Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stop Apologizing For Love!

Love is a force that captures our minds and bodies in the same way fear does. Love is one of the most frequently-used, most-trusted, and most feared words in our vocabularies... and it seems like many people are forced to, or just do, apologize for it.
Love is beautiful and inspiring. And yes, while sometimes it can be overbearing and scary, love is the precursor to new beginnings, to good feelings, and to PEACE. 
So stop apologizing for love. Love fearlessly and always, love until everybody around you can feel it, and love because you want to, not because you need to. It doesn't matter if you are gay or straight or what the colour of your skin is, be accepting of love and let it inspire you - stop resisting it!
A fundamental Kadampa Buddhist teaching is that you should love all others, and recognize that their happiness is more important than yours. This is, of course, not saying that we should abandon self-love, but encouraging self-love and self-improvement so that we can be at our best to help others. So that we can inspire. So that our love is pure. 
So that our positive karmic intentions carry on throughout our world that so desperately needs it (like Pay-It-Forward).

Reflect: how did you LOVE today?

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Perfect Potato Latkes

My husband's mother is a great cook, and she loves to make new things for us when we visit for dinner. A couple of weeks ago, she made these great potato pancakes that I gobbled up (she's great at being mindful of my allergies) and really inspired me to create my own potato latke.
Now, this recipe is pretty standard (I'm guessing), but it is really good and, of course, my own.
My recipe can also be eaten just as a mashed potato recipe, but making them into those latke "pancakes" makes it that much better. I served this with a simple salad and made for four so that there was some left over for lunches, plus a bit more.
As always, you can make it into something that is not gluten or dairy-free, but this is how the gf df peeps do it - what what! ;)

Gluten and Dairy-Free Potato Latkes
5 russet (or yellow) potatoes, peeled
1 cup carrot, grated
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup bacon bits (omit for vegetarians)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup Daiya brand cheddar-style "cheese"
1/2 cup Tofutti "Better Than Cream Cheese" Plain cream cheese
1/4 cup Becel Vegan Margarine
1/2 cup So Delicious unsweetened, plain coconut milk
1/8 tsp. basil

olive oil or cooking spray (for frying only)

Place potatoes in large stove-top pot, fill with water so that potatoes are completely covered. Bring water to boil, and cover pot. Once boiled, reduce heat to low-medium and let potatoes sit for 15 minutes or until soft. Drain water.
Melt cream cheese and margarine together until liquid and add milk and basil. Stir until thoroughly combined. Add cream cheese mixture to potatoes and mash until smooth or desired texture is reached.
Add Daiya and remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.
In stove-top pan, heat olive oil or cooking spray over medium heat. Scoop potato mixture into round, pancake-like shapes on pan. Depending on stove, let fry for 5-7 minutes and flip.

Serve hot and enjoy!