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Cajun Potatoes and the Emmy’s

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In my heart, I am a simple girl, though I am sure to others, I might appear complicated.Whatever. It’s Monday and I’m not into quibbling, so let’s not. Last night I watched the Emmy’s. Now, keep in mind, I really hardly watch TV except when the Olympics are on, or a really good movie. I can get into some of the HBO series and the AKC kennel club dog show in February and some of the Animal Planet shows make me cry. I love movies-but I strictly do not like horror or sci fi, or these crazy zombie things, even though I feel like a zombie half the time a a lot. Man servant watches all the news channels and that stock guy, the one that yells all the time and sounds like  baby.You know who I mean don’t you?   But I think everyone on those shows yell and sound like babies. They need a time out.

He also likes Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. I like Boardwalk Empire except when they start killing. I have enough people I want to kill in my head so I don’t need to watch it on TV. I do watch the food channels-sometimes-but I get tired of Guy Fieri and Chopped. I love that Betty White show where the old people prank the young ones. I’m already thinking of mine. I love to laugh when I get the chance which doesn’t come often enough. And on her show, I get all the jokes. Oh, I do love Anthony Bourdain, but who doesn’t? He’s a little tall for me, though. And last but not least, I watch the home channel. I love to see people’s homes. I think it tells a lot about who they are or aren’t. So to sum it all up – I prefer reading.

But last night I watched the Emmy’s while cooking. So, I sort of watched the Emmy’s. It started out pretty funny. I liked that. But I really watch the Emmy’s and the Oscar’s because I watch the dresses and the jewelry. I’m a pretty simple girl, but I love jewelry. I couldn’t tell you who was in the dresses because I don’t really know names, but I can tell you that I didn’t see much I liked.

I liked Kerry Washington’s dress, which was gorgeous and perfect for a wedding. I liked Michelle Dockery’s dress from the back, but not from the front. And she really needed a better bra. And Zooey Deschanel- loved that-so classic and simple and elegant, all at the same time. And I definitely hated the green dress worn by Mayim Bialik. My daughter used to love that color in high school and though she looks good in everything, that is just not a good color; for carpet or people. Ooh, I am so cruel. But it’s Monday. And here is a link to all those dresses I was talking about and more.

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But like I said…I am just a simple girl at heart. I’m still waiting to buy my first pair of stilettos or those really high heeled stacked shoes, but I would fall off, I just know it, and so I try to  hide my Merrill clogs under my too long jeans. After all, who looks down? But my daughter tells me kitten heels are making a comeback and since I laugh every time I hear that name, if I ever get to go out in public again, I just may have to look into those. (Breathe. What a long sentence.) So forget the shoes, it is the bag that makes the outfit.  And thanks to my mum, I have that.

So, I’m a simple girl. Got that? And simple girls like potatoes. Make that love potatoes. And this simple, complicated girl could live on potatoes, which as a good thing in case she has to resort to that. But manservant likes protein and that is his problem. Potatoes can wear a lot of different disguises, just like some of the above people wearing those “glamorous gowns” and curtains. That’s one reason I love potatoes. Dress ’em up. Dress’em down. Take’em out. Leave’em at home. Just eat’em. This recipe makes a savory, crispy potato with a soft and fluffy interior. I love these Cajun potatoes. Full of spice and everything nice-most definitely not like me, on a Monday!

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Cajun Brabant Potatoes – Paul Prudhomme, Serves 4-6

2 1/2 qts water
2 T salt, in all
3 large white potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed, about 10 oz each
1/4 t white pepper
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t black pepper
1/8 t cumin
1/8 t cayenne pepper
Canola oil for frying

Combine the 2 1/2 quarts of water with 1 1/2T of salt and bring to a rapid boil. Meanwhile, quarter the potatoes lengthwise, then cut them into 1 inch cubes. Add cubes to boiling water; cover and cook over high heat until just fork tender, about 7 minutes. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water to cool.

In a small bowl combine the remaining 1 1/2T salt, and the rest of the seasonings. Mix well. Sprinkle seasoning mixture evenly over potatoes, while very gently tossing them, taking care not to break up chunks.

In a large, heavy skillet, heat 1″ oil to 350. Fry potatoes in several batches, one layer at a time, so all can catch bottom heat, until golden brown on all sides, about 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

Saturday 12th of October 2013

I decided to take a time out from news on tv a few years ago, so now I have my mom calling all the time because she knows I'd have no clue about whatever is going on right now in the world, and she thinks I should! But I do watch series, though I agree with you, no zombie or sci-fi! Love the potatoes Abbe!

Kim Bee

Monday 30th of September 2013

I didn't get a chance to watch the Emmy's. I am however watching World War Z for the 5th time right now so yah for zombies for me. And Brad Pitt. Also yah for potatoes. Love these.

Abbe Odenwalder

Tuesday 1st of October 2013

Well, I do like Brad Pitt! And potatoes. Is he a zombie in this?

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)

Saturday 28th of September 2013

I couldn't watch the Emmys so recorded it. I doubt I go back and watch it. These potatoes look incredible Abbe. A must make for me.

Abbe Odenwalder

Tuesday 1st of October 2013

I always record things that I don't watch. Or at least I ask manservant to record for me! Enjoy them!

Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens

Friday 27th of September 2013

Abbe, you are hilarious! Yep - love the Olympics and dog shows ... thumbs-down on zombies ... know exactly who the yelling stock guy is ... Hey - I prefer reading, too! (Are you totally in my head today, or what!?!?) Oh, and these potatoes. They look so good, it would probably be worth watching a zombie flick if I got to eat these while I watched!!! :D

Abbe Odenwalder

Tuesday 1st of October 2013

You are so right Shelley. Definitely worth watching a zombie flick to eat these!

Laura Dembowski

Thursday 26th of September 2013

Oh, these potatoes look perfectly crispy and delicious! Love them! I love watching TV and the Emmys. I really hope to go one day. I loved Michelle Dockery's dress, as well as Zooey Deschanel's.

Abbe Odenwalder

Tuesday 1st of October 2013

We 3/4 agree! Yay! And maybe you will go one day! I hope you do and then you could invite me!