Posted by Stephanie Meyer on Apr 15, 2006 at 10:05am

I burned a stack of arugula in offering to the weather gods last night – you should all thank me, at least here in Minneapolis, because apparently they were pleased and bestowed upon us once again a stunning day. Arugula is their favorite. None of this lamb or first-born son stuff. Arugula, baby.

Sorry, a little spring silliness coursing through my veins. It’s inevitable, when one longs for so long for spring, that when it arrives, there’s a bit of a head rush involved. In fact, a full-body flush. It’s marvelous and fabulous all at the same time. As a self-described sensualist, I know how to relish the sensual gifts of spring, the bombardment upon my being of sights, smells, sounds, textures, tastes…prrrrrr… (And I put tastes last! No!) Just to top things off, clean sheets last night, oh god, they felt so good. I slept like a rock.

(The picture of Cooper is here, well, because he’s so darn cute. And, he’s eating! Mmmm, breast milk… And so intently, I love that very serious look on his face while he eats. And John and A are going to visit him today, additional context. As if I need it! Cooper pictures are always welcome on my blog…)

So. Food and cooking today will revolve around Kosher for Passover fare, which I thoroughly enjoy. A keeps Kosher for Passover, and she’s with us this weekend. I came up with a passable Passover Popover last year, I think I’ll give those a go tonight. It’s tempting to jump straight into latkes, though, I must say. I could make myself very happy with a dinner of popovers, matzo ball soup, and latkes. I won’t do it though – yikes! That’s definitely not moderate! (Recipes posted in comments, below.)

Oh, naughty, naughty, I did make matzo ball soup and latkes. No popovers, though, I did reign myself in, if only just a bit. The kids gave thumbs downs to my latkes – ! John and I scarfed them down, with creme fraiche no less. Man. They were pretty awesome. It could be they didn’t like them fried in vegetable oil – no seed oils allowed. They did have a different texture than my usual hashbrowns. Could also be the touch of onion I put in them – I’ve always made them that way, but perhaps this year it didn’t fly. Who knows? All I know is that I have matzo balls – in Kosher chicken broth – for breakfast tomorrow. Woo hoo! My fav. OK, now it’s time to go color Easter eggs with Nathan. We cover all our bases in this house…

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  1. By Stephanie on April 16, 2006 at 12:25PM

    Because I love you so much, I ate MORE THAN one ball for you. Hahahaha. W..a..y more than one ball, oy, was I full.

  2. By Suz on April 15, 2006 at 6:51PM

    Sacrificing arugula....I love it!!!! Enjoy that soup and eat a ball for me! Ha!

  3. By Stephanie on April 15, 2006 at 2:10PM

    Latkes/Potato Pancakes

    This is a technique, not a specific recipe. Use russet (baking potatoes), shred them on a box grater or in a food processor, squeezing out the excess liquid and putting them in a large mixing bowl as you go. For every four potatoes, also grate one half of a small onion, squeezing out excess liquid and adding to potatoes. Stir in 1 tsp. salt, one beaten egg, and ¼ c. matzo meal. Fry in 1/3 c. patties in hot shortening. Drain on paper towels. Serve with warm applesauce and sour cream. Mmmm…

  4. By Stephanie on April 15, 2006 at 1:44PM

    Passover Popovers
    Makes 12

    ½ c. shortening
    1 ½ c. water
    1 ½ c. matzo meal
    1 tsp. salt
    1 Tbsp. sugar
    6 eggs

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Heat shortening and water until shortening is melted. Add matzo meal, salt and sugar and stir until mixture no longer sticks to the side of the pan. Remove from the heat and cool well. Beat eggs into the mixture, one at a time. Spoon into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes until nicely browned.