Hire Hanukkah music for your party, Menorah Lighting, Chanukah Band
Any Season is the Perfect Time of Year for Latkes
(and these days you may need a latke just to tell when the seasons change)
Home of California’s GREATEST Klezmer Band:
Richárd Bernard’s OY!Stars
The Best Hanukkah 2017, Klezmer, Yiddish & More Jewish MUSIC!
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There are 17 ways to spell Chanukah...
Each of them is incorrect!
But there’s one sure way to spice up your latkes and whip your sour crème into a lather – add a dash of LIVE CHANUKAH MUSIC to your Home Simcha, Temple Festival, Children’s Chanukah Party, Boxing Day match, Winter Solstice or New Year’s Celebration.
Watch the Dreidel spin and smell the oil burn your latkes (but in a good way) while you’re busy with the Menora Lighting - as the best Los Angeles Klezmer Band plays and everybody (including the kids) busts a move on a folk dance.
Musical Menorah for the Festival of Lights
(a Harmonic Chanukiah to be exact)
Richárd Bernard’s OY!Stars can perform Chanukah Party Music either completely acoustically or as electric as my mother’s hanukiyah!
Rockin’ the Rock of Ages with these hits and sundry others:
But wait, folk (and the folk-curious)!
Not a Jew?
Not a problem!
Note to church people (And not just the ones who knocked on my door this morning): Have a party with live music anyway. Christians can celebrate this inspirational holiday as part of a “Bible Days” festival – a mirthful way to engage children outside the Sunday school classroom – like a Renaissance Faire without the incredibly bad English accents, and WITH fun music and dance courtesy of those affable Hebrews.
The fun never stops! Even more spellings! Khanike, Hanukkah, Chanukkah, Channukah, Hannukah, Hannukkah, Hannuka, Hanukah, Channukkah, Hanuka, Channuka, Chanukka, Channukkah, Chanuka, and Vebelfetzer.
Richárd Bernard’s OY!Stars
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OY!Stars’ Richárd Bernard and Zinovy Goro with
and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony at the Greek Theatre, Hollywood
Hanukkah Faerie Chieftain of the Squeezebox
(also delicious with apple sauce?)
(DO The Hora)
Read on...for the ULTIMATE LATKE RECIPE!
Dancing the HO-ra, ‘round a Santa Monica Chanukah Men-Orah
Utterly Delicious Brooklyn-Hollywood LATKE Recipe
“Failproof - unless you’re a lousy cook”
Vegan spoiler alert: I know…Chanukah is based on the Olive Oil that burned for 8 nights, but this recipe gives you the option of Chicken Schmaltz or Olive Oil, and it calls loudly for Eggs. Some people love Schmaltz. They crave to lie in a bathtub of the stuff, up to their necks. You wouldn’t do that with Eggs. I mean, that would be crazy.
Personally, as I sing in my Chanukah song “By My Spirit”:
“We were saved by olive oil,
Not the kind beneath the soil”
– Richár♪ Bernar♪
With your permission, I would like to speak Yiddish for a moment:
First, put on some Klezmer Music!!
5 Large BAKING (Russet Burbank, Idaho etc.) Potatoes, scrubbed not peeled. If you can’t round up any spuds that day, try substituting pratties, bulbes, kartofle, tofu, or give up and go to Nate n’ Al’s – the best damn deli west of Philly.
1 Large Egg. Okay, two.
1 Medium Onion. Okay, Large.
2 Tablespoons of Flour or Matzo Meal. Three. I can’t help it if I’ve got a heavy hand. 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Kosher salt
Freshly Ground Black (or White) Pepper 4 Tablespoons Italian Breadcrumbs. I mean, really. Olive Oil or Chicken Schmaltz – Or a combination of the two. It’s the schmaltz that gives it the OY! The chicken is that most noble of birds and look what it gave for your Latkes. Do what you think is right: THE VERDICT IS YOURS.
Now I realize that many good and well-intentioned folk believe they don’t like chicken fat. But I’m here to tell you – it’s just Poultry in Motion!
Garlic – optional. But is it really food if it doesn’t have Garlic?? Adds even more OY!
Eyns! Tsvey! Dray!
Hand-grate Potatoes and onion into strips, or dupe someone else into doing it for you. Drain out excess moisture by shoving into a colander, or wring in a dish towel. Get a bowl. Not that one. The big one! Combine Potatoes, Onion, Flour, Baking Powder, Breadcrumbs, Eggs and Spices. Mix well with your soulful wooden spoon.
Whip out your beloved favorite frying pan. Warm up the Oil or Schmaltz, or a combination if you’re feeling audacious. Coat the bottom of the pan. Don’t go crazy here. Don’t use 8 nights worth of Oil - it’s contrary to the spirit of the holiday. You’ll add a little more Oil as needed. The heat shouldn’t be so high that they burn. It shouldn’t be too low, they’ll be greasy. What’s the matter with you?
When you’ve convinced yourself it’s the correct temperature, take 2 heaping tablespoons of batter, dump in the frying pan (DON’T BURN YOURSELF FROM THE SPLATTER) and flatten them till they’re a half-inch thick. Cook till browned: Take your spatula and lovingly insert under Latkes to check for that perfect golden-brown color. It's like a Holy Grail for Jews. When you’re satisfied, flip ‘em over - not too roughly. When you’ve done both sides, pick them up and let them drip for a sec, then wrap in towels to absorb the Oil – or as The OY!Stars refer to it: “AbZorba The Grease”!
Keep warm till they’re all cooked – in a low oven or on top of your all-tube Guitar Amp. Serve with Apple Sauce (make it fresh at home – just throw raw Apples into a food processor, or boil and mash ‘em), Sour Cream, and if you take the notion, a nice Chianti. Or give up and drive to Nate n’ Al’s – the best damn deli west of Philly.
Makes enough for 5 people
(unless my brothers are around!)
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