Homemade Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip

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Somewhere along the line I read that one of the best ways to control snacking was to make the snack yourself.  First of all, whatever it is (popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, you get the drift) is going to taste better simply by virtue of being made with fresh ingredients.  And second, the whole process of assembling the ingredients, making whatever it is, waiting for whatever it is to cook and cool and so on is going to slow you down since that is more complicated than grabbing a box or a bag of the pre-made stuff.  This all made complete sense to me, so I decided to test the theory with a batch of homemade potato chips. Read More & Get the Recipe

Chocolate-dipped Potato Chip Cookies

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Do you ever find yourself standing in the middle of your kitchen, torn between something sweet and something salty?  Sweet or salty?  Salty or sweet?  It's the age-old dilemma, at least in my particular kitchen.  But luckily for me, I now have my mitts on a recipe that let's me have my cake and eat it too.  Actually it's a cookie.  A sweet, salty, chocolate-dipped, utterly addictive so please don't say I didn't warn you Potato Chip Cookie. Read More & Get the Recipe

Super Bowl, Literally!

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As you may have heard, the Super Bowl is one short week away.  I'll be honest, I'm totally in it for the commercials.   The Southern husband, on the other hand, is totally in it for The Game.  Regardless of which teams are playing, he loves it, and watches it with great (and by great I mean LOUD) enthusiasm. However, this particular Super Bowl is going to be particularly noisy, because his very favorite team is in it.  And here in lies a little backstory. Read More & Get the Recipe

Chocolate-Dipped Potato Chips

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This is one of these things that I make and then think, how could I possibly have lived all these years on this earth and only be making these NOW?  As a devoted member of the Sweet and Salty Club, you'd think I would have seen the light ages ago, but it took until last weekend for me to figure this out...and let me just say that it was worth the wait.  Salty crunchy potato chip meets semi-sweet chocolate, and if you had trouble only eating one chip before, you are completely doomed now. Here's what you do: grab a cookie sheet and line it with a sheet of wax paper.  Tear open a bag of ridged potato chips (the normal kind might not be thick enough to hold the chocolate) and pick out the best looking ones.  Melt about 6 ounces of chocolate chips by nuking them for 30 seconds at a time until they are smooth and creamy.  I used semi-sweet Ghiradelli chips for this, because Ghiradelli is my chip of choice whenever I am making something that requires serious chocolate.  Maybe it is Read More & Get the Recipe

Crunchburgers!

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Last weekend I strayed a little out of my usual photographic territory. No cookies, no babies, no puppies...I photographed a car show. And despite pretty much not having any idea what I was doing, the pictures came out...not so bad. And so I did what I always do when I take a few not so bad pictures. I start trying to figure out how I can possibly relate them to something I have made for dinner, just so I can throw them up here on the blog. Now, when it comes to babies and puppies, this is not so hard. Anything that features the word dumpling is fair game for me to toss an adorable baby picture out there. And as for puppies, well, I figure that just about everything in life can be related to a puppy in one way or the other. But cars? Hmm. I really had to scratch my head over that one. And then it came to me.Road food! And what better road food than one of my favorite burger concoctions: The Crunchburger!! Which is basically your good old American cheeseburger, but Read More & Get the Recipe