Showing posts with label potato chips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label potato chips. Show all posts

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcome Paige Shelton and Loaded Potato Chips

The Kitchen is delighted to welcome foodie mystery writer Paige Shelton to the blog today.  Paige is the author of the hugely popular Farmers' Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries.  

Thanks to everyone--the authors and the readers--at Mystery Lover’s Kitchen for letting me stop by today!

This recipe started out as a simple experiment: I wanted to figure out how to make baked potato chips. I love potato chips. Being more a “salt” person than a “sugar” person, I wondered if I could possibly create a “healthy” version of one of my favorite snacks – well, I should probably say a “less unhealthy” version, but I bet you get what I mean.

The experiments weren’t successful. I either burnt the “chips” or didn’t cook them thoroughly enough.
  I poured on too much salt or not enough. And, nothing I created really tasted all that good.  It was a bust. I still had a couple potatoes left over, though, so before I gave up completely, I opened the fridge and realized it was time to ditch the “less unhealthy” idea and just shoot for something that simply tasted good. It turned out to be a much better plan, and, basically, another take on the loaded baked or wedged potato.

This is a very flexible recipe, so following are guidelines more than specifics.

What you’ll need:
Baking sheet(s)
Potatoes, scrubbed clean
Vegetable Spray (I use Pam)
Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
Shredded cheddar cheese
Bacon bits – I use Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon
Sour cream

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place foil on your baking sheet and spray with a liberal coat of vegetable spray.

Slice potatoes – it’s important to keep your slices all about the same diameter and thickness so they cook evenly. Don’t make the slices any thicker than about 1/8 inch, but you can also make them very thin if that’s your preference. My taste testers (husband and son) liked them best on the thicker side.

Place potato slices on the prepared foil and then spray with another coat of vegetable spray. 

Season with the Lawry’s – a little goes a long way. Even if you like salt, you might want to keep this pretty light.

Bake – to your desired consistency. Thin chips will get brown around the edges in about 7 – 10 minutes. Thicker ones will need around 20 minutes to get a little brown. I’ve never left them in a full 30 minutes. I thought crispy would be better, but my taste testers liked them best baked through but not crispy.

When they’re almost done (well, done enough to eat as is), take them out of the oven. Sprinkle a little cheese and a couple pieces of bacon bits on each potato. Place back in the oven for about 30 to 60 seconds until the cheese melts.

Serve immediately, with sour cream if desired. They go quickly. After I pulled the first successful batch out of the oven and left the kitchen for a second, the sheet was cleared by the time I returned.  Forks are needed. They seem like they should be finger food, but they really aren’t.

Of course, all potato toppings, other spices, other salts, will probably work as well, but we’re enjoying this combination so much that we haven’t tried others yet.


Thanks, again, for letting me stop by. Wishing you all happy reading and yummy eating.


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Paige's second Country Cooking School Mystery, "If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance," will be released on October 2.  You can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indie Bound

Her next Farmers' Market Mystery, "A Killer Maize," will be out in December and is available for preorder now!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Welcome Liz Lipperman, Author of a New Culinary Mystery Series!

Liz Lipperman
I am delighted to welcome guest blogger Liz Lipperman to our kitchen today. She and I are actually doing a little switcheroo. While Liz is here, I'm blogging over at her group blog, a fun little cantina called Mysteries and Margaritas! I'm holding a hot instant giveaway there, too. Leave a comment and you could win The California Firehouse Cookbook. So after you've met Liz, come on over and visit me by clicking here (drinks are on the house). Take it away, Liz...   ~ Cleo Coyle

First off, I want to thank Cleo for having me here. I love her Coffeehouse Mysteries and was delighted to have an opportunity to tell you a little about me and my upcoming book.

Since both Cleo and I have series with yummy recipes involved, I’m posting one of the great ones from my story. The kicker is, you have to read all the way down to get it. (Yeah, I know – scrolling takes the impatient ones right to it!)

