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Yes, You Can Be a Garlic Goddess. Photos: Jaden Hair A friend recently bought a jar of already-roasted garlic, thinking it would be great warmed and stirred into mashed potatoes.

Yes, You Can Be a Garlic Goddess

“It’s already roasted and it’s so easy!” She exclaimed. “Yeah, but it also cost you $4.99 and has absolutely no taste to it,” I replied. It’s true, pre-roasted garlic is a rip-off, and with the bulbs having spent weeks crammed in a jar, it had the texture of baby food ... and tastes about the same. Roasting your own garlic only takes 3 minutes of hands-on time and costs just maybe 30 cents. To roast garlic, lop off the top of the garlic just like this: Place the bulb on a piece of tin foil, and drizzle about 2 teaspoons of olive oil right on top.

Scrunch up the foil, and put it in a 400 degree Fahrenheit preheated oven for 30 minutes. Ultimate Best Oven Baked French Fries !! Spiced Tomato Gratin Recipe. We have family visiting from out of town this week.

Spiced Tomato Gratin Recipe

Meaning, I've been a bit tied up, with not as much time to write. But, on the flip side, I have been cooking quite a bit. And in a change of routine, we've been eating dinners outside thanks to a new table purchase. I'm stubbornly determined to enjoy many al fresco meals sitting at it, even if it means wearing three layers of sweaters. So, for our first under-the-fog meal at our new table, I made this twist on a favorite Suzanne Goin Potato-Tomato Gratin recipe. One of the things I like about Suzanne's gratin is the way she strikes bright, flavorful, deep and rustic notes in a preparation that isn't overly decadent.

Either way, this is the sort of thing that is perfect just out of the oven. Garlicky Baked Fries. I’m never going to make garlic potato fries any other way.

Garlicky Baked Fries

These garlic fries, win hands down as the best garlic french fries I’ve ever made. Plus they are baked – so I won’t feel too guilty if I make it every time I’m craving for some potato comfort. When I read that there is garlic infused oil involved, my heart skipped a beat (in a good way, not the way oil would otherwise treat your heart).

I got down to making them immediately. I used extra virgin olive oil instead of vegetable oil because I just love the aroma that garlic and olive oil combine to impart. Crispy Potato Roast Recipe. Hey Guys!

Crispy Potato Roast Recipe

So…it’s still really hot out…wtf! I’m totally ready for fall…forget this, “I just don’t want summer to end” BS…I’m OVER IT! Okay, I apologize for being aggressive right there, but man does this weather make me grumpy. There are a few things that get my mood up during weather like this: 1) My Dog (always) 2) Frequent Fro-Yo and Hawaiian Ice trips with the boyfriend 3) This Roasted Onion Dip.

Remember when you were a kid and sleepovers were still the best thing ever? If you are willing to brave a hot kitchen for about an hour (woof, I know), this dip is totally worth it and a delicious treat to help keep you cool (once you’re sitting and enjoying it) and leave you feeling guilt-less afterwards! Xx Jenny Roasted Onion Dip Serves 5 to 6 Ingredients: 2 large sweet onions, quartered 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon cumin.

French Fries: The No-Guilt Version. There’s nothing like a french fried potato.

French Fries: The No-Guilt Version

The taste, the texture, the dip-ability; it’s probably one of my favorite go-to comfort foods. However, I don’t need the fat of an actual deep fried potato, and I certainly do not favor processed french fries that come from the frozen food section of the grocery store. Enter: Healthy French Fries* Step 1: Peel your ‘taters. Parmesan Roasted Potatoes. Ok fine.

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

I’m officially ready to make the transition to fall. And I thought, what better way to do it than with my all time favorite Parmesan Roasted Potatoes! These are like candy. 100% addictive. Once you stop, you just can’t stop. If you knew the amount of potatoes we consumed in a week, you’d be shocked. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: A Surprsing Sweet Potato Recipe. Though they’re often relegated to sweet, buttery casseroles, sweet potatoes can be a healthy side dish.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: A Surprsing Sweet Potato Recipe

Packed with nutrients like beta carotene, vitamins A and C, manganese, fiber, and antioxidants, they’re a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet potatoes are good for you — so dig in! Homemade French Fries. Why there is no need to purchase pre-made fries in the freezer aisle – in pictures and rhyme: One potato (find a potato) Two potato (cut the ends off) Three potato (cut slices) Four (cut fries from slices) Five potato (Toss in herbs and olive oil) Salt and Vinegar Potatoes with Rosemary. There are a million versions of these smashed potatoes all over the place.

Salt and Vinegar Potatoes with Rosemary

However, I love the idea of making these a little tangy. I love those thick-cut salt and vinegar chips, which is where the inspiration for this recipe came from. By dousing these potatoes with cider vinegar after they come out of the oven, you are indeed in for a tasty and tangy treat. My mouth puckers just thinking about it. Serve along side your favorite main dish and enjoy.