Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day Two - I'M BORED Celebration

I’m so excited to be a part of the celebration for Debbie’s first book, I’m Bored!! I remember when Debbie first started working on the illustrations for this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Too bad I can’t win our contest, but YOU can, all you have to do is comment on our blog sometime this week. If you tweet the contest and tell us, we’ll give you another entry.

To help celebrate Debbie’s exciting news, I’d like to do something a little different today. I’m going to share something my kids and I love to do with a POTATO. Make chips! (Potatoes know about fun - read the book. :-) ) 

Making potato chips is a bit time consuming but so worth it. Nothing like a warm, salty chip...cue Homer Simpson drooling 

You’ll need:

1 to 2 large potatoes (we use baking potatoes)
Potato slicer
Vegetable oil
Deep fryer and slotted spoon
Sea salt 
Paper towels

Slice potatoes as thinly as you can. If you don’t have a slicer, just do your best to keep the slices uniformed. 
Rinse slices with cold water and pat dry. This is an important step so don’t skip it.
Fill fryer about half way with vegetable oil and heat. (We don’t have a temperature dial on our fryer so we just keep testing the oil until a small potato slice begins to fry and float.)
Working in small batches, add potato slices to oil and heat until golden brown. Use the spoon to occasionally flip the chips so they are evenly cooked. I know from experience you’ll be tempted to start making bigger batches but resist that urge. Bigger batches won’t cook as evenly.
Carefully spoon out chips (let oil drip out of slotted spoon) and lay them in a single layer on paper towels. 
While chips are still warm, sprinkle with salt. You can also experiment with other spices. We’ve tried pepper, vinegar and salt, and cinnamon. 

Tip: it helps to have an assembly lines of sorts. My kids and I set up a system where I cook, my son sprinkles the salt and my daughter carefully pours the batch that’s ready into a bowl. 

So there you go - a good thing to do with a potato! Now, while you’re munching on your homemade chips, check out more about Debbie’s book here:

Check out what Publisher's Weekly has to say about I'M BORED here.
Follow Debbie on Twitter: @inkyelbows 
Check out Debbie's website:


  1. Yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Car!

  2. You've just made me want potato chips for breakfast! (Fortunately... or unfortunately ... I have no potatoes in the house. No potatoes? Gak. I'm bored.)

    I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery of my own copy of I'M BORED (today? please please please, hope hope hope) so please don't enter me in the drawing. I just had to come over here and join in the celebration (and I'm so glad to get to know this blog, as a pre-published MG writer myself.)


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