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Birthday Recipes March 18, 2008

Filed under: food,Recipes — bombshellwithin @ 6:05 PM

Upright Potatoes (I saw Robert Irvine do these when he was cooking once with Paula Deen, but I don’t know what they are called and I didn’t bother to hunt down the recipe.  So I went with what I remembered and improvised)

  1. Peel medium sized potatoes and par-boil.  (I just stuck them in a pot and allowed them to boil for about 10-15 minutes until poking them had just the slightest give to them.)
  2. Slice off a little at the bottom so the potato can stand upright on the pan, lengthwise being vertical. 
  3. Cut down but not all the way through the potato, leaving about half an inch uncut.
  4. Press them ever so gently so the slits fan open a little (I forgot to do this part).
  5. Roll in flour seasoned with herbs, adobo and salt.
  6. Stand upright on cooking sheet and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  7. Bake at 400F until the potatoes are a rich golden brown, aproximately 35-45 minutes. 


I didn’t press them to open them but these are supposed to fan open.

I used smaller potatoes to control the portions and such.

Creamed Spinach

  1. (Don’t judge, but we use frozen spinach because fresh spinach is near impossible to find on this island) Defrost 3 bags of cut leaf spinach. Remove as much water from the spinach as possible. 
  2. In a large pot, sautee onions with some olive oil until the onions are transluscent.  Add mushrooms and cook them down.  Stir in minced garlic.
  3. Dump spinach into the pan and allow to settle over medium-low heat until all the spinach is warmed. 
  4. Pour one small carton of heavy cream.  Mix well.
  5. Blend in 7 oz of grated white cheddar cheese.  Stir until the cheese has melted and blended with the cream.
  6. Pour creamy spinach mixture into a deep baking dish (in my house we use the 10x 3 cake pan) and sprinkle last remaining ounce of cheese over the top.
  7. Bake at 400F until cheese is melted and spinach is bubbling. 

NOTE: In my house we make a lot of creamed spinach but it never lasts long.  We make enough for the meal and just enough to have leftovers for the next day in a spinach omelet.  There we mix the spinach with sliced ham, fold into the inside of an omelet and consume with toast.  It’s to die for!


2 Responses to “Birthday Recipes”

  1. I’m okay now got some crusty bread and yummy homemade [but not by me] jam so feel up to reading your culinary delights. Might even try those potatoes.. my guys are going to love you forever if they turn out half as good as they look. Will say goodnight now as have to iron a lot of scraps for the block swap I am doing.
    scrappy log cabin bag

  2. Well, glad to know you are good to go.. although bread and jam does not quite make up for the want of fried chicken. I hope you get to have some soon. And you should give it a try, they are fairly simple (good since you said cooking isn’t your thing) and the ousides crisp up SO deliciously.

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