Simply Good Sweet Potato Chips and a Wine Review

At times I feel like we are in a little bit of a "side rut" in the Good Better Best household...meaning sometimes I feel like we are having the same side dishes over and over.  While the Sweet Boy does not really like mashed sweet potato...I decided to try sweet potato chips.  I played with the recipe and it was a hit.  This is a Simply Good recipe and sure to be a hit in your house as well.

Two large sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Sea salt
Rosemary-about three springs

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Slice the sweet potatoes very thin using a sharp knife or a mandoline.
Place potato slices on a baking sheet.  Spray with olive oil using a olive oil mister.
Run a knife through the rosemary and sprinkle on sweet potato slices.
Sprinkle with the sea salt and put in the oven.
Bake for 20-22 minutes until crispy. Serve immeidately.

We served the sweet potato chips with grilled flank steak and a mixed green salad.

The highlight of the meal was a Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz from our friends at Wine Chateau in Metuchen and Piscataway,NJ.

This was the perfect wine with this awesome fall meal.  Peppery with a hint of spice yet with a smooth finish.  Running Daddy and I love Shiraz and this was a great wine on a Sunday night as it was not too heavy.

If you are in the New Jersey area, stop intoWine Chateau and try the Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz.  Not local... that is ok, our friends there can ship you some.  Just tell them that Patty at Good Better Best Food sent you.

Enjoy the Best Food and Wine!

Crock Pot Apple Sauce

I love fall.  I love the colors, the festivals, the clothing and most of all the food. This year in school the Sweet Boy had Johnny Appleseed Day.  Each student was asked to bring in 2 apples, so the Saturday before this was due we headed to our local farmers market to choose our apples.

I am very particular about my apples.  Frankly there is only one vendor I will but my apples from and that is Calvin at Bigg Rigg Farms. Typically Calvin picks his apples on Friday and sells them on Saturday can't get fresher than that.  If you are in the Washington, DC area you can find Bigg Rigg at both the White House Farmers Market and the Old Town Farmers Market on Saturdays. 

For Johnny Appleseed Day the Sweet Boy chose Jonagold apples.  He brought them to school and one of the things they did with all of the apples was make apple sauce in the crock pot.  The Sweet Boy Loved it, so this weekend we set out to make our own Good Better Best version.

Saturday morning after hockey practice the Sweet Boy and I returned to Big Rigg for more apples.  This time with Calvin's help we chose 8 apples for the apple sauce: four Macintosh (my favorites), two Winesaps and two Jonagolds, plus I picked up some additional Macintosh for eating purposes.

This recipe for Good Better Best Crock Pot Apple Sauce is super easy and the Best apple sauce we have all ever eaten.  Plus it will make your whole house smell amazing.

8 apples-feel free to use a mixture as we did but I would avoid Red Delicious as they will be too sweet and not cook down well
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 tsp brown sugar

-Peel and core the apples and put into a crock pot.
-Add lemon juice, cinnamon and brown sugar.
-Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.

The apples will cook down and become tender.  We like our apple sauce slightly chunky so as this gets to the end of the cooking process just break down the apples with a wooden spoon.  If you wanted smoother apple sauce you could also use an immersion blender when finished cooking.

You can serve this hot or warm.

This went fast in our house...I mean lightening fast.  It was ready on Saturday night and by Tuesday it was totally gone.  This is an easy and healthy recipe that the whole family will love making and eating!

To make Better use organic/farmers market apples or organic lemon juice, to make Best use both.  Enjoy the Best food!

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