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Crispy potato latkes for Hanukkah: Try the recipe

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Autoplay Hanukkah starts Sunday, which means it’s time to enjoy a delicious holiday tradition: latkes .

Debi Morgan , of Southern food blog Quiche My Grits , shared her recipe with Fox News. In her blog post , Morgan says that to make the best latkes, you should use "simple and traditional ingredients," including Russet potatoes and matzo meal.

She also said the most authentic latkes are made with hand-grated potatoes. Enjoy this potato latke recipe from food blog, Quiche My Grits. (Courtesy of Quiche My Grits) Though every family celebrating the holiday has its own recipe and preferences, Morgan says her latkes have a "crispy crust and a tender center."

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To try it yourself, here’s the " Potato Latke Recipe " from Quiche My Grits . Ingredients

3 medium Russet potatoes, grated1 small onion, grated3 tbsps. matzo meal1 large egg, beaten1 tsp. kosher saltdash of black pepper1 cup canola oil or chicken fat (schmaltz) These latkes will come out with a "crispy crust and a tender center," according to blog creator Debi Morgan. (Courtesy of Quiche My Grits) Instructions 1. Peel potatoes and immediately place in ice water.2. Grate potatoes over a bowl of ice water using a box grater with medium holes.3. Grate onion or pulse in food processor.4. Put grated potatoes and onion in a thin dish towel and wring it into a large bowl. Squeeze the towel until there is very little liquid left in the potatoes.5. Dispose of the excess liquid in the bowl but leave the white potato starch on the bottom.6. Add grated potatoes and onions to the bowl with matzo meal, beaten egg, salt and pepper. Mix until blended.7. Heat a shallow amount of oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until a small amount of flour sizzles when added to oil.8. Using a tablespoon, drop a heaping spoonful of batter into oil and press it down with the back of the spoon to make a flat pancake.9. Fry latkes until crispy and golden brown; about 3 to 5 minutes per side.10. Transfer to a wire rack to drain, then keep warm in a 170 degree oven until ready to serve.11. Serve with sour cream or applesauce and an extra sprinkle of kosher salt.

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National Adoption Month – Here’s how to connect children in need with forever families

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Autoplay Every child has the inherent right to be a part of a loving, caring and secure family. It’s a truth that we have championed for more years than we can count, yet it is juxtaposed with the reality that some 15 million children around the world are living outside the love, security and permanency of a family .

Our most recent federal reports show that approximately 400,000 children are being cared for in the U.S. foster care system with 120,000 of them having had parental rights terminated. And those numbers are only climbing.

According to a joint report released this summer by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), our understanding of the COVID-19 impact across the globe has only begun – "with more than 1.5 million children experiencing the death of a parent or grandparent caregiver who lived in their homes and helped care for them."

The landscape of adoption, too, has dramatically changed over the past 20 years with the total number of intercountry adoptions declining by 87%. And while adoptions continue to be on the decline – only further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic—the cost associated with adoption continues to rise. Today, we estimate the cost of domestic and intercountry adoptions to range between $25,000 and $50,000. That is simply outside the reach for most families. Also staggering is the number of children who have been orphaned with mild to acute health care needs, requiring access to medical or therapeutic intervention. According to a leading adoption agency, 68% of the intercountry adoptions they processed in 2019 involved children with special needs.

Certainly, the needs of children impacted by adoption and/or foster care are, in many cases, complex and unique. These children have often experienced early attachment injuries related to loss, abuse, trauma and/or neglect. And traditional parenting methods and models can fall short in providing the love, care and healing vulnerable children so desperately need. There are resources available to reduce the financial barriers as well as answers, insight and guidance both pre- and post-adoption. These are some of the primary barriers standing between waiting children and families – financial, medical and knowledge barriers. And yes, these barriers can easily be perceived as insurmountable. But there is hope and help, and well, something must be done.

Our family began the adoption journey some 20 years ago – first, with our daughter Shaohannah Hope, then with Stevey Joy, and finally with Maria, who is now with Jesus – and since 2003, as founders, we have devoted ourselves to guiding the nonprofit Show Hope with its mission to care for orphans by engaging the church and reducing barriers to adoptions. Instead of running from adoption because it seems too challenging or complex, we should all be encouraged. WHEN YOU PRAY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WORRY LESS AND THANK JESUS MORE Whether you are considering adoption, knee-deep in the process itself or are simply wanting to learn more, there are resources available to reduce the financial barriers as well […]

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How To Tell If You’ve Had COVID

Since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the trickiest things about COVID is that many people who were infected—and passed along that infection—had mild symptoms , or no signs at all. Additionally, even people who’ve been vaccinated may contract the virus and pass it along, being none the wiser. Wondering if you’ve unwittingly battled coronavirus? We asked Dr. Gwen Murphy, Ph.D., MPH, director of epidemiology for Let’sGetChecked , how to tell if you’ve had COVID. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Healthcare worker with protective equipment performs coronavirus swab on a woman. If you’re wondering whether that scratchy throat you had last winter or last month was COVID, relying on a test for answers today can be dicey.

