You guys have left so many nice comments on my last couple of posts: thanks! I'm so lucky to have such wonderful readers.
I meant to include some latke links in my last post. Perhaps Elswhere's milennial latke recipe will help Arwen with her frying problem (although you're on your own with the falafel, a food I can't make, either). The nerdily inclined will enjoy constitutional perspectives with their latke recipe. I'll be following Elswhere's directions to make the latkes in advance for our Hanukkah/Solstice/Jul party this evening. Now, off to clean up the house!
Updated to add: Elswhere's latkes are delicious! She uses a grater; I used a food processor. It took me about an hour and a half to make the latkes, even though I forgot to put the water on to boil until after I'd grated the potatoes. I didn't trust things to take a shower while the latkes were cooking, but I did a lot of clean up while they were cooking. Slow frying seemed to make a difference, and I liked the way they fried up a bit better on the cast iron griddle than on the no stick pan. And I realized late in the cooking that making more small latkes is a better way to feed a crowd than making fewere big ones. oops. Even so, we had some left over. The batter got increasingly watery and towards the end I was using a slotted spoon to scoop. Yum!