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Getting Hanukkah to go

By Ben Coleman Portland Mercury Hanukkah can be a lonely holiday in Portland, especially when it gets cold and dark and you don’t see candles lighting many windows. We’re far, far away from the traditional bastions of cultural Judaism, and perhaps more importantly, their wide selection of delis. In Portland, I’ve mainly experienced Jewish tradition…

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A Little Oil Creates a Hanukkah Miracle

In the original Hanukkah miracle, a small amount of oil miraculously burned for eight days when the Maccabees rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem after defeating the Greek-Syrian invaders. In a modern cooking miracle, kosher chef Paula Shoyer uses a small amount of oil to fry crisp latkes in the oven. “Oven frying uses two tablespoons…

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Cooking up Food Memories

Thanksgiving is a special holiday for kosher chef Paula Shoyer. “Thanksgiving is such a beautiful American holiday and since it is always on Thursday, Shabbat comes up 24 hours later,” says Paula. “My American and Jewish culinary traditions come together with 48 hours of gratitude.” For the Shabbat after Thanksgiving, Paula says she traditionally makes…

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Hunger organizations benefit from Feast

PHOTO: A Super Secret dinner at the 2017 Feast Portland. Photo by Jessica Fiorillo During its seventh year, Bon Appétit Presents Feast Portland food and drink festival (Sept. 13-16, 2018) raised $75,140 for its charitable partners Partners For A Hunger-Free Oregon and Urban Gleaners. Since 2012, Feast Portland has raised $445,140 to help fight hunger….

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It’s not Hanukkah without the sufganiyot

Hanukkah starts at sundown on Dec. 2, but it’s been sufganiyot season in Israel for the past several weeks. Israelis consume an estimated 24 million of these deep-fried, jelly-filled holiday treats in the weeks leading up to the Festival of Lights. But where did this tradition of eating jelly doughnuts on Hanukkah originate? For centuries,…

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Portland knows doughnuts

PHOTOS: Above, Voodoo Doughnut’s traditional take on jelly doughnuts; left, a Voodoo twist on sufganiyot. LAST YEAR A FRIEND VISITING from San Francisco wanted to take in Portland’s famed doughnut culture. He’d read about Voodoo Doughnut, which launched Portland’s doughnuts revolution in 2003. In an article on the top 10 places to visit in Portland,…

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Gifts for foodies

Looking for the perfect Hanukkah gift for a Portland foodie? Not only are many of these items locally produced, a few are even kosher. Here is something for everyone on your list. Ale Aficionado One of the few examples of Hanukkah-themed beer will be available starting Nov. 20. Leikam Brewing, Portland’s kosher microbrewery, will release…

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