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Welcome to my website, home of Eight Candles and A Tree, a book for all families that celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. With almost sixty percent of Jews and a third of all Americans marrying out of their faith, this is a much needed children’s picture book that shows how one interfaith family celebrates their holidays.

Time-tested Latke Recipe

Growing up in a Jewish family in Johannesburg, South Africa, my mother always made latkes made from the International Goodwill recipe book — her “go to” book for our family’s meals. Here is the latke recipe:

3 medium-sized potatoes, small grated onion, 2 eggs, 5 Tbs flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, dash of pepper, oil for frying.

Grate the potatoes and onions. Add salt, pepper, eggs, flour and baking powder and mix. Drop by tablespoons into deep hot oil into which a piece of onion has been added. Fry to golden brown on each side. Put in oven to dry and crisp for about five minutes. Serve with applesauce.Latkes