is a space saver because you really do need a small one and a large one.
  37. A slow cooker. I suggest an 8-qt. Even for a single person. The reason being, why cook more than once? Freeze leftovers in portion sizes for those days you don’t want to cook!
  38. 3 good cookbooks. I would recommend The Joy of Cooking, Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook and any Taste of Home cookbook. If you are really into cooking, invest in your favorite chef’s collection. The internet is full of recipes, but there is nothing like a hard-print book.
  39. If you want to entertain, you need 1 nice tablecloth large enough to hang 2” over the top of your table. Don’t bother with linen napkins. You can always pick up a package of nice paper napkins if you want to get really fancy.
  40. A pretty set of candle stick holders. Keep your eye out at garage sales and estate sales. Otherwise, hit the dollar store. Can you tell the difference between a dollar candle stick and a $20 one? Not if they are tasteful or glass. I know I can’t. Be artistic. This could be your statement piece.
  41. A lovely tall glass vase or hurricane lamp to make your artistic centerpieces in. Again, go to the dollar store. I was lucky, I got three gorgeous vases for my bridal shower and wedding that are classic and that I love to use.
  42. A large stainless steal hands-free garbage pail
  43. A dish strainer
  44. A sink mat
  45. 3 good absorbent dish towels
  46. Dish detergent
  47. Chinese skimmer
  48. Ladle
  49. Large slotted spoon
  50. Ice Cream scoop which is good for baking muffins, cupcakes and pancakes as well as for scooping out ice cream.

For those who really need one, a coffee pot or coffee maker.

 

 

5-minute mug chocolate cake

 

 

The following recipe uses three of the items listed above…measuring spoons, a mug and a microwave!  And I agree, the photo isn’t very appetizing, but I bet if you ate it out of the mug it would look nicer and either way it should taste great!

 

Home Cookin Chapter: CAKES 2013-2014

5-Minute Mug Chocolate Cake

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By lil’chef_3

Added September 19, 2008 | Recipe #325674

Photo by Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Total Time: 5 mins.

Prep Time: 2 mins.

Cook Time: 3 mins.

Lil’chef_3’s Note: Made in a coffee mug that you cook in the

microwave! I got this from my next door neighbor who found It on

an internet forward. its delicious! It can be a little dry, try

topping or swirling with chocolate syrup?

Ingredients:

Serves: 1-2

Yield: 1.0 Cake

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons cake flour (plain flour, not self-rising)

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons baking cocoa

1 egg

3 tablespoons milk

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (you can add more or less)

1 dash vanilla

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Directions:

1 Add dry ingredients to a coffee mug and mix well.

2 Add the egg and mix thoroughly.

3 Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.

4 Add the chocolate chips and vanilla essence, mix again.

5 Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minuter at 1000

watts.

6 The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be

alarmed!

7 Allow to cool a little and you can tip onto a plate if you want.

source:

http://www.food.com/recipe/5-minute-mug-chocolate-cake-325674

Servings: 0

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:

 

Kitchen graphic – http://www.picgifs.com/graphics/kitchen/graphics-kitchen-388436-808121/

 

DISCLAIMER – I do not get any compensation in any form from the companies that I mention, such as Wilton, Amazon.com and Cutco.  The products I mention I own, have owned for many years and really love. – Marilyn Sultar

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THE 6TH DAY OF CHANUKAH

THE 6TH DAY OF CHANUKAH

 

 

a mensch on a bench

 

 

 

 

 

-VS-         elf on the shelf

 

This is the first year I have ever heard of the Mensch on The Bench or the Elf on The Shelf. I didn’t give either a second thought until just now reading Rabbi Jill Crimmings’ wonderful article at http://tcjewfolk.com/rethinking-hanukkah-traditions-buying-mensch-bench/.

