The proper way to make potato pancakes

Bender men traditionally don’t cook. Well, to be more accurate, when we cook, we make a significant mess and we don’t clean.

My late grandfather taught me to cook a single dish: potato pancakes. The recipe is not complicated, nor is the preparation, but the taste is rich with the memories of watching him at the stove in his Chicago apartment.

I would sit at the kitchen table, both of my hands wrapped around a glass of orange juice. I’d swing my feet, which didn’t reach the floor, in anticipation of the breakfast that would leave my tongue raw and my throat burned. Because I was so eager to eat them, I never learned to wait for the pancakes to cool.

Only after he agreed to show me how he made them did I learn that what I was tasting wasn’t the ingredients — it was my happiness at spending time with my grandfather.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink