I enjoy learning about the holiday traditions of other cultures, especially when they involve food.
Latkes are the traditional food of Hanukkah. The oil they are fried in is symbolic of the oil that was used during the celebration of the Macabeeʼs victory in reclaiming the Temple after it was desecrated by the Romans. Tradition states that although they had enough olive oil for the Menorah to burn for only one night, it lasted the 8 nights necessary to make more oil for the temple.
The Garlic Chives and Rosemary give fresh herb flavor to this potato dish. If you have difficulty finding garlic chives, you can substitute regular chives or green onions.