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Archive for September, 2008

If you want to be taken seriously…


Wishing you a glorious hump day

To help you through your day, I present to you a drunk Jimmy Stewart.

Nothing says lovin’

I am done with summer. Sorry, friends-who-love-summer. I enjoy a cold drink outside, a wade in the lake, the warmth and fresh air of June. But July and August are a bit too steamy for me. Even though we’re having a slight warm spell here in Minnesota, with temps in the lower 80s and such, I couldn’t wait to turn on the oven and bake. Sweet potato fries. In our house, root vegetables are indispensable during the fall and winter months. And according to my calendar, September means fall.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Adapted from a bunch of sources but mostly trial and error

Large sweet potato or yam (size of two fists will feed two)
1-2 Tbsp. Olive Oil or vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg or 1 tsp. curry powder (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. High heat is essential for crispy fries.

Peel the sweet potato with a veggie peeler. Remove most of the blemishes. Microwave for 2-4 mins, until you hear a little squeal. Careful, it will be hot.

Slice into thin circles or french fries. Toss with olive oil in a bowl and spread on a cookie sheet. Season with spice of choice, salt, and pepper. I like a lot of salt.

Bake for 25-35 mins, flipping halfway. Serve with ketchup, mayo, or any other dipping sauce that appeals to you.

Lovin' from the oven

Lovin' from the oven


When I last posted, I was off to an Obama rally happening downtown, in front of Orchestra Hall. Some say there were up to 3.500 people in attendance, but it didn’t feel that big. After this event, as with most politically-oriented events I’ve come across this election year, I walked away with mixed feelings. Sure, I feel confident in my choice to vote for Obama and happy that he is, by far, the chosen candidate among my friends and family. That part of me is very certain that he will be our next president. At the same time, I realize that I live a rather sheltered life; in order to see a McCain sign in someone’s yard, I would have to venture out to the northern suburbs. I read headlines reminding me that the polls are neck and neck between the two candidates and I start to have my doubts. I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

Keith Ellison pumps up the crowd

Keith Ellison pumps up the crowd


Behold the power of blogs.

I haven’t had a chance to watch it in its entirety, but on Wednesday, Martha Stewart did a whole episode about blogging. All audience members were bloggers, all guest were bloggers. Everyone had a laptop in front of them (which looked pretty dorky and was probably a big plug for Apple) but hopefully enlightened many viewers on the blogging phenomenon. Even Martha has a blog! 

Check out this Martha segment to see the women behind two of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen and Cute Overload:

There are blogs of all kinds out there. Ruined Cakes, Accidents, Things Younger than John McCain… I also have links to other interesting blogs in the column to the right.

Now I’m off to an Obama rally at Peavey Plaza in response to a simultaneous John McCain appearance in Anoka. And I’ll probably blog about it later this weekend!