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Hi there,

On Christmas Eve, my beautiful daughter-in-law, Hillary, prepares latkes. We look forward all year to having those delicious little potato morsels. She serves them with sour cream, chopped eggs, smoked salmon, and capers. By the end of the evening, there isn’t even a crumb in sight. I thought of this family tradition when I purchased HONEY CAKES AND LATKES.

This is a very moving cookbook. It is filled with the stories and the recipes of Holocaust Survivors. I think that it would make a wonderful addition to your bookshelf and it would also make a very special holiday present.

There are very many recipes to choose from, but when I came to the recipe for Latkes in the Wiesel Family Tradition, which was donated by Mrs. Marion Wiesel, it put me in mind of our family’s latke tradition. I knew that this had to be the recipe I would share with you as a Hanukkah Treat.

“A simple and easy recipe.” Mrs. Marion Wiesell


  • 3-4 baking potatoes, peeled
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • high-grade oil for frying


Grate potatoes finely into a bowl. Add cold water to the bowl. Mix and drain extra liquid. Combine the potatoes, eggs, flour, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Heat a half inch of oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Use a tablespoon to drop the potato mixture into the hot oil, one at a time. Cook until browned and crunch, turning as necessary to brown both sides. Remove latkes, and place on paper towels to drain. Serve with applesauce or sour cream.


  1. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles.!/supermegawoman!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    I love Latkes. What a wonderful thing to have on Christmas Eve. The cookbook looks wonderful and would be one to sit and read. The bets kind too. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  2. Hi Bernadette, this is another lovely Christmas tradition. I have read about Latkes on Dolly’s site. They sound very delicious.

  3. What a delicious tradition! I have yet to make or taste Latkes but they are on my radar!

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    Jenna says:

    What a lovely Christmas Eve tradition! I have never had a latke, they sound wonderful Bernadette~

  5. Mmm, I love latkes too! Does Hillary have any Jewish heritage or just enjoys the foods? I am new to latkes since meeting my husband and wonder “how did I live without these?!” The smoked salmon and accoutrements sound great, too.

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