Win This Book: Entrée to Judaism for Families

Win This Book: Entrée to Judaism for Families


Hanukkah and Thanksgiving are two of my favorite holidays. So I was ecstatic when I hear that the first full day of Hanukkah falls of Thanksgiving (also called Thanksgivukkah). This special event last happened in 1888, and will happen again only in 77,798 years! I want to make this once-in-a-lifetime holiday convergence memorable for my kids by getting them down and dirty in the kitchen with me. Luckily I came across Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversation with Children which has delicious Thanksgivukkah recipes. You can enter to win a free copy in the comments area- more details below.

About the book
One of the best ways to learn about a culture is by exploring its food habits, and the native staple dishes. Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children by Tina Wasserman is a great way to get your kids in the kitchen with you, to not only teach them culinary skills, but valuable lessons about Judaism. Each recipe features a beautiful photo and story to share with your children or grandchildren and open up the dialogue to talk about family history. I truly enjoy the “kitchen conversations” portion of each recipe that offers activity ideas and conversation starters to actively engage your little ones—something I’ve been doing with my children since they were born.

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes
Latkes (or potato pancakes) are a must have in my house. Using traditional Thanksgiving veggies makes these latkes perfect for Thanksgivukkah!

IngredientsEthiopian Latkes
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled
½ pound carrots, peeled
1 small onion, cut into eighths
1 large clove garlic, cut into 3 pieces
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
15 grindings of black pepper
½ teaspoon powdered ginger
½ teaspoon dried oregano or ½ tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil or ½ tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 large eggs
¼ to ⅓ cup teff or ground flaxseed
Canola or peanut oil for frying
Greek yogurt or sour cream for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut the sweet potatoes and carrots into 1½-inch chunks, and grate them using the fine grating disk on a processor. Empty the mixture into a 3-quart bowl.
  2. Place the onion and garlic pieces in the food processor work bowl fitted with the metal blade. Pulse the machine on and off until the onions are finely chopped. Return half of the potato/carrot mixture to the processor workbowl, and pulse on and off about 5 times to combine the ingredients. Empty the workbowl into the mixing bowl with remaining potato/carrot mixture.
  3. Add the spices, the eggs, and ¼ cup of the teff or ground flaxseed to the mixing bowl, and mix thoroughly. Add a little more grain if the mixture seems too loose and watery. Do not make the mixture too firm or the finished product will be dry and heavy.
  4. Heat a large skillet or griddle on high heat for 20 seconds. Add enough oil to totally cover the bottom of the pan. Heat the oil for 10 seconds. If the oil begins to smoke, reduce the heat to medium-high.
  5. Drop 2 tablespoons of the potato/carrot mixture into the hot pan using a food scoop or spoon. Each time before you scoop up some of the latke batter, stir the contents of the bowl. Repeat with more mixture to fill the pan, but do not overcrowd.
  6. When the bottoms of the pancakes are golden, gently turn them over using two slotted spatulas. When golden on the second side, remove to a plate that is covered with crumpled paper towels.
  7. Proceed with the remaining mixture.
  8. Serve plain or with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt.


Kid-Friendly Tasks
When cooking with your kids, give them age appropriate tasks to do with you. Here are suggestions for the recipe above.

  • Gather ingredients
  • Peel and grate carrots (for older kids)
  • Measure spices
  • Stir together the spices, eggs, and teff or flax seed
  • Place a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt onto each pancake


Enter to Win!
One randomly selected commenter will win a hardback copy of Entrée to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children.

Giveaway begins: Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 8:00 am ET
Giveaway ends: Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 11:59pm ET

Mandatory Entry: Tell me in the comments area “What dish will you be making to celebrate Thanksgivukkah?”

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  • Linz @ Itz Linz
    Posted at 08:29h, 12 November Reply

    I’m not sure what I’ll be making for Chanukah / Thanksgiving dinner yet. Mom does pretty much all of it, so most likely I’ll be making a dessert or appetizer!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz
    Posted at 08:30h, 12 November Reply

    i follow you on twitter!

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    Posted at 08:30h, 12 November Reply

    i follow tina on twitter!

  • Carrie Lutter
    Posted at 10:43h, 12 November Reply

    I can’t wait to get my 4 year old in the kitchen to help cook for the holiday this year! He’s been a chef in the kitchen with us for most of his life now, but I think it’s special this year. He has more of an understanding of the cultural and community meaning of this time of year and how food plays a role in that. It’s such a joy to share this important part of life with him! His little 6 month old sister will be hot on his trail in no time ; ) Enjoy your “convergence” holiday!!!

  • Carrie Lutter
    Posted at 10:46h, 12 November Reply

    I forgot to share what we are making/taking to our family feast: stuffed jalapeño appetizer in honor of Uncle Bob who passed away recently…he always brought them to family gatherings!

  • Caroline Margolis
    Posted at 11:11h, 12 November Reply

    We will be making traditional latkes and serve with homemade cranberry-apple sauce!

  • Aaron
    Posted at 11:46h, 12 November Reply

    Latkes and cranberry apple sauce, of course! Should be fantastic!

  • molly
    Posted at 21:28h, 12 November Reply

    I will be making sweet potato latkes, gelt pecan pie and matzah stuff (just to be cra cra) to celebrate Thanksgivukkah!

  • molly
    Posted at 21:29h, 12 November Reply

    I follow you on twitter!

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    Posted at 21:30h, 12 November Reply

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    Posted at 21:30h, 12 November Reply

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  • molly
    Posted at 21:32h, 12 November Reply
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    Posted at 21:32h, 12 November Reply

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  • Toby Amidor
    Posted at 15:13h, 14 November Reply

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks for entering my giveaway!

    And the winner of Entree to Judaism for Families is…..molly!

    Please keep an eye out for my email so I can have your new fabulous cookbook mailed out to you.

    Thanks everyone for a great giveaway. I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgivukkah!

    Healthy, happy eating!

  • FYI Nutrition
    Posted at 14:07h, 16 November Reply

    Just liked the page on facebook!

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