I am a person who loves decorations and have always felt the empty hole of a lack of a Chanukah symbol. But now I see that perhaps we are better off without it. I, for one, would not like to see our kids think that they get gifts for anything they did that was good or bad. I always saw getting Chanukah presents as payment for the kids of past times finding the oil that led to the miracle of Chanukah. That it was to celebrate the miracle that kids got Chanukah presents. To have someone or something sit in judgment of Jewish kids at Chanukah time leaves me cold. Now, if someone could come up with something like a Macabee freedom something or other as a symbol, that would be truly wonderful. If it could be colorful that would be even more wonderful. I don’t know, perhaps adopt a whale because of the whale blubber…I don’t know. And why isn’t there a Judith Macabee doll? She was a part of the miracle after all. Why can’t we come up with our own unique cookie? Why does everything have to be blue and white? I think we can adopt more color into our celebration. I am also appalled at the lack of Jewish crafts for our holidays, the lack of poetry and cannot understand why there are no adult Chanukah stories. Why don’t Jewish composers and singers such as Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan write songs and or sing songs for the Jewish holidays? Ok, yes, we have Adam Sandler and his Chanukah Song and all its versions. Truthfully, that just doesn’t cut it for me. I applaud The Bare Naked Ladies for their efforts on our behalf. Are all of you Jewish entertainers ashamed of your Jewishness? I have always admired Mandy Patinkin for embracing Judaism and making Jewish albums. We need more of it. We need more up-to-date Jewish music and art literature. I seem to read more Jewish novels from writers hailing from the British Isles than from the US. Why is that? Am I missing something?

Perhaps we need to create a niche for this type of thing? Is it the lack of a market? Is it the lack of money in the market? How do we solve this problem? Or is it just me? What do all of you think. What do you feel is lacking in the Jewish arts?

Speaking of British-Jewish novels, I am now reading “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” by Eve Harris. This is Ms. Harris’ debut novel and came out in 2013. It is a wonderful book with a very real storyline. Chani is standing under the chupah (the Jewish wedding canopy) with her groom, Baruch. They are very young (Chani is just 19 years old) ultra religious people who both come from ultra religious families. They have only met four times prior to their wedding. They are both innocent in the ways of the opposite sex and in many ways the world around them. They are scared. What is the wedding night going to be like? Will I have more freedom to be me in our marriage than I do under my parents’ roof? Will he/she love me? Do I love him/her? What will we talk about? How many children will we have? To complicate things even more, they are to set out for Israel where Baruch will study to become a Rabbi. What will this move mean? These are some of many things this couple is wondering about, just like many couples, the difference being more poignant due to the fact that they don’t know one another. While they are contemplating their lives, their Rabbi and his wife are contemplating their lives and their marriage. Their marriage seems to be falling apart. Their beginnings were so different from Chani and Baruch’s. The Rabbi and his Rabbitzin (Rabbi’s wife) met and fell in love in Israel. The Rabbitzin had a secular upbringing and life prior to marrying the Rabbi. She was more worldly than either Chani or Baruch, and after many years of marriage and motherhood, she is questioning her life as a wife, mother and member of the Orthodox Jewish community of London. I am loving this book. It is well written and the characters are wonderful. I look forward to more books by Ms. Harris.

I got some writing done on my book after a week off. I now have 8 ¼ pages completed. I introduced one of the antagonists. I’m not sure if I really like introducing her so early. It was not my original plan. And I’m not sure how it will play off in this chapter, but we shall see. I know how I want to color this character. It is much clearer in my mind than the other characters. But, I am not sure why. I am having the most trouble seeing the male protagonist and the male antagonist clearly. I need to work on them a lot more.

I had to interupt this post to join my mother for a day of girly fun. We went to have manicures and pedicures and lunch, then shopping at Sam’s for prescriptions and printer ink. Then I dropped her off, picked up Paul and we took Chanukah-themed pasta, meatballs and meat sauce that Paul worked all day making over to mom’s apartment and had dinner with her. It’s almost 10 p.m. And I have so much to do. I apologize for having not posted this sooner and cutting this post short. I am not sure if I will be able to post tomorrow. If I can, it will be late too. We have last minutes errands to run tomorrow.

Here’s today’s recipe: This is in honor of my hubby who is a Brooklyn boy. He has had many egg creams in his life and claims to have come up with the idea of adding an egg to it! So, my darling, here’s to you!

 

Made with Brooklyn Boys & Girls in mind.

Made with Brooklyn Boys & Girls in mind.

 

 

Home Cookin Chapter: CAKES 2013-2014

CHOCOLATE EGG CREAM CUPCAKES

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ACTIVE TIME: 50 mins.

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr. 20 mins.

YIELD: 6 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

1/4 cup UNSWEETENED Cocoa Powder

1/4 cup Chocolate Syrup

2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/3 cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Baking Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

1 LARGE Egg

2 tbsps. Whole Milk

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

FOR THE FROSTING:

1 oz. MILK Chocolate

6 tbsps. UNSALTED Butter; AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar

1/4 cup Whole Milk

2 tbsps. UNSWEETENED Cocoa Powder

2 pinches of Salt

2 tbsps. Malted Milk Powder

Mini Pretzel Rods; FOR TOPPING

.

