Throwback Thursday: The Beard House Latke Cookoff

 

The star is on the tree at Rockefeller Center, Salvation Army bells jingle on every corner, and the scent of pine needles permeates the streets of New York. But while everyone else is trimming their trees and decking their halls, the shorter days and yuletide decorations make us think of an old Beard House tradition—the Latke Cookoff. This annual event of amateurs and professionals ran from 1996 to 2001, and our own executive vice president Mitchell Davis won the inaugural potato playoffs. For this TBT, we’re featuring an artist’s rendering of Mitchell in his moment of victory, along with his winning recipe, which can also be found in his cookbook, The Mensch Chef. The secret to his spuds? His mother Sonny’s ratio of one onion for every two potatoes. And as everyone knows, you don’t argue with a Jewish mother. Check out the recipe here... Read more >

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Recipes: Thanksgivukkah

Celery Root Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Celery Leaves

 

We certainly weren't the first to coin the name for this year's convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a magical overlap that hasn't happened in about a century. But could we resist the culinary and journalistic impulse to capitalize on a new holiday? No, no we could not. Because if there is an opportunity to eat stuffing and latkes on the same day, you better believe we're going to go for it. So without further ado, a sample menu to help you gastronomically merge these two joyous occasions: 

 

Celery Root Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Celery Leaves 

If we learned anything from watching Seinfeld, it's that Jews love soup. And so do Americans. Here's your first course. 

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Recipe: Sweet Potato Latkes

sweet potato latkes Though we've never met a person who didn't like latkes, this version could convert even the staunchest holdout. With their deep orange color and addictive, sweet-and-savory crunch, sweet potato pancakes just might give your grandmother's recipe a run for its gelt.

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Recipe: Sonny's Special Potato Latkes

potato latkes Hannukah starts next week, which means it's time to get out your grater and cast-iron pans and start frying up some latkes. We think this is the recipe to beat, the one that took JBF vice president Mitchell Davis "to the top of the latke world," as he wrote in his 2002 book, The Mensch Chef. In 1995, Davis won the Foundation's latke cook-off with this version, which uses his mother's formula of one onion for every two potatoes.

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Recipe: Sonny's Special Potato Latkes

potato latkes Hannukah starts next week, which means it's time to get out your grater and cast-iron pans and start frying up some latkes. We think this is the recipe to beat, the one that took JBF vice president Mitchell Davis "to the top of the latke world," as he wrote in his 2002 book, The Mensch Chef. In 1995, Davis won the Foundation's latke cook-off with this version, which uses his mother's formula of one onion for every two potatoes.

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