The Fresh Side of Private Selection – Crisp Garlic Oven Fries with Purple Potatoes

Crisp Potatoes

I got some coupons for free and discounted Private Selection produce for this  MyMagazine Sharing Network mission.

I had initially intended to blog about a vegan mushroom ravioli recipe, but that was an unmitigated disaster. No fault of the mushrooms of course and probably not the fault of the recipe either.

Rather than write about that disaster, I decided to go to a plan B. When I was shopping for the mushrooms, I noticed Kroger’s Private Selection produce included fingerlings and purple potatoes, which are both products I have never worked with before. I was intrigued, so I picked up a one pound bag of each and then searched the Internet for a recipe to use them in.

I needed a side item for some veggie burgers I was planning to make, so I settled on a recipe for Crisp Garlic Oven Fries from Barefoot in the Kitchen. For the full recipe, please visit the above link.

Crips Potatoes Ingrediants

This recipe requires just a few simple ingredients: salt, pepper, oil, garlic powder and potatoes.

The prep was also pretty simple. I washed and quartered the potatoes, and then tossed them with oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.

Once all the ingredients were tossed together, I spread the potatoes out on an Crips Potatoes Pre-Bakedoiled baking sheet and seasoned with some additional salt and pepper.

Next, I put them in a 425 degree oven, for about 25 minutes. Some of the potatoes were still pretty raw at that point, so I ended cooking them an additional 15-20 minutes. Once the potatoes were tender, I cooked them under the broiler for another 3 minutes or so, to crisp them up.

Crisp PotatoesThe finished product wasn’t quite as crispy as I had hoped. It’s possible I should have let them broil another minute or two, but they were still tasty. The flavor was not really any different from any other potato, but it made for a more colorful dish. If you added in some white potatoes, this would make a fun side dish for a 4th of July picnic.

I doubt I’ll start using these potatoes on a regular basis, but they are a fun option if you’re looking for a little something different in terms of presentation. The Private Selection brand is a nice option to have for this sort of speciality item, that you don’t always find in your typical grocery store produce section.

Ripple Non-Dairy Milk – Product Review


I got a coupon for a free Ripple non-dairy milk from MyMagazine Sharing Network.

I previously reviewed Ripple’s non-dairy yogurt, and I didn’t like it. I’m happy to report that the results were better for Ripple’s pea protein based milk.

I decided to go with the chocolate flavored milk and I enjoyed it in a couple different ways.

RippleI like to have a few Oreo cookies as a daily treat, so I decided to try dunking my cookies in the Ripple milk. I found the milk to have a pretty similar flavor to other chocolate flavored non-dairy milks I have tried, but the consistency is a bit thicker and I found it to have a more satisfying texture than many nut milks that sometimes tend to be a bit watery. It also soaked into the cookie nicely.

Next, I blended together a bit of the Ripple milk with some So Delicious vanilla bean Shake Ingridentscoconut ice cream, a bit of cocoa powder and some iced coffee to make a mocha chocolate shake. The coffee and the chocolate mixed together perfectly to create a very tasty shake and the thickness of the Ripple milk helped to make this drink more shake like than some I’ve made with other non-dairy milks.

I was so pleased with this product, I have already purchased a second bottle, this time the plain variety, and it works great for cereal and for dunking Oreos. I look forward to trying it out in some of my savory cooking in the future.

I highly recommend giving this milk a try.