Double Fried French Fries

Double Fried French Fries

Hello everyone! So sorry for the long wait in between posts. I talked a little about it on a post on my Instagram story, but for those of you that don’t follow my Instagram (which I would recommend doing!) here’s a quick update before I give you a yummy recipe.

On July 4th and 5th, my small town of Ridgecrest had a 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit. Luckily my little family was safe and our damage was minimal compared to others. We’re still trying to recover on the mental side of things (hence my absence), and that’s going to be the biggest challenge. It took some time to clean up, but things are getting back to normal now and I’m so thankful for the help we’ve received.

Okay. Now that that’s out of the way, how about we get back to cooking and fun stuff?!

Double. Fried. French. Fries.

That’s right, I said double fried. Is there any other way to make fries? I think not. These are hand cut fries, and one of my favorite snacks. This recipe is a little time consuming, but SO WORTH IT!

As always, if you need help with anything just shoot me a message or leave a comment!

Ingredients

  • 9 russet potatoes
  • Vegetable oil (a lot!)
  • Water
  • Salt

Let’s get frying!

  • Peel your potatoes.
  • Set a large bowl off to the side so you can place the cut potatoes into it when they’re ready.
  • Next is cutting. I like to have thinner fries, so here’s how I cut mine: slice your potato in half lengthwise. Place both halves cut side down so they have a flat surface. Slice lengthwise into thin slices all along the potato. Take those slices, and cut into smaller, fry-like shapes and set aside in the large bowl. Repeat for all potatoes.
  • When potatoes are all cut, they should resemble this:
Sliced Potatoes
  • After all the sliced potatoes are put into the bowl, fill with water until they are all covered and set aside for 2-3 hours.
  • When the potatoes are done soaking, drain the water. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Now we’re ready to fry!
  • For this I would recommend a deep fryer, but if you do not have one, a large, deep pan will work. Fryer: fill with oil to the max fill line and set to 350°. Pan: fill halfway with oil, and heat until the oil reaches the same temperature.
  • When oil is ready, take a handful of the potatoes and slowly add them to the oil. Do not just drop or throw them in as the oil will splash more and can burn you.
  • Cook until the potatoes start to get golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from oil and place on a baking sheet to cool.
Right to Left: Un-fried Potatoes, Frying Process, Once Fried Potatoes
  • Repeat until all of the potatoes have been fried once.
  • When the potatoes have all been fried, it’s time for the double fry that makes them crispy and delicious.
  • Same process of frying, but instead of cooling on a baking sheet alone, place a cooling rack over the baking sheet. I find this helps keep them crispy.
  • While the fries are on the cooling rack, salt to taste immediately.
  • Continue the frying and salting process until all have been double fried.
  • Once all the fries are done, you’re ready to serve them up with a juicy cheeseburger or eat alone!
Double Fried French Fries

We served ours with a cheeseburger since we just got a new grill. Let me tell ya, SO GOOD!

Double Fried French Fries and a Cheeseburger

And there you have it! A little time consuming, but you get the satisfaction of knowing you did everything by hand- something I love!

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Roasted Crispy Potatoes

Roasted Crispy Potatoes

Hi everyone! The 4th of July is tomorrow, and this is the perfect side for your BBQ!

To cut my potatoes, I used a mandolin to help get even slices. Don’t worry if you do not have one though- you can still cut your potatoes into thin slices with a sharp kitchen knife!

Best part is- it is extremely simple to do! There are only 6 ingredients and little prep.

Between the prep and cooking time, it takes about an hour, and you won’t regret it. This recipe is good for 2-3 servings, so if you are planning on making this for a party I would definitely double it.

Ingredients

  • 6 red potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • Italian seasoning

Let’s Get Cooking

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350°.
  2. While oven is preheating, rinse off your potatoes.
  3. When potatoes are rinsed, cut into thin slices. If you have a mandolin I would suggest using that, but if not, grab your favorite kitchen knife!
  4. Once the potatoes are sliced, place them in a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes until they are mostly covered. Season with the salt, pepper, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning.
  6. Toss all the ingredients together until potatoes are evenly coated.
  7. Spread out over a baking sheet lined with foil.
  8. Bake in oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Potatoes are done when they are slightly golden and crisp.
  9. Enjoy!

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Mussels and Clams in a Garlic Butter White Wine Sauce

Mussels and Clams in a Garlic Butter White Wine Sauce

So last night I had a craving for seafood. Mussels and clams to be exact. Austin has never had mussels, so clearly we had to have them for dinner.

I wanted to do something that is seemingly fancy, but actually pretty easy to make. I like mussels and clams because they do not take a long time to cook, and you hardly have to do anything at all.

For both the mussels and clams, the trick is to remove them from the heat as soon as they open up. Since they open at different times, just leave a bowl with a lid near the pan so you can easily transfer the open shellfish while the others cook.

