June 10, 2014


It's Steak and Potato Night!

The Divine Miss M and her husband have been updating their outdoor living space. Jay rebuilt the deck by designing it and pretty much rebuilding the entire structure all by himself. I believe this project was completed right before Thanksgiving of last year. The guy amazes me! So, this summer has been the time to decorate in style!

Every Saturday night is the time to enjoy summer evenings and throw something on the grill. This was the night for a delicious grilled steak. I sent Miss M my recipe for the most delicious cottage fries and the manner in which to make them come out perfect every time!

Extra virgin olive oil for frying
8 medium sized russet potatoes, peeled 
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder to taste
Italian Seasoning to taste

Place the rinsed, peeled potatoes into a medium sized pan, cover with water, and add the salt. Put the lid on the pan and bring to the boil.

Turn down the heat and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes.

 Drain all of the water from the potatoes, put the lid back on to the pan and give it a really good shake so that the outside of each potato looks very fluffy. 

Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them into 1/2 inch slices.

 In a large fry pan/skillet pour about a 1/2 inch of the olive oil, set over a medium to high heat.

Put your oven on low, as you will need it to keep each batch of potatoes warm until you have finished cooking them.

 When the oil is hot enough arrange some of the slices in the pan, don't try to cook too many at a time, make sure you have room to turn them over.

Fry until golden brown and crunchy on one side, then turn over and cook the other.

 Place the potatoes in a baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside….absolutely delicious!

Ah......a Midsummer Night's Dream


  1. Miss M and her husband have a beautiful deck!

    The cottage fries sound delicious! Thank you Estelle!

  2. So your boiling , frying and then baking? Whew too much work for me but they sure do look delicious! And the deck is wonderful! Happy Summer!!! Hugs! deb

  3. Those potatoes look and sound great. What a beautiful deck!

  4. My hubby thinks breakfast is incomplete without a side of cottage fries. This recipe looks amazing and will be on the menu when he returns from New Orleans. BTW, I love the deck and the decorating, XOXO


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