It is the time of year for bizarre holiday parties and weirdly ambitious food, like this moment a few years ago when I thought it looked neat to spoon cooked eggs back into an eggshell and top that with glowing salmon roe - in case anyone missed the egg motif. While I stopped in May of that year with the egg/shell thing, I continue to make crispy latkes (underneath the eggs in the photo) throughout the year.
To make crispy latkes, coarsely grate 2 peeled Russet potatoes into a bowl, add 1 Tablespoon of a flour, an egg, a pinch of salt. Drain off potato water (drink vodka instead). Add small amounts to pan with oil heated on medium heat for a few minutes, then fry on each side for about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Season. Red salt looks especially festive on these.
To make sour cream (and really, you feel accomplished making your own. Dairy is not the boss of you, unless it is, and then just make the recipe for applesauce below.): Leave a cup of quality heavy cream out on the counter to bring to room temperature. Add 2 tablespoons of unflavored yogurt with live cultures in it. Let sit out in a warm place for 15-18 hours, then put in refrigerator for at least a few hours to chill.
To make apple sauce: choose 4 tempting apples and keep the skin on while coring and chopping. Add to a pan with 1 cup cider or water and cook over medium until the apples break down ~15 minutes. To finish, add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, a squeeze of lemon. Taste and finish seasoning.
To watch me make latkes incorrectly (Jewish grandmothers online found an earlier tagged post and schooled me in private emails), there is this 2008 episode below from my old online web series that started in 2006:
Issue 4 will be shipping out to Kickstarter backers on December 27, 2012.
There will be some extra copies in a limited-edition version available in the Saucy store.
Things that are exciting: In finalizing the issue, I chose a different interior paper stock to make the images jump forward more. Also, the cover is special. You’ll know why when you see it.
Sneak peek of a spread from Issue 4:
Holidays are difficult, and recent tragic events harder still to bear, so I am focusing on what I can do: finish fulfilling orders for the magazine, continue coverage in the newsroom I work in, and seeing people I love to celebrate life.