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Caesar Asparagus

September 9, 2013
If you guys are like me, you get super tired of cooking the same vegetables all the time. And in our house, only certain vegetables are eaten by my significant other. So, like any good wife, I come up with different ways to eat the same vegetables so we're not eating sauteed spinach five nights a week. This little recipe for asparagus is something I came up with when I ended up with some leftover homemade Caesar dressing and a bunch of asparagus. It was a hot day, and both of us were burned out on steamed asparagus - even I covered it in cheese. I love this recipe for Caesar dressing (from Martha, obviously), but you could easily substitute store bought and make it work.   Caesar Asparagus Ingredients 1 large bunch of asparagus 2 garlic cloves 4 anchovy fillets 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 [...]

Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas

July 15, 2013

This is another really solid recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook “It’s All Good.” I purchased this cookbook a few months ago in hopes that if I cooked recipes from the book I would look more like Gwyneth Paltrow. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working. It’s definitely not due to the fact that I also bought a tub of Blue Bell Italian Cream Cake that I’ve been slowly taking down over the past month. I’m not sure, but I don’t think ice cream made with cake is considered clean eating. Anyway, I’ve always been a fan of roasted cauliflower. I like it in pastas, or just on it’s own as a side dish, and this dish is no exception. It’s super simple and will definitely making consistent appearances on our table in the future. Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas with Mustard & Parsley (from It’s All Good) A 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained, and dried in a kitchen towel 1 […]


Hot Travels from the Hot Potatoes

June 6, 2013

It’s no secret that the Two Hot Potatoes love live to travel. to: Costa Rica,  to: Malaysia, to: Mexico, to: Wine Country, to: Italy to: pretty much anywhere that has an exciting new culture and flavors for us to explore, and if it requires a passport to get there you know we’re that much more excited to arrive! Which is why I’m so pumped to share my latest editorial project with our readers. I have been working with Traveler Overseas to produce a gorgeous website for the magazine’s big photos, in-depth travel articles and itineraries to live. You can view our beta website here, and I need your help to keep this train moving! Traveler Overseas has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of the magazine online. Once funded our online articles will be forever FREE for all to read. To whet your appetite for summer wanderlust– here’s a little compilation of a few Hot Potato favorites from around the world.       Please check out my campaign on Kickstarter and […]

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Chefs for Farmers: Sous Chef Competition

June 4, 2013

Two Hot Potatoes love Chefs for Farmers and Cafe Momentum, so when Chefs for Farmers announced the June 1st “Get Some #&@% Credit Sous Chef Competition” benefiting Cafe Momentum, we knew we had to attend. It was the first time we’d seen the Trinity Groves setup in action, and we’re really looking forward to the future of this area. What an incredible addition to the city of Dallas.   Chefs for Farmers always throws top-notch events – as seen here at their event in Fort Worth and here at their event at Highland Park Cafeteria. We should probably have a post from last year’s event, but I think we might have had too much fun at Lee Park, and the pictures are better unseen.   Luckily, we kept it together (mostly, anyway) at the sous chef extravaganza on Sunday. We both tried every dish and dessert and drink in the space, and we left with joyful, full stomachs. In the end, our votes for the top dish […]


Healthy Almond Joys

May 29, 2013

As a child, I hated coconut. I also wasn’t fond of bathing, large dogs and my little sister. Luckily, I’ve grown to love a few of these items over the past thirty years, and coconut is definitely one of them. I’ve been trying to clean up my diet a bit a lately, but I still can’t give up a sweet treat at the end of the day. After eating healthy all day long, I feel like I deserve a little something to reward myself. It’s backwards thinking, but I’m okay with it. I saw this recipe on Huffington Post (via Food 52), and I made them immediately. They’re moderately healthy, gluten free, no-bake, no-fuss, and you can seriously have them in your mouth within thirty minutes. Win win. Healthy Almond Joys (recipe from Food 52) 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, lightly packed 3 tablespoons coconut oil 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or honey, but I used maple syrup) 1 teaspoon […]


