Potato Latkes with Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

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Potato Latkes with Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce

Prep Time: 20 min Cook Time: 35 min Difficulty: EasyServings: Yield: 10 to 12 latkesSource: foodnetwork.com


2 pounds russet potatoes

1 small yellow onion

3 tablespoons matzo meal

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons kosher salt

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as chives or parsley, for garnish

Sour cream, for serving

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce, for serving, recipe follows

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce:

3 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

3 ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

6 cinnamon sticks

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar


Peel the potatoes and shred them in a food processor fitted with the shredding blade; transfer the potatoes to a large bowl as the food processor fills up. Repeat with the onion. Transfer the onion to the bowl with the potatoes and stir in the matzo meal, egg, baking powder and salt.

Fill a large skillet with 1/2 inch oil. Heat over medium-high heat until the oil is very hot but not smoking. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of potato into the oil; if the potato sizzles steadily, the oil is ready.

Working in batches, scoop the potato mixture by 1/4-cupfuls and add them carefully to the skillet, flattening each latke slightly with a spatula. Fry, turning the latkes once, until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Remove any loose bits of potato mixture between batches with a slotted spoon.

Serve the latkes immediately, or keep them warm in a 200 degree F oven. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with sour cream and Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce.

Spiced Apple-Pear Sauce:

Combine the apples, pears, lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the apples and pears are very soft but still a bit chunky, 15 to 20 minutes. Taste the mixture and add the remaining tablespoon of sugar if desired.

Remove the sauce from the heat and stir a few times until the sauce is well combined with small chunks. Cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve. (For a smoother sauce, remove from heat, remove the cinnamon sticks and then whisk the mixture until smooth before cooling.)


If you need to fry a lot of latkes, it’s best to make multiple batches rather than one double batch. The longer the mixture sits, the wetter it becomes which makes the latkes fall apart more easily as they cook.


Fat: 29g
Calories: 383
Saturated Fat: 2g
Sodium: 333mg
Fiber: 4g
Cholesterol: 16mg
Carbohydrate: 31g
Sugar: 12g
Serving Size: 1 of 12 servings
Protein: 3g

It’s CORN season🌽

We live in corn country!
Whenever I buy a dozen at the farmstand, I prep it for the microwave (as shown, cut and outer husks removed) and store in the fridge.

4 minutes in your microwave

To cook:
Place in microwave for 4 minutes (mine has a fresh hard vegetable setting).
Husks and silks remove in one fell swoop!
Enjoy! 🌽

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

Roasted Chicken Soup


Soups & Stews

Servings: 12 servings


For broth:

1 leftover turkey or large chicken carcass (or 2 store bought)

5 quarts water

1 onion (skins left on, cut in half)

4 rough cut stalks of celery

2 rough cut carrots

For Soup:

5 qts broth

1 cup celery chopped

½ cup celery leaves chopped

1 cup onion chopped

7 chicken bouillon cubes

1 tablespoon salt

1 bay leaf

1 cup carrots sliced

½ cup parsley chopped

¼ tablespoon pepper

4 cups egg noodles (fine)


In a large kettle simmer turkey or chicken carcass with onion and celery (one onion roughly chopped and several chopped stalks of celery) until tender. Strain all, keeping only the broth. Add ingredients to broth with meat (reserving noodles) and simmer until tender (about an hour). Add noodles and cook uncovered for 10 more minutes.

OPTIONAL **Melt 1/4 cup of butter in frying pan and stir in 1/4 cup of flour. Cook stirring until slightly browned. Stir into boiling soup Reduce heat and continue to simmer 5 minutes. I do this if using store bought roast chicken, but you really don’t need it if home roasted.

I use EVERYTHING from a roast chicken dinner, including gravy & stuffing, in my soup.

Hearty Ham and Navy Bean Soup

Honey Baked Ham and Navy Bean Soup

My parents loved this recipe. It’s the perfect supper served with a side of homemade cornbread.

I’d visit a Honey Baked Ham store just to purchase a few ham bones for our freezer.

Freezes beautifully and recipe is easily doubled (or in my case tripled) by doubling or tripling ALL ingredients, save for the ham bone.

