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December 21, 2006


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Joanne Seiff

Thank you for giving me a vicarious blizzard to enjoy! I miss the adventure of a good snowstorm. Haven't had a decent one since moving to KY 4 years ago. I love all the dog photos, the incredibly gorgeous sweater and all the details. I own the same pattern book and dream someday of having the concentration to actually produce a sweater like that. I somehow think I'll need a blizzard just to get started on it.

Remember not to eat latkes at every opportunity! (they can wreak havoc on the system.) I've them twice this week, plus three doughnuts. Ugh. There is such a thing as too much oil...

Deborah Robson

We ate all the potatoes last night in the latkes, so no more until we can get to the store. We have dug out a path for the white car (in the driveway) by piling the snow in front of the green car (on the street). Someone will not be going *anywhere* tomorrow! Someone else should be able to get to work by 10, courtesy of 4WD (assuming it works: these cars both have it, but they are both old).

I'm glad you like the dog photos. I've been trying to get a good Ariel photo, but she's such a goof they usually end up looking just odd. Tussah is most obliging about photos, and everything else.

Little Bit is really hard to photograph. The fact that she's all black is the first challenge. Where she hangs out is the second.

Donna Druchunas

Hi Deb. We have the same law about shoveling the sidewalks here, too. This time one of our neighbors did our sidewalk with a snow blower while Dom was at work. (Dom had dug out the driveway and the walk up to the front door earlier because he had to GO to work in the blizzard.)

We've decided that we are not going to obey that law any more, because they don't plow our street. When the city starts plowing the fracking side streets, we will start shoveling our sidewalk again. How hypocritical of them to make people get out and hand shovel when they don't even plow.

I grew up on the east coast and I have NEVER seen this kind of negligence regarding plowing back east. Every time it snowed, the plows were out from 2 am going along each and every road over and over and over again so that by the time the rest of us woke up and got ready for work, the roads were relatively clean. There were many contract plowers who were neighborhood people that were on call in case of big storms.

It is a joke what they do here, waiting until the snow is finished falling to start plowing, and not even trying to plow the side streets at all. Especially because Coloraod gets MUCH more snow than Long Island and they should be prepared for this. As far as I'm concerned, there is absolutely no excuse. And then the mayor has the nerve to go in the paper and write an article about why people should not complain because they can't get out of their homes.

So, all that to say, we are not shoveling our sidewalks any more until the city starts plowing our damn street.

Donna Druchunas

PS, a few years ago Dom found a delicious potato pancake recipe that is MUCH less greasy than our traditional version. I wonder if it's close to latkes? Are those made with grated-to-mush potatos or are they more like hashbrown patties?

Joanne Seiff

Latkes vary from place to place and family to family. There is no one "authentic" latke. My husband's family (Poland and Russia) makes a grated potato and onion latke with egg and matzo meal binder that is very hearty and heavy...eaten with applesauce or sour cream. My father's family (French) makes a much lighter latke with a mashed potato, egg, combo that is sort of light, like a pancake, and eaten with sugar on top.

The whole point is to eat something cooked/fried in oil on Hanukah to remember the miracle of the oil--so what you eat in particular isn't so important! Doughnuts are another popular treat, since they are also cooked in oil. I've had my fill this week of fried foods, in any case...good thing tonight is the last night of the holiday!

Donna Druchunas

Well, then, our light version won't help you at all. They are Polish/Lithuanian, so probably like your husband's version.

Deborah Robson

I'm interested in the Polish/Lithuanian version of latkes! Ours are grated potato. We cook them in oil, but not a lot of oil (I've had them various ways, of course). They get crispy on the outside.

We *have* to obey the shovel-your-walk law because otherwise it costs big bucks.

Yes, they plow much more effectively back east. Where we lived, they also have a self-enforcing practice about shoveling. If you haven't shoveled, your mail doesn't get delivered and you have to drive down to the PO and pick it up. More effective than legal measures, actually.


Wow. You folks got slammed with the snow. We've got a green Christmas; in fact, it raining right now.

Gotta get me some of that qiviut.

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