Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Penny-Wise German Fries

So you've been to the Potato and Onion Gardening Workshop held March 8th at HOH and you've planted some of those vegetables.... Now, what can you cook with them?  How about some German Fries!!!

You don’t have to be German to enjoy these delicious German Fries.  A simple recipe of sliced potatoes and onions, pan fried to a golden brown.... the best thing about this dish is that it costs just pennies to make!!!  An added bonus:  it is warm and yummy comfort food :)   Nutritious too!  Grab some from your garden and 'potato up,' ie. start cooking.  See Recipe below.

Penny Wise German Fries Recipe


3       Medium to large russet potatoes (approx 1 lb),
         sliced about ¼” thick
1       Onion, sliced approx ¼” thick
2       Tbsp Canola Oil
1       Tbsp Olive Oil
½      Tsp Salt
         Pepper (to taste)

Directions:     (see below for step by step images)

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2.  Scrub potatoes well using cool water and veggie brush.
3.  Slice potatoes into 1/4 inch slices.  Each potato will yield 10-14 slices.
4.  Slice onions into 1/4 inch slices; yields about 8-10 slices.   Remove outer skin.  (Skin can be removed before slicing if preferred.
5.  Measure and mix canola and olive oil together in a cup.
6.  Place potato and onion slices in a medium bowl and drizzle the oil mixture over the potatoes and onions.  Coat all pieces well so they don't stick to the pan.
7.  Line a large roasting pan with heavy foil and place potato, onion mixture evenly on pan (single layer).  Sprinkle salt & pepper on potatoes and onions.
8.  Roast in oven for 10 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.

Makes approximately 4 servings.

Preheat Oven. Gather Ingredients. Scrub potatoes.

Slice potatoes, 1/4 inch thickness.

Slice onions, 1/4 inch thickness

Place in bowl, and drizzle oil over.
Place in a single layer in pan; add salt, pepper

Roast in oven :)


What's so great about potatoes and onions anyway? The health benefits abound.  Besides providing your body with needed energy (carbohydrates) and fiber, these two vegetables provide an abundance of nutrients & minerals.  Onions have Vitamin C, Calcium, B6, and Manganese.  Potatoes have Vitamin C, Potassium, B Vitamins and Iron... all of which help our immune systems.  (nutrition sources: http://www.potatoes.com/nutrition   and  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Oh Say Can You Seed? ... A Very Good Read

Image Credit:  Amazon.com

Oh Say Can You Seed? All About Flowering Plants
This Dr. Seuss inspired book, age appropriate for 4-8 years, is actually suitable for all ages.  The book, from the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library Series, explains where common products like paper and cloth/material come from... all in a cute, clever, and rhyming Dr. Seuss way. Parts of plants are explained, and processes like photosynthesis and growing. Now don't you want to read this book and start sowing?

Happy Gardening!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Today's Gardening Class: Potato & Onion Planting

 Planting Potatos Demonstration.

Demonstration of Onion Planting

The Next Gardening Workshop is Sat, April 12th:  Spring Vegetables.  See the Calendar of Events blog post for other upcoming classes.

Happy Gardening !