Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sauteed Potato Balls (Page 565)

  • Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 8pm
  • Location: Palo Alto, CA
  • Kitchen: Emilee and Brian's Apartment
  • Fellow Chef: Emilee
  • Dining Companions: Grace, Tigran, and Brian
  • Recipe Rating: C+

Emilee and I chose this recipe on the basis that potatoes are good, and potatoes with butter should be even better! We ended up quite disappointed though. For one thing, there was so much butter in this recipe that the potato balls ended up more deep-fried than sauteed. At the same time, they didn't really have the crunchy exterior of a good deep-fried french fry, so it was the worst of both worlds: the greasiness and fattiness of deep-frying without the lovely textural benefits! Beyond that, the recipe was just a bit dull. When we critiqued it everyone made essentially the same comment: there are so many better things that one could do with a potato!

Chris is in town doing some work and visiting his family, so yesterday we had a lovely Saturday afternoon at his dad and step-mom's house in Southboro. They have a swimming pool and a huge yard with a hammock, so it is a nice place to spend a lazy afternoon. Here I have some action shots of Chris trying to use the aforementioned hammock and then one of me using the hammock properly -- don't I make it look easy!
Last night I came back to Cambridge for an engagement party. My friend and colleague Mark, and his girlfriend Candace recently became engaged and they had a wonderful barbeque last night to celebrate. It was a lot of fun! Plus, I got to meet their new puppy Hannah, who is really cute (and really energetic!)

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