“Try this fun frosting trick: Put two different kinds of frosting

in separate disposable pastry bags, then position both bags in a

larger pastry bag fitted with a star tip. When you pipe, the

frosting will come out swirled!”

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Make the cupcakes:

PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 350° F. LINE A 6-CUP MUFFIN PAN WITH PAPER

LINERS.

Whisk the cocoa powder with 1/3 cup HOT WATER i a MEDIUM bowl

UNTIL dissolved. Whisk in the chocolate syrup UNTIL smooth; LET

COOL SLIGHTLY.

In a LARGE bowl, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda,

baking powder and salt.

2. Whisk the vegetable oil, egg, milk and vanilla extract into

the cocoa mixture UNTIL smooth, then fold into the flour mixture

UNTIL JUST COMBINED. Divide among the PREPARED muffin cups. Bake

UNTIL a toothpick comes out clean, 18-20 mins. LET COOL FOR 10

MIS. IN THE PAN, then REMOVE to a rack to cool completely.

3. MAKE THE FROSTING:

Chop the chocolate AND place in a MICROWAVE-SAFE BOWL; MISCROWAVE

ON 70% POWER in 30-second intervals; STIRRING UNTIL MELTED. LET

COOL SLIGHTLY. Cut the butter into pieces, beat the butter,

vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl with a mixer on

MEDIUM-HIGH speed UNTIL fluffy. Add 3 tbsps. milk and beat UNTIL

smooth, 3 mins. REMOVE HALF OF THE FROSTING to a separate bowl,

add the cocoa powder, melted chocolate and a pinch of salt and

beat until FLUFFY, 2 mins. Mix the remaining 1 tbsp. milk and the

malted milk powder in a cup, then add to the plain frosting; add a

pinch of salt AND beat until fluffy, about 2 mins. IF THE

FROSTING IS TOO SOFT, COVER AND REFRIGERATE UNTIL FIRM ENOUGH TO

PIPE.

4. Put the 2 frosting in SEPARATE PASTRY BAGS and snip off the

tops (or put in separate zip-top bags ad snip off a corner of

each). POSITION THE FROSTING BAGS SIDE-BY-SIDE IN A LARGE PASTRY

BAG FITTED WITH A LARGE STAR TIP. Pipe the frosting onto the

cupcakes in a spiral motion to create a swirl. Put a mini-pretzel

rod upright into the top of the swirl so it stands securely to

look like a straw (you want it a bit tilted but not too tilted).

SOURCE: food network magazine’s “Sweet, Our Best Cupcakes,

Cookies, Candy and More” cookbook, pg. 25.

Servings: 0

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DAY 5 OF CHANUKAH – 2014

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Chanukah is quickly coming to an end and Christmas is coming so quickly that it boggles my mind. I have been giving my hubby books for each night of Chanukah. Last night he said before opening his gift, “Ok, this is book three in the trilogy.” Geez! Yes, of course he was correct in his guess, but he could have played along with the surprise element to humor me, couldn’t he? Not my hubby! Tonight he will be getting book one of another trilogy. But, for the last night I have a surprise for him…he will not be getting the third book of the trilogy. It hasn’t come out yet! LOL My hubby loves Nora Roberts and her alter ego, J.D. Robb. He has read many of her books,as I have, but these two trilogies have been missing from our collection. I know he will enjoy them. Currently he is reading the last of her Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy as we just got the last book in that trilogy a few weeks ago. Of course I had to read it first. I love her trilogies. I’m not too into her J.D. Robb books. I don’t know why. But I do love her trilogies.

I admire Nora Roberts. What I’d like to know is how she writes so many novels. It blows me away everytime my hubby gives me the latest count. Does the woman sleep? Does anyone know of any author more prolific than Nora Roberts?

It is a grey dreary day here. I slept away most of it. Had another bad night, but that goes alone with getting older, I think. When I got up, I immediately went to Pinterest.com to pin recipes that I will probably never try. It relaxes me to do that though and I love drooling over the photos. I envy the creativity people showcase in their decorating and presentation of such goodies as Chanukah and Christmas cookies and cakes. Just blows me away. However, I am finding that when I follow the link to get some of the recipes, the webpages are messed up. Of course, it could be my virus-ridden puter. I need to take it in but it will have to wait till after the first of the year. So, expect another period of down-time in the near future. I need a different virus checker, but waiting till the subscription on my current one is over.

