Monday, April 4, 2011

A chip off the old...

potato.  Bet you thought I was gonna say block!  

We have been conducting a social experiment in our house.  Much to the dismay of the teenage consumers of everything commercial because if it comes in a box or bag and is ready made or can be stuck in a microwave it has to be better and to force us to eat and/or use homemade items (gasp) you are clearly violating our rights and you must be stopped in this lifetime before we succumb to your freakish ways of teaching us to become self sufficient and self reliant individuals instead of blindly following what everyone else does because if everyone is doing it then it must be the right thing and you are just dumb and being mean!  Whew!...wanna come live in my house for a while.  Didn't think so. Chicken!

When I was something like 12 or 13 years old, our TV died (OMG and there was only ONE in the whole house!) and my parents opted to get a piano instead of replacing the big box.  Both of my parents posses an extraordinary amount of talent and ability to try new and different things.  My Mother had an innate artist's eye and could paint, draw, create just about anything.  (my sister inherited that ability) Daddy has a musician's ear, having started on the violin at the age of 5.  He also plays the saxophone, clarinet and I have yet to witness him NOT to be able to pick up any instrument and make music with it!  So, into the house came the piano and two 40-year olds and their 18 and 12-ish year old daughters all started taking piano lessons.  What a blessing.  We practiced together, went to lessons together and the love of music is still a part of my life.  It was several years until a TV re-entered the house.  What else did we do at night?  Well, there are these things called books that can be found at this place called a library.  They let you borrow them and when you open them you find words that are arranged in such a way that they tell a story which allows you to open your mind and imagination and actually think without having trivial drivel fed to you via a box.  

Having grown up with such a "radical" social experiment, I know firsthand that making your own way without relying on doing what everyone else does simply for that reason makes you a more well-rounded person, and in my opinion gives you knowledge that is in danger of being lost.

What is our social experiment?  Be strong, it's a doozy!  The...microwave has disappeared, I make homemade/hand kneaded bread, cook from scratch with fresh ingredients as much as possible and use cleaning agents from age old/time tested common household ingredients.  Earth-shatteringly freakish huh.  

So, what about the potato?

Last night's dinner... Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Lemon Pepper Potato Chips

Make them, you won't be sorry.  Yes, you can do it.  Yes, they are waaaay better than the ones in the bag...

Three medium to large potatoes, scrubbed and skins left on.  Sliced thinly with the slicy part of the grater (yep that's the official name...I looked it up in the Freaky Home Cook Dictionary)

Pour about 2 inches of oil into a deep cast iron skillet and heat to 350.  Drop handfuls of potato slices into hot oil and cook until just turning golden brown.

Scoop out onto a towel lined plate and generously sprinkle with Lemon Pepper seasoning.  Repeat until all potato slices are cooked.

They will enrich your life.  And, contrary to popular belief, consuming honest-to-goodness homemade foods will not kill you!


  1. Those potato chips look awesome! I'm going to have to try that soon! What kind of oil did you use? And what setting would you say would be considered 350 degrees?

    You would be so proud of me, Dina! I recently bought a large cast iron skillet and having been cooking like a mad woman! I LOVE that thing! It's a revelation for me! And no more worrying about my peeling non-stick coating on my "professional" Pampered Chef pans!

    Can't wait to see you on Saturday and share with you all my recent happenings! :)

  2. I use regular vegetable oil. The smoke point on canola is too low. Um, I cranked the heat to medium high. Yay for you! Can't wait til Saturday either!

  3. oooo i like the look of them! We dont have a microwave in our house so i am with you all the way :-)

  4. I have a micro-wave, and hate food done in it. Oh, those potatoes look sooo good. Bet a fresh tater would make them even better, huh? And some pulled pork, oh I just ate supper and you have me wanting to eat again. I'm telling ya, there is nothing like a good home cooked meal. Absolutely nothing compares to it! Sooo glad you stopped by and visited so that I could find you. I'm going to follow so I can keep up with your experiment.

  5. WOW girl!! They look sooooo yummy! hang on, i'm drooling a little. Keep us posted on the experiment.

  6. At our house, my current goal on the path to children becoming self-sufficient eventually is to help them understand that there are no elves or fairies coming in at night to magically clean up after them, pick up the things they dropped, and put their laundry in the hamper. I blame their false belief on too many Harry Potter books/movies with their helpful house elves. (It's a more creative explanation than just blaming it on laziness, right?)

  7. I relate to this post. . . We have a television but we have zero reception, so except for Netflix, (and the computer of course) we don't have much screen time. We play games, cook, garden, etc. We made homemade sweet potato french fries just the other night. I will have to try chips next, as those look wonderful!



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