My Birthday Part 1: Baked Sweet Potato Fries (and the “To Do List”)

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From here on, this is what we will celebrate.

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!  I am so glad you came to share it with me!  Since you know me so well by now, you know that I LOVE celebrating pretty much any occasion, and b-days are on the top of the list.  It’s YOUR day!  The one day of the year that you are recognized for simply existing.  Pretty great, right?

Anyway, I am 29 today.  My last year of the good ole 20’s.  As I stated in a recent post, I get very reflective around my birthday… I ask a lot of questions regarding where I am now, what I have accomplished, where I am headed, etc.  Well, I have such a treat for you.  I came across a To-Do List that I wrote for myself (which isn’t out of the ordinary, since I write at least one to-do list every day) that I wrote about 4 years ago.  This one is entitled “To Do by 30,” which I posted below.  It’s hard to read, so I have typed it for you, and added comments:

  • IMG_2880Go skydiving –> not done
  • travel to at least 1 other country –> not done.  I really need to get on this.
  • go to an NFL game –> went to the December game! Ugh so miserably cold.
  • start writing something people will actually read –> you’re reading it now!
  • host a holiday meal –> this past Easter.  Big success!
  • keep a plant alive for at least one month –> I have an orchid that is going strong for two months now.
  • visit family in TN –> fail.
  • learn how to use knives properly–> I took a class on this about a month ago.  So fun!
  • learn Spanish–> currently enrolled!
  • open mic–> no one should be subjected to my singing.  This one is just cruel.
  • karaoke.  Tell no one.–> HAHAHAHA I HAVE done this.  It was awful.
  • learn to ski –> not done.  I really don’t see the point in skiing.  This is for another post. 
  • go to an aquarium–> not done.  I live within walking distance to NE Aquarium.  I am ashamed.
  • see giraffes in person–> done, and one of the most magical days ever.
  • go back to birthplace–> not done.  Who talks like this… “birth place?”  Was I on something when I wrote this?
  • get the HELL out of Syracuse, for good–> thank GOD I did.  Sorry friends back home.
  • go skydiving–> still not done, like I said at the top of this list.  Why it’s on twice I can’t tell you.
  • organize music–> not done.  Probably never will be.

So that’s what I need to accomplish within the next 365 days.  Looks like I have a lot of traveling and life-risking activities in my near future.  Cheers!

So, In Part 2, I will share with you what I made myself for my birthday meal, but I wanted to share with you what accompanied that dish:  sweet potato fries.  I’ve never met one living person who doesn’t like fries.  Even the most nuttiest of health nuts will sneak a fry off someone’s plate from time to time.

Where do your favorite fries come from?  My mother is OBSESSED with McD’s, ever since she was preg-o’s with us kids.  A lot of my guy friends love Chick-Fil-A’s waffle fries.  Those are both excellent choices.  Although I will always choose sweet potato fries over regs any day because of their heartiness, my favorite dish (that I fully plan to make someday) is Gorgonzola Truffle Fries from Deep Ellum in Boston.  Totally speechless.  Definitely worth the calories.

Anyway, I make these sweet potato fries pretty often.  They are VERY easy, and very delicious.  Next time you have a crazy fry craving, give this a whirl!  Enjoy 🙂


Materials:

  • knife and cutting board
  • vegetable peeler
  • baking dish or cookie sheet
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • sweet potatoes, 1 per person
  • kosher or sea salt
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray your baking dish with nonstick spray. Scrub and peel your potatoes.
  2.  Cut your potatoes into even slices vertically, as shown.FullSizeRender
  3. Cut your slices into even strips, as shown.  The more uniform your pieces are, the more evenly the fries will cook.  FullSizeRender
  4. Place your strips onto dish, and coat evenly with a light layer of oil.  Mix the strips around to get even coverage.IMG_2824
  5. Spread strips out so that they aren’t touching each other (as best you can).
  6. Sprinkle evenly with salt.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and just starting to turn golden-brown.  FullSizeRender NOTE:  every oven is different, so check often!
  8. Enjoy!FullSizeRender

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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FullSizeRender

Materials:

  • knife and cutting board
  • vegetable peeler
  • baking dish or cookie sheet
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • sweet potatoes, 1 per person
  • kosher or sea salt
  • olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray your baking dish with nonstick spray. Scrub and peel your potatoes.
  2.  Cut your potatoes into even slices vertically, as shown.

  3. Cut your slices into even strips, as shown.  The more uniform your pieces are, the more evenly the fries will cook.
  4. Place your strips onto dish, and coat evenly with a light layer of oil.  Mix the strips around to get even coverage.
  5. Spread strips out so that they aren’t touching each other (as best you can).
  6. Sprinkle evenly with salt.
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and just starting to turn golden-brown.
    NOTE:  every oven is different, so check often!
  8. Enjoy!

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  1. Pingback: My Birthday Party 2: My Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich | PB and Jenni

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