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roasted potatoes

Indoor version:
Preheat oven to 450. Spray a cookie sheet with canola oil. Cut yukon gold spuds into 1-inch-thick slabs. Put them on the cookie sheet. Spray the tops with canola oil. Dust lightly with paprika. Put in oven, turn down to 425. Turn them over if necessary, but it shouldn't be. Stick with a fork to test doneness.

Outdoor version:
Cut potatoes lengthwise into quarters. Toss in a large bowl with a couple spoonfuls of ice water and a generous shaking of salt. Mix in a bag: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup grated romano cheese, 1 tbsp. paprika, 1 tbsp. sugar. Shake. Add potato quarters 2 or 3 at a time, shake and turn till well coated. Plunk them onto a very hot grill out on the deck, sit down with your cold beer, and wait till they need to be turned. Cook these on HOT till they're just starting to blacken a bit on the edges.

The sugar doesn't make them sweet -- it melts and makes them barely glazed. Perfect with steak or chops or burgers.

Jan 02, 2009
MJAnning in Home Cooking

Quick, Easy, Shortcut, or Convenience Recipes

I have a friend in Idaho who does not cook, will not cook, is not interested in learning. I tried to show her one night what I mean by easy and fast:

2 chicken breasts
1 can artichoke hearts (not marinated)
1 can diced tomatoes (italian or mexican)

Turn on oven. Put chicky in pan. Cover with drained 'chokes. Cover with tomatoes. Bake.

Save the artichoke liquid in case you think you need more in the pan. Bake covered or uncovered. Top with cheese or don't. Serve over pasta or rice if you want to. If you have some left over, chop it up and add it to an omelette. Or a sandwich. Or chicken broth. Or a green salad. Or hot pasta.

Jan 02, 2009
MJAnning in Home Cooking

Half n Half

You can freeze half&half. Best used in cooking after that, rather than coffee.

Rules vary by state, but in many states, the "sell by" date on the carton is a week or so before the "goes sour" date.

Killer hot chocolate: In a non-stick pan, over low heat, melt a teaspoon butter with 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate. When melted, slowly stir in 1 pint of half&half. When hot but NOT bubbly, remove from heat and add 1-2 teaspoons vanilla.

Optional: Add a shot of peppermint schnapps or Kahlua or brandy to this in a mug.

Do not share this with children. They do not deserve it. Do not drink this more than once a month. You'll croak.

Jan 02, 2009
MJAnning in Home Cooking

Crappy Canned Tuna at Whole Foods

Crappy tuna, typical tuna, and WOW tuna. Since I opened my first can of WOW tuna, I've not been able to tolerate the crappy kind. The first good stuff I had was from Tri-Marine, sent to me by a friend in California. I opened the can, thinking I was going to make some tuna-noodles for supper. I stood there in the kitchen and ate the whole thing with a fork!

Did a little looking online and found a goldmine of suppliers:
pacificalbacore.com/products/

Jan 02, 2009
MJAnning in General Topics