When our clergy friend called yesterday I told her we were putting up the Christmas tree and making potato latkes. She said, "Latkes ... sounds very Minnesotan."
"Er, not quite," I said. "It's Hanukkah so we're having latkes and decorating the tree."
About that time I noticed the cat up on her hind feet licking (yes, licking) a plastic icicle. She kept this up for about a minute. "You won't believe this," I tell the episcopal priest/chaplain on the phone (as if she could provide pastoral counseling on the spot) "The cat is licking a plastic icicle. She can't tell that is isn't real. What could be wrong with her?"
"Hmm, okay ... " says she. "Tell me more about those latkes."
The latke recipe:
Potatoes (grated - I use the Cuisinart to do this)
1 egg (optional - some recipes call for an egg but it's not needed)
Matzo Meal (enough to help the potatoes stick together, a little flour would work as well)
Salt and Pepper (lots! more than you think you need)
Put about a 1/2" of oil in your favorite skillet. Get it very hot.
Drop a forkful of potato into the hot oil (you want a latke to be palm-sized), flip it once, remove when it's golden brown, drain on paper towel (or if you're traditional, a brown paper bag).
Serve immediately with apple sauce and/or sour cream.