All I have to say is: Ahh it finally feels like summer! And I know that it might seem a little late to say that (especially because I’m already halfway through my summer job), but this weekend I finally did my big “one thing of the summer that’s going to suck.” Maybe that sounds a little harsh, but this was one of those requirements that sticks around in the back of your mind even in your most relaxing moments. When I lay in the sun at the pool, I couldn’t help but think that maybe I should be studying instead. So I finally took the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) test this past Saturday and I am finally feeling free as a bird.
Of course, I wont know how I did for another month, but it’s nice to be in this blissful in-between time. Everything is out of my hands for a month, so I can just sit back, relax, and forget about the test. And that is exactly what I have been doing for the past 29 hours.
In the meantime, I think that I’m going to load up on this tasty summer food. After my “new potatoes” post, I kind feel like the crazy potato girl, so don’t roll your eyes… but whatever, everybody loves fries! And you cannot deny that they’re one of the best additions to an afternoon barbecue or lazy evening at home.
I love really crunchy desiccated fries, so I made sure to julienne the potatoes on my mandolin so that they were uniformly tiny. Then I baked the hell out of them for quite a while. Le boyfriend likes his fries to taste more like their natural form, so he takes them out earlier than I do. Either way, it’s oh-so easy to bake homemade fries. You can play around with spices too. Maybe make curry fries, or spicy fries. Hmm, I wonder if sweet fries might be in my future? Has anybody ever tried that before?
Anyways, go slice up some potatoes and experiment! Maybe bring these over to your next barbecue or just serve them alongside some lazy summer food. I promise that you’ll like them better than the fries you buy in the frozen section of the supermarket. Not to mention the fact that they take about as long as those babies to cook! It’s a win-win situation!
Now go enjoy your lovely summer! I’ll be basking in it right alongside you
- 2 medium red potatoes
- black pepper
- sea salt
- cayenne pepper
- garlic powder
- olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Slice your potatoes and then toss them with your spices and olive oil.
- Place them in the oven and keep a watch on them. When they’re cooked to your liking, pull them out and chow down.
I love crunchy fries, so I left mine in for a loong time. Just watch the potatoes until they’re to your liking.
Also, to make your potato slices cook at a regular rate, use a mandolin to slice them all the same size.