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Smashed Potatoes

I never really put much thought into different ways to cook potatoes. You either mash them, hash them, boil them or bake them, right?  I liked this Smashed Potatoes method when I saw it, and thought it would be a fun new way to eat them at home: they are soft in the inside, and because you brush them with oil and leave the skin on, they get a crispy exterior. These are great just with olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt and some pepper, but for a richer flavor you can add sour cream or cottage cheese, with chopped chives or cilantro… Or how does sour cream and bits of crispy bacon sound?

All you need is a baking sheet and a potato masher to do the job of squashing the potatoes once they have boiled to get soft. When at the store, try to pick smaller potatoes so they are easy to press down on. These would make a fantastic side to grilled beef or chicken, so give them a try next time you turn on your griller.

Helga

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Coconut Milk Baked Chicken

Fast and delicious recipes, this is what I am constantly looking for. This tastes even better if you leave the chicken marinating over night; which I love doing not only because it improves flavor, but because it saves me time. The next day you just need to pop it in the oven and make a quick salad… voilá! An original and flavorful lunch or dinner for your family.

I do recommend that you use bone-in chicken pieces for maximum flavor. I tweaked the original recipe by using honey instead of sugar, and fresh ginger instead of ground. Don’t worry about the flavor, the recipe calls for honey and coconut milk, but the flavors are subtle and it gets a nice kick from the fresh ginger and earthiness from the herbs and seasonings. I would add a little heat by including some cayenne pepper or your favorite hot sauce to the marinade, so if spice is not an issue give it a try.

 Helga

Coconut Milk Baked Chicken

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Bloomin’ Onion Bread

Got friends coming over? Try this bloomin’ onion bread.   You’ll prepare it in a flash and your friends will love it.  It’s better if you use sourdough bread to really get the “blooming” effect.  We don’t have sourdough bread available at the bakery in Guatemala, so I used a country style round bread, and it worked just fine.  I used a small serrated knife to help me cut the bread when I had to do the second part. I think I would have made a tragic mess out of that loaf if I had used the regular bread knife.

If you’re having more than 4 friends over, make at least 2!  Trust me, they will be gone quicker than you think.

This recipe can be the base for you to use your creativity and add different ingredients such as, cheddar cheese and bacon instead of  just mozzarella and onions.  How about individual portions using small round breads?  I’ll be experimenting with these ideas over the holidays, I have a ton of family get togethers coming up.  (yikes)

Helga

Bloomin' Onion Bread

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