Hearty Ham & Bean Soup


Soups & Stews


1/2 pound navy beans

Ham bone and any leftover ham

1 medium onion, chopped and sauteed

3/4 cup shredded raw potatoes

3/4 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup celery leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup fresh green onion tops

1 cup chopped tomato (fresh or canned)


Wash beans well, then cover with 6 cups warm water. Let stand overnight. Next day pour beans and water in which they were soaked into a large saucepan.

Combine all ingredients except tomatoes and green onion tops. These two ingredients may be omitted, but they add much color to the dish. Add them the last 10 minutes to retain color. Cook soup in a covered saucepan slowly about 3 hours or until beans are very soft. When done, taste and season further if necessary. If soup appears too thick toward end, add a little water or stock. If it appears too thin, cook uncovered a few minutes. Add tomatoes and onions last 10 minutes, and cook slowly uncovered.

Can easily double the amount of soup made by duplicating all ingredients EXCEPT for the ham bone 🙂

Changing Gears

My husband’s near the completion of a 50 year project – the restoration of the damaged 1962 Corvette, he brought home on his 21st birthday.

I’d like to start at the beginning but due to his reluctance to narrate, I’ll start with what I know.

I know paint jobs are EXPENSIVE.

Torch red. No, seriously, that’s the paint color

I know paint jobs take a L-O-N-G time. Eleven months to be precise.

without clear coat

It’s a suspenseful process.

our first peek at how the color we chose, looks

I think that’s a good start.

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

I think the final weekend of isolation (for some) calls for a special Chocolate Cake 🍰

** Update – my first attempt at this cake didn’t make it out of the pans. SO disappointing, but you know what? We ate it anyway! It was my fault for forgetting to put parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pans.

This makes a VERY runny batter… I thought it was my mistake, but others say the same. It’s that hot coffee the recipe calls for. It also sinks in the middle after baking. Sounds like I’m talking you out of making it, but I want you to have a good outcome.

I get to taste it WITH the frosting tomorrow as it’s too late tonight. If the cake itself wasn’t so delicious, I never would have gone through the trouble a second time!!

Beatty’s Chocolate Cake (Updated)

Cakes, Desserts


 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups sugar

¾ cups good cocoa powder, such as Valrhona

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup buttermilk, shaken

½ cup vegetable oil

2 extra-large eggs at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Chocolate Buttercream (recipe follows)

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

6 ounces good semisweet chocolate such as Valrhona (see note)

½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature

1 extra-large egg yolk at room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon instant coffee granules, such as Nescafe


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.

Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ones. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely. (Not to worry; the top will sink a little in the center.)

Place one layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread a thin layer of buttercream on the top only. Place the second layer on top, flat side up, and spread the frosting evenly first on the sides and then on the top of the cake. Cut in wedges and serve at room temperature.

Chop the chocolate and place it in a heatproof bowl over a pan over simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.

Beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don’t whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.


Note: I use Valrhona Le Noir 56% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate. You can use also use a good bittersweet chocolate but don’t use chocolate chips because they have stabilizers in them.

Yep, that sunken middle but don’t let it discourage you. The TASTE is worth it!

Sea Island’s Most Requested Recipe : Corn Muffins

You’re in for a treat! These are Sea Island’s most requested recipe👩🏼‍🍳

Sea Island 🏝Corn Muffins

Makes 12 large muffins or 18 regular-size muffins.

1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Eggs
16-Ounce Can Creamed Corn
1/4 Cup Whole Milk
1 Cup Bread Flour
3/4 Cup Cornmeal
2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Salt
1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1/2 Cup Bacon, Diced and Rendered

Preheat oven to 350° and spray a large muffin pan.
In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the melted butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add creamed corn and milk; mix completely.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add to butter and sugar mixture; mix until incorporated. Fold in cheddar cheese and bacon. Scoop into muffin pan, and bake for 18 minutes.

It’s easier than you think to avoid viral illnesses …

Everyone is scared of COVID-19 (the disease caused by novel coronavirus). I get it. I’ve been in the hospital a lot in my life, and I definitely don’t want to go back. But a lot of the advice that I’ve seen lately about how to stay safe is pretty ridiculous. I’ll address some specific myths at the end, but first — let me tell you how I know what works and what doesn’t.

I have a genetic defect, one that I was born with. Because of it, my immune cells weren’t good at combating infection or illness. It meant I got sick a lot more often than most people.

