A Sincere Love of French Fries

March 13, 2013

When I was just about a year old, my parents took me to Europe for a three week trip. It was the time of Europe on $5 a Day and the flights and hotels were so inexpensive they couldn’t afford not to go. I don’t think it was a particularly easy trip for them, I was only one after all, and there was some seriously hot weather that we all dealt with in Italy and the south of France. They have told me over the years that I got heat stroke and that I also ate french fries all through Europe. Given my intense love of french fries, even now, this is not surprising. If you are a regular here, you know that most of my savory food is very healthy but you should all know, if I haven’t mentioned it already, that if stranded on a desert island, the one food I would want to eat until the end of time is french fries. Second choice would be ketchup to accompany the fries.

Because I like to fit into my pants, french fries are not a regular part of my diet. One of the benefits of being a parent is getting to steal them off my kids’ plates. But I never order them for myself. While Randy and I were trying to get pregnant, I regularly told him that as soon as I got a positive test, I was having french fries for dinner. We were living in London and had been trying for 8 months which is not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but is a very long time when you are really wanting to get pregnant. On April 1, 2004, I went to see an OB because I wasn’t getting my period but was still not getting a positive pregnancy test. I assumed that I was having some hormonal trouble, something I had dealt with in the past and she ran a panel of tests including a pregnancy test, “just in case”. I was sitting in a laundromat later that day, watching our sheets spin around in the dryer, when the previously frosty and now cheerful doc called me back to tell me that I was, in fact, pregnant. I will never EVER forget that afternoon of pure and private joy, the hours spent grinning and dreaming, alone with my incredible secret. I met Randy in his office that evening and told him that my appointment had not gone well. “APRIL FOOL’S!!”

That night we went to a pub where I gleefully ordered lemonade (which is like Sprite in England) instead of beer and “chips” (hold the fish) for dinner. I was in heaven in more ways than one. Over the next few months, I sampled fries all through London, thankful that my morning sickness actually happened right before bed time and was never too bad, so did not interfere with fry consumption. Toward the end of our time in Europe, Randy and I took a trip, supposedly for Randy’s job, that brought us to Talinn, Stockholm, Brussels, and Amsterdam, and then we continued on to Provence for a week with American friends. I continued on my fry diet, adding in plenty of Belgian and French chocolate, along with a few healthy things. I can tell you that the best chips/fries/frites I had were in a certain pub in London (in Chelsea) and also in Amsterdam.

In my non-pregnant and non-world-traveling days, I am perfectly happy making oven fries. Not only are they healthy and almost as good as the real thing, but they create very little mess. The same can not be said of frying your own potatoes. Or can it?

A couple of months ago, the good people at T-Fal wrote to offer me an ActiFry. This is a machine, the email said, that allows you to fry food with only one tablespoon of oil and is so easy to clean that you can put most of its parts in the dishwasher. This sounded suspiciously too good to be true, so of course I said yes. My machine arrived, I took a look at the instructions and enclosed recipe packet and realized that, because I don’t eat meat, that this would be kind of a one trick pony in my kitchen. Potatoes only. But after sampling the fries that came out of it and after making my own potato chips with it, I am happy to have a device that does one (or two) things.

How does it work? Magic, I think. I prepared my potatoes as I usually do for fries, which is that I sliced them as evenly as possible, then let them soak in a big bowl of water – this is essential for getting a crispiness whether you are using an Acti-Fry or making them in the oven. I dried each fry carefully with a kitchen towel, piled them in the machine, drizzled one tablespoon of olive oil (a tiny measuring cup is included) and turned it on. Then I went about my business making the rest of dinner. After 35 minutes, maybe a few more, the fries were crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and tasted, well, like fries. Not greasy in the slightest and evenly cooked which is not always the case with oven fries. If 35-40 minutes sounds like a long time to make fries, consider that it takes at least that long with the oven (including pre-heating time) and probably that long for the old-fashioned way (including heating the oil to the proper temperature, double frying, and making them in small batches). I was able to fit 3 medium sized russet potatoes worth of fries in the machine and I am slightly embarrassed to tell you that I had intended for our family to eat them but I made something else for the boys so Randy and I could devour them all. At the end of dinner, I washed machine parts, which weren’t all that dirty to begin with, easily with hot water and a bit of soap. They didn’t even need a trip through the dishwasher.

