What’s next.. and Copycat Recipes


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Well, I’ve got some big changes coming up.  This next week is my last week of unemployment.  Yep, this Multitasking Mom is headed back to work.  And, not just any work… I’m headed back into the office after telecommuting from home for the past 3 years.  So, I need to overhaul my wardrobe, get organized, and multitask more than ever.

Yes, I will still blog.  In fact, I will try to focus more on meals that can be prepared quickly since I won’t be home to prep ingredients.  So, I think it might be even more helpful for many of you.

I’m excited, nervous, and a little sad too.  It will be an exciting new opportunity.  My son will go to “school” full time now and I think it’ll be good for him too… he loves school and his friends.  It might be harder on Mom than him I think.

Tonight we are going to Medieval Times to celebrate the new job.  My son is a nut over Medieval Times, and we always have fun.  We haven’t been there in a while because of my lack of employment.  So, we’re off to celebrate.

Last night I made marinated steaks for dinner and some baked fries.  My husband requested that I make fries that are seasoned like those from Checkers.  We recently had fries at a restaurant that reminded him of them.  So, I was on a hunt for the “copycat” recipe.  I actually started my crazy love for recipes when I started trying to find recipes that cloned my favorites from restaurants.  I love sites such as Copykat, Top Secret Recipes, Chef Pablo’s Restaurant Recipes, and Robbie’s Recipes.

I also adore Devin Alexander.  She has a book out called Fast Food Fix that has makeovers of restaurant recipes that will save your waistline.  She also wrote one of the Biggest Loser cookbooks and has had her own show as well.

I used her technique for Arby’s Fries last night, and the spice seasoning that I found on the web to make my fries.  So, here’s what I did…

Margo’s Copycat of Checkers Fries

6 yukon gold potatoes, sliced into small fry shapes
cooking spray
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 3/4 tbsp seasoned salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. Add potatoes. Cook for exactly 3 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Mix all seasonings and eggs together. Toss cooled potatoes in seasoning mixture to coat.

Mist a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange the potatoes, not touching, in a single layer. Bake for 9 minutes. Turn over potatoes. Return to oven and cook an additional 9 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.

Serve with reduced fat ranch dressing, if desired.

~M

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  1. WrightPC Says:

    Congrats on the new job! I’ll go back to hiding out behind your server now to ensure MTM keeps running smoothly…

    – Kevin

  2. Margo Says:

    Thanks Kevin!!!

  3. Grateful Twin Mom Says:

    Excited about the new job, and really looking forward to the quick and easy recipes. The more we work, the more we need you, Margo.

  4. Margo Says:

    You made my day, Grateful Twin Mom!!!! :) Thank you!

  5. Jyoti Says:

    I tried this one yesterday, came out really well!!
    Pls post some more veg recipes :) :)

  6. Oana Says:

    Congrats! I’ve been following your blog and I was so pleasantly surprised to see your last posts about the new job, so happy for you!

  7. Margo Says:

    Thank you, Oana!

    And Jyoti – check out the new Tomato Tart post – such a great veggie dish!

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