“Fries before guys.” I should probably have a T-Shirt or something with that saying on it. Seriously though, fries are one of my biggest weaknesses. Given the option of a double chocolate brownie sundae with a side of salted caramel cheesecake or garlic fries for dessert…. you know I’d be shoveling those fries into my mouth without a second thought about the chocolate.
I came across a recipe from With Food and Love for Loaded Spring Fries with Green Goddess Tahini last week. I immediately saved it for the dressing recipe although I was a little unsure about it’s use on fries. It seemed like an odd combo, but it was one I couldn’t get out of my head. So I made it, with my own variations of course. I do this thing where I can never actually follow a recipe to a T (or even close to it). That’s probably why I never bake, when I do it doesn’t come out that great (does it really have to be exactly a teaspoon? I can’t just eyeball it? I mean I don’t really want to have to wash that extra bowl….). For this reason starting a blog where I share recipes has been a bit of a challenge. I actually have to measure stuff. And then write it down. And then if it doesn’t turn out perfect I have to do it again! Thank God for husbands who help with dishes.
Anyways, back to fries. I made just a few changes to the recipe based on what I have on hand and my taste. I have a hard time making anything without garlic so garlic was the first addition. I also added a little miso paste- this is the key. I use Miso paste like many people use soy sauce, or balsamic. It adds an whole new dimension of flavor to many types of dishes. Try adding in soups, sauces, dressing, risotto, thin it with a little water and toss your veggies in it. And it’s really good for you too. If you don’t have any, just add a little more salt (but next time, go get some miso). These fries reminded me of animal fries, fries on the bottom covered by cheese and sauce. Except, animal fries leave you with a deep feeling of guilt and remorse in your gut- literally. These fries are nearly guilt free- you can actually feel good about eating them, and the more dressing you sop up the better.
Scrub (or peel) your potatoes and slice them into your preferred fry size slices. Cover in water and let them soak for about an hour. If you have an olive oil mister, which I highly recommend and you can order here, then spread the fries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and give them a good spray. If you don’t have one then drizzle with olive oil and toss them around to lightly coat before spreading them on the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, flip then bake for another 20 minutes, or longer, until they are golden and crispy. Dump on loads of the sauce and a handful of sprouts or micro greens and go to town (occasionally eating a spoonful of green deliciousness in between fries).
By now I’m sure you’ve noticed a theme in my posts. If you haven’t I’ll give you a hint- CHEESE. I love it. I can’t get enough. And there are SO MANY kinds! Most of my snacks involve some type of it. One of favorite combos right now is sweet and spicy jam with a creamy cheese. I just got this new jam from Hatchery by The Jam Stand called Not Just Peachy Sriracha Jam.
HOLY COW! It taste like you bit into the sweetest juiciest peach and then you feel a nice warm spicy hug in your mouth at the end. This is like grandma- special-made-this-for-your-birthday-good. Like put it in my cocktails, on my salmon, in my salad dressing and on a spoon straight from the jar good. For right this minute I’m pretty satisfied having it with whipped cream cheese, my favorite cracker and some green onion.
Green onion makes everything look and taste so fresh. Even things that came from a can or the freezer can be freshened up with some green onion on top. So go do two things- stock up on green onion, and order yourself a jar of this most delicious peach jam you’ve ever tasted.
I am always hungry. Like always. When I get home from work I need a little something to keep me from eating half of dinner before it even makes it to the table. Little bit sized snacks that are quick to whip and easy to snack on while I cook are ideal. I have been on a smoked salmon kick lately. I love it on everything but my favorite is paired with cream cheese. As a kid, one of my favorite snacks was crackers with cream cheese, smoked salmon, and Tabasco. When I got a sample bottle of Formosa Chipotle Hot Sauce in my Hatchery box last month smoked salmon immediately came to mind and the idea for this delicious little bite of perfection was born.
FormosaSauce makes a Habanero Hot Sauce and the Chipotle one I used from a recipe developed over 30 years ago. Both sauces are 100% natural with no preservatives which I love. I have yet to try the habanero one, but after making this I definitely want to. The Formosa chipotle sauce is about a 6 on the heat scale (to me, but I love spicy foods) and the contrast of the cool and creamy avocado and cream cheese is absolutely delish. Use whipped cream cheese to make it easier to spread without breaking the crackers and to cut a few calories. I had chives in the fridge so I threw some of those on top too, green onions would have been good too. A few fresh herbs is always a good idea.
I can’t wait to try this stuff on everything. Formosa egg muffins tomorrow morning? I think yes.
