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Cajun Potatoes

What goes better with a Blackened Red Snapper than a side of beautiful Cajun Purple Potatoes?  Well if you need an answer that would be nothing 🙂

Loaded with spices and slowly roasted, these potatoes pack a nice punch with any meal!


  • 1 lb purple potatoes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp thyme leaves
Start by quartering the potatoes. Toss with the olive oil and garlic.

In a separate small bowl mix together all the spices, toss with the potatoes to coat.

Spread the potatoes onto a baking sheet and place into a  375° oven for 30-35 minutes.

Remove from the oven when crisp.

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is Gluten-Free.

Guinness Braised Short Ribs

After three months of dreaming and mouth-watering over this recipe the infamous Guinness Braised Short Ribs have finally come to fruition in my kitchen!  After reading DailyCandy.com’s “Comfort Food to Crave” which included STK’s Guinness Braised Short Ribs I was hooked, I knew this was a dish that belonged in the little leopard book! With a few changes from the original recipe and my own addition of sides, here’s the little leopard version for your drooling pleasure!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 3 lbs boneless beef short ribs
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 tbsp diced garlic
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced parsnip
  • 1 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 pint Guinness Stout
  • 32 oz beef stock
  • 16 oz chicken broth
  • 3-4 bay leaves

Start by combining brown sugar, paprika, cumin, black pepper, salt and mustard powder in a small bowl.

Now place chopped onions, garlic and coffee in a 6 oz or larger dutch oven over medium heat.  Next, spread your spice mixture on a platter and rub your short ribs, then add them to the dutch oven.

Brown the short ribs on each side.

Once browned, remove the short ribs and add the carrots, parsnips, celery and ginger to the dutch oven.

Once vegetables are tender add the tomato paste and brown.

Once browned, add the beef stock, chicken broth and the all-important GUINNESS!

Place the short ribs back in the dutch oven and add the bay leaves. (I promise there’s beef under there! It’s just hiding under all the deliciousness of veggies, coffee and Guinness, can u blame it?!)

Cover the dutch oven and place in 350° oven for at least 2 hours. If you do not have a lid, cover tightly with foil.

After 2 hours, remove from the oven and serve.  I served mine on a bed of horseradish purple mashed potatoes with caramelized shallots and topped with roasted root vegetables. (Because something as amazing as Guinness Braised Short Ribs can’t just be served with any ol’ potato and veggie!)

To prepare the Roasted Root Vegetables:


  • 2-3 large carrots
  • 2-3 large parsnips
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic,
  • 1/4 cup horseradish

Peel and chop carrots and parsnips then place in a foil basket on a baking sheet or roasting pan, top with olive oil and steak seasoning.  Add chicken broth.

Add foil on top and crimp edges to seal. Cook for 30 minutes at 350°

After 30 minutes remove foil from the top and add the butter, garlic and horseradish.

Re-cover the vegetables and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

To prepare the Horseradish Purple Mashed Potatoes:


  • 2-3 lbs purple potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk or cream
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp horseradish

Peel potatoes and cut into quarters, then boil until tender.  Drain boiled potatoes and add the milk, butter, worcestershire and horseradish and beat to combine.

There you have it!  A delicious dinner, full of color and flavor!!

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute Guinness with a gluten-free beer.  Make sure to purchase chicken broth and beef stock that is gluten-free.  The ones pictured above are!

Adventures at the Farmers Market

So Heather Locklear may not actually shop at the same Farmers Market as me, but it is located on the street that made her famous, Melrose Place… yes, every Sunday morning (if you consider morning sometime between noon and 2:00) I strut on over to Melrose Place, yes I live walking distance to Melrose Place I am that cool, and to their lovely little Farmers Market!

And this is where I find all those fresh yummy fruits and veggies you see in my cooking posts!

After a few weeks of attending this little treasured Sunday ritual I now have my “spots”, like the Hummus people.  There are 2 vendors who sell hummus and each one is still vying for the #1 spot in my book… one has more flavors, but the other has amazing whole wheat pita bread, decisions, decisions, either way they are both delicious and if I miss a Sunday (heaven forbid!) I have to live without the amazingness of fresh hummus for a WHOLE WEEK!

My other favorite vendor sells purple potatoes, yup there it is again, my love for purple foods! I will admit this obsession began after watching an episode of Dr. Oz.  Probably seen the show 3 times in my life, all I know is he talks about poo a lot and I’d almost always rather be watching the food network than that guy! But I did stumble upon the show one day when he was talking about foods that provide lots of nutriton in your diet and I thought yes, something I can get behind!  So I tuned in and learned that, as I talked about in my post on What’s for Lunch?? Carmelized Beet and Feta Cheese Salad, purple foods are packed with antioxidants, great cancer fighters and heart disease preventers!  Obviously all of these things should appeal to well EVERYONE, so began my search for more and more purple foods and there they were at my little Melrose Place Farmers Market, purple potatoes! So fun to cook with, add so much color to whatever you are making and cook just like any other potato! Usually they’re just little guys, but this Sunday I found a couple baking size and put them to work quickly!

I feel like this would be something that kids would love and what a fun way to feed them something yummy and nutritious!!  You can fill up one of these guys with the same things you would a traditional baked potato, cheese, veggies, sour cream, bacon, whatever you like!

A new item I came across this Sunday was the “amazing mix”.  Well, the name pretty much says it all, who wouldn’t buy something that has amazing in the name??? So I did!

Usually my Sunday morning Farmers Market adventures are a bit more leasurely but this week it was about a billion degrees outside so to save the veggies from getting drinched in my sweat I rounded up all my treasures in about half an hour and headed home to assess my purchases. Bell peppers, onions, carrots, the usuals, and a couple little yellow summer squash to throw something different in the mix!