Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potatoes, and fortunately, my family is on board also.  It’s probably one of the few things resembling a vegetable that I can get my son to eat.  Several years ago, I ran across a recipe for “fries” that you bake in the oven.  I played with the seasonings and cooking times, and this is the result.  I must have made hundreds of batches of these for a side dish or tasty snack.  I love that they aren’t so heavy and greasy from frying.  We enjoy them year round…but they seem especially appropriate with their beautiful orange color this time of year! Continue reading “Baked Sweet Potato Fries”

Gruyere- Parmesan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

This is probably my picky son’s favorite side dish ever.  He considers it a main dish and would be content if no other food showed up on the table.  It’s the ultimate comfort food turned up a notch with the addition of oven roasted garlic that gives it that sweet almost smoky mild garlic flavor.  Then, there’s the addition of smoky, smooth and melty gruyere and salty parmesan.  And, I didn’t forget what makes mashed potatoes comfort food…butter and cream…or half and half or milk if you forgot to wear your stretchy pants!  It’s up to you…how bold do you want to be?!  If it’s a special occasion, splurge a bit and neglect to count the calories!   Continue reading “Gruyere- Parmesan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic”