Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MORE Savory Sweet Potatoes

Lime Cilantro Sweet Potatoes

  • Ingredients
  • 2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 425°F.

Toss sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow baking pan. Arrange potatoes in 1 layer and roast, stirring halfway through roasting, until tender, abo

ut 25 minutes total. Stir together cayenne, zest, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Whisk together lime juice and remaining tablespoon oil in a medium bowl, then add potatoes. Sprinkle with cayenne mixture and cilantro, stirring gently to combine.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gifts for the "good" list

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Twist on Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Chips dusted with chili powder


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying


Blue Cheese and Chive Dip, recipe follows

Peel sweet potatoes and discard skin. Using the vegetable peeleror a mandoline make long thin chips by peeling/slicing lengthwise from top to bottom. Place in a bowl of ice water and chill for 1 hour. Drain in a colander and layout on paper towels and pat dry.

Combine chili powder, garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne, cumin and salt and pepper.

Heat vegetable oil in a large pot to 375 degrees F. Fry the potatoes in single layer batches for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Lift chips out with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with the spice mixture and serve immediately. Serve as an appetizer with Blue Cheese and Chives dip.

Blue Cheese and Chive Dip:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, store-bought
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 bunch finely chopped chives, plus extra for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, blue cheese, honey and chives in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chives. Serve with spicy and sweet potato chips.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wonderful time of year!

There are many reasons why this is such a wonderful time of year... Here is one of those reasons.... :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Fruit Cake!

FRUIT CAKE RECIPE - Guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.

You'll need the following: four large eggs, two cups of dried fruit, a teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of brown sugar, lemon juice, nuts, and a bottle or two of rum.

Before you start, sample the rum to check for quality. If it's good, let's get started.

Take a large bowl, and a measuring cup. Check the rum again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink it as fast as you can. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer; beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one seapoon of thugar, and beat again. Meanwhile, make sure the rum has retained it's fine quality. Cry another tup. Open a second quart if necessary.

Turn off the mixer. Break two arge leggs, and add to the bowl, and chuck in the cup of fried druit. Mix on the turner, and beat till high. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the rum to check for tonsisticity.

Next, sift two cups of pepper or salt. Or something. Who cares? Check the rum. Now sift the lemon juice, and strain the nuts. Fold in some chopped butter. Add one table. Spoon. Of brown thugar or whatever color you can find.

Grease the oven. Turn the cake tin to 350 gredees. Don't for get to beat off the turner. Now pour the whole mess into the coven and ake. Feed to your goat. Check the rum again, and bo to ged.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas in my home

I thought I would take some pictures of the Christmas decorations in my home.

I love my silver & purple tree
I really like the greenery on my pendent light

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Meet baby Cal

Last weekend my girlfriends and I hosted a meet baby Cal shower for our friend Megan and her new baby boy, Callum John. The shower went off without a hitch, at this point we have it all pretty much figured out, this is the 7th baby between the girls.

Here we are before the guests arrived, with the guest of honor, Cal
And the tower of cupcakes. Per the momma's request I did chocolate cookie dough cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and chocolate cherry cupcakes with a sour cream cherry frosting and a chocolate dipped cherry on top.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Tonight