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Sweet potato chips take 2

I had some sweet potatoes left over from when I last made sweet potato chips, and I figured it was about time to use them. I decided to make sweet potato chips again, but to fry them this time. Here’s a recipe for some slightly BBQ-flavored fried sweet potato chips. You can also use regular potatoes, (I’d use yukon gold given the choice) but this is what I had to work with and they tasted great!

Ingredients:

2-3 medium sweet potatoes
Enough oil to cover the bottom of pan about 1 inch

For the seasoning (all can be adjusted to taste):
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon paprika
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Recipe:

1. Prepare your seasoning mix while you heat the oil over medium-high heat to about 350 degrees.

seasoned

2. Slice your sweet potatoes to desired chip thickness (if you have a mandolin or v-slicer that would be great too, but I just used a sharp kitchen knife.) You may peel them or not, just be sure to clean them well.

slices

3. Add sweet potatoes to oil in batches (careful not to splash hot oil!) and cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. When cooked, carefully remove (I used a slotted spoon) and drain on paper towel-lined plate. Repeat in batches until all are cooked!

frying

chips

4. Add chips to bowl and toss with seasoning. Enjoy!

yum

Post & photos by: Melissa

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Orlando Adventure Day One: 4 Rivers and French macarons

I went to Orlando over Veteran’s Day weekend to visit a friend and we went out to eat a couple of times and to Disneyworld, among other things. I’ll tell you about a couple of them below. 🙂

I think I’ll split these posts up  a bit to keep it to a readable level.

On Friday, after I arrived, we went to 4 Rivers Smokehouse and had some delicious piles of meat, accompanied by bread.

I opted for the Brisket Sandwich and my two sides, BBQ beans and bread pudding.

We also took a look at the Sweet Shop in the back of 4 Rivers, and it turns out that they carry a dorito and mountain dew cupcake, but none of us wanted to try it that badly. That’s the green/orange one on the top tier below, surrounded by much more normal options.

That night we also headed to the Wine Bar, which was a fun experience and reaffirmed in my mind that my favorite type of wine is an Italian Moscato. Hope I got that right. I didn’t try any red wines, because that’s not generally what I like.

That night we also walked around Park Avenue (where the wine bar was located) and stopped at Le Macaron.

I picked out 2 delicious macarons (which I didn’t end up eating till Saturday night, but they were still very good.)

 

After that, we went out to visit Universal CityWalk (not sure about the spacing there) and to Dave & Buster’s. It was my first time there and it was really fun! I won a bunch of tickets on the Wheel of Fortune game (which I thought I didn’t get to keep unless I solved the puzzle but I GOT THEM ALL ANYWAY.)

We also spotted this Doodle Jump game, which I was happy to see because I love playing it on my phone. We ended up leaving with a pint glass and a stick of candy each.

Next, I’ll post everything about day 2 (and may combine day 3, depends on how many pictures I decide to keep in there.)  🙂

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


road trip day five

We started off from South Sioux City today, leaving behind the lovely Marina Conference Center. It was a little hard to leave behind because it was so comfy, but fortunately we had vouchers for a free breakfast in their restaurant. I snapped a picture of the menu… I had the farmer’s breakfast with bacon and my mom had the banana nut French toast. We were both very full when we finished breakfast. Then we headed off toward Kansas City, Missouri.

 

We got into town later than we planned and settled into our charming room in the 1812 Bed & Breakfast. I took lots of pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the pictures didn’t turn out due to POOR LIGHTING. After we got settled we headed to dinner at Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ for some barbecue. We had the baby back rib, beef and ham plate and it was delicious. Our sides were bread, cheesy corn, a veggie kabob and baked beans.

 

 

 

 

We headed out to a park but it started raining so we went to the Plaza shopping center downtown which housed a variety of stores including my favorites (free people, anthropologie and urban outfitters). It also included a movie theater, restaurants and many sculptures. I really liked shopping there because everyone was dressed up. Very fun times.

 

After shopping we came back to the b&b and I hoped to get settled and go to sleep but this night was pretty much the worst so far and extremely frustrating. Through no fault of the place we are staying. *sigh*

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Bite of Seattle 2012 (Saturday)

I went to Bite of Seattle today with my mom. I haven’t been there in several years, but today was sunny and I had lots of fun. There were performances on stage:

Initially we looked around…

Then we headed over to the Alley and the wine tasting. The Alley is a $10 donation to food lifeline (per plate) that gets you food from 7 restaurants. We also shared in one wine tasting for the $12 happy hour price, which included 5 tastings and a commemorative glass.

Here is the plate of food:

The food includes (according to Saturday’s Alley menu):

Palace Kitchen: Flat iron steak with tomato salad and blueberry vinaigrette (bottom middle)

Al Boccalino: Bruchetta con la muffoletta (bottom right)

Belltown Pub: Semmelknoedel – German bread dumplings made with rye bread, parsley, onions and garlic (middle)

Salty’s: Mini salmon brat with fennel sauerkraut and Walla Walla onion mustard served in a house made Brioche bun (bottom left)

Fremont Fire Pit: Pulled Pork sliders (top right)

Din Tai Fung: Taiwan’s famous, hand-made, steamed pork dumplings filled with soup (top middle)

Pinkabella Cupcakes: Strawberry mini cupcake (top left)

We got the food from these  food stands:

More to come (ran out of time) on the non-food side of things, and more on the seeing-Seattle side of things!

We also enjoyed some free samples (of many random things like sweeteners, etc.) There was also a free So Delicious brand fudgesicle-type dessert made from coconut milk and free applesauce and peanut butter. We also tried Amy’s organic rice macaroni and cheese, and some Santa Cruz organic lemonade.

I will leave you with PUNK ROCK AEROBICS. Something that reminds me of Seattle.

Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa


Seasoned pork spare ribs

Hello all, Melissa is back home do some job training so I felt I should throw up a post that is quick and easy.

As we all know I love BBQing and my favorite food to grill is ribs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. pork spare ribs

1/4 cup marinade of choice

4 tablespoons spices (we did half pepper, half cumin)

A little olive oil

A little lemon juice

Step 1. Get yourself some delicious ribs, pork is usually cheaper.

Step 2. Assemble you seasonings. Feel free to mix and match. Marinade the ribs for at least 2 hours before putting them on the grill.

Step 3. Use a fork to put holes in the meet so your seasonings and marinade can soak in.

Step 4. After 2 hours put ribs on the grill on medium high heat. I put the meat face up first so I can add some more marinade and sauce, but a lot of people like to cook the top layer of meat first.

Step 5. After a good 5 to 8 minutes on medium high heat flip the ribs to starting cooking that delicious meat.You want to create a char on the meat to give it a nice crispy, fall off the bone taste. Be sure not to blacken the whole slab though. Keep cooking the meat for 10 minutes, checking every 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 6. Flip the ribs over after you have desired char and turn down to low heat and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes depending on your ribs. When the meat starts to slightly crack, it is nicely cooked. See the wonderful char marks? They will just add taste to the greatness that is these ribs.

Step 7. Prepare sides with the ribs. The ribs need to rest for a little bit, so this is a good time to make a salad and warm up some bread. After the sides are done cut the ribs up and serve.

Enjoy!

Post by: Colin

Photos by: Colin and Melissa