Timetable for Your Hanukkah Dinner

Follow this plan and your Hanukkah dinner will be a breeze.

Start preparing for your Hanukkah meal two weeks before, so that when the day arrives, you can spend more time with your family.

A Few Weeks Before:

  • Order a 5- to 6-pound fresh beef brisket from your butcher.
  • Prepare two grocery lists — one for nonperishable items that can be purchased now and one for perishable items that need to be purchased a few days before your Hanukkah meal.

The Day Before:

  • Buy remaining grocery items, including the beef brisket.
  • Set the table.
  • For the Festive Tossed Salad, make the dressing; cover and refrigerate. Cut up all the salad ingredients; place in separate airtight containers or resealable plastic bags and refrigerate.
  • Bake the and Glazed Lebkuchen; cover and store at room temperature.

The Day of  Hanukkah Dinner:

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest