Rosemary + Garlic Roasted Potatoes

I think the humble potato may be one of my favorite foods. There are so many yummy things to do with them … potato chips (US), french fries (US) / chips (UK), mashed potatoes, and today’s topic, roasted potatoes. This recipe is quite easy to prep, is forgiving of small errors, and you can substitute many flavoring choices if you don’t have something available.

So let’s get to it. I originally found this on, but have adapted it to my own preferences.


  • potatoes (I like small red potatoes, but Yukon golds work well too, or whatever kind you can get; and I prefer organic potatoes because this vegetable is pretty heavily sprayed in the US)
  • garlic cloves (can substitute garlic salt or minced garlic)
  • fresh rosemary (can substitute dried, or parsley)
  • olive oil (I like organic EVOO, but you can substitute canola oil or a flavored oil if you like)


  1. Wash potatoes, remove unsightly spots. If you’ve bought organic potatoes, leave the skins on, but make sure you have scrubbed them well.
  2. Cut them to desired size. (Smaller will cook faster, but some people like larger pieces.)
  3. Rinse again in water to remove some of the starch.
  4. Blot the moisture with a clean dishtowel (they don’t have to be bone-dry, just get most of the water).
  5. Allow 2-3 of the small red potatoes (golfball size) per person … maybe 3-4 for guys, add a few for extras.
  6. Put them all in a big bowl.
  7. Pour in some oil. No need to measure, just make sure they’re all lightly coated with oil. Something with a high smoke point (canola, grapeseed) is good, or olive oil works too if you don’t crank the heat too high.
  8. Add rosemary. You can use dried or fresh. With fresh herb, you would want a little more herb; with dried, a little less, since the flavor tends to be more concentrated. (Personally, I hate dried rosemary, but if it’s all I have, that’s what I will use.)
  9. Add garlic. If you don’t have fresh cloves, you can use garlic salt. Don’t go overboard. If you use fresh, I’d dice them up. If you use garlic salt, go light because there tends to be more salt than garlic.
  10. Mix it all up for a bit.
  11. Put on a baking sheet in 1 layer.
  12. Bake at 350-375 for 20-30 minutes.
  13. Flip once with a spatula while roasting.
  14. If you cut the potato chunks large, they’ll need a little more time … check them at 30 and add some time if needed. If you cut small pieces, they can be done in about 20 minutes. Use the higher temp if you like yours a little browner, lower for less browned.
  15. Give them a stab with a fork at the low end of the time range to check … they’ll be ready just as they start to get soft-ish.



Baking Soda to the Rescue … Again

Now, I want to go on record as being a firm believer in evidence-based, traditional medicine. I believe in large-scale, multi-center, randomized clinical trials … staked my life on it once, and I’m still here to tell of it.

I also believe that there are home remedies that work, and I’m also a firm believer in using what works.

Several times over the last few years, I’ve been stung by wasps. Fortunately, I was in my own yard, and immediately made my way to the kitchen.

I mixed a bit of baking soda with water to make a paste, and applied the paste right to the sting spot. I left the paste on the sting area for about 10 minutes. Then I rinsed it off.

The stinging sensation was gone, and there was only a small red spot where the stinger had pierced the skin.

Powerful magic, that baking soda.

Sometimes, not frequently, I use it to brush my teeth. It’s a good abrasive, but my teeth are a bit sensitive, so I don’t push it with overuse.

The other day, I noticed a very irritating sore right on the end of my tongue. I couldn’t even see anything, but doggone I sure could feel it. Eating was downright painful … you just don’t realize how much you use the end of your tongue to move food around. After suffering a few days, and wondering why this thing wasn’t going away, I decided to try some things. Peroxide on a swab … nope, not much help. Listerine on a swab … sorry, try again. I decided to not use toothpaste last night (something I read said that the detergents in toothpaste can irritate any mouth sores) as I brushed my teeth. My mental light bulb went off and I decided to make that magic baking soda paste and pack it over the sore on my tongue while I was brushing. Then I rinsed it all out upon completion.

Lo and behold, when I awoke this morning, the sore was almost completely gone. About 80% gone … just a little tiny bit sore still.

I can’t attest to any other magical cures, like curing cancer (personally, I opted for more conventional treatments there, myself), but if my anecdote is worth at least as much as they next person’s, then next time you get a bee sting (for those who are NOT allergic to bees) or mouth sore, do give the baking soda treatment a try.

Fast, yummy egg sandwich

I literally did not eat eggs as a food until a couple of years ago, when some medication I was taking changed how foods tasted to me and I needed some alternative protein sources to get me through the experience. Once I started eating eggs, and well past the medication days, I’ve stuck with the little clucker gems, and today I wanted to share with you my favorite alternative weekend lunch, an easy, fast egg sandwich.

The trick to this sandwich is using a spice blend to add a tremendous amount of flavor easily. In the US, Mrs. Dash makes several varieties of spice blends, and all do a fantastic job of spicing things up. Trader Joes has a very similar 21-Season Salute that works great. And McCormick’s Spices has a number of spice blends in grinder bottles, for a more fresh-ground flavor. It’s good to have several different blends handy, so you can have a different taste profile from one time to the next.


