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Thick-Cut Home Fries

This is a quick and easy side dish that everyone will love even picky eater. These home fries are my mothers recipes that she's made for years.
Here original home fries use russet potatoes but I had yellow potatoes left over from making gnocchi last week so I decided to use them.  The golden potatoes have a little more flavor and slightly sweeter than russets.

You only need 4 ingredients: potatoes, oil, salt and pepper. You also sprinkle on taco seasoning, chipotle pepper with a little salt mixture, creole seasonings or even dry barbecue seasoning.

They have a crispy outside with a tender inside. Tools Skillet or Deep Fat Fryer
Wired Rack
Paper Towels
Cookie Sheet

Time: ~25 minutesRecipe 4 to 5 Medium Size Gold Potatoes
About 3 cups Canola Oil, can use any oil that has a high smoke point (it depends on the size of the skillet or pan you use in the amount of oil you will need)
Sea Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

1.) In a deep skillet, heat up oil to 375 degrees. It may take 5 …

Lower Sodium Chicken Broth

I would also call it Liquid Gold since you can use chicken broth in dozens of dishes, delicious and easy to make. I used some of the broth in another post, Roasted Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Broths have been known to have healing properties for centuries, that is why when you have a cold you eat chicken noddle soup or sip on some broth. What gives it 'healing' properties is the vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon, sulphur and many other trace elements.
But what gives it the most healing properties has to be the gelatin from the animal bones.

In fact, one of the first restaurants in America was Julien's Restorator where they sold soups and broths.

Making it at home is cheaper since you can make so much more than store bought stock, can control the salt that you put in it, healthier and easy to make. This is lower in sodium since you make so much broth out of this recipe.

Tools Mason Jars or Tall containers with lids
Mesh Strainer
Cheese Cloth

Cookie Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie butter cookies with cinnamon, gooey milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate with a milk chocolate drizzle.
Speculoos is a spiced shortbread biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, white pepper, ginger, and cardamom, that traditionally consumed around the St. Nicholas Day in Netherlands and Belgium on December 5th or 6th, and for Christmas in Germany. They are thin, stamped, baked and do not rise that much.

Cookie butter is made by 60 % crushed cookies and vegetable oil and resembles peanut butter. There are now several brands of Cookie Butter.
I can eat cookie butter straight out of the jar. I've seen it eaten on apples, celery sticks, and crackers, anything in place of peanut butter for those with a nut allergy.

Cookie Butter Chocolate Chip CookiesRecipe 2 1/2 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Dark Brown Sugar, packed
1 cup Cookie Butter, I used smoothed but can use crunchy
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon …

Roasted Chicken Gnocchi Soup

One dish that everyone thinks of being a Southern classic Chicken and Dumplings but with a Italian twist with tiny potato dumplings, Gnocchi.  I've made a post of these Southern classic but with a Cajun twist, Cajun Chicken and Dumplings. I'm an avid watcher of Food Network or The Cooking Channel (I'm watching it right now as I write this) and I heard of Gnocchi on varies cooking shows where they tossed with some sauce or they actually made it. I said to myself that I wouldn't like it because I don't like mash potatoes (long story).

Growing up when we would go visit my aunt we would go to Olive Garden because we didn't have one close to us then a couple of years ago we finally got one. I tried there famous Chicken Gnocchi Soup and I fell in love with the tiny dumpling called Gnocchi.
This is perfect for the Autumn/Winter season with the cooler weather coming and cold and flu season.

Roasted Chicken Gnocchi SoupLets start with the Gnocchi 4 medium size Yukon Go…

Copycat Horchata Frappuccino

Starbucks has recent come out with a new Frappuccino in the beginning of the Autumn season, Horchata Frappuccino but without the artificial flavors, preservatives, not as much sugar and is DAIRY-FREE.

In the Frappuccino, it has cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee Frappuccino syrup, vanilla syrup, coffee and topped with caramel, whipped cream and caramel making it equal to 66 grams a sugar in their Grande Size (16oz), if you cut out the whipped cream it only lowers it to 59 grams of sugar. That's a lot of sugar. What I believe that make its is Horchata is the almondmilk.
Horchata is a traditional Latin drink that is made with Chufa, I've seen Tiger Nut as well, mixed with sugar and cinnamon. It is also made with soaked rice or almonds. But going into my research even more they've had a drink like Horchata since Ancient Egypt.
RecipeCinnamon Syrup 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup Water
3 to 4 Cinnamon Sticks, can use ground but may have to strain it
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch …

Baked Beignets

This maybe my last post because I might be run out of Louisiana for doing this. Just kidding. I don't know, I'll let y'all know.
Beignets pronounced like ben-yay or ben-yays  are traditional fried and smothered in powder sugar.  I mean really covered especially the ones at Café du Monde in New Orleans, is has been opened 1862 near Jackson Square and French Quarter on Decatur Street. When you order them at Café du Monde they always arrive fresh and hot.
Beignets were brought to Louisiana by Acadians, they were fried fritters and sometimes filled with fruits but today they are fried piece of dough and covered in powdered sugar.

Unlike traditional doughnuts they do not have a hole in the middle, square instead round, coated in only powdered sugar and not as sweet.
Pizza cutter
2 Large Bowls
1 Medium Bowl
Parchment Paper
Pastry Brush
Mess Strainer

Have ingredients like milk, eggs, water and butter room temperature so they will mix well.

6 1/4 to 6 1/2 cups…