Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oven Roasted Potatoes....pure magic

Here is a little snippet of some lunch conversation today from my birthday lunch......

My Brother: "What kind of potatoes ARE these?"
ME: "Magical! They are good right?"
My Brother: "Ya, real good"

So the consensus was that these potatoes rock. I, of course, already knew that!! I love to make them with the teeny tiny potatoes from Trader Joe's. However they can also be made with regular potatoes cut into chunks. They are very easy to make....they just take time and patience...and magic. ha

Oven Roasted Potatoes

2-3 Bags (16oz. each bag) of Trader Joe's Teeny Tiny Potatoes (or a similar amount of regular size potatoes cut into chunks, skin on)
1 to 1 1/2 sticks of Margarine or Butter, melted
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
1 T. Minced Onion

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 pan sprayed with cooking spray, combine the ingredients and toss to coat the potatoes. Start with 1 stick of the margarine melted, you may need more later on if the potatoes soak it up.

Let the potatoes cook for 30 min. then stir them with a wooden spoon. Set the timer for 15 min. and then stir again. Repeat this until the potatoes have cooked for 1 1/2-2 hours. Stirring every 15 min. You may need to add the additional 1/2 stick of margarine if the potatoes begin sticking to the bottom of the pan. If they aren't sticking then you don't need it.

Potatoes should be a roasted brown. Serve immediately.
Combine all of the ingredients and toss to coat. Bake at 350 deg.
Be faithful in stirring them every 15 min. Add the extra butter if they are sticking to the pan. They will get caramelized and turn amazing if you follow the instructions.
Just like magic...look at that caramelization...yummers!
I hope you enjoy these potatoes. They are one of my favorites. Simple ingredients and pure yummyness!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Product Review: Crunchmaster Cheezy Crisps & Grammy Crisps

     Without further product review for the New Crunchmaster products!!! I have been trying to find a free moment to sit down and write the review for these. I have FINALLY found a chunk of time to do I had better get this posted before someone decides I need to be doing something else! ha
     Crunchmaster was kind enough to send me a review box that contained their two new products. Cheezy Crisps and Grammy Crisps. I was more excited than a kid at Christmas when the UPS man brought the box. Some of you may have caught my picture of the box on the USASillyYaks facebook page. I have been looking forward to these products for MONTHS now!! I have been so excited. I used to LOVE cheesey crackers back in my gluten filled days (Cheez-its, goldfish, etc). So I could not wait to tear into the boxes and get started. Here is what I thought........
     I think that these are an OK product. I think they could be better. I was envisioning a cheese cracker more like a cheez-it or a goldfish....puffy, crunchy, with baked in cheese. Cheezy Crisps are ok, but they are more of a rice cracker with cheese dusted on the outside. That product can already be found in the gluten free market, granted it isn't in a triangle shape...but it's mostly the same taste. I was really hoping for a bolder cheese tasted that was baked into the cracker.
     To sum it up...these are ok. I may buy them but I probably won't crave them.
Now on to the Grammy Crisps...............

     Again, I was super excited about this product. I used to LOVE the cinnamon and sugar graham crackers. So I was very excited to give this a try. I'm also a HUGE fan of the Cinnamon Chex. However, again, I really think that the Crunchmaster product fell through with the flavor. It seems like the flavor is just sort of dusted on the outside, so it was like a rice cracker with a small amount of cinnamon and sugar on the outside. The flavor wasn't strong enough for me.
     I didn't hate it. I probably won't crave it either though.....

I really hope that Crunchmaster goes back and amps up the flavors on these two products. They have great potential and would really fill a needed niche. Those are just MY thoughts on the product....if you have tried them leave me a note and let me know what YOU thought.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Secret Ingredient Strawberry Pie

     Each time I opened the refrigerator door this weekend I had a box of strawberries that stares at me. They needed to either be eaten or used in a recipe. Unfortunately, they didn't have super flavor soooo they needed a recipe. I decided to make them into pie! I ran across a strawberry pie recipe that used jell-o and 7-up....I thought that was different so I had to give it a try. However, in their recipe they didn't use any actual strawberries in the cooked I had to change that. I adapted the recipe to be gluten free and tweaked it and here it is:

Secret Ingredient Strawberry Pie

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 T. cornstarch
10 ounces of lemon lime soda (like 7-up or Sprite - regular or diet)
1 (3 ounce) box of strawberry gelatin
1 pound of fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced
1 gluten free pie crust precooked and cooled
Homemade whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping

Place the sugar, salt, and 1/2 C of the sliced berries in a small saucepan and let it sit for 5-10 min. This will draw the juices out of the berries. Then use a spoon or a whisk to mash the mixture. Add the cornstarch and 7-up and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and thoroughly whisk in the strawberry gelatin. Set aside to cool (about 10 min.)

Layer the strawberry slices in the precooked, cooled crust. Pour the gelatin mixture evenly all across the top of the strawberries. Chill until set and serve topped with a dollop of whipped cream or Cool Whip.

Shhh....these are your "secret" ingredients
While your pie crust is baking, slice your strawberries
Put about 1/2 C. of the sliced berries in a pan with the salt and sugar. Allow them to work on drawing the yummy strawberry juices out. Then mush the berries, add the other ingredients and cook until thickened.
Layer the sliced strawberries in the baked shell
Pour the cooked mixture over the sliced berries (don't overfill yours like I did..oops)
Refrigerate until the pie filling is set.
Top with a dollop of cool whip
     This pie is super simple to make if you use a pre-made crust. I just picked up a box of Kinnikinnick ready made crusts. I hope you enjoy this yummy strawberry pie.