Take Back the Kitchen: Alma’s Yucca latkes/fritters

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Hi everyone!
With the holidays approaching, there may be the stress of what to make to make different this year. How about a new fangled, simple and festive twist on Chanukah latkes/tasty appetizers/side dish?
What will your signature dish be this year?
Yucca Fritters/Latkes:
2 cups grated yucca root, about one 6 inch, peeled yucca root, grated on the large holes of a cheese grater or in the attachment of a food processor
1 tsp fennel seed (anise)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp sugar
3 TBS almond flour or whole wheat or white flour (experiment if you choose to with other flours)
1 egg
olive oil for frying
chopped cilantro for topping/ garnish
Combine all ingredients (up until the egg) until combined
Squeeze out excess liquid and mold pancakes into 3″ circles and set aside on a plate
In a medium to large sized non-stick pan over medium to high heat, heat up enough oil to fully coat the pan-one-two TBS
Throw a piece of grated yucca on the pan and if it sizzles, it’s ready
With a spatula, slide pancakes into oil leaving at least an inch or two between pancakes
Fry for a few minutes until golden and then flip over
When both sides are golden, remove with a spatula
Set aside on a paper towel lined plate loosely covered with foil so they stay crispy
Add more oil to pan if necessary and repeat until all the fritters are done
Serve with sour cream or any other sauce you like and chopped cilantro
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Reviews & Interviews: Pippin on Broadway

You know what never gets old with me? Getting the chance to see a Broadway show – especially with my family. You see, my lifelong dream was to appear on Broadway and while I never did make it to the Great White Way, I did get the chance to stand on a Broadway stage recently when I got to see Pippin with my husband and kids and then we got the chance to interview the cast after the show.
If you haven’t seen Pippin yet, then what are you waiting for? The performances are top notch, the acrobatics are truly magical and Tovah Feldshuh, who plays Pippin’s grandmother, has one of the most memorable performances in the show – not to mention the most buff arms I’ve ever seen! Patina Miller is stellar in her role as the leading player; Terrence Mann is masterful in his role as King Charlemagne and wife Charlotte D’Amboise joins him as incredibly conniving and sexy wife Fastrada. Meanwhile, the moment Rachel Bay Jones appears, audiences instantly fall in love with her flighty character, Katherine. Pippin was played by understudy Billy Tighe, who rose to the occasion and tackled the challenging role and hit it out of the park.

Following the show, we got the chance to meet actresses and moms Charlotte D’Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones who shared details about their grueling production schedule and how often their kids have come to the show. We then had the thrill of a lifetime when we were invited on stage where we got the chance to meet legendary actress Tovah Feldshuh. In order to stay in top shape for the show, Feldshuh says she does pilates, yoga and swims. She added that she’s currently playing the role of a lifetime and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Before we knew it, it was time to leave, but my daughter and I walked out of the theater with the biggest smile on our faces. As the holiday season approaches, if you’re planning to hit the Big Apple, then make sure you make a date with Pippin. Trust me when I tell you, you’ll be glad you did.
Disclosure: I was provided with two free tickets to see Pippin the Musical. However, all opinions are my own.