Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Cut sweet potatoes into matchstick size. Roughly 1/4 in by 1/4 in.

Wash thoroughly.

Create slurry, 1 part corn starch, 1 part water in flat bowl.

Coat matchstick sweet potatoes in slurry, place in flat dish or on metal mesh sheet.

Heat peanut oil to medium high heat.

Drop matchsticks in, one by one, for a batch a handful at a time. Because of the cornstarch, the matchsticks stick together if you put them all in by the handful. Let cook on medium high heat until cornstarch is solidified and matchsticks are a light golden brown. Put into dish with a few paper towels in it to drain.

Make seasoning: salt, garlic powder, black pepper, white pepper, paprika.

Make dip: 1 part just mayo, 1 part ketchup. Cholula to taste.

WHEN READY TO EAT: Get a second dish, line it with paper towels. Heat oil to medium high/high heat. Fry matchsticks a SECOND time. They will brown up really really fast now. Take them out, drain the oil on the paper towel covered dish, season well. Enjoy with the dip.



Lemon Crackers

Adapted from Scotland County(NC)Cotton Pickin’ Recipes


½ oz (2 tbsp) Ammonium carbonate (baker’s ammonia)
1 c milk
½ c butter
1 ¼ c sugar
1 egg well beaten
1 tbsp lemon oil (optional)
2 tbsp lemon extract
5 c flour


  1. Pulverize ammonium carbonate with rolling pin, add milk, let stand ½ hour or until dissolved, stir often.
  2. Cream butter and sugar; add egg, lemon flavoring, add milk mixture.
  3. Stir in flour and chill.
  4. Roll ¼ inch thick of floured surface.
  5. Cut into 3 inch squares. Prick with floured fork.
  6. Bake on silpat at 375F for 15 minutes until lightly browned.
  7. Makes 3 ½ dozen.

NOTE: The crackers are crispy because of the baker’s ammonia.

NOTE2: You can add cracked black pepper to make great soup crackers.

NOTE3: This recipe can easily be halved or doubled. It is easily frozen as a dough or as a finished cracker. This is just a low maintenance, old timey recipe. It makes a great snack. This vintage recipe was used by pioneers on the Oregon Trail for something hearty and healthy to eat during their long travels. I suppose in that case it’s a great thing to bring along on airplane journeys these days 🙂