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December 17, 2008 5:22 am at 5:22 am #588900AnonymousInactive
Rules of the road:
one post per screen name during round 1
up to three posts per screen name during round 2
one post per screen name during round 3
round 1 ~24 hours
Present which you prefer and from one to three arguments as to why you prefer it and up to two arguments against the one you do not prefer.
only arguments for and against will be posted. Arguments for are required. Arguments against are not required.
Attacks against other posters will not make it past the moderators
round 2 ~24 hours
defend or revise your position based on round 1 arguments
subtle and/or clever “attacks” against positions of others may be tolerated depending on the tone.
round 3 ~24 hours
Only votes for either the Potato Latke or the Hamantaschen will be posted
a YW Moderator or the Editor will post a message between each round closing one round and opening the next. Terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.
Round 1 is officially open.
YW Moderator-72December 17, 2008 5:38 am at 5:38 am #932994dont have internetMember
yw moderator- u must be really bored- coming up w/ crazy rules for a vote—dont worry ii like it makes the c.r. exciting but hey i guess u like moderating posts—i say latkas bec im more into the soft mushy foods then the crunchy onesDecember 17, 2008 6:48 am at 6:48 am #932995AnonymousInactive
bored? never. When I logged on tonight the other moderators did not leave much for me to do, so…December 17, 2008 1:24 pm at 1:24 pm #932997gavra_at_workParticipant
Potato Latkes: There is time to make them on Chanukah, so they are fresh when you eat them. There is no time on Purim to bake Hamantaschen, so you have to bake them before Purim and they are not fresh out of the oven on Purim.December 17, 2008 1:25 pm at 1:25 pm #932998oomisParticipant
I vote for latkes, because they can be an entire balanced meal. They have carbs, protein, and fat. They also can be eaten at any time of the year and make sense. Can we say the same of hamantashen?December 17, 2008 2:15 pm at 2:15 pm #932999Itzik_sMember
Potato latkes. Frying latkes enables me to put to good use all the sludge that I accumulate from a year’s worth of oil changes. This is very convenient for me since I can no longer dispose of it any other way thanks to ridiculous environmental regulations.December 17, 2008 2:30 pm at 2:30 pm #933000myshadowMember
Definately latkes!!! Heaven crunchy ones together with sufganiyot! yum now that’s a perfectly balanced Chanuka meal!! 😉December 17, 2008 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm #933001Feif UnParticipant
latkes! I don’t like most of the fillings that go into hamentashen – I like caramel, but the best one is dairy, so you can’t eat it with meat. Also, deep fried foods taste better.December 17, 2008 4:28 pm at 4:28 pm #933003
Latkes! I prefer savory to sweet usually. Plus, you can add all sorts of yummy things to make exotic ones (like zucchini or scallions). If you are on a diet you can actually bake the latkes (but I prefer deep fried).
Shouldnt this be a latke/jelly donut debate?December 17, 2008 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm #933004
Obviously no-one here has ever had good hamentashen or there would be no debate.
Hamentashen are the perfect food- 1.Easy to nosh (they are finger food that doesn’t get your fingers dirty). 2.They can be eaten fresh (and yes I bake fresh hamentashen ON PURIM DAY), but also store well to be savored when there is no-one available to bake more or when one is away from home (while delivering Mishloach Manos, for example). And 3. Have I mentioned, they are DELICIOUS!December 17, 2008 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm #933005feivelParticipant
argument: i prefer themDecember 17, 2008 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm #933006Ashrecha YisroelParticipant
They taste better and don’t need applesauce to make edible (I hate applesauce)December 17, 2008 7:37 pm at 7:37 pm #933007beaconParticipant
Latkes win hands down…There is nothing like that first crispy, oily bite out of that latke.. I wont go into the health aspect though 🙂December 17, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm #933009brooklyn19Participant
well if you’re using organic potatoes and organic oil, there’s no reason in the world why latkes shouldn’t be in first place. fattening? yes. but at least they’re food. (not to mention that my hamantaschen are whole wheat and organic too – so they’re practically like food for most of you anyway…)
notice i waited till now to post. if we only get one post in 24 hours a couldn’t do it in the first ten minutes 😉December 17, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm #933010xeroxMember
latkes- taste great but they can’t be too oily!!! :o)
hamentashen sometimes have weird fillings..! (only like the chocolate filled ones)December 17, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm #933011zimbyMember
Hamentaschen…….who doesnt like a good cookie?December 17, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm #933012ChachamMember
well nobody likes the latkes that you ask , did you get any latkes in your oil? or the hamantashin that the jelly takes away the whole taste. but i think latkes are better, since you can have them for 8 days !December 17, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm #933013
latkes hands down!!! yum the potato flied in oil….my dad makes the best latkes in the world!!!! i hate the jelly in the hamantash!!!!December 17, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm #933014noitallmrParticipant
Les Man Depalig- Latkes. Can we have a vote with more of a range for either side please?December 18, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am #933015The Rabbis daughtersMember
GO HAMENTACSHEN!!! For all of us claiming to be on diets these cookies are the best, because their is a fruit jelly inside. (it’s good to try to convince yourself that).
