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Bar Chips - Take 2

I haven't made bar chips in a while and instead lately just been taking the easy route with frozen fries. The other day I had some extra time and potatoes laying around so figured lets try this again and see if we can simplify them and YAY . . . thanks to the broiler I did!!

Bar Chips Take 2
-4-6 Small Potatoes
-Olive Oil
-Cooking Spray
-Greek Seasoning
-Parmesan Cheese

1) Pre-heat Oven to 425 degrees
2) Cover the bottom of a high walled baking sheet with oil
3) Wash and Peel the potatoes and cut (like chips) in thick slices
4) Spray potatoes with cooking spray then sprinkle with greek seasoning
5) Cook for 25 minutes on Bottom Rack
6) Move to top rack and Broil 2 minutes at a time until nicely browned

-Check out the Original Recipe here
-We served these with Chicken Poppers but you can easily replace them for french fries for any meal

Beer Jerky

While in Reno for the Italian Festival a few weeks ago we also found a Beef Jerky Stand with a guy selling a ton of different flavors of beef jerky including one style called Beer Jerky that was marinated in beer.

 Last Christmas I got a dehydrator and have tried making beef jerky a few times but it just has came out OK but nothing special

However today I tried it with a beer marinade and that was the trick!! OMG sooooooo good!!

Homemade Beer Jerky
1-2 pounds stew meat
1 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 beer

1) Place all ingredients in a large Ziploc bag and marinate over night
2) Place in Dehydrator and cook for 3-6 hours at 170 degrees

Spicy Fries

As we continue our spicy food diet we have added spicy sides into our menus too. Last night we had Paninis with Spicy Fries

Spicy Fries

Frozen fries
Olive oil
Spray cooking oil
Greek seasoning
Cayenne Pepper

1) pre heat oven to 425
2) coat bottom of baking sheet with olive oil
3) spread fries in an even layer on baking sheet
4) spray fries with cooking spray and sprinkle on greek seasoning and cayenne pepper
5) bake on bottom rack for 25 minutes
6) broil for 2-5 minutes until fries are browned
7) finish with salt and more cayenne pepper

Spicy Food Diet

This weekend me and Eddie made it out to Reno for the Italian Festival and while there found an awesome Hot Sauce Booth. The hot sauce we picked up was made with the Trinidad Scorpion Pepper which according to my brother (Josh) is now the hottest pepper in the world and while it made almost everyone else cry that tried it me and eddie loved it and knew we had to pick up a bottle for ourselves :)

The Lady we purchased it from said that she personally uses it by mixing it into other things so we first tried it by mixing it into my homemade salsa and WOW even just a little bit gives a nice punch

So. . .since spicy food helps to speed up your metabolism we figured lets use the hot sauce on everything and hence came the Spicy Food Diet

We are going to try and eat spicy food every night and see how long we can go

Last night we kicked up our Carne Asada Burritos with a splash of the Trinidad Hot Sauce added into the enchilada sauce and tonight we are having Chicken Poppers that I marinaded in …

Frank's Crock Pot Chicken Burritos

Now that I am working 8 hours a day 5 days a week the Crock Pot has become my Best Friend . . . seriously easiest way to prepare dinner -Here's what we made last night

Frank's Crock Pot Chicken Burritos

-Chicken Breast
-Franks Hot Sauce
-Taco Seasoning
-Tortillas and your favorite burrito fixings

1) Throw Chicken Breast and Franks Hot Sauce in a Crock Pot and cook on low for at least 6 hours
2) When ready to serve drain juice and shred chicken
3) Stir in some taco seasoning and more hot sauce if needed
4) Serve in a tortilla with your favorite burrito fixings