So, would you like an Acti-Fry? I receive a fair number of product offerings here at Dana Treat, most of which I decline. (Bacon of the Month club for a vegetarian blogger?) When I do accept, I always ask if I can have an additional one to give away if I like the product. I imagine that it is clear that I am fond of the Acti-Fry and they were kind enough to say I could give one away. I’ve shared my desert island food – what is yours? Tell me in the comments what food you would eat until the end of time. I will pick a winner, randomly, next Wednesday. You have until 5pm PDT to enter. Good luck!

UPDATE: Contest closed!  Winner has been selected.



131 Comments »

  1. I absolutely love french fries. I enjoy them many different ways; plain, with cheese, drowned in chili, dipped in mayo, ranch and malt vinegar. I could go on either way I love french fries.

    Comment by Shannen — March 13, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  2. I am not a fan of frying or specialty kitchen gadgets, but I have to say that I am totally intrigued. Have you tried tofu in it yet? I have never been happy with pan frying (nonstick) or oven baked attempts in my house. Thank goodness for the pre-fried options at the various Asian markets here in lovely Tacoma.

    Desert island food? Good bread, good olive oil, and good salt. The scurvy would get me, but I’d die happy (if perhaps toothless).

    Comment by Melora — March 13, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  3. I’m with you–fries, fries and more fries–but only fresh, hand cut fries. Yum!

    Comment by June — March 13, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

  4. My desert island food is salt and vinegar potato chips. The really crispy kettle kind. Of course, I’d probably need to bring along some soothing lip balm, too!

    Comment by Valerie — March 13, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

  5. We will share if we win :)
    I would choose to eat asian noodle soup.
    Toni would probably choose potato chips.

    Comment by Alex + Toni — March 13, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

  6. I loved your french fry story! and really enjoy your blog. On a desert island, I would choose popcorn. I can munch for a looooong time on it and never grow tired of it.

    Comment by Kel — March 13, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

  7. I’d have to say ice cream. it is one thing we don’t keep in the house, I have no self control. we only get ice cream out!

    Comment by Erin Sorensen — March 13, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

  8. Chicken fingers with good honey mustard, but french fries are a very close second. I’ve been wondering if this Acti-Fry is really worth the space in my kitchen. I’ll have to add it to my birthday list, unless of course I win!

    Comment by Carolyn K. — March 13, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

  9. I have Acti-fry envy. When I was in Holland when I was 18 I think I had fries for every meal served with Dutch mayonnaise…so good. One of my favourite snacks is poutine but tat would defeat the purpose of having an Acti-fry with all that gravy and cheese curds:D

    Comment by bellini — March 13, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

  10. I love french fries too! I remember my trip to europe (well, Belgium specifically was particularly french fry fueled). I’d love this little contraption for at home fry nights! As for my desert island food, can I say hot dogs? It’s my guilty pleasure.

    Comment by kickpleat — March 13, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

  11. That does sound like a magical machine and after reading an ode to fries, that’s all I want for dinner as well – although I like mine with both ketchup and mayo! For me, my forever food would be white rice. I know, sounds basic but on a desert island I’d have fish and fresh leaves and fruits I could add to my rice for a complete meal. It’s my favorite thing, I even dream about it if I’m on a diet and not eating it!!!!!!! Would love to try the Actifry to make fries and wings!

    Comment by Marnely Rodriguez-Murray — March 13, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

  12. I absolutely couldn’t eat it every day–but I will always have space in my stomach for my mother’s macaroni and cheese! Ultimate comfort and special treat :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Sam H — March 13, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

  13. You are a lady after my own heart. I would definitely choose to eat french fries exclusively for the rest of my life. However, I prefer sweet potato french fries over the regular ones. They’re healthy(er) ;)

    Comment by Ellie Delancey — March 13, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

  14. Sushi I think. Or chocolate??? Hard to pick just one but I think I’ll go with sushi. :) I would love to try this awesome fry maker! One tablespoon of oil??? Awesome!!!!