It seems like a lot, I know. If you have any questions about the recipe, shoot me a message or leave a comment and I will gladly help!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound mussels
  • 1/2 pound clams
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 3.5 tbsp. butter
  • white wine (about 2 cups, your choice of wine)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • pasta (optional)

Recipe

  1. Start by rinsing your mussels and clams. This helps to get sand out of them so it does not end up in the dish.
  2. In a large pan, heat 1/2 tbsp. of butter and add the diced onion. Cook the onions until they start to turn translucent and remove from pan. Set aside for later.
  3. In the same pan, add 1 tbsp. of butter, the olive oil, and minced garlic. Cook on medium.
  4. When the garlic is browned, add 1.5 cups of white wine to the pan and bring to a low boil.
  5. Add the clams and 1 tbsp. more butter to the pan and cover. Check after 3-4 minutes to see if any clams are opened, and if so, set them aside in a covered bowl. Keep steaming the clams until all are opened.
  6. When all clams are open, add more of the white wine if needed. (You want to make sure the entire bottom of the pan is covered in wine.)
  7. Add the mussels ad remaining tbsp. of butter to the pan and cover. Mussels cook faster than clams, so check in about 3 minutes to see if any are opening.
  8. Once the mussels start to open, add the onions and clams back into the pan.
  9. Mix together to make sure all components are covered in the sauce.
  10. When everything is opened up, you are ready to enjoy!

These can be eaten on their own, or you can serve over pasta like I did. If you serve with pasta, be sure to pour some extra sauce over the top- you wont regret it!

Mussels and Clams in a Garlic Butter Sauce Served With Pasta

Please let me know what you think of this recipe! I would love some feedback!

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Sautéed Broccolini

Sautéed Broccolini

Hi everyone!

I shared this recipe on my Instagram account, and had to share it here as well! This is another easy recipe, but full of flavor!

If you have not tried broccolini, don’t worry. It tastes basically the same as broccoli, except it is a bit more mild and definitely more tender. It is a nice change from broccoli because the smaller stalks and florets tend to soak up more of the flavors you are cooking with.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Ingredients

  • broccolini
  • grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

Recipe

Heat the olive oil on medium heat and add the garlic and onions. When the onions start to turn color add the broccolini and butter. Once the broccolini starts getting tender, add the tomatoes. Cook together for about 2 more minutes and season to taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Goat Cheese

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Goat Cheese

I can’t lie, I absolutely HATED brussels sprouts growing up, and haven’t eaten them in years. My boyfriend talked me into giving them another try, and let me tell ya…

I AM SO GLAD I DID!

These were so tasty, and I will definitely be making them again. Which I still can’t believe I’m saying…or typing.

Since I never eat these, and was dreading trying them again, I wanted to cook them with ingredients I like and that I know work with other vegetables I eat. So input my go-to ingredients: balsamic vinegar and goat cheese!

I did know that brussels sprouts are best steamed, so I did a version of that. If you have any questions about the recipe, or any other suggestions for ways to eat brussels sprouts, feel free to reach out!

Ingredients

  • brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 tbsp. goat cheese
  • salt
  • pepper

Recipe

  1. In a large pan, add the butter, water and brussels sprouts. Cover with a lid and steam on medium heat for about 6 minutes. stirring occasionally.
  2. When most of the water is evaporated and brussels sprouts are tender, take cover off of pan.
  3. Drizzle balsamic vinegar all over the brussels sprouts and add goat cheese. Stir together and cook on low for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

Dad’s Salsa

Dad’s Salsa

Okay if you’re a salsa lover, this is the recipe for you. It’s full of fresh ingredients, and you can make it as hot or as mild as you’d like. This is the perfect thing to dip your chips in on a hot summer day.

Another great thing about this recipe? Once the prep work is done, you literally just throw it all together and mix it up. Super easy!

My dad started making this when I was little and it’s so dang good. I finally had to get the recipe from him so I could make it for Austin. (Austin loves salsa and spicy foods so he was pretty excited about this). The only ingredient that I did not use was avocado, and that’s because we were having guacamole as well. Other than that, the recipe was exactly as my dad makes it.

And just a heads up, it makes quite a bit!

Ingredients

  • 8 large roma tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. jalapeno juice (from jar)
  • Tapatio
  • salt
  • pepper

How To

Dice the following ingredients: tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red onion, and jalapeno. Make sure the jalapeno has no seeds. Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mince the garlic and add to the bowl. Chop the cilantro and add as well.

Add the lemon and jalapeno juice to the bowl. Next is where you can make the jump from mild to super hot if you wanted: the Tapatio. For a more mild salsa, just add a few splashes. If you would like more heat, add as much as you would like.

Salt and pepper to taste, and then you are ready to enjoy!

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Sautéed Veggies

If one thing makes me happy, it’s cooking with fresh veggies! They’re so bright and colorful, and full of nutrients. Plus, they taste delicious!

Fresh Veggies: Broccoli, Grape Tomatoes, Radishes, Asparagus, and Red Onion

These are the veggies that I used to sauté for dinner. Broccoli, grape tomatoes, radishes, asparagus, and red onion: all so good!

Fun fact: the broccoli and radishes here were grown by Austin’s parents!

Let’s Get Cooking

To start, I cut everything up. Onion and asparagus diced, radishes and tomatoes halved, and broccoli chopped.

I then heated olive oil over medium heat in a large pan and added three cloves of minced garlic. Add the onions first, and then the rest of the veggies except the tomatoes.

Sprinkle some salt, pepper, and paprika over the veggies and mix. Continue to cook.

Once veggies are almost done, add the tomatoes and 2 tbsp of butter to the pan. Cook until all of the veggies are tender.

I served these with my lemon salmon and some pesto rice. If you’d like to learn how to make lemon salmon, here’s a link!

https://thecookingcactus.blog/2019/05/09/lemon-salmon/

Sautéed Veggies, Lemon Salmon, and Pesto Rice

Super simple, but super yummy!

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