"If you have had a coronavirus infection, your body likely developed antibodies to fight the infection, and it is possible to measure these antibodies in a blood sample," says Murphy. "However, not everyone who becomes infected will develop antibodies, and the antibody response fades over time, so taking a blood sample long after your suspected infection may not tell you much."

If you’re wondering whether a previous COVID infection means you should or shouldn’t get vaccinated, stop wondering. Experts recommend getting vaccinated as soon as you can, even if you previously had COVID-19. woman covered with plaid checking her body temperature while sitting in bed at her apartment "The symptoms of coronavirus can vary, but many people experience a dry cough, fever and tiredness," says Murphy. "Others might experience aches and pains, a sore throat, diarrhea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on their skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes." The CDC’s complete list of symptoms includes: Fever or chills

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

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Cult-fave Diane Gilman jeans are on mega sale for Black Friday — grab a pair for $32

Yahoo Life has received compensation to create this article, and receives commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. These wildly popular jeans look great on everyone! (Photo: HSN) A good pair of jeans is a must in any wardrobe, but finding said pair can be tricky. It needs to hug you in all the right places, smooth you out and create an overall flattering silhouette — and all that can be hard to find in one pair.

Well, there’s one pair of jeans that people consistently swear by: The DG2 by Diane Gilman Classic Stretch Signature Boot-Cut Jean . While these jeans basically never go on sale, HSN has a special deal just for Black Friday where you can grab a pair for $32 (was $69.50). Score!

Just a heads up: You’ll want to grab a pair ASAP. These jeans always sell out, whether they’re marked down or not. And, with a lower-than-normal price, they’re sure to fly into carts even faster than usual.

What makes these jeans so great? A lot, actually. For starters, they’re incredibly comfortable. It’s all thanks to the twill weave fabric that offers up next-level softness. There’s a little stretch and give in these jeans, but not so much that you end up with a baggy shape by the end of the day.

The silhouette is also incredibly flattering, with a boot-cut shape that makes your legs look longer and balances out your hips and thighs. The jeans are super versatile, and can be dressed up with heels or down with boots — your choice! These jeans look good from all angles! (Photo: HSN) You can pick from a slew of pretty washes, ranging from light to dark blue, black and gray. Or, at this sweet price, you can grab a few in different shades!

These jeans have an army of fans who swear by their overall fit and comfiness. "Off hand, I have no idea how many pairs of DG2 classic boot-cut jeans that I own. The fit is perfect for me," a happy customer said. "Please do not stop selling them."

"DG2 jeans are my favorite. They are the only ones I buy," a fellow fan said. "The fit and comfort are unbelievably comfortable. The amazing stretch keeps them looking good while allowing you to move easily."

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Amazon shoppers find this top-selling foot mask ‘fascinating’ — and it’s 46 percent off with this exclusive code!

We may receive commission from purchases made via links on this page. Pricing and availability are subject to change. Give those rough post-summer feet a baby soft treat. (Photo: Amazon) Dry, flakey toes? Scaly heels? Calluses on the balls of your feet? We all have them, especially after a summer in sandals and bare feet. I’ve inherited my particularly dry feet from my mother, whose feet I’ve dubbed "the crusties."

No need to worry about unattractive feet any longer. Amazon’s top-selling Soft Touch exfoliating foot peels are just $12 with the exclusive discount code 05YAHOOST.

And if you have Amazon Prime , you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here . (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

Soft Touch has won the hearts (tootsies?) of more than 10,500 five-star shoppers. Read on to see why. Give those rough post-summer feet a baby soft treat. (Photo: Amazon) This shopper was compelled to take care of her mom’s "crusties" as well: "I bought this for my mom and I, but mostly for my mom… I was very confident it was going to work but she thought I wasted my money. But it was the opposite… She is definitely in love and she wants me to buy extras for the future!"

