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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… continue reading
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