Latkes are potato pancakes, fried in oil and eaten during Hanukkah. Yeah, fried potato; can’t mess that up, right? This dish, however, is where our family has some strong and disparate feelings. My Bubbe prefers a finer grate on the potato, and always adds an onion. My Mom, on the other hand, prefers a larger grate, and no onion. (My sister and I are on #TeamMom.) Latkes are traditionally eaten with applesauce and sour cream. And if you are the one in charge of frying them, you’ll smell like fried potato for a week.
Mom: "When I was growing up we would have this 'Cousins Club' Hanukkah party every year. It was when you would see all the cousins you didn't necessarily want to see. And they would make these latkes. And those latkes were mushy."