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Latkes! Peel 4 large Idaho potatoes. Cut 3 of them into chunks with 1 medium yellow onion and put into the food processor and add 1 x-lg egg. (keep fourth potato well covered). Chop potatoes and onions until somewhat smooth, then pour into a lg. wire sieve that's over another bowl. Cover with towel and press down to force out excess liquid. Keep covered. Switch blades to the shredding disc. Shred last potato and squeeze in a towel to remove liquid. Do our liquid from bowl under purée. Add contents of sieve to clean bowl, along with shredded potatoes. Add some minced Italian parsley or chives, 2 tablespoons matzo meal and season well with black pepper, some cayenne and a fat dose of kosher salt. Fry in hot vegetable oil till golden on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Can reheat on a rack over a baking sheet at 375f. Serve with applesauce.Happiness is when your children cook you a birthday dinner. So delicious, loving- just perfect! So blessed.
Remember how, a few days ago, I made fresh fusilli with a sauce that was very much like a chicken pot pie filling? Well, today I took the leftover filling and ground it in the food processor with a nice dose of Parmesan. I piped the filling into sheets of fresh pasta and then shaped my agnolotti del plin which are stuffed pillows of pasta ("plin means pinched-which is how you shape the pillows.) I learned this in Alba, Italy- it's the most perfectly delicious way to utilize all stewed meats, vegetables and even fish-For my loves.

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October 17, 2008 • Comments (0)
One more thing about that most important word “change”…

The word “change” has been used a lot lately, especially politically. Treated as “occupied territory” on slanted slogans that insinuate that if a person (or a group) chooses to go in one direction (or not) they’ll then get to either experience or bypass change. As if change was an option, which it’s not. It’s not the actuality of change that should be the subject of debate, rather it’s the way we, as individuals and as a country, choose to take on the responsibility of shaping the quality of change that matters most and is what’s always up for grabs. So,… continue reading
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Time to Embrace and Shape the Inevitable; Change

A few weeks ago, as Jon and I got back from our usual morning walk, we looked up at one of our trees and noticed that the leaves on this particular one were, for some reason, the only ones in the neighborhood turning color. Almost to say “I’m ready; let’s get the show on the road!” I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be great to embrace all change that way? This past year, for me, has been riddled with a wide gamut of change; most profound, a year ago August, after an all-of-a-sudden diagnosis and a five month fight,… continue reading
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