Purple Kitchen Treats

Over the past few years, I have been working on a cookbook. During this time, I took time off to finish my Master's Degree. Now that I have accomplished that, I am working again on my cookbook, slowly but surely.

However, over the past few months, something interesting has happened...I have received multiple requests for baked goods, particularly my cookies. I am also receiving multiple requests for granola. So, with all these requests in mind, I have started to make my cookies for sale, along with my granola.

My official web site is available, but will be undergoing a significant redesign. Be sure to visit my "official" web site at: http://www.susanshonk.com and watch for some exciting changes.

From the heart of my purple kitchen to you,

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Simple Baked Potato

How many times have we baked potatoes?  If you are anything like me, it been hundreds of times.  But, how many people wrap the potato in tin foil and then put them in the oven?

I grew up with potatoes baking in the oven, but never wrapped in tin foil.  My mom simply scrubbed the potatoes, poked them with a fork in a couple of places and baked them directly on the rack at 350' (F) for at least 90 minutes.  The potato skins were always crispy and wonderful.  She would then cut them in half, scoop out the potato into a bowl, add butter, salt & pepper and mix.  While the potato skins were still hot, she would put a pat of butter in each half and let the butter melt.  The potato skins were served along side of the buttered mashed potato.  When we would bite into the potato skins, the butter would end up dripping out onto our plates.

I made baked potatoes tonite to go with dinner (brined and sauteed pork chops with roasted asparagus) and fixed them this way.  My husband ate all of his before he ate anything else on his plate.

If you have never tried potatoes baked this way, I think you will be surprised at how good they are.

From the heart of my purple kitchen to you,



  1. Really enjoyed browsing your blog. The potatoes sound really good and I'm going to try them that way! Thanks.