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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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Kitchen Equipment for Home Cooking

From apple corers to whisks, here are all the tools to make cooking as fun, easy and efficient as possible. Unless otherwise mentioned, I recommend stainless steel for its durability and resistance to rust. Those tools that I consider essential and use most often in my recipes are listed in Must Haves. All of these items should be available in your local hardware store for a modest price. If not, check the housewares section of a department store or specialty kitchen shop. In Fancy Footwork, you’ll find a list of more specialized tools; though I don’t consider them essential to a basic, well-tooled kitchen, they are wonderful to have in your kitchen as well. Many are designed to make specific cooking tasks a breeze; others are things you’ll definitely want to have as you advance your culinary skills. See Lauren’s Favorite Links for “where to buy” internet sources.

Below is a list of the basic essentials to accomplish a multitude of tasks for various cuisines, plus many implements that are so helpful, I’ve come to regard them as essentials in my kitchen. You’ll also find some tools and cookware that are nice to have, but not necessary. The following listings are arranged under the headings of kitchen tools, knives, and stovetop and oven cookware for general purposes and equipment primarily for baking. There is also a section on small hand or electric appliances.