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    How to Make the Best Latkes

    How to Make the Best Latkes

    What is Hanukkah without latkes? Not nearly as delicious. Here is our recipe for the best latkes.The best latkes
    The Best Latkes Recipe
    Makes 10+ Latkes
    Ingredients:
    • 2 pounds, about 5 cups when shredded) russet potatoes, washed and peeled
    • 1/4 medium white onion, minced and dried well
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 tablespoons flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ cup canola or other oil or more to fry
    1. Start by shredding your potatoes with a grater into a bowl of ice water. Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove potatoes, squeezing out the moisture into the water. Dry potatoes very well with towels. Let water sit 10 minutes for starch to accumulate on the bottom. Carefully drain water, reserving the white starch on the bottom. This part is optional but leads to crispier latkes. You can also add 1 tablespoon potato starch to the mix.
    2. Place potatoes in a large bowl, dry again very well. Then add in the onion,  garlic, eggs, flour and salt and reserved starch and combine.
    3. Meanwhile, heat up canola oil in a large saute pan. Scoop two tablespoon dollops of the potato mixture and flatten lightly and fry until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Then flip and fry the other side. Season with salt, drain on a rack over paper towels. Eat with applesauce and sour cream!

    To make ahead, fry the latkes as normal but do not drain them and put them on a cookie sheet. Freeze the whole sheet and then to reheat just put in the oven at 375 frozen. The oil kind of refries them. Nearly as delicious as fresh. You can also keep warm in a 200-degree F oven to keep warm for a short period of time. Enjoy!

    Why Do We Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

    Why Do We Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

    Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah
    You are probably familiar with apples and honey for a sweet Jewish New Year, but that's not the only food symbol on the Rosh Hashanah table. 

    Pomegranates are considered a new fruit- one that is back in season for the fall. They say a pomegranate has 613 arils (seeds) which is the same as the number of commandments in the Torah. (We haven't counted, but I trust this.) Pomegranates are also a symbol of fertility, another reference of new things to come, and are mentioned numerous times in the bible. May your blessings in the New Year be as numerous as the seeds of a pomegranate!

    Pomegranate items to help you celebrate:
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