Thursday, January 4, 2007

Full Moon Goodies

Moon of the New Year
The year begins
with a full moon
good-luck coin of good weight
in the pocket of what is to come-
may it multiply without measure.
- Rafael Jesus Gonzalez

As I was finishing up dinner with a friend, we saw this full moon. Out came the camera, tripod and a surreal experience of color and motion due to the high winds blowing clouds through the valley. This photo was the most unexpected from the group. My friend thought it was like looking at an alien landscape....

Dinner was a delight. I made a simple meal with grilled chicken breast, salad and baked sweet potato fries. I tried to make a easy version that my friend would enjoy (and could make) as he had eaten at a restaurant called "Harvest Moon" and liked their version. He loved what I came up with. They were sensually earthy, a bit garlicky and full of the unique truffle flavor that Trader Joe's has managed to capture in their White Truffle Oil. Here is the recipe:

White Truffle Sweet Potato Fries

2 large sweet potatoes
1 Tbsp of Trader Joe's White Truffle Oil
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt


Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Peel then,cut the sweet potatoes in 1/2 inch strips or wedges and toss in the oil and salt. Arrange in a single layer on a nonstick baking sheet.
Place in oven for 30 minutes, turn once.

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