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Making Potato Latkes. 
Feb. 28, 2012 4:28 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2012 8:55 am
  I always thought a potato pancake was left over mashed potatoes thinned out with milk or cream and formed into patties then fried golden brown on each side.That is how my step father and mother made them this way when ever we had left over potatoes.I never cared for the taste or texture of them and always said a silent prayer that there wouldn't be any left over potatoes,as a young women my sister in law taught me how to reheat mashed potatoes so you never knew they were left over. From that point on I never had a potato pancake again.
    The night I told my hubby dear that we were having potato pancakes with dinner he stuck his nose in the air and made an ugly face. He was not a fan of potato pancakes. Maybe I should not have called them potato pancakes.
  What Bill didn't know was that I had been playing in ALLRECIPE.COM and had watched the daily featured video titled "Making Potato Latkes". I was so intrigued to find out this was what was really a potato pancake was intended to be, I watched at least 10 more videos on potato latkes and how to make them. Thanks to allrecipe and the youtube link, I found out the correct way to make a potato
  Each video and recipe I checked out taught me that Latkes were not reheated mashed potatoes,and while they were made from 1 basic recipe there was many adaptations that can be applied. The most important part of making Latkes is that you follow the basic directions to the letter.Each video and cook had a different take on the Latke except a few basic rules like squeeze all excess liquid from the shredded potato and onion,and serve with apple sauce and sour cream.From every thing I read and watched the Latke was going to be a simple easy dish to prepare with loads of taste and comfort.
  I set about making my Latkes, grating the onion and potato and squeezing all the liquid possible out of them.I mixed in my flour,egg and milk as the recipe directed I could not resist throwing in a handful of shredded cheese into the mixture.I carefully cooked them to a beautiful golden brown on each side.
  I felt I needed to try them before I served them. The aroma and perfectly golden brown sight of the potatoes had my mouth watering and my mind spinning. The taste and texture was everything I was hoping for.Crunchy outside soft hot and chewy on the inside making the McDonalds hash browns hide in shame.As I stood at the stove eyes closed enjoying my first sample of a potato Latke I almost forgot to serve dinner.
  Instead of apple sauce a dish Both Bill and I dislike I served my Latkes with apple slices and sour cream.
 With nose still in the air and ugly face in place Husband dear takes a bite of the Latke . He chews,swallows and before his next bite his nose returns to normal and the ugly look on his face becomes a smile,stating loud and clear this is not a potato pancake.We both agree that the potato Latke is so much better then the potato pancake our parents made back in the day.
   I also learned I like watching cooking videos so much more then watching cooking shows and I learn so much more from them. Thank you for your videos and links
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Mar. 3, 2012 8:55 am
A beautiful presentation. I only make latkas for Hanukkah, don't know why I limit it to that time of year, maybe because I usually make at least 5 lbs of potatoes at a time. Also, for some reason, I ALWAYS have to have a glass or two of wine. Guess it's just tradition. Maybe I'll make smaller portions and enjoy just one glass of wine.
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I am married I work part time in a flower shop. have 1 grandchild and 1 son.I like to cook,sew,make soap and I love the ocean.
My favorite things to cook
I love making fried foods,it is not so healthy for you but the flavor and juciness of fried food can't be beat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hands down has to be the Thanksgiving meal.The whole thing from the turkey to the pumpkin pie.
My cooking triumphs
Gravy! I am now the Queen of gravy but that wasn't always so.Lumpy was the least of my problems.For years I would buy the gravy in a jar,not any more I got determined and I mastered the art of gravy.
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Well I had many many gravy tragedies but I have had more baking bloopers then gravy.I can't seem to manage a cake from scratch,you can either use it as a clay brick or as saw dust on the floor,so I leave cake baking to others.
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