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I made my standard latkes last night, mixing things up only a little: Since one friend was gluten-free, I substituted brown rice flour for regular flour (or matzo meal) and it worked perfectly. And because I wasn’t in the mood for the fancy crème fraîche and salmon-roe garnishes I used when I took this picture, I put out bowls of the traditional toppings, sour cream and applesauce.
When it comes to latkes, we are a sour cream family. In fact, my mother thinks sour cream goes with everything. Not that there’s anything wrong with applesauce. But sour cream, or smetana in Russian, is in our DNA as one of the key ingredients in Russian cuisine.
Just before Hanukkah each year, doughnut collections are released in Israel as if they were haute couture Parisienne fashion. The humble Israeli jelly-filled doughnut dusted with powdered sugar has evolved over the last decade or two into doughnuts with show-stopping glazes, decorations, and gimmicks — and palate-tantalizing flavors.
While the American food-loving public may be enamored of figures such as Bobby Flay and Martha Stewart, anyone familiar with the Israeli food scene knows about Gil Hovav. Israel’s foremost food celebrity, Hovav has been the leading “ambassador” of Israeli food around the world for over 25 years. A best-selling cookbook author, a restaurant critic and the star of several food-related television series, his charming personality and wit have made him a household name in Israel.