I have been setting my alarm for 5:00 a.m. so I can go running. I don’t understand what part of “I’ll get up at 5” my body interprets as “let’s wake up at 4:21” but that’s what’s been happening. Why 4:21? Does that number mean something? Maybe I should play the lottery?
It’s too dark to go running at 4:21, so I just lie there in bed thinking how sucky it is to be awake. And then when 5:00 rolls around, the last thing I want to do is go out for a run. But I have to, do you know why? Because of these:
Red, White, and Blue Potato Chips
- about 1 1/2 pounds red, white, and blue potatoes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2-1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450.˚
- Slice potatoes into super thin slices. Use one of those fancy slicer-thingies if you have one. I had to make do with a knife. Poor me.
- Toss potatoes in a bowl with oil, salt, and pepper. I only used 1/2 tsp. pepper because I was afraid a whole teaspoon would be too spicy for the kids.
- Transfer potatoes to two baking sheets. Spread out into one layer on each sheet. Bake on bottom rack in preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes so they don’t stick to the pan. When potatoes are as crisp as you like, remove from sheet and place on paper-towel lined plates.
While the potatoes are baking, get the dip ready:
Warm Blue Cheese Dip
- 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
- Stir cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth.
- Add half and half, garlic, and onion powder. Stir in blue cheese. Transfer to a small baking dish.
- When potatoes are finished baking, turn oven down to 350˚. Bake dip for 15-20 minutes.
Holy Cheesy Dip, Batman, this was fantastic! You have to make this dip. Right now. I don’t even want you to finish reading this, I want you to go to the store to buy the ingredients and get cooking. Okay, I do want you to finish reading first. But then get cooking. Here’s what the Critics thought:
Don Corleone wouldn’t stop sneaking chips while they were cooling. About the dip, he said, “I want to run away with this dip without it’s parent’s permission.”
Sarah Crewe loved the chips, and politely tasted the dip and said quietly, “It’s good.”
Batman ate a more than generous portion of chips and dip. “This is soooo good!”
Elmo loved the chips but when I showed her the dip she moved as far away from it as she could and said, “No!”
Curious George has strep throat, so he had ice cream for dinner. “That’s no fair! Why does he get to have ice cream for dinner? I wish I had strep throat!”
I halved the recipe for the dip because I (rightly) guessed that only half of us would eat it. Later that night, however, I was wishing we had leftovers! The chips made enough for the five of us to have a side dish to fish. For a Fourth of July party treat, I think I’d double the potato recipe, but keep the dip as is.
I don’t know if I mentioned this or not, but you really have to make this dip. Even if you don’t run at 5 a.m. You still should. Go!