Hand-Cut Oven Baked Fries

Hot, crispy, salty hand-cut oven baked fries are my favorite food! Philly is filled with bars and restaurants that served hand-cut fries just like these and I’m at a point where I don’t even want to go to an establishment that serves the frozen kind. I’m a french fry connoisseur, really.

oven baked hand cut fries

Here’s how you make them at home!


Russet Potato



Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Olive Oil

Wash and peel potato.

Cut into strips.

potato cut Collagepotato cut Collage 2Place potato strips into bowl of water to soak for at least 30 minutes. This will remove some of the starch so the potatoes can crisp up when they cook.


Drain water from the potato strips and place potato strips on a kitchen towel to blot out any excess water.


Place potato strips in a bowl and season generously with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Drizzle with olive oil and use your hands to mix up the potato strips, making sure each one is covered with olive oil and seasonings.



Place potato strips on baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Do not forget the non-stick spray! I forgot the first time I made these and they stuck. Badly.



Place baking sheet into the oven, pre-heated to 425 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes, flip over potatoes, and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes.

Remove from tray and place on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.


Then plate and serve!


Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken

I was at Whole Foods this week and saw this jar of roasted red pepper bruschetta. It looked tasty, the ingredient list looked right, and I decided I had to have it, despite the $5.99 price tag. I couldn’t think of anything that I would use this with so I put it back on the shelf. Twenty minutes of shopping later, I found myself walking slowly past the roasted red pepper bruschetta again and I couldn’t resist. I just couldn’t! It was asking me to buy it. I couldn’t deny it! So I brought it home and stared at it on my counter, trying to decide how I wanted to use it. One week later and I figured it out! Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken! I still had gorgonzola cheese leftover from when I made my Copy Cat Cosi Signature Salad, which offered additional inspiration and before I knew it I had what is now a meal in our regular dinner rotation (along with this one!) :)

roasted red pepper bruschetta stuffed chicken

This chicken could not be easier to make and only requires FIVE ingredients. FIVE! That’s it! With Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta Stuffed Chicken, dinner is ready in under 20 minutes. Now that’s my favorite kind of dinner!

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Copy Cat Cosi Signature Salad

When I first moved to Philadelphia six years ago I came across Cosi and then proceeded to go there almost every afternoon for lunch. There was one right next to my office building – how convenient! Back then I didn’t know it was a chain restaurant because there aren’t any where I’m from. To my delight, they were all over the city and I even went on the weekends to get my new favorite salad: the Cosi Signature Salad. It was a mixture of salty and sweet. It was refreshing. I adored it <3

copy cat cosi signature saladThen I calculated all of the money I was spending on my new obsession and found out a salary increase was not an option and therefore I needed to stop buying a Cosi Signature Salad everyday for lunch. It was sad times.

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Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers

Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers are cute and use up any and all leftover taco ingredients!

mini taco stuffed peppersI still have a lot of leftover Tomato Salsa and you can only dip so many chips so I was thinking of other ways to use up the salsa and came up with Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers!

This weekend I went to Trader Joe’s and found these mini bell peppers. I bought them because they were adorable, even though I had no idea what I would use them for. On my walk home a light bulb went off – mini stuffed peppers!

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