I could have named this post a number of things

November 4, 2007


Sheri and Shauna

The first post title could be “If you don’t know how to drive safely in a construction zone, stay the hell off of the highway.”

The second post title could be “Overdosing on damn good chocolate-banana bread causes coma.”
The third post title could be “Successful first gluten-free dining experience in a restaurant.”

The fourth post title could be “I laid around and did mostly nothing on this vacation but I did think about this.”

Now, the explanations for all of these.

The first actually kind of goes with the second and third. I was on my way to Chicago to meet up for dinner at Vinci with Shauna James Ahern and two other wonderful women, Cari and Tina. What should have taken just under an hour to drive took over two hours because of a nasty accident 17 miles from my home. Yes, it took me an hour and a half to go 17 miles. Thank goodness that Shauna, Cari and Tina were willing to wait to have dinner until I finally got there. I always feel horrible when I see an accident like that but more than likely, the people involved in the accident were driving well above the speed limit and weaving in and out of traffic. There’s a reason for the reduced speeds in construction zones – the lanes are usually narrower and rough, people. End of rant.

I sincerely hope that the people involved in the accident are okay.

I ate well, even though I was stressed to the max. Their panna cotta was amazing (I ate one bite and fell in love with a dessert that I had never been terribly impressed with – I made a batch for my dessert tonight LOL) and the hen cooked under a brick was succulent and delicious.

Tina and Cari
Since Shauna was in the area, I decided to make her chocolate-banana bread (in her book) on Friday. Big mistake. I ate half the pan in the first sitting and another big wedge yesterday afternoon after pigging out on gluten-free goodies at the monthly Gluten Free Wikiduke meeting. I forced myself to put the rest in the freezer and have had to repeatedly tell myself to STAY OUT OF THE FREEZER.

So that basically covers possible post titles 1 through 3.

I had mentioned at some point last week that I had recipes brewing, which was true. I just didn’t have the motivation to make anything other than that banana bread. For the last two weeks, I have had a cold that started in my head and dropped with the weight of an elephant into my chest. I spent most of Thursday sleeping – slept most of Friday afternoon, too. Yesterday I spent chasing around doing stuff and today I had to do my cooking thing for the boss.

I did manage to clean my kitchen and bathroom. I also started the closet changeover from spring and summer clothing to fall and winter.

I decided that enough was enough and that I was going to make myself something good to eat. There’s nothing like a good steak, roasted brussels sprouts, and potato pancakes to make your cold sit on the back burner for a little while.

Potato Pancakes with Green Onion and Gruyere
From my head

4 large potatoes, peeled and grated (about 4 cups total grated)
2 eggs
2 tbsp potato starch
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/2 cup gruyere cheese
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil

Grate the potatoes and chop the onions. Place into a colander and press to push out as much moisture as possible. Set aside, allowing to drain.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, potato starch, cheese, salt, and pepper together. When the potatoes and onions are drained well, place them into egg mixture and fold to combine.

Melt the olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat. When the mixture is hot but not smoking, drop the pancake mixture by 1/2 cupfuls into the skillet, pressing with a metal spatula or the back of the measuring cup to flatten them out. Cook on the first side until golden brown (about 5 minutes), then flip and do the same on the other side.

Makes 6 to 8 pancakes. If you are making more than one batch, keep them warm by placing them in a 200 degree oven until ready to eat.

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Mike Eberhart November 4, 2007 at 9:24 pm

That’s nice that you had a chance to meet Shauna there in Chicago. Too bad the evening started out with some challenges, but sounds like everything worked out.

Those potato pancakes sound good – the cheese certainly does it for me! And, the onion too.

Dianne November 5, 2007 at 9:57 am

Mmmmmm I like the look of those pancakes too. Just the sort of food I love, they certainly wouldnt last long around here!

Nice, that you met up with Shauna, eventually, shame you had to deal with traffic chaos on route!

:)

Erin S. November 5, 2007 at 10:49 am

I am happy you to got meet Shauna too. I am sure that even with you being late, she greeted you with a tremendous smile and a hug. It was great to meet her in NYC as well.

Those potato pancakes do sound great. I will add this to my recipe collection!

Sally Parrott Ashbrook November 6, 2007 at 7:22 am

Oh, yum. Those potato pancakes sound incredible. I’m bugging my allergist to let me start food allergy drops soon; celiac disease is okay to deal with, but it gets a lot harder when you throw in an egg allergy! I wonder if there’s a way to make tasty eggless potato pancakes?

Shauna November 21, 2007 at 8:38 pm

Sheri,

It was such a joy to meet you. Man, you were ticked when you first walked in, but good food always helps. I’ll remember that dinner for a long time…

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