Crispy Low Fat Latkes. Can They Really Measure Up?

low fat latke recipe

I know. Hanukkah is not the holiday that I should be looking for the low carb, low fat option. After all we are celebrating the story of the Macabies who found a pot of oil and therefore all the foods are heavily friend — with lots of oil. If you know me, you know I couldn’t help myself and so I went looking for answers.

Traditionally celebrated with high fat Hanukkah food like jelly doughnuts or sufganiot, crispy latkes and rich cheese dishes, the holiday of lights is certainly not light on fat and calories. Our favorite, laktes fried in oil, commemorate the pure vial of oil thatmiraculously burned in the Beis HaMikdash for eight days. But they weigh in between 60-100 calories each with a about 10 grams of fat in every one. And by the way, who can eat just one?? It seems like he only answer is to indulge in a low fat latke that transmits deliciously a taste of Chanukah we look forward to at this time of year.

The Low Fat Latke Recipe ~fromCooking for The King

2 lbs potatoes, shredded

1 onion, shredded

2 eggs or 1 egg and 2 egg whites

1 teaspoon salt,

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup matzo meal or flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried dill, optional

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Drain potato to remove most liquid but do not squeeze. Place shredded potato and onion in the work bowl of a food processor. Add remaining ingredients.

3. Pulse just until ingredients are mixed well and the potatoes are grated, not pureed.

4. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray. Then, using a pastry brush, brush each cup with vegetable oil. This helps to make crispy latkes. Fill each cup 1/3 full for large muffin tin and 3/4 full for small cups.

5. Bake on a middle rack 30-45 minutes (depending on the muffin tin size) until puffed and golden brown. Remove latkes from oven and serve immediately with applesauce.

You may hold low fat latkes until serving time or freeze them for later use. If I do this, I under cook them just a bit till golden, but not browned. Then I return them in the baking pan to a preheated 425 degree oven and bake 10 minutes until crisp.

Serves 6-8 ~ Can make ahead ~ can freeze
active time:20 minutes
cooking time: 40-55 minutes


I’ve combined several baked latke recipes and experimented with a few techniques to make the low fat latke recipe here. Queen in the Kitchen tips for great latkes:

#1 Consistency: Shred, then lightly chop, the potato and onion. A food processor works best.
#2 Browning: Brushing a bit of oil in the muffin tin cups helps them brown nicely.
#3 Portion control: I like the mini muffin size, they cook faster and their smaller size is an important part of any low fat diet.
#4 Cooking: Be sure the oven is preheated to 425 degrees before baking.

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Monochromatic Monday ::: Merry Berry

Reblogged from Camille Styles

holiday decor ideas

I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches on my Christmas decor, and after three days of decking the halls, holiday music and hot cocoa by the fire…I’m fully in the spirit. One of the things I love about decorating for Christmas is the endless array of color palettes from which to choose. Gone are the days of green and red being the only options, and looks can range from glam to modern to totally rustic. For today’s board, I went all-out girly with an over-the-top palette of berry, fuchsia and gleaming gold. There’s a part of me that’s always dreamed of thinking pink for Christmas, but I haven’t dared to go there yet. For this party, I’d don a feminine dress wrapped up with an oversized bow, drape the mantle in pink tinsel and create a centerpiece in an ombré of shades ranging from cream to magenta. I’d love to know…would you dare to go pink for the holidays?

*images: {row 1} dress, ornament boxdessert buffet {row 2} poppers, gift {row 3} mantlechairberry dessert,ornaments {row 4} macaronsombré centerpiece, place settingholiday cards.

Rainy Day Weddings

rainy weddings with umbrellas

With Winter in full swing, we got inspired by our friend Couture Events By Lottie. Love, Love, Love the umbrellas. So Fabulous.

