A European Breakfast, Baked Sweet Potato Fries and A Goodbye to Summer

13 Sep

On a stormy day about six months ago we holed up in the house, drank strong coffee and feasted on cured meats and fine cheeses for a better half of the morning. I also made a bowl of Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Truffle Oil, Sea Salt & Goat Gouda (recipe to follow). I stumbled across these photos today and which evoked a strange wave of happiness. There is something to be said about the long rainy days here in the Northwest. It is actually something I have grown to love, as it fosters bundling up and staying inside with those you love listening to the rain fall sporting your best wool socks. I love the food of fall and winter the most as well. Whenever summer comes, I am always happy to see the melons and the berries and the summer vegetables, but I can say without a doubt I would take a hearty stew and winter squash over a ripe peach on a cold afternoon any day.

We had a weird summer, all though I am catching on to the fact that I think they are always a bit weird. It’s like in the restaurant industry when you and your co-workers stand around and talk about why business is so slow. “We will be so much busier in the summer time, its always busy in the summer time”. Then summer comes and all the sudden, “It’s way too hot for people to eat.  Why would you go to a restaurant with weather like this? Fall is where the money will be”. Sun is supposed to come around the 4th of July every year, and this year it was more like the 4th of August. It is now the middle of September and the ten day forecast went from the 90’s last week to mid 60’s this week.  And when I opened the curtains this morning I found a nice cool breeze and the sight of gray skies, something I can finally say after two years here I am happy to see.

I hope you all had a wonderful sun filled summer, and may the approaching fall months find you well.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Truffle Oil, Sea Salt & Goat Gouda:


  • Either 1 bag organic frozen sweet potato fries (I buy these all the time from whole foods and they are really good) or 2 medium sweet potato fries cut into large matchsticks, soaked for 30 minutes and dried.
  • Truffle Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Goat Gouda or any other cheese that would be good grated, such as Grana Padano or Parmesan.
  • 1/2 of a lemon


  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Place fries on baking sheet and bake for about 15-20 minutes, shaking tray half way to flip fries.
  • Once fries are cooked through and slightly browned, broil for 2-4 minutes, again not walking away to ensure crispy not burnt potatoes. Broil to desired “done-ness”.
  • Place in a bowl and toss with a good bit of truffle oil and salt.
  • Grate cheese over fries, finish off with a squeeze of lemon juice and enjoy!


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