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Everyone knows Hanukkah means Potato Latkes fried in oil. Horror stories about bleeding knuckles scraped up from grating potatoes are aplenty. Except in my childhood house.
My mother always made these delicious fried pancakes in the blender; instead a thick puree fried to the same golden brown donned our Hanukkah table.
Aside from being oh so much easier…and safer, I always wondered why. Why do our latkes look different? I finally got the courage to ask why. The answer was so simplistic, it almost seemed silly. “Well,” said my mother, ” when I got married, I got a blender and that recipe came in the enclosed cookbook.” And that is how traditions are made.
This is truly the easiest latke recipe you will ever find. I hope you make them for your family.
MOM’S FAMOUS POTATO LATKES
1 small onion, quartered
1 small onion
2 tbl. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 cups peeled and cubed RAW potatoes (I use Russet potatoes)
Vegetable or Corn Oil to fry
Sour cream (optional)
- Put the eggs, onion, salt, flour and baking powder in blender with 1/2 of the potatoes. Process on high until potatoes have gone through the blades.
- Add the rest of the potatoes and puree on high until the mixture is a thick puree.
- Heat up oil in a non-stick pan.
- Add small ladles of puree in the hot oil until crisp around the edges. Flip and fry the other side.
- Drain hot latkes on paper towels.
- Serve latkes hot with sour cream and applesauce.
I bought this website a very LOOOOOONG time ago. I have diligently written blog posts since then. Today is the first time “the ink hits the paper.”
It’s funny for me to think that I have had numerous “Aha” moments that I thought would be the inspiration to fire up the desktop and actually type those brilliantly written pieces into the section called DRAFT. The word BLOG has been on my To Do list daily, it seems, forever. Obviously that didn’t seem to make a difference.
So what has finally encouraged me to start? Two things; Guilt and pride. (Not what you’re thinking at all!)
Guilt. Guilt, of the Jewish variety runs deep in my genes. It’s supposed to right? I am not a very religious person. In fact, while we consider ourselves Traditionally Jewish, we don’t celebrate religiously at all. While some may gasp with horror, this type of belief system works for my family. Tonight begins Yom Kippur. The holiday of Atonement. The holiest of all Jewish holidays. We are supposed to atone for our sins the previous 365 days and hope we’re written in the good book. Since I try to keep pretty much on the straight and narrow, I don’t have a whole lot of atoning to do. Except procrastination. I have decided that this is my greatest weakness and it’s time to stop. It’s time to celebrate every moment and stop putting things off. Especially when they are already written blog posts that sit in a notebook just waiting for 10 minutes of my time to type.
Pride. We all have our pride. But this pride is that of a mom. I am sitting here next to my new-to-college son watching him study his behind off. Study like he has never done before. Given a lifetime of learning disabilities, it seems pretty obvious why. But here he is diligently moving from one assignment to the next. Each more difficult than the previous. No complaints. No procrastination. Just dedicated effort. Heck, writing is easy to me. I have a college degree in Journalism. So if he can do it, so can I.
From this day forward, Fridays will be our joint working session. While he plugs away at school work, I promise that I will type another blog post and check it off my list.
And I will do it guilt free!