Make better latkes with a quick boiling water bath

first_imgDuring college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as “pops and crops”). I’m sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since.Professor Tremblay was adamant that if we ever were stuck on a deserted island and could take only one food with us, we should choose the sweet potato. “A nutritional bargain” he called it. And he was right. One cup of the tasty tuber has seven times more vitamin A than you need in a day, more than half of the vitamin C, 7 grams of filling fiber and 4 grams of protein. There’s also vitamin B6, potassium, calcium and iron.This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows smoky sweet potato latkes in Concord, N.H. Sweet potato latkes are delicious and crispy and perfect accompanied by unsweetened applesauce and plain Greek yogurt or sour cream. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)And of course they are wonderfully sweet. That does come at a price; sweet potatoes have about twice the sugar of carrots, ounce per ounce. (I suppose this is less of a concern if you are on a deserted island.) But the good news is that the sweetness really satisfies, no sugary ketchup (or marshmallows) needed.But how to incorporate this natural little treat into our diets without resorting to melted marshmallow casseroles? Try sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes in your favorite recipes, oven-baked fries, for instance. In terms of flavor, smoky and spicy play off the sweetness perfectly. Sweet potato soup with adobo or chipotle Greek yogurt is pretty perfect in that way.Also try subbing sweet potato in some of your favorite root vegetable recipes. Roasted sweet potato and parsnip hash, anyone?With the coming of Hanukkah, I was inspired to make smoky sweet potato latkes, which balance the sugar of the sweet potatoes with earthy cumin and smoked paprika. They are delicious and crispy and perfect accompanied by unsweetened applesauce and plain Greek yogurt or sour cream.Since most of us don’t care to deep-fry at home, I baked my latkes. To ensure they were still crispy, both the pan and latkes get brushed with oil. Much easier, much less mess and a whole lot leaner. I also found a great way to cut the cooking time. I par-cook the shredded sweet potatoes by pouring boiling water over them. This not only speeds up the baking, it also washes away some of the starch, which results in a crispier latke.SMOKY SWEET POTATO LATKESStart to finish: 45 minutesMakes 16 latkes1 large sweet potato, peeled and grated (about 4 cups grated)1/2 large yellow or sweet onion, grated (about 3/4 cup grated)1 egg1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika1/3 cup cornstarch4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, dividedPlain Greek yogurt and unsweetened applesauce, to serveHeat the oven to 400 F.In a large colander, combine the sweet potato and onion. Set over the sink.Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil. Slowly pour the water over the potato mixture, then let it drain and cool until easily handled, 8 to 10 minutes. A handful at a time, place the sweet potato mixture in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze to extract as much liquid as possible, then transfer to a large bowl.In a small bowl, beat together the egg, salt, cumin and paprika, then stir into the sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle the cornstarch over the sweet potatoes and mix well. The mixture should be moist, but not wet. If needed, blot excess moisture and add a little more flour.Use 2 tablespoons of the oil to evenly coat a rimmed baking sheet. Divide the sweet potato mixture into 16 mounds (each about 2 tablespoons) on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between them. Use the bottom of a glass or measuring cup to flatten each.Using a pastry brush and the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, brush the tops of the latkes with oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp. Serve the latkes with a dollop of yogurt and applesauce.Nutrition information per serving: 60 calories; 35 calories from fat (58 percent of total calories); 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 15 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 1 g protein; 70 mg sodium.Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget. She is the author of the upcoming cookbook, “Supermarket Healthy.” https://www.melissadarabian.netlast_img read more

