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Potato latkes are a traditional Jewish dish, but you don’t have to be of any particular faith to enjoy these little bundles of fried carbs.
Tamara is Jewish and originally from Montreal. She works in public relations in health care and she loves food. She thinks maybe too much, but is there such a thing?
Latkes are traditionally made for the Jewish holiday Chanukah. Latkes are incredibly versatile, and are also known potato rosti or simply as potato pancakes. If you’re out of potato and feeling adventurous, you can use zucchini, carrots, legumes or cheese in your latke.
Tamara has been making these latkes with her mom since she was a little kid. The recipe has never been written down, so Tamara committed the ingredients and the steps to memory from making it so many times with her mom, who learned the process from her mother. Tamara doesn’t even know how many generations this recipe goes back.
Talking to Tamara, it’s easy to see her love of family, and this dish as she told us story after story that revolved around these potato latkes. Like how her mom used to always make extras so her dad could take them for lunch instead of boring sandwiches and everyone around him would be jealous. Or how she and her sister would have competitions to see who could eat the most. Tamara told us that her kids haven’t developed quite the same love for the latkes yet, but she’s holding out hope that the tradition will live on.
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