Excerpt from Joyfully Jay


“Today I am so pleased to welcome Avery Duran to Joyfully Jay. Avery has come to talk to us about her latest release, Ahava Is Love. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

Thank you so much to Joyfully Jay for hosting me today. My novella, Ahava is Love came out this summer, but the majority of the book takes place during Chanukah, and the themes of the holiday run through the story.

As it’s that time of the year, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a Chanukah blog party. Since no celebration is complete without food, conversation, and gifts – I’ve spent the holiday visiting different blogs to share recipes, stories, excerpts and a great giveaway. I hope you’ll join me!

Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the holy temple by the Maccabees, a small group of Jews who defeated the Greek army. They were only able to find enough oil to fuel the temple Menorah for one day, but it miraculously lasted for eight.

The miracle of the oil is the reason that fried foods are eaten. The most well-known fried food is the potato pancake or latke. Similar to large hash browns, they are made of grated potatoes fried in oil. There are as many recipes for latkes as they are families. My family grates an onion in with the potatoes, others add carrots. Some add egg, matzo meal, or flour as a binder. All of these recipes are delicious – it’s just a matter of personal choice. ”

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