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Latkes V Hamentashen

juliehf Jul 1, 2006 06:22 PM

The age-old debate. In my opinion, LATKES all the way! It really comes down to whether you're a dessert person or a meal person.

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  1. sivyaleah RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 06:35 PM

    I've never heard this debate but I don't think you have to choose. They are too different from each other. If I wanted dinner, I chose latkes. If I want desert, hamentashen. If I want a whole meal - both!


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    1. re: sivyaleah
      juliehf RE: sivyaleah Jul 1, 2006 06:44 PM

      There actually is an annual debate every year which takes place at the University of Chicago, for the past 50 years and counting. The debate covers which food has a more important hitsory behind it as well as taste. It's really interesting.

      1. re: juliehf
        Nancy Berry RE: juliehf Jul 2, 2006 05:10 PM

        There's actually a book (an anthology) that chronicles this debate.

        Here's the link:

        The Great Latke-Hamantash Debate
        Cernea, Ruth Fredman, editor

        1. re: Nancy Berry
          juliehf RE: Nancy Berry Jul 2, 2006 06:01 PM

          You forgot to say which you prefer!! Thanks for the link.

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            Nancy Berry RE: juliehf Jul 2, 2006 10:03 PM

            I like and even have a killer recipe for hamantaschen, but I LOVE potato latkes, matzo latkes, cottage cheese latkes, latkes of any sort, all with sour cream on top and apple sauce on the side.

    2. sivyaleah RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 06:54 PM

      Wow, it's amazing what people can talk about! So, which one have they said has more history this far? I'd guess the hamentashen, since it plays so heavily in the story of Purim? BTW, "sivyaleah" is my hebrew name :-)

      Personally tho, I'd pick latkes - with sour cream


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        juliehf RE: juliehf Jul 1, 2006 08:03 PM

        I definitely agree about the sour cream. Below is a link to a short article about the debate at MIT for 2005. (it's spread to other schools over the years!) Enjoy.


        1. ChinoWayne RE: juliehf Jul 2, 2006 10:09 PM

          Matzoh-bri for breakfast, blintzes for lunch, Hammantaschen for snack, latkes all night long.

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          1. re: ChinoWayne
            juliehf RE: ChinoWayne Jul 3, 2006 01:33 AM

            Oh man, that sounds like the best day EVER. I'll definitely be planning that in the near future for myself.

          2. Chocolatechipkt RE: juliehf Jul 2, 2006 11:19 PM

            Latkes with apple sauce AND hamentaschen with poppy seeds. :)

            1. SIMIHOUND RE: juliehf Jul 3, 2006 03:04 PM

              Latkes all the way any day any time.

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                Just Larry RE: juliehf Jul 6, 2006 12:19 AM

                It is the same as the age old debate: apples or file cabinets.

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