The Cook Burns Dinner

by Cate on June 15, 2005

Not ALL my fault, and not ALL of dinner. Wasn’t really hungry and still not feeling so hot (but a bit better, Chef JoAnna – thanks for caring!!), I took a Schwans meal out of the freezer for dinner (just needs heating up). We had a landscaper come and give us an estimate on getting some work done and the French fry portion of dinner promptly smoldered away in the oven while we were outside (20 minutes goes by fast!). I still liked the fries, The Husband? Not so much. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. That’s the good thing about cooking (or in this case, heating), you always get a clean slate the next day.

Anyways, I had a recipe for Salt, Vinegar and Cayenne fries, which happens to use frozen fries, so I made that tonight. So even without real “cooking,” I still managed to eek out a new recipe. Not all the fries were burnt, and I would definitely use this recipe again. Very simple and punches up the flavor a bit.

Speaking of getting things delivered (and we were the other day), have you heard about Schwans? It’s a food delivery service. They have all sorts of stuff, and come right to your door every other week. I like having a few of their meals on hand for those days where you don’t want take-out or fast food and just aren’t up to cooking, like tonight. Their pizzas are pretty good, as are their ice creams (The Husband loves the Apple Pie A la Mode cups), and heck, you can’t beat the convenience.

Until next time…

Salt, Vinegar and Cayenne Fries
1 lb bag of frozen fries
2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
vinegar (white, malt or cider) for sprinkling
olive oil for drizzling

Cook fries to package directions on a cookie sheet. Combine salt and cayenne. Remove fries and toss with spicy salt, seasoning to your taste. Sprinkle with vinegar and drizzle with olive oil. Serve immediately.

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Susan June 15, 2005 at 4:28 am

Glad to hear you are feeling better – bronchitis can really knock it out of you.


Stephanie June 15, 2005 at 4:42 am

Schwans has been delivering in my hometown for years. Back when I still ate meat, I loved their breakfast sausage pizzas, and of course the cheese bread was fantastic.

Now they’ve really gone upscale; we sent a bunch of stuff to my grandfather for Christmas. Made a really good gift for an 80+ guy living on his own…just the right portions, all pre-cooked, all he had to do was pop them in the oven or microwave.


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