February 14, 2012

sweet potato chips and a trip to Patterson lake




I figured that I should probably make myself a healthy snack to balance out the ridiculous amount of chocolate I will eat today. Special occasions and holidays. I give myself permission to eat as much chocolate as I like on these days. As some of you may already know, I live beside a chocolate factory, which wasn't planned at all. Each day, when I take my dog for his morning stroll, I take one step out my front door, a few steps to the right, and there I am, standing in front of the worlds best chocolate. Theo's is one of the few places in the US, who roasts their own beans. On those days, it's magical. The smell of chocolate for miles.

I like chocolate. a lot. I bought Mr. H a box of chocolates for Valentines day, and then I ate three. I thought that was pretty good self control, but then Mr. H compared my buying him chocolates for Valentines day to Homer buying Marge a bowling ball. He thought it was cute, and then I ate the rest. Besides chocolate, I really like crunchy snacks. I also really like the color orange, being so fun and fresh. In my last apartment, I painted the front entrance bright orange. Turns out that orange food is awesome, but orange walls are not. Speaking of orange food, when I was a child, sweet potatoes were the first food that I visibly showed an affection for. I love them baked in their skins with a little brown sugar and butter. I like them mashed, candied, in soup, cut into french fries and dipped in garlic aioli. This time, I sliced them with my mandoline and covered them in olive oil, brown sugar, salt and baked them for 20 minutes. They were sweet and salty, bright and flavorful. A perfect healthy snack.

I wanted to share with you some photos of my trip this past weekend. MJ and I, drove into the Cascades, her first trip to the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth 120 miles East. Leavenworth is my favorite destination in the summer months. Magic happens once you drive over the Cascade Range. In the summer, the temperature averages 80ºF, and there's sun, lots of it. It's a popular destination for tubing, rock climbing, sight seeing, hiking, and generally being Bavarian. In the winter months, the sun still shines, but the temperatures are much colder . Too keep ourselves busy, we drank Bavarian beer, sipped on local wine, and filled up on chocolate and sweets. We took in the sights, as tourists do.

The next morning we packed up our belongings and kept on driving. We drove east, and then slightly north to Patterson. Our final destination was Sun Mountain Lodge. This is not a picture of the lodge, rather a lonely old farm house we passed on the way. With nearly 200 km of groomed cross country ski trails surrounded by more than a million acres of national forest, this place was a dream. The resort was creepily decorated with a variety of North American taxidermied animals, including one giant polar bear, not pictured above. It really added unnecessary character. While avoiding the animals, I was able to rest and recuperate with daily massages, cross country skiing, and lounging about. It was a wonderful weekend, with some much needed rest. I once again feel refreshed and rejuvenated.


SWEET POTATO CHIPS RECIPE
makes 6 - 8 cups

prep time: 10 minutes + 60 minutes water bath
cook time: 22 - 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS
2 sweet potatoes washed and sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Wash the sweet potatoes. With a mandoline slicer, slice the potatoes using 1/8 inch setting. Place the potato slices in a cold water bath for 60 minutes.

Drain the water and pat the potatoes dry. Drizzle the olive oil, sugar, and salt over the potatoes. Mix with your hands.

Place the potato slices on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, turning them over and then baking for an additional 10 minutes. Avoid browning the chips.

Remove from the oven and let cool.


13 comments:

  1. This reminds me of the sliced sweet potato my grandmother used to bake for me with a touch of sea salt on top! Also, your trip looks beautiful. Great photos (as usual).

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  2. Hey Heather, These chips look delightful. I'm gonna give them a try this weekend. And, those animal heads are creepy. I don't know how you dealt.

    Mikey

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    1. Thank you Mikey. Let me know what you think. and taxidermy is extremely creepy, I agree.

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  3. I love sweet potato chips. They're so good just by themselves or with just tiny bit of salt. Love your blog and your pictures are amazing,

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  4. Oh yum! I had never thought to make chips out of sweet potatoes before! But I do love sweet potato fries!

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  5. Ooh I love sweet potatoes, and I love sweet potato chips! This recipe sounds really delicîous! Btw, gorgeous travel photos!

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  6. Red Shallot - thanks for the kind words. Your blog is beautiful as well. I spent the better part of last night perusing your recipes.

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  7. Jess - I love love sweet potato fries. My love for them inspired this dish :)

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  8. Wow! Where is this place and how do I get there? Your sweet potato chips look amazing, I just got a mandolin, now I'm going to have to put it to work.

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  9. It is in Patterson, East of the Cascade mountain range in Washington State. Mandolines are so awesome. They make things so thin :)

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  10. Lovely landscape and interior clicks! Those chips must be quite addictive!

    I'd love to visit that place!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. Thanks Rosa. The landscape is incredible.

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