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From this morning’s Valley News:

Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights, but it is also the Festival of Fried Foods, and a perfect time for consuming guilt-free doughnuts and fried chicken.


Why fry? Oil is central to the Jewish holiday, which commemorates the victory of rebellious Maccabees over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. When the Jews went to clean up and rededicate the ransacked temple, they needed eight days to prepare sacred oil for the temple lamps and candelabras. Although they found just a single small vial of purified oil, enough for one day, so the story goes, that little bit of oil lasted eight days until more could be made.

Click here to read more — and to get your hands on the recipe for salted tahini doughnuts, shown below!


Salted tahini doughnuts. Photo by Jennifer Chase for The Washington Post.