Thursday, December 9, 2010


Oh happy day! I finished my last assignment for the Fall semester at 1:00 am last night (uh, this morning). I'm sure I learned lots of important things throughout the semester that will help when I begin teaching but right about now here's the thing that stands out the most:

Anyone can become a coffee person. And coffee is perfection at midnight when your paper is half-done and due in the morning.

Seriously though, I love being in school. Sure, I get burned out towards the end of the semester, but I feel like I learn so much with each class that will not only help me become a better teacher but also since so much of it is about the development of children, I feel like I understand my daughter more and know more about how to parent her. :)

So anyhow, while in the throws of finals, Hanukkah happened. I grew up celebrating this holiday and it's really one of my favorites because it celebrates miracles, God's presence in our lives, and light at the darkest time of year.

Latkes and doughnuts are the traditional foods made for Hanukkah. Latkes are potato "pancakes" that are fried...sooooo...a hashbrown. :) Anyhow, this year I wanted to try adding some zucchini to the latkes for more flavor and texture.

Grate up 1 lb. of red potatoes and two zucchini.

Add a beaten egg and flour to the grated potatoes and zucchini.

Squeeze the latke mixture into patties and fry them up.

Isn't my latke plate cute? My mother-in-law gave it to
 me last year.

After the latkes finish frying, serve them up with a sprinkling of kosher salt.

Yummy. Latkes are fantastic. It's hard to dislike something that's been fried.

My daughter wanted in on the photo shoot. :)

Zucchini and Potato Latkes
Serves 4-6

1 lb. red potatoes
2 zucchini
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. flour
oil for frying

Preheat 1/2" of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Grate potatoes and zucchini. Squeeze to wring out excess moisture. Add remaining ingredients. Toss until well combined. Press mixture into thin patties. Fry in hot oil and flip once they turn golden brown on one side. Remove from pan and sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve 'em up with some classy ketchup.


  1. These look so yummy! Can't wait to give them a try. I'm a zucchini fanatic so I love the idea of mixing it with potatoes.

    By the way, since you've become a coffee person give Starbucks Christmas blend a try, it's my latest addiction. So glad you're back in the saddle :-)

  2. We put zucchini in our latkes too! Very yummy!

  3. YAY for finishing school. One year I'm going to try Hanuka!


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