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October is the most satisfying month. It’s extra long this year; we get almost five whole weekends. That means extra time to spend planning your Halloween costumes, so no excuses.

October is also the best time of year in the Midwest. The leaves and still mostly on the trees, and I look down my street and see fiery reds and greens fading to yellow. I dread the day when all the trees collectively agree to lose their leaves and, POOF, the frigid bleakness that is Minnesota winter sets in for the next five months. But I won’t get ahead of myself. Thankfully it’s only October.

The Mighty Mississippi
The Mighty Mississippi


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

Sunday Nights

Not much happening in my world tonight, and I rather like it. Plans include making some dishes I can take to work, including this simple chickpea number from Orangette and some variation on sesame peanut noodles found at most Chinese restaurants. And maybe an impromptu game of Settlers of Catan at Jake’s.