The Great 2012 Cooking Extravaganza! Day 110

April 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm (Food) (, , , , , , , )

Hello again friends, and welcome back!!  Hope you all had a Fantastic Friday!

It was relatively quiet around here for a Friday.  William wanted to go shopping after school, you know, had to spend some of that birthday money he got.  He bought a Lego toy and two Mega Blocks sets, Ninjago and Halo, and still has a little money left in his pocket.  I’m kind of proud of him that he still has money left!  Then he wanted to spend the night with a friend, but then they had a fight, so I was out at 10:30 at night picking him up.  Guess I’m glad he didn’t try to stick it out, could have gotten nasty, but then again, I kind of wish he had worked harder at sorting it out.  Oh well, no worries either way, not that big a deal.  Have to keep reminding myself he’s still a kid!

James is spending the weekend with his girlfriend, since it’s so much closer to his job than here, and I don’t have to be out and about at 2:30 in the morning to pick him up.  It will be very cool once he has enough money stashed away to get his car on the road and then we won’t have to worry about trading off times for the car, working around each other’s schedules, and he’ll feel like he has more freedom.

Anyway, Mike and I rented a movie on cable, since we thought we were “kidless”, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it was pretty good, but we had to keep stopping and starting around other things.  NOT kid friendly, kind of graphic, but good story line, great cast.

Anyway, we also planned a grown up dinner, which was REALLY good!  Mike grilled pork steaks for us, they were awesome, and I made baked potatoes, here’s how:

Quick Baked Potatoes

2 large (about 2 pounds each) russet potatoes

Kosher salt

Butter

Sour cream

Bacon bits

Salt and pepper to taste

Wash potatoes, remove any eyes and mushy spots if there are any.  Do NOT dry!  Place on microwave safe plate, sprinkle liberally with Kosher salt, rubbing into the skin a little, making sure to get all sides.  Poke with a fork 4-5 times.  Microwave on high, using baked potato setting if you have one, or 7 minutes at a time.  I ended up cooking a total of 21 minutes, turning after each 7 minute setting so that the skin didn’t get overly hard on any one side.  Remove from microwave.  (and since the inside of your microwave will be soaking wet from the steam, this is a great time to wipe it down!)

Cut into bite sized pieces, top with butter, sour cream, bacon bits, salt and pepper.  Serve!!

Alternate toppings can include things like broccoli and cheese, shredded cheese, cooked hamburger meat, chili, whatever you like!  Baked potatoes are very versatile, and awesome topped with just about anything!!

Hope you enjoy this one, I know we did!

Until tomorrow, eat well, love well, live well!

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