Thursday, December 25, 2008

hannukah party

my mom had a beautiful table set up of hanukkah goodies for when my friends arrived.

we had delicious sufganyot--jelly doughnuts

and potato latkes. here's the gourmet magazine recipe we used:

Potato Latkes
Makes about 32 Latkes
* Active Time:1 hr
* Start to Finish:1 hr
It's no secret that kids go crazy for crisp, fried potatoes. Serve them these classic latkes and you'll be giving them exactly what they want.
December 2007

* 2 lbs large russet (baking) potatoes (about 4)
* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 large onion (1 lb)
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 1 cup vegetable oil

*Preheat oven to 250°F with rack in upper third.
*Peel potatoes and coarsely grate into a bowl using large teardrop-shaped holes of a box grater or in a food processor fitted with medium shredding disk. Add lemon juice and toss to coat.
*Coarsely grate onion into same bowl. Transfer to a kitchen towel (not terry cloth), then gather up corners to form a sack and twist tightly to wring out as much liquid as possible.
*Wipe bowl clean, then return potatoes and onion to bowl and stir in flour, eggs, and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt until just combined.
*Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Fill a 1/4-cup measure halfway with latke mixture and carefully spoon it into skillet, then flatten to 3 inches in diameter with a slotted spatula.
*Form 5 more latkes in skillet and fry until undersides are deep golden, 1 1/2 to 3 minutes. (If latkes brown too quickly, reduce heat to medium.) Turn over and fry until deep golden all over, 1 1/2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to paper towels to drain briefly, then transfer to a metal rack set in a baking pan and keep warm in oven. Make more latkes.

then we played a lot of rock band in my little brother's play room. everyone looked really cool with their instruments, like real musicians.

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