Little Bits From My Kitchen vol 2

I suppose this isn’t a true volume two because the previous one was called Last Week in the Kitchen, which I didn’t like for a few reasons, mainly because it sort of seemed like I meant that it was my actual last week in the kitchen (like I’m in a tragic culinary lifetime movie with one week to live and I must cook all the things) and there is no way I’m doing it weekly. Every other week seems like a better fit.

So. Anyway. What is new, you say? Let’s see…

Roasted Potatoes

I’ve discovered a secret to magic roasted potatoes – smoked salt. I use the one from Artisan Salt Co, but full disclosure – it is the only one I have tried, so I don’t know if there is a special, different one that is even better. It seems a little spendy, but a little goes a long way. I use it for roasted potatoes and meats, sprinkle a little on summer tomatoes and it is fantastic in scrambled eggs.

For basic roasted potatoes

  • one pound new potatoes or fingerlings, halved or quartered
  • safflower, olive, or canola oil
  • smoked salt (or regular)
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Scrub and cut potatoes and place on cookie sheet
  3. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with spices (just a little sprinkle of all of them, to your liking, I never measure)
  4. Using your hands, toss potatoes to coat
  5. Bake in oven for 45-60 minutes until browned and tender when pierced with a fork.

Fab Foodie Fridays

Most people know of the flash sale site Fab, but did you know they’ve launched special food sales on fridays? I haven’t purchased anything yet, but each week they showcase the most amazing artisan foods and quirky food related products. I was practically salivating over the cheese of the month club they featured last week. Totally worth a look. {FYI: that’s a link where if someone registers and purchases something, I get credits. But then you get your own link for credits, so win-win.}

Juice Catcher

I’ve finally decided that I need to do something about this:

I’ve been trying to not buy kitchen things that aren’t consumable because we just don’t need more stuff, but I really think it is time to get a nice big meat cutting board with the trough around it, maybe a bamboo one. Fancy! Maybe Spencer will read this and I’ll get one for mother’s day. Also, not 5 minutes after the photo was taken, I moved the meat and Spence gave the paper towels a tug and needless to say, it was quite a mess. Ugh.




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5 Responses to “Little Bits From My Kitchen vol 2”

  1. Amanda says:

    Have you heard of I am sucker for a monthly box so I am giving it a try, my first box should be here any day. Anywho you get to choose one of three different boxes of gourmet foods each month. Looks yummy! Also, you can get the smoked sea salt at TJ’s too for $1.99 (I think…). I have some, I will have to give it a try on roasted potatoes.


    Amy Reply:

    I hadn’t heard of them. Checking it out right now. And I didn’t even think of TJs for the salt – good call. I’ll look their when ours runs out. Although it is a huge jar. I can’t imagine running out any time soon.


  2. Kat says:

    Ha, after I read todays post I went grocery shopping and just happened upon Smoked Salt at Trader Joes! I actually said out loud “Hey, Amy was just talking about this for that Potato recipe!”. Needless to say I bought it (was only $1.99, so we’ll see if it lives up to the hype of its more expensive counterparts) and we’ll be eating some roasted potatoes this week :)


  3. susie says:

    Hi. If you let your meat rest for about 10 minutes it won’t bleed quite as badly. Just remember to get a cutting board that is easy to disinfect.


    Amy Reply:

    That was after resting 5 minutes. Maybe I should try 10, even with tenting the meat always seems to end up a little cold. I should work on getting people to the table faster, too.


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