Make sure to check out the videos: Watching the skin sloughing off like a snake in the wild will be the schadenfreude your twisted mind craves. For $12 with this special code, you can get that satisfying just-shed-your-exoskeleton feeling too — twice! That’s right, this kit includes two pairs, so you can shed that layer and then do it again when those baby-soft feet toughen up from all the wear and tear you put them through.

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The dermatologist-tested ingredients, including aloe, hydrating antimicrobial glycerol, and natural acids will set your mind at ease. And they’re cruelty-free, too.

American family-owned and operated, Soft Touch was designed by a licensed skin care professional.

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Health Habits That Are Aging Your Body

Many of us spend a lot of money every year on trying to prevent aging . But some of the most effective, science-backed ways to stay young cost little or nothing—and can even save you money. It just involves dropping some health habits you may not even realize are aging your body. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Female hand poured sugar into coffee, cappuccino "Findings from research studies suggest that a diet containing lots of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can accelerate aging," says the American Academy of Dermatology. Eating too much sugar can prematurely age your skin and body, increasing your odds of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. It can also throw a wrench in your personal time clock. A study at the University of California—San Francisco found that people who consumed more sugar-sweetened drinks, such as soda, had shorter telomeres, the part of cells that hold DNA. Telomeres start out long and get shorter as they age. When they get too short, they die. "Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence metabolic disease development through accelerated cell aging," wrote the study’s authors. overweight woman at home lying on the floor, laptop in front of her, prepared to work out on mat according to video Consistent exercise can keep you young—even decades younger. That was the conclusion of a 2018 study that found older men and women who exercised for decades had muscles similar to people in their 20s and greater aerobic capacity than their contemporaries, making them biologically almost 30 years younger than their chronological ages. Conversely, not getting regular exercise can up your risk for obesity and related chronic diseases. young woman sitting up in bed unable to fall asleep Scientists at UCLA found that just one night of bad sleep actually makes older adults’ cells age faster. Sleep is crucial downtime for the body’s vital systems, which repair and reboot themselves while we snooze. Poor-quality sleep has been associated with everything from accelerated skin aging to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and dementia.

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Dutch authorities check for COVID-19 omicron variant after 61 arrivals from South Africa test positive

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Autoplay Dutch authorities are checking for the omicron variant after 61 passengers on two flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

The passengers who tested positive have been isolated and further investigations are being carried out.

The planes arrived in the Netherlands from Johannesburg and Cape Town shortly after the Dutch government – like many other nations – imposed a travel ban from southern African nations.

The 539 travelers who tested negative for coronavirus were allowed to return home or continue traveling to other countries.

People who live in the Netherlands and are allowed to return home are required to self-isolate for at least five days. People walk inside Schiphol Airport after Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 27, 2021. All of this comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified omicron as a "variant of concern" and many other countries implemented travel restrictions against South Africa and countries in the region.

Cases of the variant – which is worrying scientists due to its high number of mutations and some early evidence that it carries a higher degree of infection than other variants – have also been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong. Germany also has a probable case.On Saturday, Britain confirmed two linked cases of the omicron variant.The U.S. joined a host of other nations Friday in imposing restrictions on South Africa and several other African countries, despite WHO guidance and pleas from the Africa Centers or Disease Control and Prevention , which said that such travel bans have "not yielded a meaningful outcome." People walk outside XL Schiphol test pavilion after Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 27, 2021. The changes are set to take effect on Monday, with exceptions for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and a few other categories."It seems to spread rapidly," President Biden said Friday, telling reporters that he’s decided "that we’re going to be cautious."The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday night that no cases of the omicron variant have been identified in the U.S. to date and assured that the agency would "monitor its path."Many questions have yet to be answered about the variant, including whether omicron can evade immune response, and U.S. and South African scientists were meeting Friday to discuss their findings. The omicron variant alarmed health professionals due to its swift spread among young people in South Africa , although there was no immediate indication whether the variant causes more severe disease.A number of pharmaceutical firms, including AstraZeneca, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer, said they have plans in place to adapt their vaccines in light of the emergence of omicron. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fewer than 6% of people in Africa have been fully immunized against COVID-19, […]

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Fauci would ‘not be surprised’ if omicron is already in US, predicts it will go ‘all over’

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Autoplay Dr. Anthony Fauci said Saturday morning that he would not be shocked to learn that the COVID-19 omicron variant is already in the U.S.

In an interview on NBC’s " Weekend TODAY " show, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director told co-hosts Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander that the strain has a large number of mutations that would suggest it could potentially evade immune protection and that scientists can predict it will be more transmissible.

