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Happy Chanukah


Tonight was the first candle of Chanukah. It may not be that big a deal, and it certainly gets ridiculously commercialized and blown out of proportion because of its proximity to Christmas. But I still like Chanukah. Eight days of yummy unhealthy greasy food and presents… what could be bad?

I won’t wax poetic about the deeper meaning of the holiday, or the victory of freedom over tyranny or the political implications of celebrating revolutionaries or even the random thought that this may have been the first war in which oil was a big deal. I’m sure you can find all that and more elsewhere in the blogosphere.

Instead, I’ll talk about latkes. Because Chanukah, like all Jewish holidays, fits the common theme: They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.

My mom makes potato latkes grated in the processor, with a bit of onion and flour mixed in with the potatoes. And they’re fried small and nice and greasy and crisp, allowed to soak on paper towel so that they’re just slightly oozing with oil. With a little applesauce, they’re irresistible.

To all my Jewish readers, happy Chanukah!

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • just a guy 12.08.04, 7:21 AM

    I am not jewish. I don’t care about Chanukah.

  • DaninVan 12.08.04, 7:49 AM

    Kush meer in tokhes, putz.

  • Jonny 12.08.04, 4:16 PM

    Hugz Shumayer.

  • shawn 12.08.04, 5:33 PM

    just an idiot: I’m Jewish and I don’t care about you.

  • DaninVan 12.08.04, 5:36 PM
  • Josh 12.08.04, 8:44 PM

    chappy chanukah to all the chevre even to the guy with the small chmuck.

  • DaninVan 12.08.04, 9:00 PM

    No latkes for ‘wienie; his loss.
    My sister’s bf is the best latke maker in the family and he’s not even MoT.

  • just a guy 12.08.04, 10:17 PM

    Look at all this hostility toward me again. I am trying to make a contribution to this wonderful blog by posting very informed comments. And yet all I get in return is hostility and insults. This is sad.

    I am thinking about starting my own “just a guy” blog.

  • shawn 12.08.04, 10:34 PM

    I really hope you do start your own blog. I’d be curious to see if you have anything to say, other than just trolling on this site, making stupid comments and hoping for a reaction (which I regret to say I gave you: last time I’ll do that).

    Do you actually have something intelligent to say? Or are you just a loser who sits in his room, hoping to be noticed by playing the fool?

  • DaninVan 12.09.04, 1:02 AM

    Oh yes! Please, start your own blog. I promise I’ll visit…

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