Time for Latkes (Potato Pancakes)!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017


I realized last night that tonight is the first night of Hanukkah and we will be making potato pancakes (latkes) this week, at least twice.  And remember, you don’t have to be Jewish to love latkes (or light the Hanukkiah — a special Hanukkah Menorah with 8 candles and one extra as the shamus, or special candle you light to light all the others each night for eight nights, adding one candle each evening).


Since I have posted a recipe for latkes more than once, I will merely include the main link to those two postings. Also, I am still catching up on mail and bills and odds and ends from being away for my birthday celebration, so a reprint is perfect, because I have posted a recipe for this holiday before.

So Happy Hanukkah to all of you who celebrate this holiday, which I liken to the 4th of July, since it involves a battle for freedom in Bible times.

Link to recipe: https://www.menupause.info/archives/8030.

Lakes are usually served with sour cream and/or apple sauce. Feel free to use yogurt instead of sour cream. My husband latkes are super thin and crisp with no onions added, like lacey cookies, but most people make them thicker. Try both ways and see which way you like them.  Recently I read an article with a recipe for sweet potato latkes.

I may experiment when we make ours from regular potatoes, a mix of Yukon Gold and red-skinned, organically grown, so I will leave on the skins for “dirty” latkes.I will report back if the sweety potato latkes are worthy of mention!


P.S. www.tabletmag.com has an interesting article called “Fry Up Something New for Hanukkah” by Leah Koenig. (Second article inlist) Edible reading!!

Happy Energy for the Holidays: Nov.-Dec. 2017

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017


This photo by Claire Gilfillin is a perfect intro for the Nov/Dec holidays having just celebrated Halloween and moving into Thanksgiving with Pumpkin pie.  Source: Pinterest

I am reading a book by Nicholas Sparks called See Me in which the main character uses the term “happy energy” when she talks about the hubbub of all her family members getting together, so I thought it would be a fitting phrase for the hype of the upcoming holidays when so many of us gather with friends and family.

I was looking for a picture of group of people with mixed ethnic backgrounds when I came across this cartoon. Since I don’t eat turkey, I couldn’t resist!
The caption reads, “It helps if you think of it as a turkey.” 

I also wanted to call this Home Page Holiday Hype, but the title Happy Energy is much more positive. And I also want to focus on meals that give happy energy, which is often sorely needed when you are in the middle of planning Thanksgiving dinner, holiday shopping for whatever holidays you celebrate,  and all the other additional chores of the season.

A cornucopia of fresh, seasonal, organic fruits and veggies
will be the food focus.

Additionally, November is National Diabetes Month. Since many of the dishes on holiday tables are very sweet or overly processed with fewer nutrients, I will focus on foods that reflect The Good Taste of Health, my motto.  Since I am not a doctor, I will post some info gathered from articles and research on the topic.

As we move into December, I celebrate my 80th! birthday on Dec. 2nd, hopefully with as many family members and friends as possible during December in different places: at Thanksgiving with my husband’s children from his first marriage, with two of my children and assorted nieces and nephews in California on my actual birthday, and with friends and my son and his wife in Las Vegas. The tragedy in Vegas will never be far from my thoughts,
but I think the security will be much better, so we still plan to go.

Aerial View of Las Vegas at Night

I also plan to review two calendars: The Lunar Calendar and one by Renée Locks called Live with Intention. Here are the covers of each:

Finally, for those of you reading this for the first time, my new book, For the Love of Clotheslines is on Amazon as a hard copy and Kindle version. Here is the link from a previous posting. I think the book would be a nice gift for anyone who remembers clotheslines of their childhood or younger people concerned about the environment.


For The Love of Clotheslines

To order, just click on the title above (underlined for URL linking)  
Or here is the link on Amazon. (hard cover and kindle version with orange band on top)


Happy Energy Holidays!