Recipe: Matzah Ball Soup and Potato Latkes Tonight!

The last of the chicken is marinating for what will no doubt be a fabulous dish courtesy of Adam, so I went vegetarian tonight with a simple matzah ball soup and potato latkes. Scallions, celery, and assorted frozen veggies gave the broth a little kick. For the latkes.

I originally looked at this recipe from, but then I found out that I only had one egg. Out of desperation, I started freestyling the ingredients. Improvisation is the mother of genius, or something, right? The latkes could have gone terrible wrong, but instead the result went awesomely right!

After the Breakfast Potato Pancake Upset of 2009I’m still scarred by the inedible, sad little gobs of half-fried potatoI will never forget one vital tip: Wring out all the moisture! If the latkes retain too much moisture, the shredded potato bits revolt and fall apart during the frying stage. Brown the rounded potato cakes on both sides in hot vegetable oil and tada! Solid latkes with crunchy edges. Serve the hot latkes with apple sauce and sour creamdon’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

2 Replies to “Recipe: Matzah Ball Soup and Potato Latkes Tonight!”

  1. First of all I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Thank you!

    1. Thank you so much! My strategy is not clearing my mind, but to rather jot something down the moment I have something in mind. Maybe what I write down isn’t a clear beginning, middle, or end, but it’s a start. Getting those few sentences written down helps me walk away with minimal guilt and the rest of a piece later somehow flows more easily later. I may throw away what I wrote down first, but those first few sentences opens the floodgates surprisingly well. I hope that helps you customize your own process. 🙂

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