Even though the holidays are all about tradition, we often shape them to suit our lifestyles. Jennifer and Lee Engel of Roswell, Georgia, share a meal--without the usual brisket--with friends and family. Some traditions can't be broken, though, and for Jennifer this means latkes. The potato pancakes, crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside, are usually served alongside brisket. Jennifer serves them with a sweet-spicy chicken dish that she got from her mother-in-law, Nancy Engel. We paired the combination with buttered green beans sprinkled with toasted pecans for a great, casual Hanukkah menu.
Sweet Concord grape wine is no longer the only choice to serve with your holiday meal. Kosher winemakers around the world produce sparkling wines, Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, and other varietals. Look for producers such as Baron Herzog, Mouton Cadet, Yarden, and Alfasi, which are widely available, or ask your wine merchant for other suggestions. You can also purchase online, but many states have laws prohibiting out-of-state wine shipments to consumers, so be sure to check first.
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" A Contemporary Hanukkah Meal " is from the November 2005 issue of Southern Living.