So, how is your holiday going? Did you get to go to many parties? Did you get all of your shopping and wrapping done? I still have to wrap four Christmas gifts. Did you mail your holiday cards? I still have to print and mail my cards out, for both holidays. I don’t know why I am procrastinating. Did you do your baking? I hope to do mine on Wednesday. I want to make Chanukah cupcakes to take over to my mom. I will use a box mix though, but will decorate them for Chanukah. If they turn out pretty, I will post photos here.

I see very few posts about Chanukah music, so I thought I would share the Chanukah songs from my youth, the songs I learned in Sunday school and later in Hebrew school:

 

Let's all dance the hora!

Let’s all dance the hora!

CHAUKAH, OH CHANUKAH

Chanukah, Oh Chanukah, come light the Menorah
Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the hora
Gather round the table, we’ll all have a treat
Sivivon to play with, and latkes to eat.
And while we are playing
The candles are burning bright
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago.

 

We sing Maoztur  – Rock of Ages – after we light the menorah.

ROCK OF AGES

Maoz tzur yeshua-si
Lecha na-eh li-sha-beyach
Tikone bais ti-fee-lasi
Vi-sham todah ni-za-beyach.

Li-ase ta-chin mat-beyach
Mee-tzar ham-na-beyach
Az eg-more vi-sheer meez-mor
Chanukas ha-meez-beyach
Az eg-more vi-sheer meez-mor
Chanukas ha-meez-beyach.

 

 

Oh, Dreidel We Shall Play

Oh, Dreidel We Shall Play

 

I HAVE A LITTLE DREIDEL

I have a little dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then dreidel I shall play!

Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel
I made it out of clay
And when it’s dry and ready
Then dreidel I shall play!

It has a lovely body
With legs so short and thin
And when my dreidel’s tired
It drops and then I win!

(Chorus)

My dreidel’s always playful
It loves to dance and spin
A happy game of dreidel
Come play now, let’s begin!

(Chorus)

 

Sivivon, Sov, Sov, Sov

Sivivon, Sov, Sov, Sov

SIVIVON, SOV, SOV, SOV

 

Sivivon, sov, sov, sov
Chanukah, hu chag tov
Chanukah, hu chag tov Sivivon, sov, sov, sov!

Chag simcha hu la-am
Nes gadol haya sham
Nes gadol haya sham
Chag simcha hu la-am.

For some more modern Chanukah songs, including one from Bare Naked Ladies, and for translations of the Chanukah songs that I have included here that are in Hebrew, please go to http://www.hanukkahcelebrations.com/songs.html

I found the following treasure at: http://jewishmusiclyrics.blogspot.com/2013/05/tatenyu-8th-day-chasing-prophecy-jewish.html You must visit the site to see a very cute Chanukah song about latkes. Just keep scrolling through the music there.

 

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Colored Candles from Destiny Volume 1 Eli Nathan Jewish Music Lyrics Chanukah Song

 

From his block of rolling lawns and fancy cars
He was so proud that he’d come so far
With the greatest of ease, he moved through high society
That grocer’s boy from the city streets

Well he’d long since gone and changed his name
It was the only way that he could play the game
With the neighbors like the Richardsons, the Williams and the Jones,

 What could he do with a name like Cohen

But he had one memory,
Yes his father he did see
Lighting colored candles on the window sill
Eight days a year he’d light
Another candle every night
It lingered in his memory still

In December came home from school his little girl called Sue
She held a picture of an x-mas tree she drew
All the kids in my class have one she said with a tear,

And could we have one in our home this year

He didn’t know what to do
With his little daughter Sue
Although her desires he wished to fulfill
“My dear Sue listen to me,
There’s something better than a tree,
It lingers in my memory still”

The next day he came home from work with a menorah in his hand
His dear wife said to him “Joe! I just don’t understand,
We’ve worked so hard to get to where we are today,
And now what will we do? What will the neighbors say?

