All sorts of bullcrap happened this past year. Let’s just let it come out naturally over the course of the next several many posts. Like, oh, look at the pictures – that kitchen looks different, doesn’t it? Interesting! Uh huh.
Also, this recipe is a total joke. Basically, I needed to get myself to post again and in true Julie fashion, my one idea I had for a simple ease-back-into post got thwarted in a last minute effort to obtain the ingredient that actually isn’t all that simple to find and required a special trip to the farmer’s market where the damn rancher didn’t even have it. But posting again has been weighing on me for such a long time and I thought, well, fine. I’ll just use whatever the hell and make a stupid post just so I can get back into the swing of it. So here we are. Sweet potato fries. Like you haven’t ever fucking made stupid sweet potato fries. And it’s not like I even have some sort of secret way of making them that makes them like the kind you get in a restaurant. They’re probably identical to every attempt you’ve ever made. And you’re going to stop reading this blog because why the hell would you bother reading about sweet potato fries and oh wait, you don’t read this anyway because I haven’t posted in like a year.
I bought these sweet potatoes from some religious bonnet-wearing women at that farmers’ market. They were probably plural wives. I should have asked them why the sweet potato plants I have in my garden aren’t producing. All I have are vines taking over large swaths of ground. And some cute purple flowers. But no potatoes. Piece of junk plants. I blame Texas…to whom I also owe thanks for the other really super nice things growing in the garden. Broccoli, beets, swiss chard, peanuts, kale, cabbage, radishes, watermelons, tomatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, peas, beans, black eyed peas…pretty great.
Another reason I needed to post? Because in my job (oh right, I went from being a hobo to Director of Operations of a fucking cool startup) I end up ranting on all sorts of ridiculous crap in emails that initially have a work-related topic, but then turn into my personal blog. I then send out these emails to like 1600 people. It’s very uh, not terribly professional. But charming? Eh? I get lots of people saying they like my emails, really, I do! But, I’m not the most PC person, if you haven’t noticed. Nor am I the most un-opinionated… I’ve already caused a couple contentious issues. So I foresee a clampdown in the near future. And if I’m not blathering about my stupid crap there, then I should go back to blathering here. Okay. Done and done. Recipe time.
sweet potato fries
sweet potatoes, however many your little heart desires
salt and pepper
animal fat (I used beef fat from when I made caldo de res from oxtail and neckbones mmm)
1. Preheat the oven to 450.
2. Cut the sweet potatoes into like 1/4 inch thick fries.
3. Line them up on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and grind pepper over them, and put a few tablespoons of fat on top. It’ll melt in the oven and coat them just fine. If you have it already melted, then that’s cool too.
4. Bake in the middle of the oven for like 18 minutes, take them out and attempt to flip them. This turns into me just kinda shoving them around, but I try.
5. Bake an additional 8 – 10 minutes. Keep an eye out, they can get burny kinda quick.
That’s it. That’s my dumb recipe. Just ignore it. Close this page, move on. Forget about me. I will cherish the love we once had. But maybe check back later ’cause I might be making a whole catfish that I may have caught and that might just be in my freezer.