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Sunday Roasted Potatoes

I call this recipe “Sunday Roasted” because of the roasted onions. This must be one of the best smells on the planet and takes me to Sunday dinners from way back.
As the weather gets cooler I think this recipe will come in handy more often.

Serves 4


4 Potatoes (Use your favorite kind or any kind. If they are the small variety, use a couple/few per person. My favorites lately are Yukon Gold or anything with an interesting color.)

1/2 a large white Onion

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

handful fresh Dill (or dried or whatever herbs you like)

Salt and Pepper


• Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
• Wash the potatoes, cut into large chunks. Chop the onion and dill.
• Throw all of the ingredients into a large bowl, toss.
• Pour into a glass baking dish. Cover dish with parchment paper. The is the secret to making this dish come out nicely. The parchment paper steams the food and keeps everything moist yet crispy. Put the parchment paper dish on a cookie sheet (just to hold in the edges of the paper).
• Bake for about 40 to 60 minutes, until potatoes are very tender. Check with a fork. It’s tough to overcook this dish. The longer it cooks, the crispier/more carmelized everything gets.


how-to make a Smoke Ring


Furry, stretchy polyester knit seems to work best for this pattern.

Step 1
Cut a rectangle 27″ wide by 19″ high. Selvadges at edge, grain running vertically, greatest stretch of the fabric running across. If you would like to try using woven fabric, cut it on the bias to make it stretchy.


Step 2
Fold lower edge up and pin top edges.


Step 3
Sew a long narrow zig-zag stitch along the pinned edge, with a 1/2′ seam allowance. Leave a couple of inches open close to one end.


Step 3
Press seam open, using only the tip so as not to flatten out the fluffiness of the fabric.


Step 4
Turn right side out. Lay fabric flat with seam in the middle.
Pick up right side, twist once, line up edge with left side.


Step 5
Pin the middle of the two inside edges. Continue to pin edges of open ends of tube together.
About halfway through pinning, you will have to fold the fabric in on itself to be able to get all the way around. It should end up looking like this.


Step 6
Sew along the pinned edge, using a wide short zig-zag stitch, leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance. You can serge instead, just remeber to cut off the 1/2″. Trim off the seam allowance.



Step 7
Find the opening that you left when you sewed the first edge, and pull the smoke ring out through the hole. Slip stitch the opening shut. It’s finished.