Baked Cumin Sweet Potato Latkes

Potato pancakes or latkes are traditionally from Eastern and Northern Europe or served during the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. Often, they’re fried in oil. In this recipe, these latkes are baked. Sweet potatoes are added for a unique twist, and cumin adds a smokey flavor. Of course, a touch of crushed red pepper is an optional spice.

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Fried Okra

During the month of September, MyLifeRunsOnFood.com is part of New York’s Locavore Challenge. This is the first of a few posts dedicated to using produce supporting local, sustainable farms and food businesses. I know it’s almost mid-month, but it’s not too late to sign up for this educational challenge. For this post, I write about a familiar experience of being reintroduce to unpopular produce by my Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Bedstuy Farm Share. Visit NOFA-NY.com to learn more about additional events and join their cause.

Okra and I have a score to settle because of its slimy ways. It’s true, first impressions are important, for my first bite of okra wasn’t pleasant. Just like beets, it’s a vegetable some people love. While others, such as myself, dislike it. How does this story of reconciliation start? Read more

Fried Zucchini Flowers with Ricotta Cheese

At this time of year, farmer’s markets or specialty stores randomly place loosely packed beautiful, yellow flower blossoms in the produce section. Those are zucchini flowers. They’re not meant for decorative vases to spruce up a room. Are they for salads? Maybe, if you want to feel light and delicate. There’s a better way to enjoy them. Let’s take a break from the green leafy stuff. Why don’t we wrap those delicate petals around a stuffing made with fresh herbs and whole milk ricotta (don’t cheat by buying low-fat, it’s not fair to the taste buds), and fry them golden brown. Read more

Fried Green Tomatoes and Sage
Fried Green Tomatoes and Sage

Who knew that fried sage and fried green tomatoes would balance each other so well? The combination of flavors is a great idea. An earlier attempt of frying sage leaves wasn’t successful. The leaves burned away. This time, as the last of the green tomato slices were frying, sage that was freshly picked the night before was added to the skillet. The second attempt of frying sage leaves was successful. The first time the sage leaves were fried, they weren’t completely dried. Oil and water doesn’t mix. It’s a basic cooking chemistry rule. Experimentation is part of the creative process of learning and relearning new ideas. Read more