DIY BBQ in Aurora

first_img A waitress cuts up the short ribs on Monday Feb. 29, 2016 at Han Kang Korean Restaurant.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel short ribs are grilled on the table-top grill on Monday Feb. 29, 2016 at Han Kang Korean Restaurant.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel But that hasn’t stopped customers from packing Mr. Kim and several other local Korean BBQ spots in recent months as the cuisine’s popularity continues to grow. And as is the case with pretty much any ethnic cuisine, Aurora is the metro area’s hub when it comes to Korean BBQ, boasting close to a dozen restaurants, including several along Havana Street. At Mr. Kim’s, an order of garbi — marinated steak cut thin and cooked on the grill at your table — comes with an impressive array of sides and dipping sauces. Danny Kim, the manager there, said the mix of side dishes — including kim-chi, calamari strips, peanuts, zuchini and vegetable pancakes on this particular day — always varies. Sometimes there are about a dozen, other times close to 20, he said. Lee, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Chris Kim, said the sides vary in part bases on the seasons and what fresh vegetables are available. That freshness is a key to Korean BBQ, Lee said. Everything from the kim-chi to the bean sprouts slathered in savory sauces are made fresh at the restaurant, she said. Lee said that beyond the obvious differences between a Korean BBQ restaurant and a typical restaurant — mainly cooking the food yourself and the array of sides and sauces — there is another important distinction. While at other places the whole meal comes together, like a bowl of pho or some other Asian dish. But with Korean BBQ, everything is separate. Once people get past that, she said, they tend to enjoy themselves. “When they actually try it they are kind of amazed by it because it’s something different,” she said, the sound of an exhaust hood blaring near by. Mr. Kim’s opened last fall and Lee said they are still seeing a steady stream of customers who aren’t just first timers to their restaurant, but first timers to Korean BBQ in general. As for the newbies who might get a little spooked by the exotic array of foods, or the strange equipment adorning their table, Lee said she always tells them to relax and enjoy the meal. “Just come in and try it, she said. “You wont regret it.” Danny Kim puts brisket on the table-top grill on Tuesday March 01, 2016 at Mr. Kim’s in the Pacific Ocean shopping center.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel AURORA | Terri Lee has seen a look of bewilderment come over the faces of first time customers at Mr. Kim’s Korean BBQ in Aurora.The towering exhaust hoods over the tables, plus the gas grill smack in the center of it, create an atmosphere that can be a little intimidating to newbies. And that’s before the staff comes out with close to 20 different side dishes and sauces to accompany a heaping platter of raw meat dripping in seasonings. That crowded table, plus the array of equipment, can be a bit much. “They can be a little overwhelmed,” Lee said with a laugh. Por belly is grilled on the table-top grill on Monday Feb. 29, 2016 at Han Kang Korean Restaurant.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Ban chan, a mix of kim chi, seaweed and vegetables on Monday Feb. 29, 2016 at Han Kang Korean Restaurant.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinellast_img read more

Jack Riley, Mr. Carlin on ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ dies at…

first_imgNEW YORK | Jack Riley, who played a counseling client on “The Bob Newhart Show” and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s animated “Rugrats,” died Friday. The 80-year-old actor died in Los Angeles, according to his representative Paul Doherty.FILE – In this Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, actor Jack Riley poses at the TV Land 35th anniversary celebration of “The Bob Newhart Show” in Beverly Hills, Calif. Riley, who played counseling client Elliot Carlin on “The Bob Newhart Show” and also voiced a character on Nickelodeon’s animated “Rugrats,” died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 in Los Angeles. He was 80. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)Besides portraying grumpy, self-absorbed Mr. Carlin on the 1970s “Newhart” sitcom and providing the voice for absent-minded dad Stu Pickles on “Rugrats” and its spinoff, “All Grown Up!,” Riley appeared in the Mel Brooks films “History of the World: Part I,” ”High Anxiety” and “Spaceballs.”In a statement, Newhart said Riley created one of TV’s “most endearing” situation comedy characters with his Carlin portrayal.Riley was a “dear friend,” one whose loss leaves an emptiness in the lives of his friends and family, including his wife Ginger Lawrence, Newhart said.The Cleveland native also voiced commercials and made guest appearances on numerous TV series including “Seinfeld,” ”Night Court” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”last_img read more

New coach to serve up excellence program

first_imgBy JARROD MCALEESE BEACONHILLS College has secured internationally accredited coach Mark Stevens to head their Tennis School of Excellence. Stevens…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

