This is an easy peasy recipe… four ingredients, just a few steps, perfect for busy nights! What I listed here serves two, so if you’re cooking for more just multiply the recipe accordingly.
2 russet potatoes (or any large baking potato)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Take each potato and cut in half, then in half again, and then again, and keep going until you have your desired thickness of fry. Toss in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper and make sure each fry is fully coated. Place on a baking sheet lined with nonstick foil (if you don’t have nonstick, spray regular foil with cooking spray first) and bake for 35-40 minutes until the fries are golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with a bit more salt, then serve immediately.
Over the weekend I received my bib and wave numbers for the SF Half Marathon… omg it’s really happening! I’m going to post my full training plan later this week, but essentially I took Hal Higdon’s half marathon training plan and doubled it since I (luckily) have so much time before the race. In the meantime I will just going to continue running three miles at a time and fitting in Bar Method whenever possible. I’m happy because my speed has improved and I’m no longer having a huge mental battle with myself every time I head out for a run… it’s finally becoming more natural! Plus, the weather has been amazing here which really helps with the motivation factor. Take a look at that top photo from Saturday morning… it felt like summer!
- Here’s a link to some healthy (ish) Super Bowl appies… I like the sound of the oven baked ravioli.
- I just received my bib number for the half marathon, eek! Now I just need to sign up for the Presidio 10 in April and I’ll be good to go for all the races I want to do this year… if you’re in SF you should definitely sign up for the 10k, it’s such a fun course (across the GG bridge!) and it’s for a really good cause!
- The Food52 “52″… their top 52 food related finds from 2011.
- Bon Appétit has a really good Super Bowl page… a great resource if you’re throwing a party next Sunday!
- This is fun… a list of twenty five urban hikes to do here in SF.
sorry this is so late today!
Wahoo! I just received my February copy of 7×7 magazine… it’s Big Eat 2012 time! If you don’t get the magazine, you can click here to see who made this year’s top 100 eats. Sadly, Delfina’s meatballs did not make the cut (they should have), but there are lots and lots of other great dishes to try…
There are old favorites that have been on the list for years, like the salted caramel ice cream from Bi-Rite or the roast chicken from Zuni Cafe. I think 2012 is the year that I’ll finally get those two crossed off my list.
There are ones that confuse me, like the chips and salsa from Papalote. I still don’t get what the big deal is! The salsa is good, don’t get me wrong, but the chips are so generic. You can find waaaaay better. Also, the Roli Roti porchetta sandwich… the line always wraps around the Ferry Building but I just don’t think this sandwich is worth the wait. To each their own I suppose!
And then there are ones that are new to the list, like a slice of pizza from Arinell (looks like a NY pizza slice… can’t wait to try this one) or the soft garlic pretzels from Absinthe (I’ve had these, they definitely deserve their spot!).
Oh, also… how cool is it that they included a bacon wrapped hot dog from any street cart in the Mission. That’s San Francisco for you!
My first attempt at making meatloaf was an absolute fail, though I believe it was the pan’s fault and not so much the recipe (I think I used Ina Garten’s if memory serves me correctly). I used one of those silicon loaf pans and it ended up tasting totally synthetic and chemically. Sadly both the meatloaf and the pan ended up in the bin. Needless to say, I was hesitant to try again… I mean, who messes up meatloaf?! It’s like a big meatball which I honestly could do in my sleep! So embarrassing. I still maintain that there was something weird with the silicon pan (since then I have replaced any of my silicon bakeware with traditional metal) but it’s never fun when a recipe doesn’t work out how you hoped.
Anyways… I knew I’d have to try again at this American classic, and thankfully I gathered the courage this past weekend because the result this time was fabulous! I wanted a recipe that wasn’t too fussy (you’d be surprised how intricate some meatloaf recipes are) and after some online perusing decided upon one by Martha Stewart’s mother.
Mrs. Kostyra’s Meatloaf
(adapted from Martha Stewart)
3 slices white bread, ripped into medium sized pieces
2 pounds organic grass-fed ground beef (you could also use turkey or pork)
1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic
2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1 large egg
1 cup ketchup
3 scant teaspoons english mustard
3/4 tablespoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Take the bread and process in the food processor until it turns to crumbs. Transfer to a big bowl and add the beef. Then add the carrots, onion, celery and parsley to the food processor and pulse until it’s finely chopped. Add to the beef mixture and mix well with your hands (if this makes you squeamish you out you can use gloves to lessen the ‘squishy’ factor). Add the egg, 1/2 cup of ketchup, two teaspoons of dry mustard, salt and pepper and mix some more with your hands until everything is fully incorporated. On the side mix the remaining ketchup and mustard, then place the meat mixture into a loaf pan (non silicon!) and spread with the ketchup mixture. Bake for 90 minutes and serve with your choice of potatoes and veggies.