Daily Archives: September 22, 2011

Spicy Roasted Potatoes & Mushrooms

I made these with my running/jogging buddies. We didn’t really follow the times exactly, and the recipe was originally for just potatoes, but we figured more ingredients wouldn’t hurt. Most of this was just eyeballing to see when they seemed crunchy-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside. We almost forgot to add the mushrooms, but that turned out fine since potatoes need to cook longer anyway. :]

Spicy Roasted Potatoes & Mushrooms

Ingredients:
-5 medium red potatoes, diced with peel
-12 oz. mushrooms of choice
-1 medium red onion, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-sea salt, to taste
-ground black pepper, to taste
-2 tsp chili powder, or 1/2 tsp of super-spicy chili powder from Mekala
-1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
-paprika, to taste

Instructions:
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2) Arrange the potatoes and onions in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish so that they are evenly distributed. Season with garlic powder, salt and chili powder. Drizzle with olive oil. Stir to coat potatoes and onions with oil and spices.
3) Bake for 35-40 minutes in the preheated oven, until potatoes are fork tender and slightly crispy. Stir every 10 minutes. Add mushrooms about halfway through, since they don’t take quite as long to cook.
Note: Cheese can be added (e.g. Parmesan) at the end. If you do decide to add it, keep it in the oven for another couple minutes so it’ll have a chance to melt.

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Florida

Hello everyone!

I figured I’d write a quick update to alert the world that I’m currently in Florida. I got here at midnight and after a blissful 5-ish hours of sleep, I had my first interview this morning! I’d like to think that it went well, although I am my own worst critic, so there are a host of things I think I could’ve done better with, and they didn’t ask me about all the things I really wanted to tell them about. Halfway through, I wanted to say things like, “Ask me about my community service! Let me tell you about the billion things I’ve done!”

I didn’t though. I tried to work them into the things that they did ask about, and I really think I could’ve articulated things better, but we shall see. The interview itself was actually really short (~20 minutes), and I think I tend to be a rather chatty person (I really like talking to people), so I think I got a whole lot of information across in that time (but not nearly enough :[ ). They spent the rest of the day telling us about the school, showing us around, and feeding us. I met a lot of different people from all over the country, so it was pretty cool getting to talk with people from all kinds of different backgrounds. People there were super friendly, so that’s always a welcome plus. :]

I’m currently loitering at the airport waiting for my next flight so I can go to my next interview tomorrow morning. I’d definitely appreciate any and all good thoughts/energy/luck being sent my way! <3