UPDATED: Leafs grant request, trade Nolan Percival to Beaver Valley

first_imgIt’s not like the Nelson Leafs were looking to move local minor hockey product Nolan Percival out of town.On the contrary.The Nelson native had approached Leaf management about a month ago, asking for a trade to jumpstart his junior hockey career.However, during the weekend Leaf coach and general manager Dave McLellan granted the 18-year-old forward his wishes, moving Percival to Murdoch Division rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deal that saw the Green and White receive future considerations.”Nolan had played his whole hockey career in Nelson and he felt like he was not having a great year so he approached us asking for a trade,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily Monday.”Nolan felt getting away from his his home town and getting a fresh start would help him.”Percival joins the likes of other former Nelson Minor Hockey grads who have flourished with the Nitehawks.Some of those players include Alex MacLeod, Ryan Sookro and Justin Niminiken.Moving Percival to Beaver Valley is not the only move McLellan has made as the second-year skipper looks to ignite a Leaf team that has struggled to stay with the Murdoch elite teams three months into the KIJHL season.The Leafs acquired 5’11”, 170-pound forward Colton Nelson from the Columbia Valley Rockies for future considerations.”Colton is a skilled forward we’re hoping can compete for a top six position for us,” McLellan explained. McLellan said he is actively looking to improve the Leafs before the first major roster deadline of the Junior Hockey League season when all Junior teams must cut down their rosters to 25 cards on December 1st.Leafs host the Castlegar Rebels Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs deal Nelson native Nolan Percival to rival Beaver ValleyIn a surprise deal between two Murdoch Division rivals, The Nelson Daily has learned the Nelson Leafs have traded Heritage City native Nolan Percival to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deal was made after the Leafs 3-2 overtime loss to the Hawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.The 5’8”, 170-pound forward had played his entire KIJHL career in Nelson, scoring 14 goals while adding 26 assists in 125 games.Percival, 18, played Minor Hockey in Nelson before joining the Leafs as a 16-year-old rookie in 2013.In 13 playoff games, Percival registered one assist.It is believed Percival was dealt to the Hawks in exchange for future considerations.Percival, a shifty forward with deceptive speed, will help a Beaver Valley team riddled with injuries.The Hawks currently have a handful of players on the injury list, including captain and inspirational leader, Lyle Frank.Percival is expected to see action when the Hawks Friday when Beaver Valley travels to Creston of face the Thunder Cats.Beaver Valley dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Grand Forks Saturday in the Boundary City — the third straight loss at the hands of the Border Bruins.Meanwhile the Leafs host the Castlegar Rebels Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Wallabies toss aside Springboks

first_img0Shares0000SYDNEY, Australia, July 23 – The Wallabies rebounded from their shock loss to Samoa to spectacularly launch their Tri-Nations campaign with a 39-20 win over South Africa in Sydney on Saturday.The Australians hit back from their humiliating 32-23 defeat to the Samoans to hammer the injury-hit Springboks five tries to two in a dynamic attacking performance at the Sydney Olympic stadium. Reinforced by seven big guns missing from last weekend’s humiliation, the Wallabies ripped apart the South Africans in a bonus-point demolition as they search for their first Tri-Nations trophy in a decade.The Wallabies will also keep the Mandela Plate they won last year with their fourth win in five Tests against the Springboks.South Africa left behind 21 injured front-line players for their Australasian leg of the Tri-Nations.Sparked by halves Quade Cooper and Will Genia, the Wallabies were unrecognisable from their sloppy performance against Samoa and were always in command against the world champions.The Springboks have yet to win in five encounters at the Sydney Olympic stadium and have only won four of their last 23 internationals in Australia.The committed Wallabies showed they meant business from the outset and were 12-0 ahead after two tries in the opening 10 minutes.Mercurial flyhalf Cooper broke the line to link with Kurtley Beale and James O’Connor, and off the next ruck the ball was quickly moved to the opposite wing where skipper Rocky Elsom got outside his man to send Alexander charging over.O’Connor converted and Australia crossed the line again two minutes later when scrumhalf Genia made a break from inside his own quarter and sent flying winger Digby Ioane racing downfield.Ioane stepped inside Springbok fullback Gio Aplon to score a try in his first Tri-Nations Test with the Wallabies on fire in the opening stages.Flyhalf Morne Steyn reduced the deficit with a 30th-minute penalty but O’Connor restored the 12-point advantage with a penalty off a South African scrum infringement.Steyn kicked his second penalty to have the Springboks trailing 15-6 at halftime.Three minutes after the resumption South Africa’s centres Wynand Olivier and Juan de Jongh held off Cooper allowing the unpredictable Wallaby playmaker to spear through a gap for winger O’Connor to score a scrambling try.O’Connor’s conversion lifted the Wallabies to a 22-6 lead.The Wallabies grabbed their bonus-point fourth try and a 29-6 lead five minutes later when hooker Stephen Moore charged over off a Genia pass.O’Connor kicked Australia further in front with a penalty and the points kept flowing when outside-centre Adam Ashley-Cooper scored after a cheeky tap-on from Cooper.The Springboks claimed their first try in the 59th minute through replacement prop Chiliboy Ralepelle but they were well out of it at 39-13.South Africa got a second try through skipper John Smit four minutes from full time.The Springboks head to New Zealand to play the All Blacks in the second Tri-Nations match in Wellington next weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United confirm United States tour

