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Latke vs. Hamantash Debate

Happy Hanukkah! Along with Hanukkah comes a plethora of latke recipes, and who doesn’t enjoy a good potato pancake? One of the most interesting traditions surrounding latkes is the annual “Latke vs. Hamantash” debate – an annual scholarly event where the merits of latkes and hamantashen (pastries traditionally served during the Purim holiday) are debated. The event was first held at University of Chicago in 1946, and is held yearly on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The event has become increasingly famous over the years, and has even spread to different universities. Despite its storied and lengthy history, the debate has never been definitively won. Which side are you on?


I think we’re on the side of the latkes

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Latkes for Hanukkah

The delicious holiday of Hanukkah is underway, and of course this means latkes! Being the starch lover – I am all about latkes, and am always on the hunt for a new spin on a classic dish.  The New York Times presents a recipe for red latkes (thanks to the addition of beets). Flickr user TimTom.ch presents a matzo and cottage cheese recipe which sounds (and looks) great.  Also at the NYT, Joan Nathan answers readers’ most pressing Hanukkah food questions – Q: What type of oil should you fry up latkes in? A: Olive oil is probably the historically correct way to cook latkes.

Latkes by TimTom.ch

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