Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce

Eat your heart out with these homemade sweet potato fries!

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the sweet potato on a baking sheet and toss with the extra virgin olive oil and Mediterranean seasoning.  Bake until golden brown and crispy, about 30 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice, and stir to combine.

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Spicy Thai Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

Stock:

  • 3 pounds of chicken breast (like one of those packages of chicken breasts)
  • 24 ounces of chicken brooth
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 3 teaspoons of Mediterranean seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Soup:

  • 1 package of of Knorr Thai Sweet Chile Pasta Sides
  • 1 10 oz can of canned mushrooms
  • 12 oz of Chicken broth (more or less depending how soupy you want it)
  • 3 eggs

For the stock: Add all the ingredients listed in the soup pot. Cook until the chicken is tender, about 20-25 minutes. Once tender take out and  shred it apart. Once complete, put it back into the broth and begin adding the rest of the ingredients.

For the soup: Add in the mushrooms, Sweet Thai chile mix and other seasonings. Put the lid on the  pot and reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20 minutes so the flavors can blend. Lastly add in the 3 eggs one at a time. Scramble them as you drop them in. Cook for another 2 minutes. Adjust seasoning, if needed, by adding seasoning, salt, and pepper. Enjoy along with a nice hot crusty loaf of bread or crackers.

The Ultimate Break Up Cure

Every girl knows…your BFF and her boyfriend break up…doesn’t matter who did the breaking part…you show up with wine and ice cream (or brownies, or cookies, or whatever) on that very important first night after the break up.

Well, imagine my surprise and excitement when I stumbled across the ultimate break up cure.

Meet Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream.

That’s right, wine IN ice cream. Like this stuff contains 5% alcohol. Like you have to be 21 to purchase this stuff. Good news! They ship! So I suggested getting some now, so you’ve always got it on hand. Who says you need a break up to eat this stuff.

What’s Up DC: Cliche Winter Activities

Fall is over. Thanksgiving has passed. That means that winter is about to be here with a vengeance.

What better way to celebrate the season than by doing silly, cliche things with your girlfriends! Think of it as the winter equivalent of apple picking. You can decorate cookies, go caroling, look at Christmas lights…yeah…you get the idea.

Now I may sound like a complete scrooge, but I actually happen to love these kind of things.

One of my favorite things to do in DC during the holiday season is to go to Zoo Lights. It’s totally free and kind of silly, but it’s fun…and free. Did I mention that it’s free? The concept is pretty simple, you can walk through the zoo after hours and see all the lights set up. The outdoor animals are put away, but you can still wander through the houses and see some of the indoor animals. I am lucky enough to live less than 2 blocks from the entrance to the zoo, so I love to get a mug of spiked hot chocolate and take a walk. It’s open from 5pm-9pm on select nights through January 1.

Another fun thing to do in DC in the winter is to stop by the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden and go ice skating. Or at the very least, stop by, get a hot chocolate and people watch. It’s not a huge rink, but it’s something different to do. It’s only $8 for a two hour session plus $3 for skate rental.

What do you like to do to get into the holiday spirit?

Mimosa

Saturn the Beautiful

First things first, I love that my fellow French My Toast contributors allow me a whole day to write about my dearly beloved Space.  They probably allow it to avoid receiving a million gchats, texts messages and the occasional house cornering but none the less I give credit where credit is due and they have been good sports about my ramblings.  Occasionally, I’m asked if I’ve seen anything with my telescope which results in me unleashing on the poor sap a long and complicated list of things they’ve probably never even heard of.  Once I begin to see their eyes glaze over, I know I’ve lost them and my last ditch effort is to ring(pun intended) them back with the one object that left me speechless the first time I saw it, the magnificent Saturn.  What can I really say about Saturn that won’t leave me sounding like an in love school girl who doodles Saturn’s name a million times on my trapper keeper?  Probably nothing.  For the stake of my dignity and your sanity, I’ll let the old adage”a picture is worth a thousand words” do the talking for me.  So without further ado, here is my favorite image of the planet delivered to us from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft.  If you like what you see, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/ .

 

And because can’t I let you guys off that easy, here is a little bit about Cassini-Huygens:

NASA launched in 1997 the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft to study Saturn and its many, many natural satellites.  The images it has been beaming back to us since in arrived in 2004(Space is a tad on the huge side) have been nothing short of stunning and revolutionary to our concept of Saturn and the Gas Giants.  It was granted two extensions one in 2008 and the other in 2010 and will continue its study of the planet until 2017 when it will take a control fall into Saturn’s atmosphere.

Bellini