Monday, December 31, 2012

Mmmm, Chips

Happy New Year everyone!

I'm saying it early, because at the actual countdown later tonight, I'm going to be watching movies with our roommate's family. While curled up on a couch or chair, I'll also be stuffing my face with buffalo chicken dip on homemade chips.


These are the best chips ever. Want to know how to make them? Alton Brown showed us how on Good Eats, which might be my favorite television show. It ranks way up there with House, Firefly, and NCIS. Anyway, here you go, with pictures!

You need:
a package of corn tortillas,
limes, or orange juice (I like the orange juice better)

also frying oil, a pan, and a stove

Start heating the oil in the pan. Jamie said to set it on 6 for us, which is just over medium I guess. You might need to test the oil later to see if it's hot enough.
Mix your acidic tasty juice of choice with lots of salt. This mixture makes sure your chips are tasty and not just crunchy pieces of cardboard.
Cut your tortillas into quarters- that makes nice large chips.
You'll dip the tortilla pieces in the juice and shake off the extra liquid. Lay them out to dry a little and soak up the goodness. A plate worked well because the edge was raised- extra liquid ran down a little.
After a minute, put the flavored tortillas in the oil. Flip them when the edges start to color, and remove them when a tasty golden color. Cool and enjoy!

My workstation. The stove is to the left, the stack of tortillas to the right. 

Wet tortillas laid on a plate to rest. Liquid + hot oil = BAD. This plate gets moved around, being held closer to the oil or juice as needed so that I don't tear up the tortillas with my tongs.

To minimize scary and sometimes painful oil splatters, I used the tongs to pick up the tortilla piece and tap the corner that was in the center of the plate (the wettest part) to get off that extra juice. Then into the frying pan!


Looks good.

Tasty chips!

It becomes a pretty seamless continual process. 
I was putting the rested tortillas into the oil, dipping new tortillas into the juice and laying them out, just as the frying chips were ready to flip. Then I was monitoring color until they were done. Remove the done chips and repeat!

These chips taste better in my opinion than the ones you can buy in a supermarket. They are crunchier and stronger for dips. Dunking them in the salty juice mixture also means that while they taste good and salty, your fingers stay much cleaner than if you were eating chips from the store crusted with salt.

Thank you Alton Brown.

Have fun and be careful tonight!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Happy Christmas

Some scenery before winter break.

I didn't get my camera out fast enough to catch them in flight right in front of me, but here are geese landing on the lake.

Standing on a different lake. Isn't that awesome?

Jamie going to work on a snowy day. The snow was still falling.

We made fruit salad for Christmas dinner at my dad's. And then promptly forgot about it in the refrigerator until it was time to leave. We scooped some out to leave with him and mom so they could still have some.

Tree with white star...

Tree with blue star! Led lights are a PAIN to photograph. I had to get my tripod to be able to take decent pictures.

Look what I got for Christmas! Aren't they pretty? Six of these pretty flower bins.

These two green ones. They are Really Useful Boxes.

And a CASE of these small pink ones. That's 22!

Yay I'm organized.

Mammy got me a pretty red bead with a frog crouched on it, and chocolate chip cookie mix.
Mmmm, cookies.

A frog watch! He's awful big for my tiny wrist, but it's ok because he slides completely off the watch band. Or, he may one day decorate my bus, if  ever get a route.

And lastly, pictures from this morning. I rode with Jamie to his work. Some of these were already shared on Facebook, but it occurred to me that I haven't written a blog post in a while. 
(Does posting a bunch of photos count as a "writing" a blog post?)
We made the first bike tracks!

Hard to ride in snow and try to take pictures at the same time...

Poor Chainless, out in the snow. It's melted off now, but this morning there was snow all over her. There isn't room in the hallway to park 3 bikes, though.

How were your holidays?