Goodbye & FRITO PIE • YouTube

IT’S NEW YEAR’S EVE and I’m flying back to New York today. It’s always hard to believe how quickly holidays and whole years pass us by. Like many of you, I’ve been revisiting and assessing what I’ve been finding down Memory Lane ’09: A+ for Amy Blogs Chow; big fat F for Full-Time Writing and the list goes on… Certainly, I have much to reflect on (last ten days with Jason included). But in true Amy fashion, I have yet to pack so should sign off to do that now…

In the next three hours, I’ll tie up loose ends, consolidate things I’ve accumulated, say thank you, and goodbye to my wonderful hosts. I’m not looking forward to the journey back to Manhattan in the middle of New Year’s Eve festivities, but trudging through the cold and crowds to get home – Home! in New York City! – seems like a good goal for the final day of the year. Before I go, here’s one last Stupidly Simple Snacks video to wrap up 2009. I made FRITO PIE, a popular dish in the South that combines chili and cheese with corn chips. It reminds me of movie theater snacks on steroids, but the bowl of hot, crunchy goodness actually made for a satisfying lunch. You’ll have to eat it to believe it, I suppose. Here’s hoping for more eating and believing in 2010. Happy New Year! amy december 31, 2009

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WHAT YOU NEED 2 cups Fritos | chili | cheddar cheese | microwave-safe bowl | microwave | 2 minutes

MUSIC Belle & Sebastian For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea

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December 31, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Stupidly Simple Snacks, Texas, videos. 4 comments.

HOT CHEESY POTATO from yo microwave • YOUTUBE

IT’S THANKSGIVING WEEK and if there’s a theme for Thanksgiving week, it’s that no meal is stupidly simple. To offer some respite from the turkey, stuffing, and pie hoo-ha, I nuke a potato in the latest episode of Stupidly Simple Snacks (should you be hungry and short on time during the other 51 weeks in the year, of course). It’s common knowledge that the baked potato is a versatile meal (think of the toppings! sour cream & chives, cheese, butter, bacon bits…) but I didn’t realize it would be so filling. I split the cheesy tater with Jason and called it dinner for two. Well, he later cleaned off a plate of chocolate cookies, but I still felt quite sated the next morning.

Without further ado, I present – potato! Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

WHAT YOU NEED microwave | potato | sharp object to pierce potato | topping of your choice | 5 minutes on high power in microwave, 5 minutes to stand in microwave.

MUSIC The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

November 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos. 2 comments.

Pizza Bruschetta on YOUTUBE

IN THE THIRD EPISODE of Stupidly Simple Snacks, I make pizza – on bread! It took a bit longer to edit this one, but I think the message comes through: cut bread, add sauce, add cheese, bake. I hope you guys like this one as I had to veto Jason’s veto on the basis that it was not “stupidly simple” enough. I think shoving three ingredients in an oven is easy as pie… agree or disagree? As always, feedback of all kinds and lengths are appreciated!

P.S. For those who are bound to yell over my pronunciation of bruschetta: Alton Brown says both pronunciations are A-OK. (Clip found by @Gordoneats, who is awesome.)

WHAT YOU NEED: 400 °F | Italian roll | pizza or marinara sauce | mozzarella cheese | pepperoni (optional) | 2 min. for prep and 8 min. to bake

MUSIC: Q-Tip vs. Hanson – Breathe and Stop (remixed by PopChop)

October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Italian, Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos. 3 comments.