There is something very comforting about potatoes. So simple, so homey. But you can easily dress them up too, and that is what this recipe does: moves them from comfort potatoes to “cool looking special occasion potatoes”. They are tiny (about the size of a large marble, or a quarter). If you can’t find them at a farmer’s market, they also sell them in 1 pound nets at Trader Joes. Add shallot, thyme, lemon and salt/pepper to some butter, and voila. Yummy. And comforting.
The other day, I made this Berbere Spice Mix. It is super yummy and I find myself putting in and on pretty much everything. But, seeing not everyone knows what to do with the flavors, I thought that I would give you three examples: Skillet Potatoes, Chicken Skewer Wraps with Tzaziki Sauce (yes, Ethiopian and Greek in this case) and a beautiful Heritage Pork Chop. Yum.
Every once in a while I have these strange cravings (no, I am not pregnant or anything). Today it was for Fish ‘n Chips and seeing it is Friday, and that is the freshest day or seafood in the markets, I trotted off for some fresh cod. This recipe is great — fish isn’t greasy at all. Lovely lunch.
I preface this post that I am laughing at the absurdity of myself. And you should be laughing at me becuase I am silly. Fair deal?
A couple of hours ago, I had this craving for french fries. I had to walk over to the post office anyway, so I grabbed a couple of russett potatoes at the shop. So far, so good. Because a couple of my friends have recently started experimenting with those spiral cutters, I decided to pull mine out as well. I’d bought one on a whim 3 or 4 years ago, but it has only seen the light of day about a dozen times (there are only so many zoodles that one can make!). Anyhoo, I preheated the oven, spiralized (is that a word?) my taters and went to find a bit of oil. No olive oil. No veggie oil. Seriously? Need to be better about checking staple ingredients. But I do have rendered duck fat in the fridge (as only Kat would), and some bacon fat too. And butter, though that wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun.
Comfort food — this time in the form of garlicy, cheesy potatoes. Nothing Better than this Hasselback Potato Skillet Bake. While intended as a side dish, this also would work great as an alternative to hashbrowns for breakfast (though you might want to cut back on the garlic early in the morning … or maybe add some bacon!) or add chili, or salsa and jalepenos, and monterey jack cheese for some game day potato nachos. These are seriously delicious, even though I think that the neighbors will be mad at me for the extreme garlic smell for a little while!