    Comment by Ames — March 13, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

  15. Frozen Yogurt! I wish I could eat it all day everyday. It would be especially refreshing on a warm desert island ;)

    Comment by Jessica — March 13, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  16. Bread!!! Sadly, I’ve given up wheat and haven’t tried my hand at a wheat-free version…I’m still busy dreaming of crispy, chewy baguettes.

    Comment by rachel — March 13, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

  17. Bagels!

    Comment by Jennifer — March 14, 2013 @ 12:49 am

  18. First comment ‘almost’ never wins, but what the hey . . . thanks for the contest! Sounds like an awesome kitchen addition.

    Comment by Jani — March 14, 2013 @ 12:53 am

  19. Although I fear I’d tire of the texture eventually, I’d have to go with avocados. Not only do I love them, but they are also a pretty nutritious food to have to survive on!

    Comment by Rachel — March 14, 2013 @ 1:19 am

  20. Oh, that does sound like magic! If I could eat anything until the end of time, it would be chocolate-covered strawberries!

    Comment by Alice — March 14, 2013 @ 1:42 am

  21. Caesar Salad with homemade croutons and dressing!

    Comment by Shawnee — March 14, 2013 @ 1:47 am

  22. My desert island food is Macaroni and Cheese or a huge cheese plate with a fresh baguette, some greens and wine. Clearly I would not be a good Survivor contestant lol.

    This is a great story Dana – it reminds of how much fun pregnancy is when it comes to exploring food!

    I would LOVE an Acti-fry :)

    Comment by Alyssa (Everyday Maven) — March 14, 2013 @ 2:36 am

  23. Pizza, the perfect food!

    Comment by Bob — March 14, 2013 @ 2:41 am

  24. Your post brings back fond memories of my grandmother’s Fry Daddy. What a pain to clean, though. I’m intrigued by this new approach. As for desert island food, I’ll try not to overthink this . . . guess I’ll have to say ice cream.

    Comment by Lisa H. — March 14, 2013 @ 3:08 am

  25. I was just thinking about the last time you did a giveaway post, how serendipitous.

    My desert island food would be frozen yogurt. hands down.

    Comment by Alexa — March 14, 2013 @ 3:56 am

  26. Chocolate for me!

    Comment by Lori — March 14, 2013 @ 4:01 am

  27. Since it is more likely to find asparagus on an island than lasagna, I would have to say that asparagus is my desert island food. But I know if there were lasagna elves on that island, it would be lasagna.

    Comment by Rita — March 14, 2013 @ 4:34 am

  28. Popcorn! Popped on the stovetop with melted butter and lots of salt!

    Comment by Lisa — March 14, 2013 @ 4:46 am

  29. Actifry. I think I have to get one. The last time I made “real” French fries, we were living in corporate housing after moving to Seattle from the east coast. I managed to set the range hood on fire when the oil flared. No fire extinguisher and only a tiny amt of baking soda, so I had to call the fire department. My children were terrified.

    Desert island – chocolate covered almonds.

    Comment by Jody Kris — March 14, 2013 @ 5:17 am

  30. Oh boy. What a hard decision. It would either be chocolate ice cream, cinnamon raisin bread, or french fries drowned in ketchup – it would probably just depend on my mood that day I got stranded on the island. ;)

    Comment by Melinda @cookingalamel — March 14, 2013 @ 5:48 am

  31. Hi Dana,

    I agree French fries are the best. I love to watch the movie Shirlet Valentine and must have chip and egg with a glass of white wine.
    Desert island… Spagetti carbonara and wine…..

    Comment by Kimberly griffin — March 14, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  32. I love fries like crazy, but my desert island food would have to be ice cream. I’ll eat it anytime, anywhere!

    Comment by Jessica L. @ The Lamppost — March 14, 2013 @ 11:56 am

  33. Macaroni and cheese, without a doubt.

    Comment by Jennifer — March 14, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

  34. Mmm… fries. My desert island food would probably be really good bread (with a toaster and butter please).

    Comment by Katie — March 14, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

  35. Chocolate, cheese, and wine! Ok, that’s three things, but my usual desert island day dream involves being given the option to bring three foods and a lot of sunscreen! I’d love an ActiFry, and I love your blog!

    Comment by Allison Strauss — March 14, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

  36. Anything with bacon! Fries and bacon would be great!!

    Comment by Lynne Beattie — March 14, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

  37. Great story! I would have to say greek yogurt, muelsi and honey. I never get bored of it and look forward to breakfast every day!

