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Baked sweet potato chips

I’m always interested in healthier alternatives to snack food, so when I came across this recipe on Minamalist Baker (yet another food blog I’m addicted to now) I knew I wanted to try it.

I was pretty satisfied with how these turned out. Overall I think I should have added a bit more salt and baked adjusted the baking time and temperature a little so some wouldn’t be overly-brown. But they were crispy and delicious, despite the look. These also would’ve been easier to make if I had a sharper knife to chop with, or a mandolin slicer. I halved the recipe for my experiment, but will reproduce the original for you here.

Ingredients:

2 large sweet potatoes
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
A pinch of salt (to taste)
(I also peppered mine, but don’t think it added much)

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cut sweet potatoes thinly into rounds.

sweet potato

cut it up

2. Coat slices in olive oil.

3. Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with salt or desired seasonings. Make sure they are not touching.

waiting for baking

4. Bake for 1.5- 2 hours, flipping at least twice to ensure even cooking. I flipped these around 5 times because I get paranoid. I also took a few off the sheet earlier than others, because they were slightly smaller. Make your own judgments about your chips. Remove from sheet and cool on wire rack when golden brown and crisp.

crispy

5. Let cool, then enjoy! They’re a great snack and alternative to store-bought chips, and I would definitely make them again!

piled high

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa

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Holiday Food: Yam fries & glazed Brussels sprouts

For the Holidays (Christmas specifically)

me in seattle over Winter Break

My family made some special foods. Kind of a spur of the moment thing.

First off, my mom made balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts. These are amazing. I will update this with the glaze recipe if she lets me know what it is…. but essentially you salt/pepper and bake the sprouts until they are a bit crispy. You can also cut them in half if you’d like.

far away

up close

And then you drizzle them with glaze. Which will get rather thick, so the drizzling is best done early before the hardened sauce makes it impossible.

saucy sauce

plated and served

In addition, I made yam fries. These were a first attempt and I have a few tips and tricks for you.

Firstly, use whole yams. If they are the same size/shape, all the better for uniform fries.

weird yam

Then, halve the yams and cut into fry shape. Tip 1: First, wash and DRY the yams so the fries won’t be soggy.

cut them up

Now cut them like this or smaller

If you cut them smaller than I did they will be crispier, which I think is desirable. I just didn’t know at the time. But anyway, lay them out after you salt/pepper them and drizzle them with olive oil and bake (or broil but be careful with that) until they are cooked and crisped to your liking. And enjoy!

salted and peppered

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Hope you had a happy holiday!

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


SO MANY pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

Recipe courtesy of George Duran: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/george-duran/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe/index.html

I made these last year with Colin but we forgot to blog them, even though we took pictures! So I figured I would put them up this year as I bake them in the morning on Thanksgiving Eve (if that’ s a thing.) I did change the recipe just a little, so go ahead and read below if you want my slightly altered version.

Also, a word of warning YOU CANNOT BELIEVE HOW MANY COOKIES THIS MAKES. If you would like a reasonable number, halve this recipe. (In fact, the recipe says 60 but I think mine made slightly less because the cookies were of dissimilar sizes.)

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
10 oz. canned pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
11.5 oz bag milk chocolate chips, not semisweet

Recipe:

1. Preheat oven t0 350 degrees. Beat the softened butter.

2. Slowly add the white and brown sugar and combine with the butter until smooth.

3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix in.

4. Mix in the vanilla.

5. Add in your pumpkin (fresh or canned.)

6. Prepare the flour and spice mixture. (Flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg)
If you have a bowl, go ahead and use that. I have one large mixing bowl so I had to get creative.

7. Combine the flour mixture in, 1/3 at a time. Stir well. This gets really thick and hard to stir so take breaks or share the effort if you can.

 

8. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.

9. Scoop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased or wax-papered cookie sheet.

10. Bake for ~15 minutes or until cookies are slightly browned around the edges and are not a big pain to get off the cookie sheet with a spatula.

Keep in mind they will expand, so make them smaller and farther apart than I did!

This recipe makes a bunch of cookies, so be sure to share!

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa