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Skywatch Friday                                      Season 4    Episode 22

It’s Skywatch Friday, a weekly photo  meme of your favorite photo of the sky.

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Pink skies over Jersey City


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You are welcome to sign my guestbook at my other website  can include a photo of your city or scenery if you like.


You are welcome to leave a comment on the post that your read.  I’m curious as to what you think, especially people visiting from other countries.   The latest today is Kazakhstan …..Our local library showed a movie about your country this past week for Internationl film festival and I was thinking about your country.   Other countries that visited my blog are Brasov, Romania, Budapest, Portugal, Spain,  United Kingdom, Holland, and France.   Many people from Europe are loooking to see Toto videos.    In the United States, the  states of  Minnesota,  Texas, Pennsylvania.


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Recipe-Lithuanian Koshie

Koshie is a potato dish that my mother speaks of fondly that my grandmother used to cook.  Growing up in a small  coal-mining  town,  Koshie was baked in a coal stove.

In Lithuanian :    H”Koshie” yra bulvių patiekalas, kad mano motina kalba apie meile, kad mano močiutė naudojamas ruošti maistą. Augo mažame angliakasybos mieste, Koshie buvo kepami anglies viryklė.

My Aunt Margaret sent me this recipe via the world wide web.



   £ 5 bulvės

1 vidutinis svogūnas                                                             2 kiaušiniai
petražolės dribsnių
druskos ir pipirų
1 puodelis augalinio aliejaus
 5 pounds potatoes ( Idaho )
1 medium onion
2 Eggs
Parsley Flakes
Salt and Pepper, to taste.
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
Peel potatoes and onion.  Rinse and soak in water.  Grate by hand using coarse grater into a pottery bowl.  After grating, remove excess water which accumulates to maintain a smooth batter.  Stir in beaten eggs, parsley flakes, salt and pepper.  Lastly, stir in vegetable oil mixing uniformly.  Pour into large baking pan.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about two hours until crispy on top and sides.  Cool for a few minutes before serving.  Spatula out in squares.
Thanks for  visiting!  Please add your comments. Share your version  of  Lithuanian Koshie or potato kugelis.
From time to time, I see visitors to my blog from Lithuania, please feel free to add your comment about the recipe.
In Lithuanian:
Laikas nuo laiko, matau lankytojai mano dienoraštyje, Lietuva, nedvejodami pridėti savo komentarą apie receptą.
What is the difference between Koshi and Kugelis?
There is another dish called potato pudding (kugelis or kugel).  It is baked in a square pan and has Eastern -European origins.  One source, Wikipedia, states it has both German and Jewish origins.
Here is another way to prepare the potatoes for Kugelis, reposted from

Grating the potatoes is time consuming and doesn’t remove enough of the water from the potatoes. My grandmother was born and raised in Lithuania, as well as my mother who didn’t arrive in the U.S. ’till long after the war.
They didn’t grate the potatoes..that doesn’t remove enough water, plus you have to rush to avoid brown discoloration…Instead, they used a powerful juicer..which removes nearly all the liquid neatly and leaves you with a fabulous, finely grated, non-watery potato filling…In addition, they always used 3 lbs. red and 5 or so lbs. of Idaho white potatoes…
It was/is always cooked in a speckled roasting pan…greased with butter…heavily..the richness it provides is unbeatable…of course you have to add the remaining…but Some people add farina ..ACK!!!Don’t do that!!! Great kugelis isn’t easy to slice… If you make it correctly, …It should be a heavy-thick-pudding texture that is soft, but far from mushy…slightly firm…If you can slice it hot and have it retain a perfect square shape while transferring to the plate with the haven’t done it correctly..Don’t knock the juicer till you try it… Removing moisture, grating in 1/2 the time..not too shabby…
Yes, in Lithuania they grated the potatoes..but any good cook can appreciate a new long as you don’t sacrifice the authenticity of the taste…
Sincerely, Roz

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 By Roz on May 16, 2001 04:02 PM


Hello everyone, below you will find a link to my  post on Lithuanian heritage and the area that my mother grew up in, in the hills of Pennsylvánia during ” the Great Depression”  titled ” Táles of Wildcat”, . Wildcat was a name of one of the villages near the coal mines.


Recipe-Carrot-Potato latkes(pancakes)

This is a delicious recipe for potato-carrot pancakes.  Since I do not have a food processor, I used a hand grater.  It was so worth the effort of the grating and I burned some calories in the process using my muscles instead of the easy way.  

 RECIPE –Carrot-Potato Latkes                                         Serves 4

For best results, cook the pancakes right after forming them.


3/4 pound (about 3 medium white potatoes, peeled

8 ounces (about 3 medium carrots, peeled

1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions (about 3 scallions)

coarse salt

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup matzo meal ( I substituted crushed saltine crackers)

1/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying

1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream, for serving (optional).


1.  In a food processor fitted with a fine-hole grating attachment (or on the small holes of a box grater), grate potatoes and carrots.  Transfer to a large 1/1/2 teaspoonsbowl; add scallions and  salt.  Using your hands, mix thoroughly.  Mix in egg and matzo meal until combined

 ded into 8 mounds of equal size.  ( I used a soup-spoon size to dollop out the mounds= appetizer size pancakes.

2.  In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat bottom of pan.  Add half the potato mounds; flatten each to a 1/2 inch thickness.  Cook until golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes per side.


