Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
I meeeean....we all love french fries, right?? But generally frying them is a messy and unhealthy thing we don't wanna mess with at home. That's why baked fries are so awesome--but I feel like they're never quite crispy and flavorful enough...

until now!
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
The two things that really help crisp these fries up is soaking them in water (this helps get some of the starch out, which gets a crispier result) and making sure to dry them after that. As far as flavor goes that's on you: salt the heck out of 'em. Put some truffle oil and parmesan cheese on them (that's what I diiiid!). Do garlic or a spice blend. Whatever makes your french fry loving heart happy.
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
Have I told you all my french fry shame? The kind of gross way I used to eat (specifically McDonald's) french fries as a kid? I used to....*deep breath* suck off the salt and then dip them in ketchup. They were soggy and gross and I don't know what was wrong with me....I'm so sorry. Please forgive me. I was a weird kid with weird food habits.
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
I'm a changed lady, now, and am in fact a bit of a french fry snob. These were definitely the best fries I've ever baked at home and they will be getting made again (so that Michael can actually try them because I maaaay have eaten them all before he got home. Oops!)

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries

Adapted from Layers of Happiness

Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
Makes approx. 4 servings.
Ingredients:
  • 3 medium sized russet potatoes (russet are the best choice for crispy fries)
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil (I used truffle oil)
  • Salt and/or other seasonings, to taste
  • Optional-2 tbsp. grated Parmesan
Preparation:
  • Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut off the ends. Using a sharp knife, cut the potatoes into thin (1/4 inch wide) slices.
  • Put fries in a bowl and cover with cold water and let soak for at least 30 minutes, or up to 12 hours. If letting soak for longer than 1 hour, keep in the refrigerator. 
  • After they're done soaking, drain the fries and place on a paper towel lined cooling rack to dry while the oven preheats. Blot the tops of the fries with more towels to get any excess moisture.
  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees and line a baking pan with parment paper or foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Dry the bowl you used for soaking the potatoes and add the dried fries. Add 1-2 tbsp. oil and the salt/any seasonings you'd like, tossing to combine and mix.
  • Evenly line the fries on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer-don't let the fries overlap or they won't cook properly. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the fries/mix them around (still making sure they're in a single layer). Bake for another 15 minutes. Increase heat to 425F degrees and bake until they look crispy and browned around the edges. 
  • Sprinkle fries with salt/any other seasonings you'd like. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately!
Extra Crispy Baked French Fries
Dipping fries into a cute little ramekin of ketchup makes them taste better. I don't know why...but it does.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Something Saturdays (8/12/17)

I got a lot of stuff done this week-some cooking and making phone calls, stuff like that. But I had lots else happen too! Last weekend Michael and I traded in his dying 2003 Honda for a new Subaru Forester that we're leasing (aka I got a mom car lol). I love it so much and spent so much time playing around with it, Michael's enjoying getting my Elantra to himself now (since it's 2015 it's still so much nicer than what he was driving). The wedding I worked afterwards went great and I have another one today, yay! On Sunday, Michael had to study for his big comprehensive exam (he needed to pass in order to graduate from his master's program in December) but we also ran an errand, grabbed dinner with friends, annnnnd wandered into Target and bought our baby 6 adorable outfits. I did some maternity clothes shopping and got some super cute stuff on Monday (Michael also took his exam and passed! Woo!). Tuesday we had a pre-baptism class at our church and it was actually surprisingly nice. Friday I bought some more stuff for baby (who can resist!?) and then had a girls night with my boss, Val, and our mutual friend Evie. It was so nice!

Did you have a good week?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Baby Update -- 20/21 Weeks


How far along: Currently 21 (and a half) weeks

Due Date: December 15, 2017

Baby's Size: According to my app, about 10.5 inches and 12.7 oz.

Total weight gain/loss: I've gained about 5 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Still wearing some normal clothes, but it's getting more difficult. Still liking these jeans from Target and I have a newfound love for stuff from Wren and Ivory. I also went on a mini shopping spree and got some tops, a dress, and a bra from Motherhood Maternity.

Stretch marks: Not yet!

Sleep: Pretty good.

Best moment of this week: Finding out the gender-everything feels so much more concrete! And seeing it on the ultrasound-at one point I could feel and see it jerking around at the same time, so surreal <3 I also had fun shopping at Motherhood Maternity, hehe. Oh! And a bunch of stuff off our registry is starting to get purchased so that's fun!

Miss anything: Not having to essentially buy a whole new wardrobe lol. So I miss money.

Movement: Yepp! Started feeling it a couple weeks ago. He's getting pretty active lately.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really! Just the normal stuff I've never liked lol.

Have you started to show yet: Yepp I am definitively showing now! It feels like all of a sudden I got huge lol--in fact, since that picture above was taken I'm pretty sure I'm already bigger.

Gender: 

IT'S A BOY! Even though I was in no way sure, there was a part of me (and Michael) that felt like we were having a girl, and the vast majority of friends family felt the same so we were a little shocked when the tech told us that we're having a boy! And apparently he was quite proud to show that he is, in fact, a boy lol. We're so excited!

Labor signs: Noooo.

Belly button in or out: Still an innie!

Wedding rings on or off: On, but I can feel it getting a bit more snug.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly happy happy happy!

Looking forward to: More movement and the baby shower-it's in about 2 and a half weeks!
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