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Old 12-07-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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the custom is to eat foods fried in oil on Chanukah. Latkes, fried potato pancakes
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Jews of Sephardic descent favor sufganiyot, fried jelly doughnuts
I think I mentioned to you Walter that my wife, children and I lived near Jerusalem for a year and a half some 35 years ago. I could never quite say that I enjoyed Jewish food delights that you mention to include some of the traditional Mediterranen cuisine that Arabs, (Christian, Muslim and Jewish), and Jews alike claim as their own. However, I think the Arab restuarants were the best overall for food that pleased my tastes. Anyway, I digress too much - have a joyous and meaningful holiday!
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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I think I mentioned to you Walter that my wife, children and I lived near Jerusalem for a year and a half some 35 years ago. I could never quite say that I enjoyed Jewish food delights that you mention to include some of the traditional Mediterranen cuisine that Arabs, (Christian, Muslim and Jewish), and Jews alike claim as their own.


Can't say that I like Sephardic or Mediterranean cuisine, either, having grown up in an Ashkenazi family. Ashkenazi food is primarily from central and eastern Europe, and is really not that different from traditional American cuisine which is mostly of German influence (thank G-d we didn't end up with an English diet).

Here's my Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe:

Here's what you will need:

5 medium potatoes, washed, but not peeled
1 onion
1/4 cup matzoh meal or flour
1 egg, beaten
1/4 tsp baking powder
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil
applesauce or sour cream

You will also need a grater or food processor with a shredding surface or blade, bowl, small measuring cup, 1/4 teaspoon, spatula, large frying pan, paper towels and serving platter.


Here's what you need to do:

1. Shred the potatoes and place in bowl.

2. After peeling off the outside layer, shred the onion and add to shredded potatoes.

3. Add matzoh meal or flour, beaten egg, baking powder, salt and pepper and hand mix.

4. Heat vegetable oil in large frying pan.

5. Drop several 1/4 cups of potato mixture into frying pan and press lightly with the spatula on each mound to flatten.

6. Turn over when brown (approximately, 2-1/2 to 3 minutes per side).

7. Remove and drain on paper towel.

Repeat until all the mixture has been dropped into the frying pan. You may have to add additional oil to the frying pan after each batch is fried.

Yield: About 15, 3" pancakes.

Serve with a topping of applesauce, if part of a meat or pareve meal, or sour cream, if part of a dairy meal. (My mother served latkes as a main course with large dollops of both applesauce and sour cream.)
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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Here's my Latkes (Potato Pancakes) recipe:
Thanks Walter for the recipe. We lived in Germany for 7 years also and got addicted to their potato pancakes and, luckily, we found a German mix made by Panni (a division of Knorr) available here in stores. On the side of the carton was a recipe for "Potato Latkes" and basically one adds an egg and shredded onion to the mix and cooked as you suggested. Wow! I ate 5 of them this morning. The box does not indicate that the ingredients are Kosher however. From scratch is probably better anyway.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:08 AM
 
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That is such a sweet story, thanks for sharing it.
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:32 PM
 
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Yep- really great story! Thanks for posting!!!
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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are there many Jews or Muslims in Montana? What is the local population's view about them?
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