Potato Latkes For Chanukah
I have been so busy with the holidays and getting ready for our trip to New Orleans that I almost forgot to tell you about our wonderful Chanukah dinner. About a week prior to Chanukah my wonderful daughter-in-law Eve (who is not Jewish) asked if I would mind making a traditional Chanukah dinner so that she could be at our home when we lit the first candle in our menorah. Needless to say I was thrilled that she asked! For me the menu planning was simple. We started with Martinis, Hummus, cheeses and crackers. After we said the Chanukah blessing and lit the first candle we sat down to a meal of Sweet and Sour Brisket with Gravy and Carrot Tzimmes, Roasted Asparagus, Potato Latkes with Sour Cream and Applesauce and Challah. For dessert, honestly, I took the easy route and had Steve stop at Dunkin' Donuts and pick up jelly donuts which are traditional since they are fried. Part of the reason we celebrate Chanukah is that the Maccabees had only enough oil to burn for one night but by some miracle it lasted eight nights. Hence eight days of Chanukah and eight candles lit. I don't have time now for my brisket recipe but since Eve and my son Brian keep telling me how much they loved my potato latkes I though I would take the time to share the recipe with you. They are easy and can be made in advance and frozen which is just what I did.