Rosemary Garlic Oven Fries

After our trip to Great Country Farms earlier this month it has been potatoes, potatoes, potatoes on the menu. ¬†One of the favorites for the Babe and AJ has been these oven “fries”. ¬†This family is all about the oven fries. ¬†They think they are getting away with eating junk for dinner. ¬†I’ll admit, most of the time I cheat and buy the frozen version (LOVE the Alexia products). ¬†But these fries are super easy to make and they are delicious.

Some potato fun facts:

Did you know that Americans get most of their vitamin C from potatoes?  Surprised?  Well we are a french fry nation.  One potato (5.3oz) has 45% of your daily value for vitamin C.

Potatoes are an excellent source of Potassium (620 mg in a 5.3 oz serving) to be exact.

They are fat-free.

Raw potatoes have the potential to last for months in storage.  Extend their life by storing them in a cool, dry place and do not wash them until you are ready to use them.

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Rosemary Garlic Oven Fries

Serves: 4  (2 Adults, 2 Kids)

4 to 10 potatoes**

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, Chopped

3 Lg Garlic Cloves, Minced

1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

1/2 Tsp Salt

Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.

Slice potatoes (into the fry shape) then toss with the olive oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.  Spread into a single layer onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes (longer if you like them really crispy, less if you prefer them very soft).

Share and enjoy!

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**We are getting towards the end of our potato stash so I had to use these smaller ones.  Normally 4-5 large yukons or russets would have done the job.

***On a side note:  I was in no way compensated by Alexia Foods for this post.  Also, be patient with my food photography.  I just received a new camera for my birthday and am so excited to use it for the blog.

Digging for Gold

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There are so many food “rules” floating around out there that I try not to aggressively restrict the family in obeying many of them. ¬†Instead, I like to make goals, better eating habits that are not necessarily limiting, but expanding on all of the healthful choices that are available. ¬†One major goal that our family has is to consume as many locally or regionally sourced foods as our budget allows. ¬†We are BIG fans of the farmers market. ¬† Virginia has been very kind to us in this arena. ¬†There are so many markets, bakeries and dairies to choose from and utilize. ¬†I am in local food heaven. ¬†This is a far cry from our home state of Florida in regards to variety and availability¬†of truly local foods. ¬†This past week we decided to pay a visit to one of the local farms for some down and dirty potato picking. ¬†Great Country Farms in Bluemont, VA was hosting their annual Big Dig festival. ¬†The kids had a blast foraging for Yukon Golds and (what appeared to be) Idaho Reds. ¬†Tim was even able to pick some green beans in the neighboring field. ¬†The picking part was short-lived though, we had to pace ourselves otherwise we would have ended up with 50 pounds of potatoes for our little family of four. ¬†At the end of the day we had a great adventure, playing on the farm, visiting the animals and bringing home about 15 pounds of potatoes for our future dining pleasure.

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The kids on the hunt.  AJ was so excited, he brought his own shovel.

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Returning from the fields, hot, happy and covered in dirt.