But he light those candles anyway, yes there were 5 that night
And from his window to the street glowed the candle light
They were burning for an hour maybe a little more
When suddenly Mr. Richardson stood there by the door

He said would it be ok if a word to you I’d say
There’s something about those candles you must know
Yes they bring back memories, of my father I still see
As he light those candles many years ago

He stepped outside on that night and boy was he surprised!
He couldn’t believe what he saw he couldn’t believe his eyes
From all the houses on the block glowed candle light
From their window sills and out unto the night

Yes they had one memory
Yes their father’s they did see
Lighting colored candles on the window sill
Eight days a year they’d light

Another candle every night
It lingered in their memory still 

My favorite modern Chanukah song was written by none other than the great Woody Guthrie. I found these lyrics at: https://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/Honeyky_Hanukah.htm I do own the Klezmatics’ cd that this is on and I highly recommend it. The cd is called Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah.

 

happy Chanukah

 

Honeyky Hanukah
Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Frank London (The Klezmatics)

It’s Honeyka Hanukah ‘round and around,
Honeycake Hanukah, eat them down,
Latkes and goody things all over town,
It’s Honeyky Hanukah time.

It’s Honeyky Hanukah, shaky my hand,
My candles are burning all over this land,
To light the dark road for the man passing by,
It’s Honeyky Hanukah time.

It’s Honeyky Hanukah, kissy my cheek,
The light in my window it burns for a week
I’ll open my present and take a little peek,
It’s Honeyky Hanukah time.

It’s Honeyky Hanukah, makes me feel glad,
This box for mother and this box for dad,
For sister and brother, nice ribbons I’ll tie,
It’s Honeyka Hanukah time.

It’s Honeyky Hanukah, huggy me tight,
It’s Hanukah day, and it’s Hanukah night,
If you’ve got no money, well, that’s all right.
It’s Honeyky Hanukah time.It’s Honeyky Hanukah, brushy my hair,
Let’s dance a big horah and jump in the air,
You look lots prettier to me every year
At Honeyky Hanukah time.


Copyright © 2003 by Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.

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Ok, to enjoy all this wonderful, memorable Chanukah music, relax with a cup of tea and the following recipe which is my favorite recipe for pie.

Home Cookin Chapter: MARILYN’S RECIPES

Chocolate Mint Pie

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This is my verrrrry favorite desert! I first made and served this

pie when my sister became engaged and my parents invited her

future in-laws to dinner. My future brother-in-law’s father really

enjoyed this pie as much as I did. This is a very rich pie and I

strongly suggest serving with whipped cream! It is my favorite

pie recipe! ~ Marilyn Sultar

Ingredients

CRUST:

1 1/4 cups (10 double graham crackers) Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Butter OR Margarine; melted

2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar

FILLING:

3 squares (3 ounces total) SEMI-SWEET Chocolate

1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter OR Margarine

1 cup Confectioners Sugar

2 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract

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Directions

CRUST:

PREHEAT oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

Blend crumbs, margarine and sugar. Press firmly on the bottom and

sides of an 8″ pie plate. Bake in PREHEATED 350° Fahrenheit oven

for 10 minutes. Cool.

(MARILYN’S NOTE: You can skip the fun of making your own graham

cracker crust as above and buy a ready-made graham cracker crust!

Your choice.)

FILLING:

Melt chocolate over hot water in a double boiler; cool slightly.

(MARILYN’S Note: Melt chocolate in microwave for about 30 seconds

to a minute on HIGH OR until chocolate is shiny and melted.) Cool

SLIGHTLY.

In the small bowl of your electric mixer, cream butter with

confectioners sugar. Blend in the eggs, flavorings and melted

chocolate.

Place bowl in REFRIGERATOR until well chilled. Beat at HIGH speed

in your electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spread

chocolate mixture into baked and cooled crumb crust.

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REFRIGERATE until ready to serve. Garnish with whipped cream, if

desired.

Source: Marilyn Sultar – original is from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle or the Rochester Time’s Union newspaper. It is a very old recipe that I cut out and the name of the paper isnt’ on the clipping.

Servings: 0

Exported from Home Cookin 8.59 (www.mountainsoftware.com)

 

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT DUE:

Menorah photo:  http://www.israelnewsagency.com/hanukkahisrael481225.html

Blue Dreidel:  http://pickandprintgallery.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/bluedreidelkathygrimmc2a92012.jpg

Menorah clip art:  http://poetrysync.blogspot.com/2013/11/hanukkah-candle-clip-art-pictures.html

Happy Chanukah clip art:  http://poetrysync.blogspot.com/2013/11/hanukkah-candle-clip-art-pictures.html