Hanukkah just wouldn’t be the same without at least one meal of latkes. The oil that the patties are fried in provides all the holiday symbolism, leaving cooks free to play around with fillings, flavors, and embellishments. Here are 5 secrets to making classic, crisp-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside latkes (plus recipes!).
Many a sombrero-sporting reveler has confused Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Day of Independence (false!). May 5th is also commonly understood to be the one day of the year when it’s OK to drink margaritas before noon and eat one’s weight in guacamole (true!).
Whether painted in pretty pastels, hidden and filled with treats, or transformed into tempting chocolates and wrapped in shiny foil, it’s hard to miss the Easter holiday’s most ubiquitous emblem: the egg.
Matzo (sometimes spelled “matzoh” or “matzah”) is a thin, cracker-like “bread” made simply from flour and water. It’s a key Passover component because it represents the Jews’ hasty retreat from Egypt, which left no time for bread to rise.
Once upon a time, St. Patrick’s Day was a humble holiday honoring the man who brought Christianity to Ireland. Today, March 17 has evolved into a larger-than-life party synonymous with drinking, parades, and—of course—feasting on traditional Irish foods.
Valentine’s Day’s origins are a bit blurry, but some historians trace the holiday back to Roman times. Culinarily speaking, there’s little information on what fertility-enhancing foods the Romans indulged in, though odds are good it wasn’t chocolate packaged in heart-shaped boxes.
Chinese New Year is more than firecrackers, parades, and dancing dragons. It’s also a time when friends and family gather to celebrate ancient culinary traditions that are as scrumptious as they are symbolic.