Saturday, 22 April 2017

How to make 'Crispy Smash Potatoes"

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Barbecue season is here in Arizona, however, just around the corner- for those in the northern states. I say this, as this potato is a great side with burgers, steak and chicken! You make these in the oven, so actually even if you are not ready to fire up the "Q", you can make this easy delicious side!

I’ve been buying the most gorgeous baby potatoes so sweet and creamy inside they’re literally addictive! If you're looking for a easy potato recipe during the week you have to make these Crispy Smashed Potatoes! 

Do the busy work—boiling and flattening the potatoes—up to 8 hours ahead. Let potatoes cool completely, and store them on the pan, lightly covered, in the fridge. Then all you have to do at the last minute is coat with oil/butter, salt, pepprt and roast.

Crispy Smash potatoes are delicious on their own, but, you can add a variety of toppings. In my April 2013 blog, "Smash Hot Potatoes" I added rosemary. Today, I am showing you how to make this step by step.....even a child could do this smash with a cup! 

 

First boil the potatoes in salted water until soft.



Then, cut a small slit in the top of each potato.


 Next take another baking sheet and.....


  

You may need to spread a bit with a fork.

Next brush on the butter or olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. Bake at 450 F degrees for 20-25 minutes until crispy.....enjoy!


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Chicken Tarragon Salad




 There are many things I like about this recipe...first off is the fact that I made it, instead of getting it from a store.  That's not to say that there's anything wrong with chicken salad from a store, but I always like to have control of my chicken pieces, which equates to no fat, grizzle or bones.  I just love all the flavors in this recipe, the apples and celery....yum! The second thing I appreciate is that it's not overly "dressed", which translates into a lot of mayonnaise.  I think you will really like this dish, and if you look closely, you will see the almonds, tarragon, celery, apple, red onion, and dried cranberries! Do you like my Mom's baker?  It is a Guardian circa 1950's!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Tablescape





One of the guarantee's of an unforgettable Easter holiday, is to set the right tone for your Easter dinner tablescape. When you are planning to host your Easter dinner, the first thing to do is to remember that it is Spring now, so the best options to decorate the table are fresh flowers, green grass and porcelain rabbits and eggs. To create a beautiful tablescape or tablescapes for your guests, you don’t need to spend large sum of money. Instead of paying a fortune for decorations of your dinner table, maybe you can choose to DIY them. 

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sweet Potato Pancakes



This week I am on a wonderful retreat to my favorite spa with my daughter! Pearl Laguna is a retreat I have been going to for a little over seven years now. It is a hiking, yoga and cleanse retreat. Fits me perfect! Work hard from 7 AM to 1 PM with morning yoga and a rigorous hike, followed by a 20 minute weight session or a pool class. Then its lunch and relaxation with a different mask each day and a luxurious massage. In between, I use the infrared sauna, take a nap or lay by the pool. After a relaxing afternoon, we do a evening yoga class and dinner. This year I brought my daughter with me and she is really enjoying revitalizing after having two children over the past 3 plus years.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Brooksters



Think- thick chocolate chip cookies, wrapped in a devilishly tight hug of decadent, dark brownies. Yes, beware - this hand-held treat may just blow your mind!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Bailey Irish Cream Tiramisu- eggless





It's almost St. Patrick's day and I have a easy recipe that you will love!!

This is a quick Tiramisu Recipe and is perfect for any occasion!  The  ladyfingers are soaked in Baileys and coffee then layered with mascarpone whipped cream. It will be your new favorite no-bake dessert! Twenty minutes of preparation time and then just pop it into the refrigerator over night or at least 6 hours!