Happy Sunday! Wow! It is really heating up here in the south! We hit the 90s today, I think! Here comes the hot weather!
We had a very enjoyable weekend. I spent some time with friends and got to relax some.
(Beautiful night on the lake with friends!)
Today I had a chance to do some reading. I’m reading Water for Elephants. So many people have been talking about it, I had to read it. It’s a really good book. I am getting close to the end. I’ve been reading it on my Kindle! Have any of you read it? We may have to have a discussion when I get finished (hopefully tonight!)
We’ve had some enjoyable eats this weekend, but I want to share two things with you tonight!
First up, Spicy Baked Fries!
These are a staple at our house. I make them A LOT. I’m a person who craves salty foods, like chips, cheese, and fries. But it’s no secret that fries are generally bad for you. I first started making these baked fries in college, using my toaster oven in my dorm room (violating the fire hazard policy—Oh No!) But as I got older, I have perfected them, using various yips I have picked up along the way.
- Russet Potatoes
- Emeril’s Original Essence Seasoning Blend
- Canola Cooking Spray
Prep: First, cut your potatoes however you like. I like to cut them so that they look like fries, but there are many ways to cut them. Now. Put your potato slices into a bowl of water with about 1/2 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt. It sounds crazy… but the water with sugar and salt helps draw the moisture out of the potatoes. Soak about 15 minutes. Then dry potato slices. Spray a cookie sheet with oil spray. Lay the slices on the sheet. The season with salt, pepper, and Emeril’s. Bake at 400 degrees about 15-20 minutes. Then remove the sheet from the oven. Turn each “fry” over. Spray the slices again, and re-season. Bake another 10-15 minutes or until crispy!
YUM! You’ll never know you’re eating baked fries!
Next up… a chicken secret. I’ve been baking chicken forever, as I am sure we all have. However, I have found a secret to baking chicken that will almost always yield tasty, moist, tender chicken. My secret? Sear it first in a hot skillet! I swear, i don’t know how no one ever told me this all these years. I like to cook mine on the stove for about 3-5 minutes on each side. Then I cover my skillet and place the whole thing in the oven to finish cooking. I promise, it is the BEST way to bake chicken! Searing it first seals in the flavor and the juices! Tonight we had lemon-pepper chicken, and it was soooooo good! I wish all of you could have enjoyed dinner with us!
So, friends… the countdown is on… only 2 more weeks of school left! I can’t believe it! This has been an amazing year! But of course summer is SUCH a fun time. I’m already thinking about all the fun things we can do! :)