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Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown Cakes

6 Feb

hash brown cakesMan, I love free stuff. I can’t help myself—I’ll do anything for a free treasure or even a free piece of junk (except pay, of course).

I probably discovered the best Twitter hashtag today: #giveaway. This is golden my friends. Golden. I was so caught up in entering giveaways that I even entered to win a homemade, wooden mermaid someone whittled (read: I WAS GOING CRAZY). I bestow upon you this hashtag in the hopes that it makes you as happy as it made me.

I also have a happy recipe to share. This is the first recipe I tried from my Joy the Baker Cookbook that I got as a Christmas present (thanks, hubs! you know what I like!). It did not disappoint. I basically ate these cakes as a savory snack.

I will warn you that they took a bit longer to make than I was anticipating, but once I started, I was all in. Hope you enjoy!

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown Cakes

Grate your potato and zucchini, sprinkle with half the salt, and drain in a colander for 10 minutes.

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown Cakes

Cook the diced onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil for 5 minutes.

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown Cakes

Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown CakesStart the “cake” mixture by combining the eggs, flour, baking powder, and remaining salt.

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown CakesFinish making the cake mixture by stirring in the onions, garlic, and drained grated potato and zucchini. Stir gently until combined.

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown Cakes

In a large pan over medium heat, drop batter by rounded tablespoons. Flatten slightly with a fork. (If you look closely in the oil, you can see my self-portrait. Eep!)

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown CakesCook on both sides.

Potato and Zucchini Hash Brown CakesTop with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with paprika to make it look pretty before serving. Huzzah! (more…)

Bean Dip

11 May

Raise your hand if you know where Alaska is.

If you look at a map of the United States, it always shows Alaska off to the side of the U.S. almost like a little island, floating there in the Pacific Ocean. (Go ahead, go Google it.) So is Alaska really located there? Do maps lie? Laugh all you want, but this is a serious point of confusion for me  people. A lot of people. Not just me.

One year my friends found out that I didn’t know where Alaska was. I mean, I sorta knew where it was, but not really. They made a point of incorporating U.S. geography in every subsequent conversation after their discovery.

Har har har. We can all look back on it now and laugh, but to be honest, I still don’t raise my hand when I ask myself if I know where Alaska is.

This recipe did not originate from the island of Alaska. This is a favorite family recipe on my husband’s side of the family, and it accompanies most holiday dinners and family get-togethers.

The dip takes about 5 minutes flat to stir up.

It can serve about 8-10 people—perfect for a party—or it can serve just one of those people who sit by the appetizer table and don’t move for 2 hours, eating chip after chip. You know who I’m talking about. (Sometimes that’s me, so I’m not judging.) (more…)