Seasoned Roasted Potatoes

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Things I’m into right now:

Eye cream

Champ Cones

Ann Taylor Loft sales

Patios

Humidity

Shorts

Oil of Olay Moisturizer

Mangoes

Flavored beers

Lone Survivor

Pretending I don’t like candy anymore

Grilling

Yes, apparently I’m into grilling so much that in the past two weeks I’ve used up all the propane in my grill’s gas tank – before the season has really even begun! I fired that baby up for a BBQ feast tonight, went to check on it 5 minutes later, and found it cold. Dead. Lifeless. NOOOOOO! :cry:

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Thank goodness for Griddlers! :D

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In just about the same amount of time, I was able to whip up the exact feast I had planned on giving a good kiss with the grill tonight, right inside my kitchen. BBQ Chicken & Roasted Potatoes.

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The basis for the BBQ was this, um, JUG of Big Daddy’s BBQ Sauce that’s currently hogging what I swear feels like 1/4 of our fridge.

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Ben picked it up at the BBQ Festival we went to last week, and is a wee bit obsessed.

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Case in point: I found a rack of ribs in the freezer earlier this week and said, “Hey maybe I’ll bake some BBQ ribs this week!” to which he replied “BUT NOT WITH MY BIG DADDY’S SAUCE RIGHT? RIGHT?!Woah, woah, woah…relax!! ;)

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I mean!

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Eventually he permitted the use of a small portion of the sweet, smokey, spicy sauce to marinate some chicken breasts in, then toss ‘em on the grill Griddler.

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Talk about summer classics! This was finger lickin’ good! I can see why Ben is so possessive about that Big Daddy’s sauce – it’s phenomenal.

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Oh, want to know my secret for tender, uniformly cooked chicken breasts each and every time? Just pound it out!

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Simply use a heavy-bottomed glass, pan or um…something else heavy?…to pound the breasts to a uniform thickness.

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It’s the best way I know how to avoid the dreaded cooked-on-top-but-overcooked-on-bottom chicken dilemma.

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Works every time! :D

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Now let me tell you about these roasted potatoes – they are so stinkin’ easy.

Print this recipe!

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All you do is cook a pierced potato in the microwave until it’s soft all the way through – about 6-7 minutes total, flipping over every 1-2 minutes.

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Cut the potato in half, then cut each half into squares. Don’t cut all the way through, just down to the skin.

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Season with butter, parmesan cheese and Lowry’s seasoning salt, then pop them into the middle rack of your oven set to broil for 10-15 minutes. Print this recipe!

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Crispy, cheesy, salty & creamy.

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You can eat these with a fork, but it’s more fun to pull apart the squares and eat them with your fingers. Why not? :)

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Per my love list above, I chopped up a fresh mango for a sweet side to my ‘Q.

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Did you know mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world? I believe it. I. am. ob. sessed. Obsessed!

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Oh, I’ll give you three guesses as to what Ben wanted me to make him with his griddled chicken breast. Can you say…

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BBQ

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Chicken

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Quesadilla?!

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Talk about obsessed!

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Well I am off to spend the rest of the evening getting acquainted with my new bike! You know, riding up and down the street, learning the gear and brake quirks, and thinking up cool names for it. I’m thinking…Karen. I have NO idea why.

See ya’!

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Comments

  1. Oooh goodness! Those roasted potatoes look amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them cooked that way before – mm!

  2. I JUST used my griddle to cook some burgers for my hubby. Everything about your dinner looks amazing! I LOVEE mangos and those potatoes look amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  3. LOVE that you want to name your bike Karen! I used my Griddler, also tonight because our grill is broken! I made Hawaiin Pork with Pineapple on the side- love fruit on the side in the summa!

  4. Lauren 06.02.2011

    I have grilled every single night this week and I LOVE it! Gosh the grill is just so amazing in the summer.

    I’ll need to try those potatoes for Toly. He would LOVE them. ‘
    Hope you’re having a great week darling!

  5. HAHA wait that is THEEEE biggest thing of BBQ sauce I’ve ever seen! Where can I get one?!

  6. Hannah 06.02.2011

    I love Oil of Olay! My mom makes fun of it and calls it “Oil of Oldlady” but I love the stuff! I’m only 20 but the anti-wrinkle moisturizer just smells the best and works great!

  7. anna 06.02.2011

    Your food looks delish! What type of eye cream are you into?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.02.2011

      Oil of Olay total effects. I feel like it’s already making my under-eye area very smooth and lessening my hereditary dark circles after only a few weeks. :)

      • anna 06.02.2011

        awesome… I have the same prob so I’ll check it out!

  8. Lindsey 06.02.2011

    I will take a quessadilla! That looked delicious!!

  9. Megan 06.02.2011

    That dinner looks SO good! Once we move, I’m planning on learning how to grill. I have BIG plans for the grill this summer. Those potatoes look phenomenal! I need to try them ASAP!

