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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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August 10, 2009 • Comments (6)
Words of wisdom, for a new bride.

I was asked to share a few words of wisdom for a written “Guide” that’s being assembled for a young, beautiful bride who is to be married this October.

Ok, here goes…

Over the years, I’ve learned many things about the overall (and ongoing) pursuit of happiness. Not just from being blessed with an extremely special marital relationship but, oddly, I’ve discovered so many answers about inner, emotional freedom from teaching in prison, a place of confinement and considerable darkness.

The secret for creating and maintaining a life of love and light…

For most of us, we wait for others to be for us what we need so we can “be happy.” We want to be loved, to be acknowledged, to be appreciated and, ultimately, to be “heard.”

Instead of waiting for life to bring you love–which is what we normally do, you can choose to “be” what you want to see! If you speak and act in ways that epitomize what love and compassion are in ALL your interactions, you’ll see how quickly you will generate the feelings and quality of life you’re after– all by yourself! I’ve found that this is the most efficient way to be in control of your own happiness and to become a source of light to others.

Of course, making a great roast chicken certainly helps, too…


  1. “Be what you want to see”
    I love this phrase…it’s so simple but not always so easy to live. You spoke this phrase to me last week and I’m finding that in order to achieve this I must be completely present in the moment. I need to plant my feet a bit firmer on mother earth!

    Comment by Annie — August 10, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

  2. Yes, Annie, you’re right (about everything). It’s not easy to take responsibility for your own happiness. It’s much easier to give outer circumstances the job and then to blame the world for not being what we thought we deserved. At first, it’s the most difficult because we usually walk around on automatic pilot–not thinking before we give power to (and then act on) our random thoughts and feelings. We all need to be really awake to avoid falling into habitual reacting because that’s when we leave “this moment” and start acting out of our history. Instead of being the version of ourselves that we really want to see, we attach old negative actions to new moments, all because they evoke a familiar negative feeling. To stop this we need to deliberately slow down and actually become the boss of our thoughts and where they take us both, on the inside and outside. This takes guts and perseverance, I will admit, but it’s SO worth it to finally become “the big one” instead of letting old perceptions and perceived limitations run the show. I’m so proud of you for taking this on… I’m here for you now and always.

    Comment by Lauren — August 10, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

  3. You are a great writer Lauren. Reading your words makes me feel as if I am sitting beside you. Thank You!
    Elieen M.

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