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Gluten Free Potato Latkes

I love homemade latkes during Hanukkah. They are a reminder of the miracle of the oil that lasted not one, but eight days after the re-capture of their Temple by the Jews many centuries ago.  But this year, I was praying for a modern miracle- making a good potato latke without using the White Lily self-rising wheat flour I had always used.  I took the plunge and gave it a try. …

Thanksgiving and the Practice of Gratitude

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more... it can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, and not surprisingly so. From our beginnings as a nation, immigrants to our shores have had much to be grateful for- bountiful land and resources, immense beauty…

Holiday Self Care

It’s November, almost Thanksgiving. Once again, lifestyle magazines are offering “tips “ for navigating the holiday season. You know-making perfect decorations, gift wrapping shortcuts, holiday menus and recipes galore, or creating new family traditions and rituals. The overall message of this barrage of “useful” information is that we, mostly women, can &ldqu…

Cookbook Capers

I don’t buy many new cookbooks these days. After giving away at least half of my massive collection before moving six years ago, I have been careful to not replace them all. But like so many others, I am drawn to the cookbook sections of bookstores...checking for new titles, looking at photos, absorbing new trends and ideas. Sometimes, I am rethinking my own dining habits or perhaps …

Capacity

Everytime I think about going to NYC and what fun it is to eat there, I think of my husband Buck's Uncle Chet. I wrote this about him many years ago and I still smile when I read it. Enjoy!             The line at the Carnegie Deli is already threatening to block the sidewalk, and it is early yet for the Saturday crowd. Aunt Blanche and Uncle …

You Can't See the Pattern While the Shuttle Flies

“You can’t see the pattern while the shuttle flies.” I have heard my mother, Dolores Parrish Gurley, say this many times in recent years-usually when she is in a philosophical mood, a quiet time of reflection, or when she is reassuring a younger friend or family member.  At 90, we are all younger than she. The quote originated with my grandmother Lena Cashion Gurle…

Wired!

A picture is worth a thousand words they say. So take a look at this one. I couldn’t believe it myself. And I can safely say that the pile of electronics gadgets, cables and adaptors seen in this photo did not include everything we carried on our trip to Italy. Not shown was the electric toothbrush, another computer, another Ipod, a Kindle, the cheap Italian phone we purchased in Rom…

Driving Lessons

One of our travelling companions in Italy finished this wonderful book,  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein,and left it for me to read. She knew I would like a book written from a dog’s perspective..even more so because it touches upon the deeply spiritual nature of our human journey, navigating the depths of human despair and the sweet joys of intimate connection with…

Gluten Free “Senza Glutine” in Italy!!

We approached our Italian holiday and family wedding with some trepidation...one of our travelling companions had celiac disease. That means that he could not eat anything that contained gluten which includes anything made with regular wheat flour, barley or rye.  It is not an optional restriction, because celiac disease is actually an autoimmune disorder that can cause serious health…

Wedding: Italian Style

I love Italy. On this, my fourth trip to the country, it was real Italian love that brought me here. Our niece, Andrea Goldstein was marrying her fiancée, Fabio Ferrarelli near his hometown of Frosinone about forty minutes outside Rome. What we got to experience was a once in a lifetime event for us. Andrea’s childhood friends and family had travelled from the USA, Japan, Fra…