Hi! It’s been a while. I missed you. How was your weekend? What did you do? I had a fabulous weekend with my family. My sister is home on Spring break so naturally we went to the beach. Southern California beaches in spring are the prettiest places around.The sunshine felt like a big, warm hug and the sun reflecting off the ocean and the sound of the waves pounding on the shore made me just want to curl up in that hug and sleep forever. The beach in spring is definitely one of my favorite things.
A lot of things are my favorites. I add new ones every day. You are my favorite too, so I am going to share my most favorite favorites here. I am always discovering new things I just love, can’t get enough of, and want to share with EV-ER-Y-ONE. Whenever I have a total crush on something and call it my favorite it will be on the Flavor of the Moment category.
My favorite things are likely to include recipes or bloggers, movies/documentaries, places or products I love, or any content I think is worthy of sharing. I also share most of these things on Pinterest or Instagram so follow me there too. Enjoy!
You know what else made sitting on the beach so incredible? My new KATE SPADE sunglasses. I am one of those people that has to try on the entire selection of sunglasses at least two times before even coming remotely close to making a decision. The poor guy helping us was very patient with me as I apologetically asked him to pull those out one more time so I can just make absolutely certain that these were the ones I wanted. I LOVE them. They are adorable (the BOW on the side!), and comfy- I wore them for 4 hours straight with no headache.
Andie Mitchell is the author of one of my favorite blogs Can You Stay for Dinner? an she gave an amazing Ted Talk about her struggle with weight loss. Her message is moving and her words are empowering and can be applied to anything you are currently struggling with in life. The video is 18 minutes long, but watch ALL of it. Make the time- it is 18 minutes well spent.
You know what would make this video even better? a big bowl of Jessica Merchant’s Lemon Almond Roast Chicken Salad and crispy, crunchy crackers. Or bread. Or a fork. It’s good.
How Sweet Eats was the blog that made me want to blog. I fell in love with it and with Jessica and her new cookbook Seriously Delish. Seriously, so much good stuff in the links in this paragraph. You will be hearing plenty more about Jessica and her amazing creations.
What are your favorites? Please share, they might become my favorites too! (I used the word favorite 9 times so far. Ew.)
Yeah, so my first post is actually about bourbon. I had every intention of posting my recipe for overnight oats but then Saturday night got in the way and Eric asked me to mix up a cocktail and it turned out so pretty and delicious I had to make us another one, this time photographing every step.
I really like bourbon, my drink of choice lately has been an old fashioned and my absolute favorite one is served in a cedar smoked glass at 1909 in Temecula. One day I will figure out how to recreate that at home without setting off the smoke detector. As much as I love an old fashioned though, spring has me wanting to incorporate more fresh fruits into my cocktails and these blackberries practically jumped into my cart at the grocery store today. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but my mom mentioned a similar recipe today and I have not been able to get it out of my head since. Making this cocktail was basically a non-optional event.
These things are super easy to whip up and really impressive to serve making them a great idea for parties or when having guests over. Start with muddling fresh blackberries and agave nectar in your shaker. I don’t actually have a muddler so I used the back of a large spoon to smash them up. Add the lemon juice and lime juice and muddle a little more.
Make sure you use a good quality bourbon- I used Evan Williams Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Add it to the shaker along with a dash of bitters and shake well. I served them in these adorable vintage coupe glasses we got for our wedding. I am obsessed with them. I am obsessed with all glassware- especially vintage or gold embellished kinds…. (Please don’t buy me any more or Eric might have a meltdown over where to put it.) Garnish with a lime slice or lemon twist.
Boom. Gorgeous magenta colored cocktails waiting to be savored. You’re welcome.
Check back next week for my originally planned post on Overnight Oats. Cheers!
juice of 1/2 lime
juice of 1/2 lemon
6 ounces of bourbon whiskey
1.5 oz raw agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Mix blackberries and agave nectar in a shaker and muddle. Add lemon juice, lime juice, bitters, bourbon and ice. Shake well, strain, and serve cold with a lemon twist or lime wedge garnish.
Hi! I’m Amanda. I love food, cooking, travel, culture, my dog, my husband, wine, Lake Powell, sun sets and sun rises, flowers, sun tans, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, jewelry, DIY projects, smart saving and spending, lace, and of course- glitter. This is where I share my experiences with all of those things. I am in my twenties, searching for my life purpose and having a ton of fun along the way. Who knows what I might post about, eventually I’ll find my calling. I hope to see you back here soon. Cheers!