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Whole Lotta Latke

Plated with hearty broth and kale

Plated with hearty broth and kale

Golden brown sauteed latke.

Golden brown sauteed latke.




3 eggs

1 1/2-2 cups flour

1 whole chicken, 3-4 lbs.

5 carrots, peeled, and dice one third, coarse chop the remainder

5 celery stalks, and dice one third, coarse chop the remainder

Handful of fresh parsley

1/2 tbsp black peppercorns

2 bay leaves

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (thyme, dill, marjoram, whatever you fancy)

5 tbsp olive oil or schmaltz

2 onions, diced, reserve peels and ends for stock

1 Bunch of lacinato kale or other hearty greens, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper


In mixing bowl with paddle attachment, combine flour and beaten eggs. When dough comes together, switch to dough kneading hook and work for 3-5 minutes.  Allow to rest for 1-2 hours before rolling out. Meanwhile, prepare onions, celery, and carrots. Dice 1/3 of celery and carrots, and one of the onions for the soup. Dice other onion for the filling. Coarse chop remaining celery and carrots for stock. Place chicken, onion scraps, coarse chopped celery and carrots, peppercorns, and bay leaf into a stock pot with 6 or so cups of water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 90 minutes or so until chicken is cooked through and thigh joint moves freely. Skim off fat and reserve.

Carefully remove chicken and strain broth. Remove chicken meat from the bones and break down into small pieces, if not particularly health-conscious, break down some of the skin for this. Sautee one of the diced onions in the reserved chicken fat. Cook until soft and season heavily with salt and pepper and chopped herbs. Cool onions well and add to food processor with cooked chicken meat. Puree well. Sautee remaining onion with diced carrots and celery in a soup pot. Add broth and allow to simmer.

A teaspoon of stuffing and the four stages of the fold

A teaspoon of stuffing and the four stages of the fold

Seal the seams very well

Seal the seams very well



Make the kreplach. Roll out the dough thinnish, almost to see light through. The thickness of the dough is actually a matter of taste. Go with what works. Cut squares or circles, depending on the desired finished shape of the dumplings. Place around one teaspoon of filling in each kreplach. Seal well and cook in gently boiling soup for 4-6 minutes, depending on thickness of the pasta. Add the kale alongside the dumplings.

Serve hot and often! Good Stuff!



Assembled ingredients

Assembled ingredients

That's just grate!

That’s just grate!





4-5 medium potatoes

2 small onions

¼ cup self-rising flour

1 beaten egg

1 Tablespoon light colored, flavorful vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste


We don’t peel potatoes, we scrub them well. Peel if you desire, and grate on the large holes of your cheese grater. In between potatoes grate a couple of sweeps of onion, in addition to flavoring, this will keep the potatoes from browning.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Transfer to a colander and allow to drain. When making the cakes, press the mixture between your hands to remove some more moisture before placing in the hot oil to sautee. Be sure to have enough oil in the pan to work with. About ¼ inch. Replenish the oil between batches. Cook until golden brown and drain on kitchen towel. Serve hot with sour cream, applesauce, or any number of condiments. Good Stuff!

Plated with char and zuchinni ragout

Plated with char and zuchinni ragout

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Cream of Tomato Soup

Milk, added cold to roux

Starting the roux. Butter and flour in equal parts

Wrote this recipe for my wife. Now she makes it for us regularly. You can use canned peeled tomatoes, but the effort of peeling your own is payed off generously in flavor. In a saucepot, start your roux, that is thickening agent in the soup.

4 Tablespoons butter

4 Tablespoons flour

melt, toast, even slighly brown, over low heat, and then add slowly

Onion, celery, and garlic, sauteed

Remove from heat soon after adding tomatoes

2 cups cold milk

Stir regularly and continue to cook over low heat until it reaches a gentle boil. Meanwhile in a large souppot, sautee in a small amount of olive oil

1 onion diced

3 ribs celery, diced

6 cloves garlic, minced

Cook until soft and add 1/2 cup white wine or chicken stock. Cook for a few minutes and add the hot, prepared white sauce. Simmer for twenty minutes and add 6 cups peeled, seeded tomatoes. Bring to a gentle boil and remove from heat. Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and basil. Good Stuff!

Served with olive oil and fresh basil


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