For the Macabees, a band of Jewish patriots who conquered the Greeks and restored religious freedom, the miracle of Hanukkah came in the form of one night of oil that inexplicably burned for eight nights. For me, the miracle of Hanukkah came in the form of a United States Postal Service box from my friend Melissa.
Who knew the Postal Service could actually deliver Hanukkah on time?
I was in the process of lugging in the never-ending bags of groceries needed to prepare a Hanukkah feast for my family tomorrow night when I stumbled on the package. It was addressed to my son, but he can’t take his hands out of his mouth long enough to open it, so I did the honors.
The package contained a customized onesie, the story of Hanukkah, and his very own plush dreidel. (She technically threw in 80s lullabies for him, but that one is more for me; I can’t seem to let the decade of decadence go). She read my “Surprise! It’s the Festival of Lights!” blog post, and took it upon herself to help me deliver the miracle of Hanukkah to Alex. Like I said, Hanukkah means dedication.
If you want to show your dedication at your Hanukkah feast, put individual vegetable kugels on the menu. There’s something about serving a dish in individual portions that makes dinner guests feel special…
Individual Vegetable Kugels
1 medium onion, chopped well
3 carrots, grated
1/4 cup red pepper, chopped well
1/3 cup green pepper, chopped well
1 10-ounce package of spinach, chopped and very well-drained
3 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup of matzo meal
3 tablespoons of butter
Freshly grated pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Heat butter in a frying pan and sauté onion, carrots, and peppers until the onion is translucent. In a bowl, mix the well-drained spinach, eggs, matzo meal, and pepper together. Add the sautéed vegetables to the mix. Spoon into the muffin tins, and bake for about 30-35 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from the muffin tin.