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side are currently fifth in the Premier League © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 20 – Manchester United confirmed on Monday they will tour the United States during pre-season.Jose Mourinho’s side, currently fifth in the Premier League, will play in five American cities including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Santa Clara and Washington DC. Dates and opponents for the matches have not been announced, but some of the games are likely to form part of the International Champions Cup friendly tournament.“Visiting North America will give the team the best possible preparation for the new season, using top-class training facilities and playing in some great stadiums,” said United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in a press release.“We have witnessed first-hand the passion and support for the club in the US in recent years, so naturally it is something that everybody is very much looking forward to this summer.”Reports suggest Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus could also feature in the International Champions Cup.City recently revealed they will also tour the United States prior to the 2017-18 season, but no further details have been announced.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Granny Man United fan winds up Arsenal fans outside the Emirates

first_imgSome jokes never get old.“I heard this was a training ground for Manchester City,” is not something you’d expect to say to Arsenal fans, while wearing Man United gear, outside the Emirates Stadium, on matchday, and get away with.But that’s exactly what one pensioner did for the mischievous Man United YouTube fan channel Full Time Devils.Check out the video above to see the Man United gran having a laugh with Gooners.And keep your fingers crossed she doesn’t get introduced to Wayne Rooney.Well, we did say some jokes never get old.last_img read more

‘I can’t do another season not playing’ – Swans midfielder hints at summer exit

first_img Leon Britton 1 Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has admitted that he could leave the South Wales outfit this summer in order to receive regular game time.The 32-year-old made just nine Premier League appearances last season and has slipped behind several younger members of Garry Monk’s squad in the pecking order, including Jack Cork.Although Britton understands that his manager must blood the club’s talented crop of youngsters into the first-team fold, the veteran is concerned that he is at risk of stagnating on the substitutes bench.“If they take my place in the squad, I am going to be training all week and then running round the training ground on my own on a Saturday, and that’s not what I want at my age.“I said to the manager that I can’t do another season not playing,” Britton told the South Wales Evening Post.As a result, Britton, who helped the club retain their Football League status in dramatic fashion in 2003, has decided to seek a move away from the Liberty Stadium.“I don’t know whether it might be a loan or a permanent move and I don’t know where it could be to, whether it’s another Premier League club, a Championship club or abroad somewhere,” Britton declared.“But I have to look at things the way they are now, and as it stands the manager feels it will be difficult for me to play.“I will just see what options are out there. If there are any, I will talk to the manager and the chairman and we will see what everyone thinks.”Many supporters will be disappointed to see fans’ favourite Britton depart.Yet, given that Swansea secured an eighth place finish in England’s top tier last term, it is unlikely that he could be afforded the starting berth that he craves during the upcoming campaign.last_img read more

Service offers a hand to stranded motorists

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Freeway looky-loos have less to gawk at these days because of an expanded free roadway service that helps stranded motorists. The Metro Freeway Service Patrol this week began its search for drivers in trouble along a 17-mile stretch of Interstate 5, from Roxford Street in Sylmar to Lake Hughes Road in Castaic. The service tows cars off the freeway and assists with minor maintenance, from flat tires to leaky hoses, which can cause cars to come to a dead stop on roadways and snarl traffic for miles. “It’s basically to help (stranded) motorists get their vehicles out of the freeway, so we can try to reduce some congestion in the area,” said Rick Jager, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe service is also now reaching across a 27-mile route from Fair Oaks Avenue on the Foothill Freeway (210) to Interstate 5 at Roxford Street on a three-year, $2.7 million contract. Tow trucks in the program have traveled many of the county’s freeways since 1991 and annually come to the rescue of about 300,000 drivers who call 3-9-9 on cell phones or use freeway call boxes. Although it may seem that stalled cars blocking freeway lanes account for many late dinners, missed spinning classes at the gym and other broken engagements, the Auto Club of Southern California reports that they make up only 5 percent of their calls. Of those, about 43 percent of motorists call from the bustling freeways with mechanical failure. Nearly 15 percent are for flat tires, and 3 percent are from drivers who ran out of gas, said Carol Thorp, spokeswoman. “Our goal is to get someone on their way as quickly as possible or get them to a safe place so they’re off the freeway,” Thorp said. The auto club’s service only applies to paid members. Metro Freeway Service Patrol was extended from Pasadena to Castaic through a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review committee and with funds from Proposition C, a voter-approved half-percent sales tax for Los Angeles County that’s used for transportation. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more