    Comment by Eileen — March 14, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  38. fries! i love all kinds. but the favorite in our home has to be korean sweet potato (yellow flesh instead of orange) fries. yum!

    Comment by Esther — March 14, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  39. As I get older I’m noticing I gravitate towards savory (and salty!) rather than sweet. I actually think french fries might be my desert island food- but lets be honest, anything potato would probably make it a decent way to spend some time. I also don’t eat them as often as I’d like because of frying- this machine sounds suspiciously like magic!!!

    Comment by Steph — March 14, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

  40. So many good things I’d miss including french fries, bread and chocolate. But I could not live without apples!! I can usually eat several a day, and crave them like nothing else if I run out.

    Comment by Rachel Le — March 14, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

  41. Perfectly ripened avocado. I would probably eat sand as long as it was slathered in avocado.

    Comment by Melinda — March 14, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  42. French fries are definitely at the top of my list as well, right after buttered-almond ice cream. Then again, if I am deserted on an island, I’d want it to be a tropical one, and then I’d have to rely on some type of cooling apparatus to keep my daily supply frozen–so, French fries it is! Wait–on second thought, I changed my mind. My choice is a nice chardonnay or pinot grigio!

    Love your blog–Thanks for all the great reads!

    Comment by Barb — March 14, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

  43. The ActiFry sounds amazing! As my desert island food, I would eat strawberry shortcake. Every single day. It is my absolute favorite dessert.

    Comment by Nicole — March 14, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

  44. Olives– especially those bright green Italian olives that hardly taste salty. I can eat them until I’m sick. Artichokes. Chocolate. Do we really have to limit it to one?
    Love your blog. And your taste in shoes.

    Comment by Sally — March 14, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  45. I’m going to have to agree that fries are the world’s best desert island food – so long as the texture is right. They have to be crisp on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. Limp fries just make me sad.

    Comment by Elise — March 14, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

  46. Pizza! Hopefully with a variety of toppings.

    Comment by Rosie — March 14, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

  47. I’m with you on the fries. I loooove poutine but don’t eat it very often as it’s so terribly unhealthy. If I was on a desert island though, I probably wouldn’t have to worry about the calories and fat so much ;)

    Comment by Danielle Mattson — March 14, 2013 @ 5:41 pm

  48. Pasta, of course!! I could eat it everyday!

    Comment by Ellen — March 14, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

  49. ice cream is definitely mine!! I love ketchup more than fries and typically use them as a vehicle for ketchup so a “healthier” way to do this would be wonderful!! Pick me pick me! :)

    Comment by natalie@thesweetslife — March 14, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

  50. I’m with you, sister! Fries, but with aioli!!! I have a serious relationship with mayo as well. Heaven. This machine would rock my world.

    Comment by Julied — March 14, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

  51. My dessert island food would be sweet potatoes, in any form but especially sweet potato fries! I love your blog, it is one of the few that I subscribe to so that I never miss an entry :)

    Comment by Corey — March 14, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

  52. I would eat fried chicken on a dessert island. It’s been my favorite since I was a little girl and has always been my special birthday dinner. There’s nothing in the world like biting into a batter-dipped, crispy, fried, juicy chicken leg. It’s bliss …

    Comment by Alison — March 14, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

  53. I guess my favorite would be spaghetti and marinara sauce. If I could have a tossed salad with vinaigrette it would be perfect. Till the end of time.

    Comment by Susan — March 14, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

  54. I think we have pretty similar feelings about this…I currently eat fries off the.boy’s plate. And that is definitely a perk of having him around. :)

    I don’t fry AT ALL so this ActiFry sounds pretty magical to me!

    I would eat ice cream until the end of time.

    Comment by Joanne — March 14, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

  55. French fries! As is, with paprika, provencal (add some parsley and garlic), hot sauce…
    :)
    Great review and giveaway :)

    Comment by Andrea — March 14, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

  56. I would love to have one… I never make fries at home and rarely order them, as like you, my first order of business is making sure my jeans fit nicely ;-)

    the food I would eat when stranded in the island? Potstickers. Non-stop. Until I cannot get another one, then I’ll take a break and start all over

    Comment by sallybr — March 14, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

  57. Mashed potatoes till the end of time. Just salt and butter to top. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

    Really, anything made with potatoes is perfectly fine by me! ;)

    Comment by Elissa — March 14, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

  58. I’ll just generalize and say pasta, in all its lovely forms!!

    Comment by Pam — March 14, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

  59. I have a new addiction, and can’t get enought. I heat up a little slice of jalapeno bagette in olive oil with some chopped garlic…yum spicy…yum want some now!

