Sweet Potato Baked Fries

Sweet Potato Baked Fries

The best of fall produce is out there. The shelves are filled with beautiful colors of orange, purple and yellow. I love strolling through the farmer’s market looking for a dinner inspiration from all that gorgeous produce. I equally love that I can get a large variety of locally grown vegetables and feel better about eating them.

Alongside the pumpkins and the squashes sweet potato is the natural vegetable of choice this time of the year. I adore sweet potato baked fries and can eat a whole bunch without feeling guilty. My favorite seasoning is a topping of garlic and butter sprinkled with sea salt and fresh parsley. Simplicity is key here.

Yummmmmmm!!!!!!

Sweet Potato Baked Fries

As with any fries you need a good condiment. Surely plain ol’ ketchup will do but why not make it fun and delicious. I made an insanely good dipping sauce with the ingredients you probably already have on hand. A little mixture of mayo, sour cream, garlic, salt and vinegar was exactly what these fries needed. I loved the sauce so much I saved the leftovers and dipped some baked buffalo  wings in it later. So good people, so good. :)

Sweet Potato Baked Fries

I am happy it’s already Thursday. We have a full weekend coming up. Our plans include a dinner and a movie on Friday night, can’t wait to see The Book of Life. The entire family is getting together for my slightly early birthday celebration on Saturday and a mini day trip to upstate New York on Sunday to see the beautiful foliage. I might need a day off after all that. Monday might be rough.

Whatever your plans are, enjoy yours.

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Sweet Potato Baked Fries
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into fries or wedges
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drizzle olive oil all over the sweet potato fries, season with a little salt and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes until slightly crisp.
  3. While the fries bake, melt butter and stir in garlic. Set aside.
  4. When the fries are done arrange on a platter, top with the melted butter mixture, season with salt and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
  5. Serve with white sauce.

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White Sauce
 
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  • 2 tbsp mayo (I used EarthBalance)
  • 1 tbsp light sour cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Stir all ingredients together. Allow to refrigerate at least 15 minutes for the flavors to marry,

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Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Sundays are for family, fun and good dinners. Dinners that require a little extra work, a little extra time in the kitchen and a little extra love. Cooking on Sunday is comforting and relaxing. It’s good for the soul so I did just that.

I don’t know about you but my family loves a good Beef Stew. What’s not to love? My most favorite part is the potatoes mashed right into that thick rich flavorful gravy which I usually eat with a spoon. Sometimes I lose my self control and clean up the plate with a chunk of bread just to be certain that nothing was left behind. It’s good like that.

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Unlike most of the beef stews out there I like to coat the chunks of meat with flour first. You’ll end up getting thicker better sauce. And let’s talk about the smell of onion, garlic and herbs sautéing in some butter. Seriously, is there anything that smells better that? Using beer in a stew is genius. For this recipe I used Brown Ale and a little red wine for some sophistication and flavor. Don’t worry about the alcohol as it cooks out leaving you with once again rich velvety thick sauce.

I wish I could explain how delicious it tastes but you’ll just have to make it for yourself.

Sunday Suppers: Beef Stew

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Oh and this is an absolute husband approved dinner. I am always feeding mine something healthy, trying to get him to eat more veggies and sneaking salads into his lunch box so this was a total treat…. for the both of us. :)

Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew

Make it a great week friends.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Sunday Suppers: Brown Ale Beef Stew
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chuck stew meat
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 12oz bottle Brown Ale
  • 2 tbsp good quality red wine
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5-6 large yellow potatoes, scrubbed and cut in half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or a heavy bottom pot.
  2. Season the stew meat generously with salt and pepper. Coat with flour and brown in the pot about a minute on each side. Don't overcrowd the pot or the meat will stew not brown. Remove and set aside on a plate. Repeat with the rest of the meat.
  3. To the same pot add butter, onion, garlic and rosemary. Saute until onion begins to get soft and translucent.
  4. Pour in beer scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan. Return meat to the pot, add carrots, celery, chicken bouillon and wine. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 30 min.
  5. Add potatoes, fresh parsley and taste for salt. Add water if necessary. I added about ½ cup.
  6. Cook for another 60 minutes on low and slow. Once again taste for salt, adjust as needed.
  7. Enjoy.

 

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Salmon Sandwich 2.0

I am so excited to share this fabulous recipe with you today.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

It’s not a surprise that I love all things seafood. I am always on the lookout for new ways to prepare my favorite fish, salmon. I got the idea to use it on a sandwich from one of the latest issues of the multiple cooking magazines I subscribe to. The Asian style salmon sub looked so good, I’m pretty sure I heard it say “Make me! Eat me!” I decided to make my own version but not just one but two ways, sort of like his & hers.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Success!!! Delicious is the spot on way to describe it. Both Kurt and I loved it so much, no doubt it will make its way into a regular dinner rotation at our home.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

For my version I used store bought tzatziki sauce, capers, red onions and fresh cucumbers. I love Whole Foods tzatziki and don’t bother making my own, but of course you can make it yourself as well. Kurt’s sandwich had some kick to it. Instead of tzatziki I used spicy mayo, pickled jalapenos and capers. While Kurt’s sandwich packed some heat, mine was refreshing and crisp. Of course we took turns sharing our food.

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Salmon Sandwich 2.0

Have a great holiday weekend everyone. Happy 4th of July.

Kathy Sig 2

5.0 from 1 reviews
Salmon Sandwich 2.0
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • two salmon portions
  • arugula micro greens or any other greens
  • store bought tzatziki
  • 1 tbsp Vegenaise (or mayo)
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • cucumber slices
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • pickled jalapeño slices
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • whole grain buns
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Grill 7 minutes on each side. Tip: You can prepare the salmon any way you prefer such as broil, bake or pan sear. I cooked my salmon on cedar planks. If you do the same make sure to soak the planks in water for at least 1 hour.
  2. Once the salmon is cooked, flake it roughly.
  3. Prepare spicy mayo by mixing Vegenaise and Sriracha in a bowl, adding more Sriracha to make it spicier.
  4. To arrange sandwich number one: Spread tzatziki over the bun, top with arugula, capers, red onion and cucumber slices. Arrange salmon on top.
  5. To arrange the spicy sandwich: Spread spicy mayo over the bun, top with arugula, capers, red onion and jalapeño slices. Arrange salmon on top.
  6. Enjoy!
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