  • 1 large egg (I like farm fresh eggs, preferably organic, but I’ll go with local non-organic that I know are fresh over weeks-old organic ones in the store)
  • Your favorite spice blend
  • 1 slice of your favorite cheese
  • 1 slice of a hearty bread (I like Trader Joe’s pane, but any freshly baked bread, even from the grocery store bakery, will work)
  • Fork
  • Glass bowl
  • Paper plate
  • Toaster
  • Microwave


  1. Cut the bread slice in half, and put into the toaster. You’ll prep the rest as the bread is toasting.
  2. Crack the egg and place the contents in the glass bowl. Mix up thoroughly with fork.
  3. Remove your cheese from the refrigerator if that’s where it is, so it can warm up a bit while the bread is toasting.
  4. Sprinkle the spice blend over the surface of the mixed egg, so that the whole surface is lightly sprinkled with spice blend. Handle carefully after this, or the spice blend will tend to glom up into clumps.
  5. When there are about 2 minutes remaining on the toast operation, place the egg / bowl into the microwave. (Most toaster ovens take about 7 minutes to lightly toast a slice of bread … actual toasters are faster though.)
  6. Cover bowl with a paper plate.
  7. Cook on power level 9 for about 1 minute 20 seconds (this is right for ~1000-watt microwave).
  8. When the toast is done, remove from the toaster.
  9. Compose the sandwich by placing your cheese on the hot bread to make it melty, then place the hot egg onto the cheese, and the other half of the bread on top of that.

Enjoy. It’s quite yummy.

If you’re a guy, you’ll probably want to double all portions  🙂

Apple’s latest delusional statements

It’s obvious that Apple thinks that a large portion of the world is not very bright. But do they think that EVERYONE is an idiot?

I almost choked when I saw today that they are claiming that they were forced to collude with the book manufacturers in order to be able to compete with big bad Amazon. Seriously? Seriously? Apple is over 7x the market cap of Amazon. If they wanted to compete, all they had to do was LOWER their book prices like Amazon did. Only Apple could construe collusion to keep prices artificially high as fostering competition.

And what good did their collusion do for anyone who doesn’t choose to get sucked into their inbred ecosystem? Um, none. I have a Nook. Their entry into the bookselling game did me no good. All their price-fixing agreement with book publishers did was inflate the prices of books that EVERYONE buys, including me, people with Sony readers, Kobo readers, Kindles, and anything other than an Apple product.

They’re so full of crapple. They’ve been treated with kid gloves for too long. Its time that they learn to live by the rules that everyone else lives by. Want to sell more product? Lower your prices. Stop breaking the law and looking for some kind of sanction on it.

I wonder if their lawyers show up in court wearing black knit shirts, grinning and nodding as they peddle their crapspeak bs to the court.

Money-wicking athletic wear

There’s a big US company that markets its athletic wear, at amazingly high prices, as being “heat wicking” or some such nonsense. The gist of their very effective marketing campaign, besides getting many professional sports teams to wear their gear, is that the moisture wicking nature of the completely synthetic materials is supposed to magically make you cooler when it’s hot and you’re sweating.

Well, um, no. Wicking doesn’t make you cool. It just makes you dry. If you don’t believe me, get all hot and sweaty, then dry your face. Does it feel cooler? I’m going to bet, no.

The best place for moisture-wicking material is places where moisture causes a problem, but provides little benefit. Diapers, for example. Or feet, for example. Wet feet rub excessively, the moisture softens the skin, soft skin rubbing makes blisters faster. So, moisture wicking socks = good thing. Hikers have known this for years. Wear soft cotton socks, get blisters. Wear polypro liners and wool socks. Walk all day without blisters.

But moisture wicking in your t-shirts and your shorts? Well, that’s not only not effective at cooling you, it’s counter-productive.

What cools you is the natural mechanism of perspiration > evaporation. The body produces perspiration as a method of cooling your surface temperature. Notice how you get flushed when you’re overheating? Your body opens the capillaries so that your blood collects at the surface; it makes you perspire so that the evaporating perspiration cools your blood which cools YOU. Boom. Now remove that perspiration, and your body is just as hot, but now dry … and needs to make more perspiration to cool you.

Look at the clothing worn by people who live in perpetually hot climates, such as the desert. The clothes tend to be natural, breathable fabrics cut to fit loosely. Not skin-tight and synthetic. The air flow achieved with loose fitting garments is going to increase evaporation, which increases cooling. These people have been living in, and successfully dealing with these hot climates for millennia. They’re not in it for a big house in Worthington Valley. They’re in it because it’s how they survive in a harsh climate.

So next time you are enticed by some “heat gear,” well, go ahead and buy it if you like. But realize you’re paying for marketing and hype.

Or, be smart … buy something loose and comfortable at 1/3 of the cost. Your body will appreciate it more.


Facebook and Instagram

Some are actually suggesting that Facebook is acquiring Instagram so that they can data-mine the geotagged locations, as well as the content, of users photos. How cynical. WE know that Facebook in its infinite goodness is only looking to enhance the user experience by better targeting its offers and services to our interests.