    Comment by Lori — March 14, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  60. French fries. Hands down.
    Followed by my second love, homemade macaroni & cheese. Oh, Chocolate gelato, yeast raised chocolate glazed doughnuts, brie, spaghetti marinara with parmesan, and pizza. Lovely lovely pizza. I could go on. Apparently I’m not very good at this game. Perhaps last meal before I die would be a better description. What a lovely end.

    Comment by Renee — March 14, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  61. I am with you French fries……love them.

    Comment by Mary — March 14, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

  62. No doubt – french fries! And no ketchup needed but they need to be crispy on the outside and have just the right amount of salt. I tend to avoid them too – unless we’re on a road trip…small fry from MickeyD’s always hits the spot :)

    Comment by Katy — March 14, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

  63. French fries for me as well. Or brownies…

    Comment by Ashley — March 14, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  64. Hi Dana! The ActiFry sounds intriguing. Especially since I often crave french fries but rarely make the real deal at home. Same with doughnuts, my desert island food! I would eat a good old-fashioned doughnut (donut?) every morning with my coffee if it wouldn’t add 20 pounds to my backside. French fries are a close second. Thrashers boardwalk fries in Rehoboth Beach, DE are my favorite!

    Comment by Katie — March 14, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

  65. I like to make baked french fries with russet potatoes and sweet potatoes. I serve them with three dipping sauces; whole grain mustard-garlic aioli, a spicy-sweet barbecue sauce, and traditional ketchup.

    My desert island food would be pretzel rolls.

    Comment by Maureen — March 14, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

  66. You are exactly right Dana – about French fries – but I might take chips and salsa and guacamole! Lots!

    Comment by Katy Gilmore — March 14, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  67. Pizza – homemade or proper Italian thin crust. So good!

    Comment by Claire — March 14, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

  68. I agree with you and most of the commenters here. Fries are my desert island food!

    Comment by Payal — March 14, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  69. I love, love, love french fries, too. I think I love sweet potato fries even more. While I’d love to win one, i think I’ll be checking out this T-fal product even if I don’t. I really enjoy your blog!

    Comment by Sonya — March 14, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  70. This is embarrassing, but my automatic reaction was, “Grapefruits!” So yeah…grapefruits, every morning, until the end of time.

    Comment by Jessica — March 14, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

  71. Pizza! Especially Pepe’s of New Haven-AMAZING! It’s my desert island/last meal for sure (:

    Comment by Liz Cheney — March 14, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

  72. Mine would definitely be sushi, just as long as I don’t have to roll it myself.

    Comment by Millie — March 14, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

  73. Hummus, I couldn’t live without it I put it on everything!

    Comment by Nicole — March 14, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  74. Salad, especially the kind with freshest mesclun, fresh fruit (eg, oranges, strawberries or whatever is in season), thinly sliced “spicy” veggie (eg, fennel, radish, red onion) and a protein (cheese or nuts, sometimes both), all tossed in a shallot vinagrette. It’s my go-to formula for a great salad. Sure, I like fries and bread as much as the next gal, but I never tire of eating salad and always feel good about my choice after.

    Thanks for another great giveaway! I’m dying to try the Acti-Fry!

    Comment by Jennifer — March 14, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

  75. In the ’40s and ’50s my late father worked for the railroad as a chef and made American food there but at home he’d treat us to his native Filipino dishes: pancit, adobo, etc. My absolute favorite was sotanghon. Guess that would be perfect for a desert island.

    Comment by Carmen C — March 14, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  76. Being Asian, rice is a main dish for me and at first it was pressured cooked white rice that I couldn’t get enough of… A couple years ago, I changed to brown rice and started to ferment them(basically sprout them) before cooking and I just can’t get enough of that flavor.. I can’t pressure cook the fermented brown rice because it depletes like 63% of the nutrients… But since rice is inconvenient to cook on a desert island I would have to go with kettle cooked BBQ chips as my second!