"We don’t know that yet, but you have to be careful and assume that that’s the case. It also has a bunch of mutations that would suggest it could evade the protection, for example, of monoclonal antibodies and perhaps even convalescent plasma for people who’ve been infected and recovered and possibly vaccine. These are all ‘maybes,’ but the suggestion is enough," he said . National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee about the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Nov. 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The chief medical adviser to the president said that the variant of concern’s ability to infect the vaccinated and those who have recovered from infection "make us say this is something you got to pay really close attention to and be prepared for something that serious."

Though it "may not turn out that way," Fauci noted, the U.S. was trying to "get ahead of it" despite the unknowns.

"So, in real terms, Dr. Fauci, do you believe that omicron is already here in the U.S., likely?" asked Alexander.

"You know, I would not be surprised if it is. We have not detected it yet. But, when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you’re already having travel-related cases that they’ve noted in Israel and Belgium and in other places – when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go, essentially, all over," he replied. People walk inside Schiphol Airport after Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 27, 2021. "The issue of blocking travel from a given country is to just give us time to assess it better. That’s the reason for doing that," Fauci added. "Not any reason to panic. But we want to give us some time to really fill in the blanks of what we don’t know right now."In a Friday interview on CNN’s "New Day," Fauci previously told co-host Brianna Keilar that anything was possible when asked if it was possible the variant was in the U.S."Of course. Anything is possible," he said then. "We don’t know that. There’s no indication that it is right now. It seemed to have been restricted."The White House moved Friday to implement travel restrictions on South Africa and seven […]

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No cases of COVID-19 omicron variant identified yet in US, CDC says

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Autoplay The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday night that no cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been identified in the U.S. to date.

In a statement, the agency wrote that it was following the details of the new B.1.1.529 variant, which was first reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by South Africa and classified as a "variant of concern" by the organization on Friday.

"We are grateful to the South African government and its scientists who have openly communicated with the global scientific community and continue to share information about this variant with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC.," the CDC said.

"We are working with other U.S. and global public health and industry partners to learn more about this variant, as we continue to monitor its path," it wrote.

The CDC noted that it is continuously monitoring variants and that the U.S. variant surveillance system has reliably detected new variants in the U.S.

"We expect omicron to be identified quickly, if it emerges in the U.S.," the agency added. People lineup to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. The agency said travelers to the U.S. should continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for traveling and that people should continue to follow COVID-19 prevention strategies, like wearing a well-fitting mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, physically distancing, washing their hands frequently and getting vaccinated against the disease.The CDC said it would provide updates as more information becomes available.News of the variant sent health officials across the world scrambling to react on Friday, with several countries – including the U.S. – implementing travel restrictions despite WHO guidance and pleas from the Africa Centers or Disease Control and Prevention , which said that such travel bans have "not yielded a meaningful outcome."Cases of the variant have been reported in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong. Germany also has a probable case.Dutch authorities are checking for the omicron variant after 61 passengers on two flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19."It seems to spread rapidly," President Biden said Friday, telling reporters that he’s decided "that we’re going to be cautious."The White House said that the U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region beginning on Monday, with exceptions for U.S. citizens, permanent residents and for several other categories. The omicron variant – which has a high number of mutations – alarmed health professionals due to its swift spread among young people in South Africa […]

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The US Just Banned Travel From These 8 Countries Due to Omicron Variant

A new coronavirus —dubbed Omicron—is causing concern among virus experts and world leaders. It’s still early stages and not enough is known, but Omicron "seems to be spreading in at a reasonably rapid rate in the sense of when they do test positivity, they’re seeing that it’s a bit more widespread in South Africa than was originally felt a couple of days ago," said Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN’s New Day . "So it’s in a fluid motion." As a result, the Biden administration will restrict travel from 8 countries starting Monday. ("This does not apply to American citizens and lawful permanent residents. As with all international travelers, they must still test negative prior to travel," says CNN.) Read on to see which ones—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa on a sunny afternoon. Photo taken from a helicopter during air tour of Cape Town "This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning," said the World Health Organization. "Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa." "Individuals are reminded to take measures to reduce their risk of COVID-19, including proven public health and social measures such as wearing well-fitting masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, improving ventilation of indoor spaces, avoiding crowded spaces, and getting vaccinated," said the statement. African family group of kids and teenagers, village in Botswana "A top priority is to follow the variant more closely as it spreads: it was first identified in Botswana earlier this month and has since turned up in a traveller arriving in Hong Kong from South Africa. Scientists are also trying to understand the variant’s properties, such as whether it can evade immune responses triggered by vaccines and whether it causes more or less severe disease than other variants do," said Nature .