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Potato triumph and tragedy-or the other way around 
Dec. 25, 2012 6:30 pm 
Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 7:30 am

This holiday season, I tried to make potato latkes-which I haven't done in awhile.  Like riding a bike, right.  Well...I grated the potatoes, wrung them out with my bare hands, wrung them again in paper towel, and again, pressing them through a sieve to get any excess water out.  Still, when I tried to make latkes, they fell apart in the pan-and more water leaked out.  How much water did these potatoes have in them?  It was as if they absorbed one of the Great Lakes.  So I turned them into a weird sort of hash brown.  How ashamed was I?  I am bound and determined to try again. I think I'll wring each potato out as soon as I grate it-separately.  And I'll do it in a cheese cloth or towel.

On to the triumph.  I made my potatoes au gratin for Christmas dinner.  It ROCKED!! I should post the recipe-if there aren't 12 just like it.  

Dang---I feel happy-and redeemed!

Dec. 25, 2012 6:49 pm
Is your recipe similar to this? ... http://allrecipes.com/recipe/potato-latkes-i/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=latkes&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=%2fcook%2f187191935%2fblogentry.aspx
Dec. 26, 2012 4:07 am
Very happy you had a triumph,i think you should post it.Always interesting to see how people do their recipes.
Dec. 26, 2012 5:26 pm
I'll post it as soon as I finish typing this. I am also going to post my lower-fat versions of some sauces, to go with this. Robin
Dec. 27, 2012 7:30 am
robindiamond316,you should go to the recipe buzz page and tell all you posted a recipe in you recipe box,so they know it's there.For me i can't have dairy,but it sure sounds good.
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I have loved cooking since I can remember. I have fond memories of watching my mom, grandmother--and my dad and grandfather cook. I learned even more when I became a vegetarian and my mother said she'd buy what I needed but I'd have to cook my "concoctions" myself.
My favorite things to cook
Gosh, I wish I could pick one. I make a rice casserole that I love. I like baking pies too. There's a veggie version of puttanesca sauce that I make from scratch. And I'm pretty proud of my greatly-reduced fat version of Alfredo sauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cousins and I talk about watching our grandmother make "tagelach," a Jewish dessert made of sweet fried dough nuggets held together with nuts and honey (the Italians make something similar, but I don't know their name for it). Potato latkes and different "kugels" are also fond memories. My family's recipe for chopped liver is legendary. I make a vegetarian version of it.
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I am pretty dam proud of my vegetarian chopped liver. My other triumph is my stuffed mushrooms. The recipe I am proud to take credit for is my vegetarian stuffed red peppers. It's complicated so I haven't made it in awhile.
My cooking tragedies
I began looking at the cookbooks lying around the house when I was about nine. I decided to make my father a sardines and canned peas omelette. He got sick and the dog wouldn't eat it. Then there was the chocolate cake I baked with my cousin, to which we added 4 bananas. The cake deflated before our eyes. But the one that comes in second, behind my omelette, is the eggplant I roasted in the oven, without making slits in it first. It exploded in the oven and I spend days cleaning it off. The explosion caused the rests that the oven racks went on to bend, making the racks in the oven rest on a slant (interesting when trying to bake cakes).
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