    Comment by Sulki Choi — March 14, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  77. I want this fryer so I will comment! I’d eat bread. Any and all kinds of bread. But if I can choose only one, Tartine’s artisan loaf.

    Comment by Julie Hubert — March 14, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

  78. My most favorite food are olives, followed closely by pickles and then artichokes. However if I were unable to leave an island and could have only one food, it would have to be pizza, because pizza can be stacked with lovely cheese, mixed olive tapenade, green olives, sun dried tomatoes, and carmelized onions with thinly sliced eggplant and artichoke heart shavings on top.

    Comment by Yafa — March 14, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

  79. Peanut butter. I eat it with fruit, on cereal, on my toast every morning, cookies, bars, on a spoon (and even better–sprinkle that spoonful with chocolate chips and you’re doomed! Addiction is unavoidable), with ice cream, crackers (ritz or graham crackers, please), sandwiches, and even in ice cream cracker sandwiches! The extent I go to is bananas! (Ooh, yeah, PB on bananas…soo good). If I were on a deserted island, and I could only take one food item with me, I would bring peanut butter. No doubt.

    Comment by Kaley — March 14, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

  80. I’m with you on the fries, the ketchup, and the fact that fries are a great remedy for morning (or evening, or all day, sickness). Because I also like to fit into my pants, I rarely eat them, which is why I would LOVE the Acti-Fry!

    Comment by Christine Whittington — March 14, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

  81. I’m still amazed this is possible! I want to bite one and you made me crave fries like crazy! We were just talking desert island food last night. I have an ideal chopped salad with lots of goodies in it that would be my answer but everyone agreed that salad is a super lame answer…even if it’s true. It has cheese! and roasted squash! and marcona almonds! Anyway, to have a more socially acceptable answer, I am going with oreo peppermint ice cream milk shake.

    Comment by sara — March 15, 2013 @ 12:29 am

  82. fresh sourdough bread…heavenly.
    I think this looks like a great way to make french fries at home!

    Comment by Cat McAlister — March 15, 2013 @ 12:55 am

  83. I would eat mushroom risotto until the end of time. It is my favorite!
    I have been telling my friends that the best part of recently giving up meat is that my favorite Blog (Dana Treat) is written by a Vegetarian!
    P.S. Amazon shows a lovely vegetable stir-fry in the ActiFry photos…so maybe a two-trick pony for your kitchen.

    Comment by Suzanne — March 15, 2013 @ 1:32 am

  84. Sushi would be my desert island food. That’s pretty general, so…salmon nigiri I think.

    Comment by Amy — March 15, 2013 @ 1:40 am

  85. This is such a hard choice because I really love all of the foods so much. But I think I have to go with cookies. I think they would make me happiest if I had to be alone on a desert alone.

    Comment by alicia — March 15, 2013 @ 2:41 am

  86. French fries and Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake Ice cream. Have to have both sweet and salty or the craving for the other would drive me crazy! Acti-Fry come live at my house!

    Comment by Michelle Reich — March 15, 2013 @ 3:29 am

  87. I love French fies as well! I love to cover them with red wine vinegar and then dip them in ketchup.

    Comment by Trish — March 15, 2013 @ 4:07 am

  88. Cookies, lots of varieties including chocolate chip, Oreos, Mallomars, and Thin Mints. I think its hereditary – my dad would say the same thing.

    Comment by Jody — March 15, 2013 @ 4:15 am

  89. I’m going with French butter and baguette. Can I have some vin on this island too?

    Comment by Catherine — March 15, 2013 @ 5:15 am

  90. I would have to pick pizza! It has all your food groups ;)

    Comment by Meagan — March 15, 2013 @ 5:49 am

  91. My mother’s mashed potato doughnuts {as long as I could have coffee or milk, too.}

    If I only had water to drink, french fries it would be!

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

    Comment by Dani H — March 15, 2013 @ 6:11 am

  92. I would pick french fries too!!

    Comment by Jane — March 15, 2013 @ 6:29 am

  93. pizza, so many different toppings, crust sizes, cheeses. how could anyone ever get sick of pizza?!

