Hanukkah Latkes and Chicken and Couscous Stew

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As a child, I always loved Hanukkah because it meant it was time for chicken soup and latkes!

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This past Saturday I made smitten kitchen latkes at a friends house for the first night of Hanukkah. This recipe produces the perfectly crisp, light potato pancakes.  My only additions were mixing local green onions into the batter, and serving them with honeyed greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Yum! Last year I made them with local sweet potatoes and they were just as delicious.

The stew I made for dinner for the second night of Hanukkah consisted of carrots, chicken, celery, onions, mushrooms, eggplant, and leftover thanksgiving gracy cooked down in homemade chicken stock. This was my first time using a slow cooker and I’m not so sure I am a fan. The chicken came out over cooked, and the broth was not at all rich. I tried to strain off some of the liquid and reduce it, but it ended up a bust. Perhaps I used the wrong setting on the machine. Either way, next time I will stick to my mothers chicken noodle soup recipe!

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