  10. Machelle 06.02.2011

    supper looks great to me! that is the best BBQ sauce ever, but it will get moldy so use it up. i would maybe name the new bike Zippy! or Flash! haha! things i’m into~Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp candy bars, WEN Cleansing Conditioner,grilled zuchini w/a little olive oil & seasoning salt, my great niece Amari, Girls Night Out every wednesday night, and i hate to admit it but facebook!!

  11. I love the roasted potatoes! The square cut on them makes them look great :) They are like healthy french fries!

  12. Jennifer 06.02.2011

    Next time I come to DM I am so getting some of that BBQ sauce! Right now I am into making iced lattes. SO easy as I have a Tassimo that makes the espresso part for me ;) Oh and I’m also really into your baked chocolate donut recipe…..phenomenal!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.02.2011

      Ooo – GREAT call on the iced lattes! I’m going to go brew some coffee right now and stick it in the fridge for the a.m.!

  13. Melanie 06.02.2011

    Last night I pounded chicken breasts with a potato masher… :) A meat tenderizer is on my wedding registry for a reason! Can’t wait to try those potatoes – yum! Did you see all the buzz about the new food pyramid/plate released today?

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.02.2011

      I did – “the plate” – haven’t had too much time to look into it yet. What are your thoughts?

      • Melanie 06.03.2011

        I was oddly intrigued by it, ha! :) Did the little personal planner on the website and all that. I realized I need to be eating a lot more veggies…at least it’s finally summer so that is easily remedied!

  14. karen 06.02.2011

    Dinner looks great and I totally concur with your idea to name your bike Karen!

  15. OMG. your bowl of grilled chicken breast just made me salivate! Good thing I have all the ingredients for bbq chicken quesedillas in the house ; ) thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Martha Brown 06.02.2011

    we have the same glasses! except im down to a few they break easily!

    Right now I am into salsas! I am Mexican, and I love cooking Mexican food and one book that has blown my mind recently is “Truly Mexican” by Roberto Santibanez. There are so many salsas and cooking sauces to make.
    Check it out!The recipes are not too difficult!

  17. Mary Ann 06.02.2011

    I’m totally into Pinterest right now! It’s an awesome wishlist style/bulletin board type site. Much better than Wists, which I’ve been using for years.

    Also Philly Swirl Swirl cups, two kinds of yummy sorbet swirled together.

  18. Jennifer 06.02.2011

    Mangoes = The BEST sweet ever. I eat mango every.single.day, thanks to the frozen bags of mango chunks they carry at Trader Joes. At first, I was skeptical about them being frozen, but I take them out in the morning, and by 10:00am, they are perfectly ready to be thrown in my pineapple Chobani, or eaten plain. They are ridiculously fresh and cold and perfect. I go through 2 bags a week.
    For smoothies??? Get out of town. PERFECT!

  19. JennyV 06.02.2011

    I am currently in to:
    Naturally curly hair (forget the straightener-it is hot out)
    Avocado for breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Paint samples (decisions, decisions)
    Aguascalientes frescad at my fave Mexican restaurant

    Pounding out chicken is the way to go. Hope you have tried GCs special beer – dangerous at 9% alc. but so delicious.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 06.02.2011

      Ooo what is it right now? I miss their blueberry!

    • JennyV 06.02.2011

      Aguas frescas… Darn autocorrect

  20. Courtney 06.02.2011

    Girl that looks delicious! We are into tacos and mojitos– watermelon– marinated veggies (per our CSA basket)! I think I have enough cabbage to last a year– any ideas for it??

  21. i’m into smoothies now…..mmmm! and hot dogs, oddly enough. went to a bbq tonight & they were delish!

  22. Thanks for that potato recipe. I’m seriously trying that ASAP!

  23. dmcgirl (Dawn) 06.02.2011

    I thought those potatoes were mangos the way you cut them. yum.

    No cooking for me, I am off to Palm Springs tomorrow! Wooo Hoo!

    http://www.hyattgrandchampions.com/

    I think HANK would be a good name for your bike! Ha!

  24. Karen R 06.02.2011

    I think that sounds like an awesome name for the bike! :)

  25. Mmm…I want those bbq quesadillas. I always make quesadillas standard mexican style, but the bbq chicken and cheese looks DElicious.

    RIght now I’m addicted to: everything LOFT, lavendar nail polish, stripes, waiting for the sun to come out.

  26. I’m obsessed with Ann Taylor Loft sales as well, I get them sent to my email account, it’s so dangerous!!

  27. Ilya 06.03.2011

    Wow – Yum!

  28. Steph 06.03.2011

    I really need to start tenderizing my chicken. Last night I got lazy. I didn’t thaw the chicken and just threw it in the oven. 45 minutes later dinner was finally served. The thin part was overcooked while the thicker part was perfect. Oops!