Cleo asked me to talk about my new Casserole Lover’s Series coming from Berkley in 2011 with the first book, Ducks in A Row, debuting in July 2011.

First a little back story. It’s funny how this all came about. I am a romance writer–-or at least I thought I was--until I consistently got dinged in romance contests because I didn’t follow the rules. I wanted murders and even though I always have a hot love interest and a “happily ever after”, I wasn’t writing romance. You’d think a smart girl like me would have figured that out a lot sooner and saved herself a lot of entry fees!

Temporary cover for Liz's
Ducks in a Row,
the first in her new
Casserole Lover's Mysteries,
 coming next year.
I was excited when my agent began shopping a mystery ghost series in NY and elated when an editor at Berkley called to say she loved the story and the voice. Unfortunately, she was looking for cozies and asked what else I had.

I had nothing that would work. I write mysteries with lots of twists, a fair amount of sex, language that wouldn’t work in a cozy and gruesome murder scenes. My agent asked if I could write one about food since that was what the editor was looking for. Initially, I said there was no way. We agreed I would sleep on it and let her know in the morning.

Here’s the problem. Most of the food cozies I read involved intricate gourmet cooking. I knew I could never pull off a series like that. Did I mention I grew up with 9 siblings in a household where casseroles were the only things that fed us all on our budget?

So, I fell asleep that night prepared to tell her I couldn’t write a cozy--until I awakened from a deep sleep at three in the morning and Jordan McAllister was born.

Jordan is a wannabe sports writer who graduated the top of her class and followed her boyfriend to Dallas where he promptly dumped her for a weather girl with “perky clouds.” She ends up in a small Texas town writing Personals until she's offered a chance to fill in for a local food critic off on sick leave.

Rationalizing that it’s one step closer to her dream, she jumps at the chance. However, when a dead body is found underneath her apartment stairwell with her name and number along with it, she becomes the prime suspect, as well as the main course on the murder menu.

Now, that I can write about--a girl whose idea of cooking is frying bologna and microwaving TV dinners. Now she has to write a column with fancy food recipes, and despite cooking a mean Pop Tart, has to rely on her hippy friend for recipes that are given fancy names and printed in her column. One such recipe is Potato Chip Chicken or Budine de Papitas Fritas con Pollo.

Click on the link below to download it.
It’s easy and really good.
Liz's awesome
Potato Chip Chicken Casserole
(or) "Budine de papitas fritas con pollo!"

to get Liz's

To visit Liz at
her offical author website

click the link below

And that’s how the
Casserole Lover’s Mystery series was born.
I’d love to hear how your ideas were hatched.

Comments and questions for Liz
are most welcome.
Just click the "comments" link below.


And now I'd like to tell you about our brand new contest here at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen!

My talented friend, mystery author Avery Aames, has an exciting contest for us now that Margaret and Ken won Julie’s May contest. We’re celebrating the upcoming release of The Long Quiche Goodbye and...

Here’s how you can enter!

Avery's "You Be The Sleuth" Contest!
Avery’s first book in A Cheese Shop Mystery series, The Long Quiche Goodbye, debuts July 6. To celebrate its release, Avery is running a contest from June 9 to July 6! You be the sleuth! Track down the recipe on Avery's website that includes eggs, Edam, and white pepper. Enter your answer by clicking on this link: CONTEST ENTRY FORM.

One of you will win a $25 gift certificate at your favorite bookstore.

Two of you will win signed copies of The Long Quiche Goodbye.

Three of you will win a Long Quiche Goodbye magnet. You can ask friends for help. Spread the word and share the fun. And while you're there, consider pre-ordering a book on Avery's booksellers pageHere is the link to Avery’s website to help get you started. Good luck!


Cleo Coyle is also holding a
HOT instant giveaway today
during her guest blogger appearance at Mysteries and Margaritas blog.

Go to Cleo's blog post by clicking here.
Leave a comment for Cleo
and you could win
The California Firehouse Cookbook, which benefits a charity formed in the name of Terry Farrell, an heroic firefighter who lost his life on 9/11....