Hanukkah 2006: first batch of latkes

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Potato pancakes, known as latkes in Yiddish, are traditionally associated with Hanukkah, (especially among Ashkenazi families) in particular because there is a custom to eat foods fried or baked in oil, preferably olive oil, as the original miracle of the Hanukkah menorah involved the discovery of the small flask of oil used by the Jewish High Priest (the Kohen Gadol). Many Sephardic families as well as Polish Ashkenazim and Israelis have the custom to eat all kinds of doughnuts (bimuelos or sufganiyot) which are deep-fried in oil.

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  1. !MimosaMicheMichelle! 101 months ago | reply

    I would love to come over and tastes these for you! LOL

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  2. karen in toronto 101 months ago | reply

    Looks soooo good !

  3. The Gifted Photographer 101 months ago | reply

    They not only look good, they were deliciously divine! I am making more tonight for my extended family ... they enjoy them every year with sour cream so the meal will be dairy ....

  4. tamelyn 101 months ago | reply

    those are some seriously awesome latkes.


  5. Debbie C.B.'s 99 months ago | reply

    would last 2 minutes in this house
    we like a little salt and apple sauce

  6. Mindy Hertzon 89 months ago | reply


  7. The Gifted Photographer 89 months ago | reply

    I love to make latkes and am less into applesauce with them than the equally traditional sour cream ... hopefully, with a bit of lox on the side .. now that is a meal!!

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  9. One day WONDERS of the world by Carolina 56 months ago | reply

    Good morning!

    I love your photo. Would you mind if I use your photo on my food blog?

    With kind regards from sunny South Africa,


  10. redsmith.wordpress.com 52 months ago | reply

    wow, looks delicious

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