I had a bone marrow transplant in 2017. Most people don’t really know what that is. In the simplest possible terms, it means that my doctors gave me a new immune system, by replacing my sick bone marrow with healthy bone marrow from my sister.

The transplant process is basically a blood transfusion, but instead of blood cells, I received new immune cells from the bone marrow, which then took over my body and made it their new home, thus giving me a new immune system that worked normally.

In order for the transplant to work, I had intensive chemotherapy to kill off my original defective immune cells. For a month before and for many months after my transplant (until the new immune cells fully took over), I did not have a functioning immune system. This means I was vulnerable to EVERYTHING.

Many transplant patients get weird infections that most people have never heard of. Many common viruses, that healthy people easily clear without a single symptom, become deadly in a person with no immune system to fight them.

This is the situation I was in after my transplant.

You might think that there were a bunch of crazy rules I had to follow, and maybe that I had to live in a bubble, or travel around in a hamster ball. As fun as the hamster ball might have been, that was not the case.

I followed three basic rules.

1. Constant, thorough hand washing and hand sanitizing.

2. Constant, thorough cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces that I touched.

3. Completely avoiding primary vectors of transmission.

Hand Washing and Sanitizing

At this point, you’re probably sick of hearing people tell you to wash your hands. It sounds so basic. It’s easy to think that it can’t possibly be that effective. I mean, this is a PANDEMIC. If hand washing is so effective, how could it get so bad?

Because people don’t do it. People think hand washing is silly and basic, and they don’t do it often enough or thoroughly enough.

Hand hygiene is probably one of the greatest innovations of 20th century medicine, behind only the discovery of penicillin and widespread vaccination. It prevents countless infections, and its importance cannot be overstated. Your hands are everything.

After my transplant, I washed my hands constantly, and I washed them thoroughly. I washed the palms, the backs, my wrists, each finger individually (concentrating on the finger tips), and then I scrubbed my fingernails in my palms. The whole “wash your hands for 20 seconds” thing made me laugh when I first heard it. If you truly wash your hands thoroughly, with the goal of removing any trace of pathogen you may have touched, it always takes at least 20 seconds, if not more.

I washed my hands like this after every time I used the bathroom, before I ate, after touching anything in a public place, immediately after returning home from being out anywhere, after working out, after driving my car, after working on my computer, after feeding my pets, after cleaning my house.

If I wanted to scratch my nose, or I needed to put in my contact lenses, I washed my hands first, before ever touching my face.

If my hands didn’t physically feel freshly washed, I washed them.

If I couldn’t remember the last time I washed them, I washed them.

I only used hand sanitizer when I didn’t have access to hot water and soap.

If this sounds extreme, consider how much simpler and easier this is than being sick. Washing your hands constantly is just a matter of habit. You have to make yourself do it for a while, and you have to really focus on remembering, but once you do that long enough, you create a habit that will protect you for the rest of your life. In a globalized world ripe for pandemics, this is a necessary 21st century practice.

I have that habit now, because I didn’t have a choice. The hospital is not a fun place to spend a few months. Being sick is not a vacation. I was in constant discomfort and pain. It was difficult to eat. It hurt to move. It was exhausting to simply take a shower. I did not want to prolong my transplant recovery by acquiring an infection that could have been prevented if I had just washed my hands after I touched that door handle (or whatever). You have to have clarity about why it must be done, and then all that remains is doing it, every. single. time.

If you find yourself wondering whether you’re washing your hands enough, then you aren’t. You know when you are. You carry hand lotion around everywhere you go (because your hands look like a crumpled paper bag), and you go through hand soap like (should I say it?) toilet paper.

Every time you wash your hands, imagine trying to poop in a bed pan. Be grateful for the chance to wash your hands.

Cleaning Surfaces

The best way to give your dry, crumpled-paper-bag hands some relief is to meticulously clean the surfaces that you touch, so that you know you aren’t continuing to spread germs or virions (virus reproductive particles) onto your freshly washed hands.

If you’re isolating at home, clean everything thoroughly once, and then continue to clean each surface that gets touched when someone enters or leaves the house. If you make a habit of washing your hands immediately upon returning home, you won’t have to keep wiping down everything in your house.

This is what I’m doing now, to protect myself from COVID-19. It’s similar to what I did in the months after my transplant.

Upon returning home from any excursion, I wipe down my keys, phone, credit card (if I used it), car door handle, car steering wheel, garage door handles and front door handles. I keep Clorox wipes in my car and right beside the front door to make this easy.