    Right now I am obsessed with Moroccan Oil (http://www.moroccanoil.com/). It has changed my life! It not only makes the texture of my hair soft and smooth but it smells fantastic!

  29. Hope 06.03.2011

    Um, those potatoes look heavenly! I am totally using your recipe to make potatoes like that sometime soon! They look way too good to pass up! I love grilled bbq chicken. I am going to tenderize my chicken from now on. Thanks for the tips! :)

    I’m obsessed with roasting brussels sprouts. I could probably eat them every single day and I almost have! :)

  30. nicole 06.03.2011

    oooo we just moved and couldn’t take our grill. good to know i’ll still be able to grill- just need to get a griddler.

    i’m into: cleaning supplies. not because i want to be but because I can’t clean our new place enough. need a new fresh clean start!

  31. Love that potato idea!! And that is quite the jug of BBQ… good thing it’s delish :)

  32. Erica 06.03.2011

    Big Daddy’s is the best! I remember when they were open on E 14th St. Used to go there all the time as a kid. They had the absolute BEST key lime pie. EVER. BTW – the bbq chicken quesadillas with the carmelized onions are amazing. Tried them a few weeks ago with the BF and we are hooked for life.

  33. Amy 06.03.2011

    That potato looks soooo good. Definitely will try that.

    Since your bike is an “older gal,” I’m going with Gladys as the name. Or maybe Muriel? :)

  34. Bridget 06.03.2011

    I’m totally into asian cabbage salad. My fave in the summer! The potatoes look amazing and I’m definitely trying them tonight. My family loves potatoes.

    Karen is a great name for that bike. It’s simple and 70′s just like the bike! ;)

  35. Kattrina 06.03.2011

    I LOVE mangoes. I lived in Honduras for two years and was in mango heaven. They literally have 27 different types of mangoes – it was outta this world. There are so many mangoes that they line the streets (in my town the streets weren’t paved, it was super rural) during mango season because hundreds fall from the trees and people couldn’t eat them fast enough. I would walk down the street and just pick them up and eat them all day. I think once I ate 6 mangoes in a row (they were small, like plum tomato-size). I never got tired of them. Ever.

    Things I am into now: Mary Kay facial creams, sweet bell peppers, frozen yogurt, summer sandals, dresses, and vintage bathing suits.

  36. Angie 06.03.2011

    Ok, so that looks like a delicious meal. And it brought to mind a question. Hopefully this doesn’t make me sound stupid, but I’m sort of new to mangoes. I think they are delicious, however, every time I try to peel and cut one, I end up in a sloppy mess with un-even cubes and I think I am throwing away some of the goodness. I can never get my knife all the way through the center of a mango, and yet I’ve never seen any sort of pit or seeds. I feel as if I’m doing something wrong. Any tips?

  37. Spin… I just can’t get enough. It’s such a great workout and I burn a LOT of calories. I’m in Texas visiting family and I can’t stop thinking about getting back to spin next Tuesday… can’t wait!

    I too would love tips on cutting a mango.

  38. Marina 06.03.2011

    I’m currently into copious amounts of cereal with ice cold milk :D But I’m always into that I guess :))
    Also, potatoes. God knows why, I never liked potatoes, only sweet potatoes.
    That slice of chicken looks so delicious, made me crave some nicely marinated chicken :)

  39. Cheryl 06.03.2011

    Since you love mangos and are a fan of Ina Garten, you must check out her mango daiquiri recipe. YUM!!!

    Speaking of Ina, I follow her advice and use my rolling pin to pound out chicken between a couple sheets of waxed paper. Works every time!

  40. I love this potato recipe idea. I’m going to try it! Thanks!

  41. Barbeque sauce and grilling are two of my favorite parts of summer :) And! I love mangos too! I keep buying too many and then baking with them. It’s been unexpectedly good. Glad to have found your blog!

  42. kEndra 06.03.2011

    Karen reminds me of the Dane Cook joke – “the friend nobody likes” puh lease tell me you’ve heard it?? HA! But that’s all I ever think about when I hear Karen. :)

  43. Melanie 06.03.2011

    My bike’s name is Betsy.

  44. Daisy 06.03.2011

    My mom’s name is Karen. I can say your bike TOTALLY looks like a Karen. Even though I just read the other post and I know you changed it!! ah well.

  45. Stephanie 06.03.2011

    I LOVED Lone Survivor. I couldn’t put it down!!!

  46. Emily 06.04.2011

    I am TOTALLY into my trampoline. No, seriously. I run/bounce on it and omg, Iowa Girl, it is such a fun effective workout! I love running outdoors, but we get a lot of rain, so this is easy and it’s freee! :D

    I am also totally into getting out and enjoying the sun we’re finally having. Can’t wait to go hiking, camping, and all that. I’ve missed it so much!

    Also into helping people; some people around me need a lot of help bahaha

    Enjoy your bike! :D

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