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Open Up the Windows

Posted on | December 11, 2009 | Written by Maya Borenstein | No Comments

After living in Florida for 24 years this is my first holiday season with an actual season. To kick off this Chanukah my roommate Brette and I are throwing a potluck with some of our closest friends. As both of us are Jewish and away from our families this season, we’ve decided the holidays should be spent with our friends. In throwing together this shin-dig we discussed the two Chanukah staples, latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). I told Brette I’d provide the latkes since my mom passed down her amazing recipe to me, and that she could provide the doughnuts.  What she doesn’t know is that I’ll also be providing a delicious surprise of Sentieri  Ebraici Spumante Brut, a kosher wine from Le Marche, that will complement our favorite holiday occasion.

Latkes are probably the best part of this entire holiday; the only difficult part is making them. If you know what you’re doing, then you know you’ll need a food processor, because there is no way to grate all those potatoes by hand, unless you literally want to be a part of them.  To calculate just how many potatoes you’ll need,  consider how many people are coming and how much they can eat. The recipe breakdown is as follows: two potatoes for each person; for every four potatoes one onion and one egg is required;  and for every eight potatoes one cup of flour is needed.

The calculations aren’t the worst part; it’s the smell of the fried potatoes that gets you. Everything from the hair on your head to the inner sole of your shoes will be permeated by all the fried-potato goodness. There is no way to avoid the aroma, so the only thing to do is open up all the windows and carry on.  So that is my plan this weekend. Although my mom won’t be here to make the most delicious potato pancakes, I will be thinking about her and hearing her voice in my head nagging, “don’t forget to open the windows.”


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