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Friday, May 11, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on May 11 at 7:48 AM

Partial Iraq funding: Passed by the House.

Bush: Open—sort of—to Iraq benchmarks.

Gonzales: Still having memory problems, says “I think I may be aware of that.”

Toxic: FEMA trailers. FEMA’s solution? Open the window!

Bush administration: Complicit in attempt to cover up White House involvement in US attorney firings.

Rammed: Haitian migrant boat that later sank, according to survivors.

Oxycotin maker: Guilty of misrepresenting addictiveness of painkilling drug.

Stasi: Secrets to be revealed, thanks to pioneering German computer program.

“Extremely disturbing”: Iranian-American feminist scholar arrested and thrown into notorious Iranian prison.

Recipe of the Day:

So I was going to post a recipe from the amazing “Carol Cooks Keller” blog, in which a home cook replicates the entire French Laundry cookbook in her kitchen. (The blog, like its subject, is painstakingly detailed.) But then I realized that the recipes are too complicated to reproduce (actual first step for Strawberry Sorbet Shortcakes with Sweetened Crème Fraîche Sauce: hull and purée the strawberries, strain the purée three times, mix in honey and sugar, and add a pinch of salt. And there are about twenty steps after that). Plus she doesn’t actually print the recipes. Instead, since it’s Friday (and since Jonah, Ari and I spent last night almost literally drowning in frying grease), I give you:

Jalapeño Cheese Fries


Serves 4

2 pounds russet potatoes
2 1/2 cups peanut oil
2 jalapeños, seeded and sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 cup Chile con Queso* (Side note: Remember what I said about chips and queso? And for the record, I think my recipe’s better.)
1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices

1. Peel the potatoes; cut into 1/2-inch sticks. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Pour the oil into a 12-inch skillet; add potatoes, packing them tight until the cold oil almost covers them.

2. Turn on heat to medium; cook potatoes, shaking pan to keep them from sticking, until they start to turn a pale golden color, about 10 minutes. Quit shaking pan; cook 8 to 10 minutes more. Sprinkle the jalapeños evenly over top of potatoes. Wait 3 minutes, then do the same with the sliced onion.

3. Raise heat to medium-high; start turning potatoes, constantly moving them around to promote even browning. Continue until potatoes are golden brown. Drain and place on a wire rack. Sprinkle with salt.

4. Divide evenly among four bowls; drizzle each with desired amount of Chile con Queso. Garnish with pickled jalapeño slices, and serve immediately.

Chile con Queso
Makes about 2 cups

1 pound Velveeta cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes

Place Velveeta and Ro-tel in a slow cooker or double boiler, and cook until Velveeta is melted.

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Velveeta is disgusting.

An old friend had a great story his father told him. His father was a boy in Belgium just after the end of WWII. An American soldier saw the kid and could tell he was hungry, so he gave him some American Cheese. The kid ran home screaming because he thought he had been poisoned.

Posted by D. | May 11, 2007 8:14 AM

Velveeta IS disgusting. It's disgustingness is critical to the success of this recipe. And what did I tell you about the Ro-tel? Gotta be Ro-tel.

Posted by fnarf | May 11, 2007 8:34 AM

It's time we kicked all Texans out of Washington. All you've ever given us is horrible politicians and processed cheese/canned tomato mixtures disguised as "food".

Posted by tsm | May 11, 2007 8:46 AM

I think I gained 25 lbs just reading this.

Posted by Sally Struthers Lawnchair | May 11, 2007 10:19 AM

@3 - Sorry, I have a kid born here so you can't kick me out, even if I was born within a mile of the Alamo!


And I will keep ordering spicier food in restaurants ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 11, 2007 11:22 AM

Erica, I'm sad that you think that recipe for Strawbbbburrra ShortsKAKE is complicated, because, darlin', it really isn't. I'm happy that you pointed me in the direction of Diner Girl's diary, though. So, just another bittersweet day in SLOGLand. Wheeeee.

Posted by Peculiar Purple Pie Man of Porcupine Creek | May 11, 2007 11:39 AM

I was just going to say and then #6 took the words out of my mouth.

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