As you guys well know, my husband and I are fun loving individuals, we like to hike and go to the beach and pretty much do anything that includes our two big furry pups. Growing up in the monotonous cadence of a small rural town made me yearn to experience as much as possible when I was old enough to make my own decisions. And for the most part, I can look at myself in the mirror and say, “I honored your wishes.”
My husband and I, we are active enough and to look at us, you wouldn’t think that there is this other side to us that we don’t promote, a dark side that comes out pretty much every night…the couch potato side.
I would love to blame it on married life and settling down, but that would be a lie. I have always been a pretty chilled out individual, enjoying the quiet solitude of a good story, be it a good book or feature film or even mind numbing TV. Being sucked into Anne of Green Gables or the Simpsons or the Babysitters Club series got me through my preteen stage. Later, I would find escape in the flawed characters within Catcher in the Rye, Pulp Fiction, The Tale of Two Cities, and even Roseanne had just enough true grittiness to satiate the angst of a teenagers heart.
In a lot of ways, I could say that I was raised by the flickering lights of the television screen, learning comedic timing and presence in the smiling goofy grin of David Letterman completing his nightly countdown or to never lose hope in the eccentricity of Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka or the enduring and quiet intelligence of Marge in Fargo and Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs or that your don’t have to be defined by your past through Good Will Hunting or even better, you don’t have to imprisoned by your present through Shawshank Redemption.
Each story, rich and complicated and multi-layered, just like true life. As much as I would like to tell you all that I don’t waste my time watching TV, that would be a lie. Being true to form, everyone has their go to TV watching grub, for me I like to alternate between salty and sweet. Today I share with you a recipe for homemade BBQ potato chips, my favorite type of chips, unless of course I am dipping them and that is a whole ‘nother days discussion. SO if you are like me and are a snacking king or queen in front of a deliciously fascinating story, enjoy!
Homemade BBQ Potato Chips
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
- Dash chipotle powder
- 1-2 teaspoons salt, depending on palate
- 1 large potato
- 4 cups ice water
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; set aside. Using a very sharp knife or mandolin, cut potato into very thin slices. Place in a large bowl; add cold water. Soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain potato; place on paper towels and pat dry. In a deep pot, heat 1-1/2 in. of oil to 375°. Fry potato slices in batches for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Immediately sprinkle with seasoning mixture. Store in an airtight container.