Once I’ve done that, and before I touch anything else in my house, I wash my hands in the kitchen sink. Now everything I’ve touched with my hands is clean, and my hands are clean. I don’t wear outside shoes in the house.

When I go grocery shopping, I take my wipes into the store with me. I wipe down the handle of the shopping cart and the credit card swiper buttons before I touch either one. When I get back to my car, I load my groceries, and then wipe down the car door handles, my credit card, keys, and phone, and finally use hand sanitizer before I touch my steering wheel.

If someone in your house is sick, wipe down everything that people touch, and do it every single day. The sick person should avoid touching things as much as possible to make this easier. When I was recovering from transplant, we wiped every touchable surface in my room and the bathroom, every evening.

I get that this sounds, again, extreme. But consider how uncomplicated it is. Germs and viruses are not mysterious. They are microscopic organisms that hang out on things you touch.

Clean the things you touch. That’s all. Do it consistently. Don’t avoid it or get annoyed about it. Just do it.

Avoiding Contact (vectors of transmission)

The primary vector of transmission of novel coronavirus is people.

People, and the things people touch.

You can’t tell if someone is carrying the virus by looking at them. Frankly, you can’t tell if you’re carrying it either, just by the way you feel.

You can’t tell if an elevator button or a bar stool has been contaminated.

So, stay away from everyone, and don’t touch public surfaces. When you have to be around people, do not get close to them. When you have to touch public things, don’t touch your face or body until you wash your hands.

I open doors and push elevator buttons with my elbows. I open the bathroom door with the paper towel I just used to dry my hands after washing them. I do not lean on or touch countertops in public places.

Most of all, now, I do not go out to places that have elevator buttons, or public door handles, or public countertops, unless I absolutely have to.

If you work an essential job that prevents you from isolating at home, focus on the first two rules. Do them perfectly. The only time you should EVER touch your face is AFTER washing your hands, literally before you touch anything else. If you can keep 6 feet of space between you and other people at all times, do it. The virus can linger in the air (although not for very long), so don’t breathe other people’s air.

For the rest of us, the most foolproof protection is to stay home with the people you already live with, and have no contact with anyone else.

Being outdoors in the sunshine is safe and healthy — as long as you’re not near other people. Go for walks, hikes, runs and bike rides. Just don’t get near other people. Cross the road instead of walking past someone on the sidewalk. I know it feels weird. Do it anyway.

It’s a lifestyle change

Believe me, I know. I’ve spent many more months painstakingly following these rules than you have spent even thinking about maybe having to follow them. When I was recovering from transplant, I had to avoid a whole long list of potentially dangerous illness vectors, including fireplaces, potted plants and strawberries (no joke). I know it can be done, and I know that it works.

But there is one major problem that people have, when it comes to following these 3 simple rules:

People resist simplicity and consistency.

Whether out of fear or arrogance, some people insist on complicating things by trying to add rules that may sound logical but ultimately don’t make a significant difference. This creates anxiety over keeping track of all the stuff you think you should be doing, and worse, the inability to focus on the things that really matter.

Take, for example, one suggestion I’ve seen, to shower immediately when you get home from being out.

(If you work directly with sick people, then by all means, take a shower when you get home.)

For the rest of us –

If your body hasn’t touched other people, and you didn’t rub yourself all over the deli counter at the supermarket, how would the virus have come in contact with unexposed parts of your body?

If your answer is, “because I opened the public bathroom door and then touched my face, and then scratched an itch on my neck, and then finger-combed my hair and adjusted my septum piercing” then you need to focus WAY more on the 3 rules we already discussed.

You are not going to be safer with multiple showers a day than you would be by just being vigilant about washing your hands, not touching things, and not being close to other people.

Similarly, coming home and immediately taking off all your clothes at the front door is not necessary (though it may amuse your housemates, which could be good for isolation stress? Idk, you do you.)

If you’re practicing social distancing, hand washing and surface cleaning, your clothes and hair will not be a significant vector of transmission. (Again, healthcare providers are an exception, but this is part of the reason why they wear scrubs.)

Below is a long list of crazy rules I’ve heard people suggest as safety precautions against COVID-19.

As someone who had the mighty responsibility of preventing herself from contracting all manner of illness for a long time, I can tell you that none of these things are useful.

