Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Up for a Challenge+Can-dy Canes for comments today!


Up for a Challenge+Can-dy Canes for comments today!

I was recently challenged by Challenge Butter to come up with a side dish using their butter and a variety of Spice Island spices. Was I up to the challenge? I said yes and then kind of freaked out! No that's a lie I totally freaked out. I'm fine when it's just me playing in the kitchen but when I have to write about AND produce food well then that's a different story. But nonetheless I was in and that meant a lot of deep breathing, and wracking my brain.

I finally just bit the bullet and started trying out dishes. I came up with an Oven Hash which is practically ethereal and Potato Blossoms which my children promptly named Bantha Ribs (Banthas are a mega beast thing from Star Wars) and proceeded to claim them all. Second time around I doubled the recipe and they were instantly inhaled but I managed to take pictures before they were all eaten. Thanks for the camera Rachel!

And can I just say how much I love Rachel?? I was teasing her for being young and then muttered something about turning 40 next year and she said "WHAT?! I would have said maybe 32" Even if it was a straight up bald face lie I don't care. I. Don't. Care. She is now totally my best friend forever. Until she makes me look old by looking all young and then she's gone.

Back to my recipes, panic and ensuing calm. Or whatever.

Oven Hash oven 375˚

4 large potatoes, scrubbed and cleaned
2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cleaned
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 teaspoons smoked paprika, divided
4 slices of thick cut bacon, snipped into 1 inch pieces
2 Tablespoons butter, cut up

Chop the 4 potatoes in to 1 inch or so chunks
in a large bowl toss with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika a dash of salt and pepper
pour in to 9x13 baking pan
sprinkle on the bacon and stir it in
roast in a 375˚ oven for 15 minutes
meanwhile prepare the sweet potatoes the same way
when the 15 minutes are up remove the potatoes from the oven
add the sweet potatoes to the baking pan
stir them in and dot with the butter
bake for 25-30 minutes more, stirring every 10 minutes

This unfortunately has not been photographed but it is in heavy rotation so I'm sure before long I'll get a picture of it. Patience is a virtue, snort.

Potato Blossoms AKA Bantha Ribs oven˚375

6 medium baking potatoes scrubbed and cleaned
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of kosher sea salt( I love Alessi!)
2 Tablespoons of melted butter
2 teaspoons of dill weed
1 cup of sour cream
1/2 a cucumber, scrubbed and finely chopped
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of dill weed

cut each potato almost in half the long way leaving each about a 1/4 uncut
then cut crosswise 2-3 times to open it up
don't cut it all the way through, just almost all the way through, see photos
repeat with the other potatoes
in a large bowl gently coat the potatoes with the olive oil
line a baking pan with foil
place the potatoes on the foil, sprinkle with salt and pop in the oven
bake for 20 minutes
meanwhile melt the butter and 2 teaspoons of dill weed together
after 20 minutes remove the potatoes from the oven and baste with the butter mixture
continue baking for 20 more minutes basting with the butter and then pan juices about every five minutes
meanwhile sprinkle the cucumber with the salt and set in a strainer to drain for 10 minutes or so
stir the remaining dill weed into the sour cream, squeeze out the cucumber and add to the sour cream
add salt and pepper to taste
when the potatoes are done serve them with sour cream and additional kosher sea salt

As I said this was a challenge(oh yes it was!) from Challenge Dairy. They sent me butter, spreadable butter and spices to help get me started. I received no monetary compensation for writing about them and this was an offer I CHOSE to accept. I never take money for blog posts and if I did or ever considered it you would know right off the bat.

Additionally Challenge Dairy is sponsoring a contest here for a 7 day/6 night trip for 4 to Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Montana's Paradise Valley. It's worth 17,000 dollars so you might want to think about entering. I know I am cause you know I need more snow and uh mountains yeah that's right! OK the LAP of luxury might have a hand in it too.

Today your comments will be buying Can-dy Canes for the food bank. Now I know some of you may be thinking "why do hungry people need candy canes?" Well I have been pitifully poor, unable to buy new clothes or toys for my son (when I was a single mom) and getting a box of candy canes given to me was a big deal for my son. I don't think we ate them we just hung them on the tree and admired them. I'd like to give that feeling to someone else, so for every comment today I'll be adding a box of candy canes to my donation!

Peace and Love,


  1. I don't comment much but I love your idea of the Candy Canes and the story behind them.
    I even want to try these recipes.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas

  2. yeah for candy canes..

    Your meal looks yummy.

  3. Aww here's to my box of candy canes! :) I don't beleive you're turning 40 either! Not that I've seen many pics of you, but you're also so full of spunk and smart assness, plus the energy to farm, can, 3 boys, etc. I'd need a nap and I'm 25!

  4. Ooo those look good. I'm anxiously awaiting the pictures of the other potato dish. Yum! Would you kill me if I did a cheese sauce instead of the sour cream for those of us who don't do sour cream (I'm weird, I know). Yum!!

  5. Oh I love the story behind the candy canes too. That's really sweet. Good for you.

    I made a similar hash recently but added sausage and mushrooms and topped them with eggs and roasted tomatoes- holy moly!

  6. Those potatoes look sooo good and I love the name "Bantha Ribs"!

  7. I was really not lying! Pete and I were both talking about how we thought you were early thirties. Or I guess I thought that by *almost* forty you would have more white hair and use a walking cane!

    By the way...solstice thingy tomorrow? When and where cause we would love to join you guys!
    Now I need to go eat...your blog does that to me!


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