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It's Purim – Let's Eat & Drink! PDF Print E-mail

purim2013-001Purim is a festive holiday that celebrates the deliverance of the Jews from their enemies, in the biblical Book of Esther, and it includes eating and drinking. Let's face it, we Jews have wonderful food customs that are associated with most of the holidays. On Purim it is customary to give Mishloach Manot – baskets filled with food and drink. It is also customary on Purim to have a festive meal  called the Purim se'udah (meal), AND..would you believe, we are supposed to drink alcoholic beverages!

Just as there are MANY different fillings for hamantashen, there are many, many spellings. So whether it is hamantaschen, hamantashen, hamentashen, or homontashen – it is all delicious and part of the Purim tradition.

We are sharing some of our favorite past articles, recipes, drinks, videos...Happy Purim!

easyaspiesmHamantaschen, Hamantashen, Hamentashen, or Homontashen – Let us count the ways!

From Pastry Chef Rachelle D. Ferneau, her recipe for Hamantaschen with "Easy as Pie" Fillings – apple pie or pecan filling. They are featured in her article of the same name.

Chef and cookbook author Laura Frankel shares several of her favorite hamantaschen recipes:
• Hamantaschen with Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
• Hamantaschen with Rosewater and Almond Filling

almondapricothamantashen1Cookbook author Pam Reiss shares one of her favorites:
• Almond Hamantashen with Apricot Amaretto Filling 

Bake up some of these goodies for serving and for your Purim Baskets. A nice change of pace if you want to make something instead of Hamantashen.
From Eileen Goltz, her feature SLICE OF LIFE: Purim Desserts, includes some great Purim desserts:
Lemon Bars
Cherry White Chocolate Scones
Super Easy Banana Blueberry Pie
Almond Apricot Cheesecake

snapcracklepopcorn1Some fun, tasty, easy-to-make Purim basket treats:
Purim Party Mix Snack
Puppy Chow
Cookie Crunch Bark
Praline Almonds
Southern Spiced Almonds
Snap–Crackle Popcorn and Nuts

Let's Imbibe!
Amaretto Pound Cake
Rum Cake
blackrussiancake1Black Russian Cake
Tiramisu Trifle
Walders Vanilla Vodka Cake
Mordechai’s Mitzvah-Tini Martini
The Queen's Royal Martini
Heering Latte
Prosecco, Rosemary and Fizz
Drunken Donuts Cocktail

Videos:
How to Shape Hamantashen with Tina Wasserman
How to Make Homentashen – in Yiddish with English Subtitles
The MaccabeatsPurim Song

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