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Silver Linings Amid Winter Blahs

Talk about Spring weather fake-out. At this time last week, I was admiring the brown grass, puddles, and lack of wind chill. I could taste the artichokes, asparagus, and greens and berries and all the stuff that’s only available in Spring. Now I’m back in stew-mode, eating buttered noodles, watching the ice build up on the sidewalks and windshields of this once-again desolate place. Remind me in October to start planning my winter getaway. I’ll aim for early February, when morale is at its lowest.

On the bright side (because there is always a bright side), Valentine’s weekend was quite the love-fest. Yes, Jake did get me flowers and we went out to brunch at the Red Stag, but also we went out with some friends and saw an amazing show at the Entry. The highlight was Lucy Michelle (and one of her Velvet Lapelles backing her up.) I’d never seen her before, but she is the current sweetheart of the Twin Cities’ music scene. And the girl can out-whistle Andrew Bird AND she sang a version of “Not in Nottingham” from the animated Robin Hood (with foxes!) In addition to the wonderful set by Lucy, Big Trouble kept her up on stage for their set of all. cover. songs. All about love! It was so much fun and a great way to spend Valentine’s eve. (Chris Koza played after Big Trouble, but I wasn’t really feeling it. I mean, how can you top a cover of “I Will Always Love You” on Valentine’s Day?) (more…)

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