thank you moderater for starting such a non controvertial thread.December 18, 2008 2:51 am at 2:51 am #933016
I make the latkes
mrs. mdlevine makes the hamantaschen (whole spelt with raspberry filling)
the rule in my house are that if you cook it, you clean up from it!
a nice golden brown Latke with two frying pans, two spatulas a paring knife, a miuxing spoon, a food processor and a stove top to clean
hmmm… tough decision
HamantashchenDecember 18, 2008 4:43 am at 4:43 am #933018AnonymousInactive
20 minutes left in round 1.December 18, 2008 5:00 am at 5:00 am #933019RoshYeshivahMember
Latkes! Reason;it reminds me of potato kugel!December 18, 2008 5:22 am at 5:22 am #933020AnonymousInactive
Round 1 is closed
Round 2 is officially open.
round 2 ~24 hours
defend or revise your position based on round 1 arguments
> subtle and/or clever “attacks” against positions of others may be tolerated depending on the tone. <
Use this round to boost your views and question others positions. People who did not participate in round 1, are encouraged to join now in round 2 before the big vote ~24 hours from now.
rule change: up to 6 posts per screen name in round 2.
don’t waste your posts pointing out that in the first post it is written that round 2 has 3 posts per screen name. It also written that “Terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice”December 18, 2008 5:33 am at 5:33 am #933021RoshYeshivahMember
For all you healthnuts, Thank g-d there’s no diet latkes yet! latkes are a real taste of life trans fat and all! go latkes go!December 18, 2008 5:57 am at 5:57 am #933022
gross i hate the jelly in the hamantash!!! gets all gooky in my mouth!!!!December 18, 2008 1:41 pm at 1:41 pm #933023Feif UnParticipant
You don’t need to drink to appreciate the taste of a good latke. Hamentashen are good when you’re drunk.
I’ve had hamentashen be re-gifted (re-mishloach manosed?) to me. If people are giving them away, they can’t be that good. On the other hand, any Chanukah party I go to never has enough latkes – as soon as they come out of the kitchen , they’re all grabbed and eaten!December 18, 2008 2:29 pm at 2:29 pm #933024myshadowMember
Too true, Hamentashen you could only eat a one and get nauseaous but latkes have as much as you want! B’teiavon!December 18, 2008 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #933025noitallmrParticipant
Hamantachen have the most gruesome taste and look. Latkes on the other hand are golden and soft tasting like a dream. (I smack my lips)December 18, 2008 3:12 pm at 3:12 pm #933026
you eat a hamantaschen or 2 or 3… and you savor the authentic yiddisha ta’am. you can have it with chocolate, poppy, apricot, raspberry or any filling flavor you like. you can eat it with a cup of coffee (yes Moderator no sugar and 2% milk) , soda, seltzer, milk, chocolate milk, tea, juice, hot choclate, beer… and you feel good the rest of the day and the following morning
you eat a latke (which has become so Americanized) with brocoli, spinach, sweet potato… the only thing left to add any authenicity to it is the oil, so when you actually find one made out of real potatoes and not kugel mix, you grab and grab until you eat a dozen or 2 or 3… and the next couple hours and certainly the next day, you don’t feel so good. latkes can only be eaten with soda, seltzer or beer. and don’t get started on baked latkes… those are potato pancakes, not latkes
ever have a latke with a cup of coffee?December 18, 2008 4:51 pm at 4:51 pm #933027
Speaking as the one who is in charge of making both in my house (my husband does many things but generally not these two), I think hamentashen are a much more social food. At least for the person who’s making them! The reason there are never enough latkes at a Chanuka party is because the person making them is stuck in the kitchen, away from all the action at the party, until they’re finished. So , unless the chef is antisocial, they stop as soon as they can, not when everyone has fressed their full and is ready to go home. Hamentashen, on the other hand, can be made in advance, even if only by an hour or two (remember I make mine on Purim, we serve them for dessert at the seudah and as a nosh to the people who stop by during the day) and thus allow the baker to join in the fun without worrying about everyone starving. And, by the way, leftovers are never a problem with my hamentashen, there are never more than a few left and everyone fights over who gets to take those home, and I make TONS. (yes I will share my recipe and secrets, if anyone is interested)
So, assuming you like the chef in your house, and enjoy spending time with them at meals, Hamentashen win!December 18, 2008 6:42 pm at 6:42 pm #933028oomisParticipant
A frying latke is something that makes the house smell like a home. In fact, you should probably fry some up if you are showing the house to prospective buyers. Hamantashen are great, but they really only evoke Purim. There is never a bad time for latkes.