“It’s cold and wet out there and I’m not complaining!  I’m a big fan of the rain, particularly when I can be safe at home enjoying it.  Rain on the wedding day?  Not always the best thing, but it sure makes for some great photo ops! ”

winter wedding ideas

bride with umbrella

bride with umbrella

winter wedding

winter wedding

{Those Who Inspire Us}
Michele M. Waite via GWS
Ever After Visuals
Romine Weddings via Inspired by This
Steven Meyers Photography via Once Wed
Weddingbee
Our Labor of Love
Love the bride’s cute sweater …Braedon Photography

Baby, It’s Cold Outside {Winter Wedding Inspiration Board}

white wedding

Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but people do get married in the Winter, and yes even in the snow. Living in sunny California, I can’t even imagine this concept myself, but with some inspiration from my friends in the East Coast, Winter Wedding do happen folks and they are beautiful. Below are some inspiration boards for your Winter Wonderland  wedding.

holiday decor ideas

winter wedding

white weddings

white wedding

winter wonderland

{Those That Inspire Us}

wedding lush, marilyns keepsakesintimateweddings.comzankyou.compinkcakebox.comweddingdresspicture.netvvlevents.comwedding53.comintrigue-designs.blogspot.com

A Pink-A-Licious Bat Mitzvah

I had the privilage and pleasure of orchestrating a Bat Mitzvah – the Jewish coming of age ritual in October for Dalia Vered, a special girl who comes from a family who is close to my heart and I admire on many levels. The desire of the parents was to have a happy occassion for the family and close friends, but not to have an “over the top” extravagant event with big stuff to get attention and even accolades from. It was about celebrating their daughter’s Bat Mitzvah and it was to be all about her and her happiness.

The color of choice was hot pink. The pinkest of it all was the candy bar that was exclusively designed by Event Pros LA for this event. A mixture of vintage candy, lollypops, rock candy and personalized candy bags and a 75 food hot pink carpet with “Dalia” embossed in glitter by The Original Runner Company who did a fabulous job.

Kosher catering was by La Gondola who out do themselves each event. This time Nir created several stations doing the cocktail hour which included mini bite-size appetizers beautifully displayed in bite-size dishes along with a taco station and passed hors d’evours. The idea of the stations flowed into dinner as well with multiple stations for guests to choose from. The highlight of the evening was the beautiful sweet table which included chocolate dipped apples with non other than hot pink sprinkles.

Hot pink satin rose linens were used on all the tables. Center pieces designed by Funtasia were made to look like mock dancers with tulle dresses and body made of pink flowers on each table. Even the gift box was made to look like a dancer. The dance floor was a round white dance floor with “Dalia” decal in hot pink. The Bat Mitzvah girl made her grand entrance with a professional crew of hip-hop dancers Andre Perez of So and Ashley

Me and the beautiful Bat Mitzvah girl Dalia Vered.

{Those Who Inspire Us}

Venue: Taglyan Cultural Complex

Catering: La Gondola Catering (Glatt Koser)

Photography: Ronni Sikolsky

Videography: Echo Produtions

Magician: Rob Rasner

Vendors: Hollywood  Photo Booth, 3D Cheeze, Glimmer Body Art

Rentals: CMC Part Rent

Hanukkah Done Right

Looking for some inspiration and trends for Hanukkah 2011 and don’t know where to start? Look no more. Event Pros LA has done all the work for you and this year we are here to make sure your Hanukkah is done right. Yes, it’s tempting to go back to Walmart and purchase that silver and blue foiled something or other like you did last year, but with a bit of creativity on your end and inspiration from us, you will be on your way to having the most fab Hanukkah this side of town.

DIY MANZANITA BRANCH MENORAH

Get creative and Do It Yourself this season. Our top pick for sure is the silver manzanita branch menorah sprayed shimmering silver and trimmed with candles by Martha Stewart. Click here for step by step on how to create your own!

