By Alexandra Huss
Love latkes, but don’t have confidence in your cooking skills or the time to make them? This Chanukah, don’t miss out on quality potato pancakes. Instead, order your latkes by mail from Russ & Daughters or Linda’s Gourmet.
Founded in 1914, Russ & Daughters has been located on East Houston Street in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and owned by the same family for four generations, spanning almost 100 years! Joel Russ, company founder, had three beloved daughters, and his became the first known store to include “& Daughters” (as opposed to the typical “& Son”) in its name. Designated by the Smithsonian as “a part of New York’s cultural heritage,” and boasting a phenomenal array of smoked fish and other appetizing delicacies, Russ & Daughters is worth a visit on your next trip to New York.
In the meantime, take advantage of two great Chanukah gift packages. The Chanukah Light package ($39.95 plus shipping) contains ten crispy homemade latkes, along with the classic sour cream and homemade applesauce. A true treat to your taste buds, the Chanukah Deluxe package[($95 plus shipping) features ten homemade latkes as well as gourmet toppings: hand-sliced Scottish salmon, wild Alaskan salmon roe and creme fraiche. Both packages are shipped in an insulated tote adorned with the Russ & Daughters’ logo.
Linda’s Gourmet Latkes was established in 2004 by stay-at-home mom and cook, Linda Hausberg of Los Angeles. After winning praise over the years from family and friends for her delicious latkes, Linda decided it was time to share her specialty with others. Many L.A. food stores now stock her tasty, kosher, pre-made latkes and Linda’s Gourmet Latkes have won kudos nationally, including being named in 2010 to Oprah Magazine’s Holiday “O” List of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”
Linda’s party pack combo ($35.50) of 48 assorted bite-size latkes in Oprah’s favorite flavors (original, sweet potato and green onion) is only one of many options to consider. Other varieties include Southwest, curry and zucchini as well as vegan, gluten free, and even heart-shaped potato pancakes! Don’t forget to add Linda’s Gourmet Apple Sauce ($6.95) or some of her new knishes to round out your order.
Alexandra Huss, a student at the University of Maryland, is an intern at Jewish Women International.