BTW, doesn’t anyone put prune lekvar in their hamantashen? All I read was about jelly, chocolate, etc. I add lemon juice, allspice, and finely ground walnuts to my prune butter, and the filling is to die for! (But I still like latkes better)December 18, 2008 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm #933029
please share hamantashen recipes!! my husband loves them and would eat them year round!
You can make latkes in advance, then put them in a foil pan in the oven on warm (like 200 degrees Farenheit). Still crispy and yummy!December 18, 2008 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm #933030AnonymousInactive
less than 8 hours left in round 2 to make your arguments for (or against) latkes or hamantaschen.
Tomorrow is the vote.December 18, 2008 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm #933031gavra_at_workParticipant
Who wants to eat Hamantashen on Purim?! there are much more interesting things to consume!December 18, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm #933032notpashutMember
Don’t you know it’s assur gomur to eat hamantashen during the year? 🙂December 19, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am #933033
i could eat 10 latkes in one meal!!! i cant even remember what year i had my last hamantash!!!! i cant wait till nxt week to eat my latkes!!!!December 19, 2008 2:51 am at 2:51 am #933034
Hamantashen are uniters – I’ll give you and you and you… a few, you will give back to me and to others and everybody is smiling and happy. people who were not on speaking terms are friends again.
latkes have no such ability. I have yet to see someone buy a fancy little container and decorate it nicely with ribbons and colored saran wrap and bows and stick a latke in it. when you do give someone a latke, they hand you back a dry cleaning bill to get the oil out of their new suit.
and to answer up notpashut: you are not correct. the halacha is clear on this, you can but are not obligated to start eating hamantaschen from Rosh Chodesh Adar (aleph in a leap year, although some rule beis) up until Shabbos HaGadol. one has to eat the hamantaschen without adding any post baking ingredients. Latkes, on the other hand can only be eaten on chanukah (the rest of the year they are potato pancakes) and they must be served with either applesauce or sour cream to mask the oily taste.December 19, 2008 3:07 am at 3:07 am #933035
all latka loves:
head to the chanaka thread next week to get out of this world latkas!!!!!!December 19, 2008 4:25 am at 4:25 am #933036AnonymousInactive
Round 2 is closed
Round 3 is officially open.
round 3 ~24 hours (extended)
Only votes (without commentary) for either the Potato Latke or the Hamantaschen will be posted.
This vote will be extended until sometime on Sunday and remember, one post per screen name and no comentary during round 3December 19, 2008 4:29 am at 4:29 am #933037
LATKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!December 19, 2008 4:30 am at 4:30 am #933038dont have internetMember
latkasDecember 19, 2008 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #933040
Hamentashen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!December 19, 2008 4:57 pm at 4:57 pm #933041
Notpashut, depends on who your posek is! Mine allows me to eat hamantaschen year round except from Rosh Chodesh Adar until Purim. There is a machlokes as to what happens in a year with Adar I/II, so we are machmir and dont eat hamantaschen from Rosh Chodesh Adar I 🙂
[Mod, please post the comment also. I didnt get a chance to respond to notpashut before round two closed]December 19, 2008 5:23 pm at 5:23 pm #933042YW Moderator-72Participant
SJSinNYC, I’m concerned that people will complain if I allow this post I will allow notpashut to respond – if done before Shabbos. all others can only vote.December 19, 2008 5:24 pm at 5:24 pm #933043
Thanks mod! (and you dont have to post this) Have a great shabbos.
Thanks and you have a good Shabbos also YW Moderator-72December 19, 2008 6:32 pm at 6:32 pm #933044
and moderator – change the heading to round 3.
DoneDecember 19, 2008 7:01 pm at 7:01 pm #933045CuriousMember
Latkes!!!December 19, 2008 7:01 pm at 7:01 pm #933046brooklyn19Participant
didn’t join in on the debate but….
have a great shabbos!December 19, 2008 7:24 pm at 7:24 pm #933047YW Moderator-99Member
I’m gonna officially go with Latkes!
They’re just so delicious especially with applesauce on them!
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