January 28, 2015 / 8th of Shvat, 5775
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    I’m a huge fan of the customary latke accoutrements of applesauce and sour cream, but why limit yourself? For something a little less traditional, I paired sweet potato and shallot latkes with a cucumber raita. Raita is an Indian condiment that’s a mix of yogurt, spices and... Read More
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    This recipe borrows the beet-and-dill pairing (and vibrant fuchsia color!) of borscht, the refreshing Russian soup. Since beets don’t release as much liquid as potatoes, you don’t have to squeeze them after grating, which expedites the preparation process. Just be careful... Read More
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    Potatoes may be the most traditional type of latke, but other root vegetables, such as celery root, work well too. Celery root is that kind of ugly bulb you see in the grocery store. It’s not much to look at, but once it’s peeled, the flesh is firm and mellow. Its mild celery... Read More
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    Apples and latkes on Hanukkah are as classic as apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah. They’re usually served together but separate, by dolloping applesauce on top of a freshly fried latke. But why not incorporate apples into the latke? Here, tart Granny Smiths are mixed with the... Read More
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    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a cooking demo with Janna Gur, who was in Boston promoting her new cookbook, “Jewish Soul Food.” At the intimate demo, sponsored by the New Center for Arts & Culture, Gur prepared these thick latkes, which are packed... Read More
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    The same rules apply when turning a potato or a zucchini into a latke. Each of these vegetables has a lot of excess moisture, so be sure to get rid of as much of it as you can when preparing the batter. And be sure to use your judgment when preparing to put the batter in the pan; if... Read More
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    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes anytime of the year. And they’re easy enough to make Hanukkah-appropriate too—simply grate them and turn them into latkes. They’re just as good as the traditional white potato latke, with a bit more sweetness and an even... Read More
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    By Rabbi Jillian Cameron “My family is going to my new sister-in-law’s home for Thanksgiving. My husband doesn’t mix milk and meat, but my sister-in-law’s family isn’t Jewish and will probably be basting their turkey in butter or using butter in side... Read More
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    Over the past few years I’ve been able to wrest control of Thanksgiving away from both sides of the family. No more multi-night sleepovers at the in-laws’. No more haggling over dishes and kid messes at my parents’ house. Now it’s all about getting our house ready for... Read More
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    On Thanksgiving it takes so much energy to get all the main dishes to the table that I try not to worry too much about appetizers. Do we really need to provide our guests with something to eat before we eat? Hosting etiquette says we do, and I understand that it’s part of the... Read More
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