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The Whole Story on Latkes

23 December 2008 2,250 views 3 Comments

Check out Betsy Becker’s awesome post on latkes aka “Jewish Soul Food” in a recent Whole Foods blog item. I was honored that Betsy gave a shout-out and linked to my blog about Chanukah. She says:

Chicken soup may be the “Jewish penicillin,” but latkes are the “Jewish soul food.” And there’s nothing I’m craving more this Hanukkah than a plateful of earthy, humble, pan-fried potato pancakes – warm and crispy on the outside, soft and savory on the inside – shared with friends and loved ones, with a little sour cream on the side.

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There is also a link to some Chanukah recipes from Whole Foods including ginger applesauce, brisket, two kinds of potato latkes, two kinds of rugelach, lentil soup, and zucchini potato latkes. I’m curious to try the Fig Rugelach for an 8th night of Chanukah party I’m co-hosting on Sunday.

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  • tom benton

    Hash browns have taken some kind of sad turn – order a side them and you’ll end up with a bowl of chunky home fries about as often as you get a soggy, shredded mass of disgraced potato (except the odd Mexican place that shreds rather than chunks, which seem to err towards dessicated and eye-gouging). Meanwhile, have I ever had a bad latke? For that matter, have I ever had hash browns that exemplified my hash brown ideal as much as a latke? Really, it’s mind boggling.

  • Jodi

    Mark Bittman wrote a nice item that includes links to some interesting latke recipes if you are looking for something new to try: http://bitten.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/a-variation-on-latkes/.

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