So yeah.

I had planned to have the tester site up by late March.

It’s now bor­der­ing on late April. And I’m cur­rently 3 lattes deep at a favorite local cafe while fran­ti­cally typ­ing, photo edit­ing and dis­tract­ing myself with Face­book and videos of big cats doing really cute shiz.

I’m clearly the most orga­nized per­son you know. This technologically-steeped girl is all about pen and paper in the kitchen… And while I’d like to blame my sloth-like data entry ten­den­cies on being busy, in real­ity it comes down to ques­tion­able time man­age­ment. Like when I’m watch­ing reruns of The IT Crowd while eat­ing tor­tilla chips. Or re-reading Harry Pot­ter for the eleventy bil­lionth time when I should be doing yoga teacher train­ing home­work (and then doing yoga teacher train­ing home­work when I should be typ­ing up recipes).

I’m a rock­star, what can I say? 😉

*(Total aside, but I’ve been work­ing on and writ­ing for this super awe­some pub­lic radio show you should know about– The Din­ner Party. Check it out! And you’re welcome!)*

In exchange for your love and patience, here is a fast, tasty (and gluten-free!) recipe from my upcom­ing Trader Joe’s book.

So, if you applied to test, please have patience with me. And in the mean­time, enjoy these tasty lit­tle morsels.

The TJ’s Organic Polenta is gluten-free and the Reduced Fat May­on­naise is (bizarrely) vegan, so this appe­tizer is a win for any and every­one.

Gar­lic Herbed Polenta Fries with Lemon Aioli

For the polenta fries:
1 log of Organic Polenta, cut into 1/2 inch discs, then strips
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 teas. Trader Joe’s Gar­lic Pow­der
1 tbsp. Trader Joe’s Organic Dried Oregano
1/2 teas. sea salt

For the aioli:
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves gar­lic, minced
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 teas. lemon zest
1/3 cup Trader Joe’s Reduced Fat May­on­naise
salt and pep­per, to taste

Pre­heat oven to 400. Line a bak­ing sheet with parch­ment paper.

Pre­pare polenta slices. In a small bowl, com­bine the olive oil, gar­lic pow­der and oregano. Whisk to com­bine. Gen­tly toss the polenta with the olive oil mix­ture and spread in an even layer on the pre­pared bak­ing sheet. Sprin­kle with sea salt. Bake for 35–40 min­utes, flip­ping fries halfway through, until slightly browned and crispy on the edges.

While the fries are bak­ing, pre­pare the aioli. In a small pan, heat the olive oil. Sautee the gar­lic for 2 min­utes, to remove bit­ter­ness. Remove from heat to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together the gar­lic, lemon juice and zest. Add the mayo and mix until incor­po­rated. Add the salt and pep­per to taste. Keep refrig­er­ated until use.

Serve the fries warm with the aioli.

Makes: 4 servings

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8 Responses to from under my rock…

  1. Ben says:

    Take your time! I’m sure it will be deli­cious either way!

  2. Josiane says:

    Yay you for work­ing on and writ­ing for a super awe­some pub­lic radio show! That’s very cool.

    Those polenta fries look awe­some! I don’t have access to TJ’s stuff, but I’m totally going to use the idea as inspi­ra­tion to make my own. Yum!

    • Kris says:

      The great thing about most of the recipes I’m work­ing on– not too many of them rely on things you can ONLY get at TJ’s, so any­one can ben­e­fit from most recipes. :)

  3. Ana says:

    Love the Trader Joe’s reduced fat mayo! I’ve been buy­ing it off and on for years. Every­one in the house eats it and I get to keep one more vegan food item around. These polenta fries look amaz­ing. Looks like it’s time to make another trip to TJ’s!

  4. Thank you! I have been crav­ing fries for ever! This looks look at good, health­ier alter­na­tive!
    Nicole <3

  5. Cat says:

    Those fries look fan­tas­tic! Where would we be with­out TJ’s? Have you tried their frozen whole per­sim­mons? Do you have any recipes for bak­ing or cook­ing with them? I am a new­comer to the world of per­sim­mons (and when I say “new­comer” I mean this was the first time I had eaten them.) Thx. :-)

    • Kris says:

      What?! I have not seen such things, but I will have to explore. I’ve had 1 per­sim­mon, fresh, once, and wasn’t impressed. But it was my first time…

  6. Oh my I absolutely love, love, love, polenta!!! My hus­band and son don’t which is just too bad because they don’t know what they are miss­ing out on.