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Dec 19, 2006 03:06 PM

Help! Gift ideas to Jewish parents in law

I am invited to my future parents in law's Hanukah dinner this Friday. I am not Jewish so I have no idea what I should bring to the dinner plus this is my very first Hanukah dinner. I already asked my fiance and all he said was, 'uhhh, I don't know, how about some fruits?' I guess I could simply bring flowers or a fruit basket but I want to get them something more interesting(must be kosher) that has a holiday theme.

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  1. traditional for Chanukah is food cooked in oil - potato pancakes (latkes) and jelly donuts (sufganiyot) chief among them. But anything else fried would be good too.

    Really, though, anything you bring should be ok. If you go to an appetizing store (Russ & Daughters, Barney Greengrass, etc) you can get some "traditional" Jewish foods, be it lox or chopped liver or whatever, sure to impress. I wouldn't worry too much about it though.

    1. Can't go wrong with a nice bottle of wine. If it's not a kosher wine, they can always save it and drink it after the holidays.

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      1. re: ajs228

        if theyre kosher, and youre bringing wine, better make it kosher wine - they cant drink it even after the holiday.

      2. Potato pancakes, smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and caviar. A nice bottle of Champagne to top it off. I couldn't think of a better way to start a hannukah meal.

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        1. re: wazup1999

          If they are kosher, they can't have real caviar from sturgeon. They can have "kosher" caviar made from salmon roe though.

          1. re: pescatarian

            Most supermarkets carry the kosher Romanoff-brand whitefish caviar in small jars by the tuna. Look for the symbol on it that looks like a U in a circle, that means it's kosher. It's not very expensive and a nice little gift. THank you.

        2. With the exception of latkes and sufganiyot (donuts), there really are not any other foods that are specifically related to Chanukah, and items like chocolate covered Chanukah "gelt" (coins) are for kids.

          I recommend that you bring a bottle of wine. It must, of course, be kosher. But that's no problem because there are many fine kosher wines available.

          1. I would suggest a nice bottle of wine. Find out if they keep Kosher. If they don't it may not be imperative that the wine be Kosher.

            The other thing I can suggest is jelly donuts from a good bakery (and by good, I don't mean expensive). The donuts should be fried, big and fluffy and not too sparse on the filling.

            Bringing latkes is a nice idea but they generally don't reheat well and your future mother in-law may be making her own.

            My parents had a Hanukkah dinner last Saturday. Fresh latkes, my mothers brisket and poached pears for dessert. I could eat a dozen of those latkas with sour cream or applesauce.