(If someone you know is advocating any of these, please tell them to read this article, or, better yet, get their preventative advice directly from the CDC, and stop giving credence to random lists of things on Facebook that supposedly come from an unnamed “friend of a colleague who works at a hospital.”)

• You cannot kill novel coronavirus by heating up your nasal passages with a hair dryer, sauna, steam from your tea or soup, etc. This is probably the most hilarious suggestion I’ve heard. The flawed reasoning goes like this… “Coronavirus dies at 133 F, and it enters through the nose, so if I heat up my nose to 133 F, that will kill coronavirus.”

There are so many issues with this, but here are two major ones:

Novel coronavirus doesn’t confine itself to your nose, waiting for you to blast yourself in the face with a hair dryer. When your mucus membranes (eyes, mouth, nose) are exposed to it, it enters your cells. It populates your lungs and may live throughout your GI tract. You can’t “catch it” before it reaches your lungs. If you’re positive, you’re positive. Everything after that is your body’s immune and inflammatory response to viral infection — including the pneumonia that causes so many deaths.

Pro-tip: If the inside of your nose reaches 133 F, you is burning 🔥😬

133 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature of scalding water. The inside of your nose is a watery mucus membrane, so if it ever got that hot, you would need medical attention. But it never gets that hot under normal circumstances, even in the desert, even in a sauna. Why? Because you’re a mammal, and your body regulates its internal temperature independent of the environment it is in.

• Drinking hot liquids does nothing to prevent viral infection (but they do warm you up and make you feel good, so enjoy!)

• “Keeping the mouth moist” and drinking frequently to “wash the virus into your stomach, where the gastric juices will kill it” is completely ridiculous. Novel coronavirus is present in stool samples. It survives in the GI tract. For other reasons why this is silly, read this: No, drinking water doesn’t kill coronavirus — BBC Future

• Gargling with “vinegar, salt, garlic, or lemon” does not kill the millions of microscopic virions that invade the cells of your mucus membranes when you become infected with novel coronavirus. Vinegar, salt, garlic, and lemon have mostly antibacterial properties — they are not sufficiently antiviral to be useful in this case.

• “The virus can live on hair and clothes.” This falls into the realm of technically true, but not meaningfully true (healthcare providers excepted). If someone literally coughs directly onto your hair or clothes, go take a shower and wash your clothes. Otherwise, shower daily, wear clean clothes, and wash your clothes regularly, like a normal human person who is clean. The virus infects when it comes in contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. The likelihood of transferring a critical mass of virions to your face because you went to the grocery store and your sleeve touched the checkout counter is very low (assuming you don’t go home and eat your dirty clothes).

• “Avoiding cold foods” has no effect on viral infection or transmission (but if you feel cold, drink or eat something warm! Duh.)

• The virus doesn’t “live in your throat” for three days before “moving” to your lungs. Again, when you are infected, you are infected. There aren’t levels of infection. There are stages of symptom progression as your body ramps up its immune response to the virus, but you can’t prevent virions from invading your lungs by gargling something when you have a sore throat (especially not with mild antibacterial agents like vinegar/salt/garlic/lemon). Viruses do not work like bacteria.

As a brilliant emergency medicine physician (and collaborator on this article) said,

“You can’t disinfect the entire inside of your body unless you are dead and embalmed.”

In conclusion: Don’t be scared.

When people aren’t over-complicating prevention, they are doubting that something so scary can even be prevented with such simple methods, and so they act as though it’s hopeless, and there’s nothing they can do.

In reality, if you can just commit to these 3 simple (albeit, tedious) recommendations, you will dramatically reduce your risk of infection and transmission.

If you do the three things I’ve outlined here as though your life depends on it, then you don’t need to feel afraid. I know it sounds exhausting, but I promise you that you can do this. You just have to become consciously and constantly aware of your contact with things and people, at all times.

I had WAY less natural immunological protection in my body than most of you have, right now, in your bodies. The hard thing is, you have to do these 3 things we’ve talked about, and do them well, every single time. The easy thing is, it’s just these 3 totally uncomplicated, straightforward things.

Wash your hands, clean the things you touch, avoid people (and the things people touch).

You’re gonna be ok.

Source: https://medium.com/@amcarter/i-had-no-immune-system-for-months-after-my-bone-marrow-transplant-1b097f16040c