Sea Bass & Coriander Berries with Spring Spinach Sautee

May 15, 2013

Doesn’t this just look like heaven… My friend has a plot at the Deep Ellum Gardens and these delightfully floral cilantro ‘berries’ (which are actually seeds) are one of the things I miss most about growing cilantro in my garden. I’m so happy Paula invited me to join her there yesterday because this lovely recipe is the result. When cilantro goes to flower it produces these dainty little white blooms along with these tender little seed pockets (many call them berries). Overlooked by many- but they are actually edible, and oh-so delicious! I know this dish sounds fancy because it involves exotic garden-grown micro greens- but it seriously couldn’t be a more quick and easy week night meal, and it’s just as delicious without the fancy ‘coriander berries’. One of my favorite parts turned out to be this impromptu side dish! The sweet crisp sugar snap peas with buttery garlic added an excellent texture and spring-fresh flavor to the otherwise boring spinach. Lately when I’ve been cooking spinach I’ve just been […]


PALEO Meatballs

May 10, 2013

I’m planning a wedding right now. Which means I’m also planing what I want to look like in my wedding dress and more importantly, what I want to look like on the honeymoon… This is why I’ve joined a Crossfit gym and begun learning about a whole new world of fitness and the Paleo diet. Now I’ve never been one for fad-diets but I had heard so many great things about what your body can do when you push yourself with this. So I did a 6 week PALEO challenge along side some pretty intense workouts- and I won’t lie to you, it is very difficult to cut out all gluten, grains & dairy eating pretty much nothing but protein and vegetables, but holly cow- it works! This was one of my favorite recipes that came out of my 6 week challenge, and they were so good I might consider making meatballs like this from now on. The trick to making a good meatball (I learned […]

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Butter Poached Tilapia & Spring Onions

April 22, 2013

When I saw this recipe for butter braised spring onions in the May issue of Bon Apetit magazine, my wheels immediately began turning for delicious ways to try this out. It seemed only natural to also butter poach a light flaky fish to complement the tender sweet onions. It’s recipes like this that make me so thankful for spring. After months of noshing on hearty, heavy root vegetables my tastebuds so yearn for the lighter, tender and crisp (usually green) vegetables. Year after year, the chives in my herb garden surprise me by springing back to life after spending the winter in a sad,shriveled straw heap. After the last few downpours in Dallas these guys are fuller than ever. I took it as a sign. The sweet spring onions and fresh chives are the star of the recipe here – you could really fill in the blank with any other protein you’d like. I suggest making this side dish as often as you can while these sweet […]

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Herb and Cheese Chicken Thighs

March 28, 2013

Out of all the recipes I post I would say about half of them come from Food & Wine, and about a third of them come from Mario Batali. So this potato was super pumped when this month’s Food & Wine was all about Mr. Batali. I love his cookbooks, his restaurants and his terrible orange crocs. We probably eat chicken thighs about once a week at our house. Luckily, we’re both dark meat people, unless I’m making Thomas Keller’s whole roasted chicken, which I make an exception for. If you never make anything again, make Thomas Keller’s chicken. This recipe will be a nice addition of the chicken thigh rotation of recipes I have on hand. It wasn’t too complicated, and the skin came out super crispy. I served the thighs over collard greens with bacon & leeks. Perfect combination for a quick weeknight dinner. Also, I halved this recipe since I was only cooking for two, but 16 […]

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Slow Roasted Salmon over Sarah’s Salad

March 18, 2013

If you’re like me, you cook salmon often, and prepare it the same way every time. I like a seared outside, a medium rare inside, and a sprinkling of herbs on top. But this weekend I decided to get super crazy and mix things up. I’m pretty sure I made slow roasted salmon years ago, and I’m not quite sure why I abandoned this full-proof method. The salmon was silky, succulent and cooked to perfection. Plus, the whole house didn’t smell like salmon like it typically does with stove-top cooking. And I put the salmon on top of one of my favorite salads. It’s not anything super fancy, but it’s a great flavor combination. Slow Roasted Salmon 2 Six-once salmon filets Lemon, sliced Olive oil Thyme Salt & Pepper Preheat to 250F.  Brush  salmon with olive oil, season with thyme, salt and pepper and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Place sliced lemons in the shallow roasting pan, creating a bed for […]

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