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French fries

Homemade french fries, both baked and fried, have an incomparable freshness. The potatoes get wonderfully crisp on the outside and stay fluffy within. Making french fries from scratch is simple and allows you to cut the potatoes to your preferred thickness and to season them to your taste.

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Using a mandoline to cut the potatoes into ultra-thin shapes (or "shoestrings") is quick and easy. You can do so up to four hours ahead; to prevent discoloration, place cut potatoes in a bowl of cold water in the refrigerator until ready to use, then gently pat dry with paper towels. Pair with Hanger Steak for a complete meal. This recipe was also featured in "Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home."

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Who needs French fries when you've got Italian fries? A twist on a recipe created by Lucinda's Italian relatives, these oven-baked fries are tossed in olive oil, grated cheese, and a medley of dried herbs. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper while they're still hot, and serve immediately. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

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A fantastic accompaniment to grilled pork or roast chicken, these salty-sweet wedges also make a stealthily healthy snack for ravenous boys. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn. (c)2009, Lucinda Scala Quinn. Used by permission of Artisan Books, artisanbooks.com.

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The secret of delectable fries lies in the frying process. The oil needs to be just the right temperature -- too cool, the potatoes will absorb the oil; too hot, the outsides of the potatoes will burn.