Resources
Courtesy of Marthastewart.com aluminum sheets from metalliferous.com in place of vellum. Manzanita branches are from drynature.com. Candle clips are from germanplaza.com. Glitter and glue pens are from Martha Stewart Crafts.

 courtesy of marthastewart.com photo johnny miller

BLINGED OUT DREIDELS

A coating of fine glitter turns plain wooden dreidels into a display-worthy centerpiece.
1. Holding each dreidel by its handle, brush all but 1 side with clear drying white glue.

2. Sprinkle with glitter, and let dreidel rest on plain side. Once dry, glue and glitter plain side of dreidel and handle; let dry.

3. Arrange dreidels in large glass containers.

Dreidel Gift-Card Holder How-To
There are two variations of this card. To start, download the template, enlarging as desired. Trace twice onto card stock (include dotted line), and cut out. For front-pocket card:

Lightly brush 1 dreidel with clear-drying white glue. Sprinkle with glitter; let dry. With a craft knife, cut a slit along dotted line. Brush glue onto edges of second dreidel.

Top with glittered dreidel; let dry. For pocket card: Stack 2 dreidels. Sew edges together, leaving top open. Lightly brush 1 side with clear-drying white glue. Sprinkle with glitter; let dry.

CHOCOLATE COVERED MARSHMALLOW DREIDELS

I made it out of… marshmallows. No one will say no to these treats. For an easy spin on the Hanukkah top, whip up these fun, kid-friendly treats.

Click here for Recipe and Directions

Eating fried foods is, of course, one of Hanukkah’s delicious traditions. Sufganiyot, or jelly doughnuts, can be given out as party favors when arranged in cupcake liners and packaged in cellophane bags. Click here for glittered jelly doughnuts recipe or try out these fabulous Recipe for Glitter Balls or monogrammed Hanukkah Cookies.

Write us and let us know what you tried out. We love your feedback!

Vintage Fall Wedding {Nikki+Jeremy}

On October 1st Nikki & Jeremy exchanged their vows at Gardens of Paradise in Agua Dulce, CA their hometown where they both grew up and fell in love. When I first met the stunningly beautiful yet down to earth bride, I knew this would be a fun wedding because it was at the beginning of my favorite season (and yes, with my favorite color orange for those who don’t know yet), and a bride who knew exactly what she wanted. Love that.

Nikki who was always so appreciative and nice to work with had an even nicer family, a super involved fiance who’s father performed the ceremony and a soon to be mother-in-law and sister-in-law who were both crafty hands on at all times. How fab is that? It was a beautiful experience to see the whole family engaged in the wedding planning process. Thanks to David and Jodi Ross of R & R Photography for the outstanding craftsmanship.

The color pallet that Nikki selected were hues of orange, red, black, browns and golds that were incorporated throughout every detail of the wedding including invitations, shoe accents and of course flowers and centerpieces all created by the amazing Charmaine’s Flowers

Bride and Groom showed off their wild side with fun and colorful shoes, and fun nail polish to go with the theme of the wedding.

For guest seating, envelopes with guests names were hung on old window panes with wood laundry pins. Inside each envelope were Nikki & Jeremy’s favorite fall food recipes which were also the table names where the guests sat (caramel popcorn ball, pumpkin spice latte, apple pie, etc)

Additional vintage window frames were used to share the couple’s fun photos and engagement photos. An old desk was used for guests to sign a guest book and write well wishes for the bride and groom on old vintage postcards.

FABULOUS MOMENTS…. Nikki & Adee

{THOSE WHO INSPIRE US}

Photography: R & R Photography (www.randrphotography.com)

Videography: Piece by Piece Films (www.piecebypiecefilms.com)

Event Design & Coordination: Event Pros LA (www.eventpros-la.com)

Flowers: Charmaine’s Bouquet Canyon Flowers (www.charmainesbouquetcanyonflorist.com)

Lighting & Music: SOS Entertainment (www.sosrhythm.com)

Venue: Gardens of Paradise (www.gardensofparadise.com)

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