Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Chanukah Blog Tour 5767

Harley and I were not the cool kids in high school, so when Amy Guth asked for bloggers to participate, we jumped at the chance to sit at the cool table. Here is our entry for the 6th night:

1. Quick! You must turn a plate of latkes into an upscale gourmet delight
(as if they aren't already?). What would you add to them to dress them up,
flavor and/or garnish them?

Harley: I would make them from kale and parsnips, and drizzle them in a sundried tomato balsamic reduction.
Annie: I don't really do upscale gourmet, so I'd probably just throw in some scallions and call it a day. Or maybe serve them with sliced turkey and cranberry sauce. Chanukkah/Christmas turkey is traditional in my community.
Harley: That is not true, when you write what I say, it is straight and to the point, when you write what YOU say, it is all fancy-pants-y. I am not ok with this.

2. What is the dumbest thing you've ever heard anyone say about Chanukah?

Harley: Pretty boy thought that dreidls were a Jewish symbol, and not just for Chanukkah. That was pretty funny. The usual, "is that the day that Moses died and rose from the dead?"
Annie: I've never heard that one. Not really about Chanukkah, as much as Channukah-related, someone asked if topless olive oil wrestling could be considered a legitimate observance of the holiday.
Harley: Isn't it?
Annie: No.

3. What's the best possible use for olive oil?

See above.

4. Settle it once and for all. Latkes or hammentaschen? Which to you
prefer? What about pitting the winner of that contest against sufganiyot?

Annie: Latkes. Hammentaschen are like pizza, better in theory than in practice.
Harley: Latkes, because I can make them as well as eat them.
Annie: I don't love sufganiyot. I prefer my desserts to be chocolate in nature.
Harley: That is unfair, I refuse to answer that, it is like Sophie's Choice.

5. What's the best way to mix up a game of dreidel?

Harley: The easy answer is strip dreidl, but I feel like that is expected.
Annie: Not by me, I was going to say "add alcohol."
Harley: Boring. It isn't fun unless you're naked. This is how we know you're frum.

6. My novel, Three Fallen Women, shockingly enough, is about the lives of
three women. Which three women would you like to have over this year for
latkes and why?

Annie: Gloria Steinem, Golda Meir, and my mom, because she is awesome.
Harley: My boss, the other woman in my office, and Annie.
Annie: Harley, you can come too to mine. You and Golda Meir can get down.
Harley: I think that Gloria and I would get along well. She would probably dig my groove.
Annie: I am so uncool, I don't even know what that means.

7. Other than Three Fallen Women (har har), what book do you think would
make a great Chanukah gift this year? What book would you like to receive
as a gift this year?

Annie: I gave the boy that I am dating a copy of Pride and Prejudice, since he has never read it, and also Persuasion, because it is my favorite.
Harley: My perennial book gift is The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov. It is not my favorite, but up there.
Annie: Spell Margarita.
Harley: Have you not read it?
Annie: No.
Harley: I know what you're getting for Chanukkah. And my sister got me The Other Boleyn Sister.
Annie: I'm reading that right now, we should get married.

8. What bloggers didn't participate in Chanukah Blog Tour 5767 and you
think should have?

Smeliana of Smelblog
Rachel of We Will Study and We Will Do
David Kelsey of Kvetcher
Da Boys of 905

Go check out Amy Guth's blog Big Mouth Indeed Strikes Again. Also, buy her book. And check out the other bloggers who answered this meme. I'll list them when I have names.

6th Night Bloggers:
Therapy Doc from Everyone Needs Therapy
Minor Fast Days of Minor Fast Days
Arwen of Anthropologist for Corporate America
Grichu of Grichu's World
Nani of Placeholder


Anonymous said...

5. What's the best way to mix up a game of dreidel?

Harley: The easy answer is strip dreidl, but I feel like that is expected.
Annie: Not by me, I was going to say "add alcohol."
Harley: Boring. It isn't fun unless you're naked. This is how we know you're frum.

I'm with Harley on this one. Strip dreidal was my first thought. Although alcohol was a close second. And I'm frum.

Smeliana said...

I'm honored! I've never been a guest blogger...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shoutout!

I should probably get on actually updating my blog . . .

. . . though, I suppose a good first step would be to think of something polite enough to post on the internet with my name attached.

Now, back to ensuring the future of the Jewish people.

Marisa Elana said...

I just have to say Thank You Annie for liking Persuasion more than Pride & Prejudice! Have you read Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons? (since I'm being all tangential anyway...) SO funny...

AnnieGetYour said...

I haven't read Cold Comfort Farm, but I'll put it on my list. I am currently reading three books: Fury by Salman Rushdie, The Anatomy Lesson by Phillip Roth, and The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory.

Therapy Doc said...

But you're so FUNNY. How could you NOT have been at the cool table? Happy Chanucha