3. Transfer to paper towels or to parchment paper to drain.  Repeat with remaining mounds (reduce temperature to medium if browning too quickly).  Sprinkle with salt, and serve with sour cream, if desired.

I used an Iron skillet and I found the pancakes to brown better that with the non-stick pan, mine is a wok style.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Cookbook source:

Everyday Food    December 2004.

Ruby Tuesday


Ruby Tuesday is a weekly  photo meme with images in red.


On Saturday , we visited a historic mansion called Morven in Princeton.  Currently, all of the rooms have a been decorated for Christmas with a Christmas tree of a unique theme in each room of the mansion; some fireplaces are festively decorated.


I can dust this floor like santa!

For more Ruby Tuesday  photos , please visit

I See An Angel

Angel shelf

angel collection

“I See an Angel”, “It’s right there”.
I’m standing in the modest living room in front of a china cabinet used for a mixed display of nicknacs, some photos, cards with sayings, mementos.
As I’m looking to the very top, I gaze at the collection of antique tin cans, one has a cameo image, blue in color, another is an old Hershey advertisement. Where is the angel?, I say to myself, thinking.
I hear her say from her present position in the wooden rocker by the window, “It’s right there”, persistently.
“Where”, I say. She persists, “It’s right there, the top shelf”. I do not see one on the top shelf so I say, there’s four shelves in this cabinet, are you counting the very top? “No”, she said. “Don’t you see it?”.
Now, I know that there’s a small wooden shelf by the front door’s wall that has had for many years a collection of angels in varying styles, a stained glass one in shades of pink, a white and crystal one, and several others. In fact , I photographed the shelf last Christmas.

Yesterday, was my first day off for a stretch of eight days. Yet the night before, I said, “I’m so tired, It doesn’t feel like I’m on vacation.”
Once I wake up, my mind starts thinking of what I have to do. My sister still needs her bloodwork retested. Do I need to go there to help.
Let me cook this healthy recipe, so she can build up her iron, she hasn’t got the hang of taking the iron supplements three times a day even though it’s in a day-of -the week pill box.
I had found a recipe the week before Thanksgiving for a soup that’s high in fiber and iron
Then my husband presents me with this word-processed list of fun things to do this weekend, my first weekend off since my vacation week in September, I’m not kidding.
I cook for three hours, starting while I was making my breakfast. I was having fun actually. You see, I love my digital camera. So , While in the process of making a dish, I stop to capture my efforts on film, just for fun.
Once, I’m done. I feel tired. I take a nap, then I call, up my mother.
I tell her that I cooked up some food and I’m coming over. She responds, “We have food here. Now, I know that , there is some food, but she’s not cooking. So, I say, I’m bringing it over”. She said, “I haven’t had polenta in a very long time”.
When I get there, soon after tasting some of what i had brought, I discover that the ID is missing again. Silently, I say to myself, “Oh ,no, not again. She kneeling on the floor, going through a pile of letters and bills. I take a sigh, and start to look elsewhere, maybe it’s with the old box of hair barretts where it was found just a week ago, when it was first lost. Then, I start to look for something else that was misplaced, not really lost, just moved to a different place then where I last saw it.
I’m thirsty, I get myself a drink of cran raspberry juice and resume my hunt. I find the medium-size notebook and place it beneath the phone. During this process, I hear he say, that there’s a prescription that has run out, and that she has stopped at the pharmacy and the Dr. has not responded.
I take a nap, waking up and feeling refreshed, I decide to call the pharmacy myself. It’s ten minutes to closing, and I learn that this pill should not be stopped. But I say, she says she hasn’t has it for three days. I say, “I’m coming right down, I can be there in five minutes, ( a three day emergency supply, until monday morning. ) It’s eight o’ clock, and my husband’s waiting to have dinner with me. I call him at 8:15 p.m. and relay what just happened, you’ve eaten by now, I hope. Yet, I still need to have dinner; glad that I had cooked some delicious food this morning.

Back to the china closet, ” I see an angel”, she says”, I point to the lowest shelf,” no”. I look to my right, and touch the top of the T.V. ” No”, she says, “On the top shelf, insisting. I start touching things, and I still don’t see one. She says, yes right there.” No, behind that”. I touch “that”. It’s a white rolled up small handdrawn poster of some people in black ink. She gets up from the wooden rocker, she touches this, she said this edge against this (pointing to a nicknac ) , formed the shape of an angel.

“I see an angel”, she said, ……………….”Maybe it was me.

Princeton, New Jersey-Holiday starting December 5,2009 and on

Winter’s almost here, many places in and around Princeton are hosting Holiday events starting December 5, 2009.

Dorothea’s House -Polenta Fest Share your recipe for Polenta, an Italian dish and sample others.
Sunday December 6,2009 at 5:00 p.m.

To view last year’s Polenta Fest photos, Type in search box on top right the words- Dorothea’s House-Polenta Fest.

On December 5, 2009:

Arts Council of Princeton-” Sauce for the Goose”
Witherspoon Street, Princeton, N.J.
12/05/09 craft fair -paintings, drawings,jewelry, holiday ornaments, greeting cards, hats, and scarves. Gallery hours Mon- Fri to December 21st, 2009.
Polar Express train rides Saturdays and Sundays 11-28-12/20
Lehigh Junction , Phillipsburg

Sinterclaus Brunch and Bazaar, Blawenburg Reformed Church
rt 518, Blawenburg

Medford Dickens festival December 5,2009

Stay tuned, I’ll add more events tomorrow.

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