    Comment by angela — March 15, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  94. Tough call but I think it would be Mashed potatoes!!! or potatoes in any shape or form :)

    Comment by Alex — March 15, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

  95. I’m with you – fries all the way! From higher quality “gourmet” fries to fast food crinkle cuts, you just can’t go wrong with fries.

    Comment by Amanda — March 15, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

  96. Corn chips and homemade salsa…So good!

    Comment by Sarah — March 15, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

  97. Probably rice. I love it. I ate it for breakfast every morning in high school. I also really love avocado. Both foods are so malleable.

    Comment by Hillary — March 15, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

  98. Is it cheating to say salad? I could eat salad in any form every day for the rest of my life!

    Comment by Mona — March 15, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

  99. Crusty bread and cheese forever :)

    Comment by Jackie — March 15, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

  100. Hmmmm…I think any kind of seafood…and I even imagine seafood would be excellent cooked in Acti-Fry!!

    Comment by Kim Weigand — March 15, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

  101. Hmmm, I’d pick avocado on toast. I could eat that everyday!

    Comment by Helen — March 15, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

  102. French fries with mayo and oranges. I’d have plenty of fat and Vitamin C!

    Comment by Laura — March 15, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

  103. Toast with butter or baked potato with butter (theme?) The actifry looks amazing. Laughed about the pregnancy story – can so relate.

    Comment by Charlotte — March 15, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

  104. For dinner, my absolute favorite is chicken piccata. I could eat that every night! Since I am definitely a sweets person, I’d also need some ice cream…preferably Salt & Straw’s salted caramel….mmmmmmm.

    Comment by Karen D — March 15, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  105. Cheese!

    Comment by Elaine — March 15, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  106. Popcorn, sprinkled with nutritional yeast! I love, love, love popcorn. :)

    Comment by Rachel — March 15, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

  107. Movie theatre popcorn. And I don’t mean the stuff you pop in a microwave at home that says “movie theatre” on the bag. I want it straight from the theatre in one of their cinematic themed bags.

    Comment by Sim — March 15, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  108. Salty snacks!

    Comment by Judith — March 16, 2013 @ 1:12 am

  109. Probably pizza…or ice cream…or bacon

    Comment by jennifer — March 16, 2013 @ 1:58 am

  110. Key lime pie!!!

    Comment by Sara M — March 16, 2013 @ 3:41 am

  111. I am intrigued as well by the magic machine. Hearing that it actually behaves as advertized from a reputable source like you has me coveting it now!
    I must confess that I’m not a fan of regular fries, but am in love with sweet potato fries. My husband is just the opposite so I never have anyone to share with! I would totally use this machine to make a half-and-half batch for us…
    But as far as my desert island food: I could eat thin crusted, wood fired pizza every day forever. Especially if the toppings could change!

    Comment by aleah — March 16, 2013 @ 4:47 am

  112. Till the end of time?…it would have to be pizza. But french fries would be a close second. I truly believe the humble potato is the most versatile and delicious food on the planet. Yum!

    Comment by Jamie lockard — March 16, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

  113. A cheese plate…cheese, fresh bread, & a few gapes or quince paste would be even better

    Comment by Tara — March 16, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

  114. Hmmm…what a hard question! I think I could eat mashed potatoes every single day. Actually, to be honest – any potatoes will do!

    Comment by Darlene E — March 16, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

  115. I do love the idea of “real” fries using only a bit of oil. I have made oven fries in the past with mixed success. This machine sounds as you said..too good to be true!
    My desert island food would be bread…any kind. Preferably homemade, although where on a desert island I would bake it would be a conundrum. :)
    Oh, and a side of strong cheese and a glass of red wine to accompany the bread would be lovely.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    AnnieM

    Comment by AnnieM — March 16, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

  116. I’m with you – French fries are my favorite treat. I rarely have them, but I would be a very happy woman if I could eat them every day.

    Comment by Laura — March 17, 2013 @ 12:34 am

  117. Nutella, avocados, and potatoes.

    Comment by Joanne — March 17, 2013 @ 2:22 am

  118. I really, really love mangos. They might be my deserted island food! But sweet potato fries run a close second!

    Comment by Darlene — March 17, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

  119. Black cherries– ones that are ripe enough to dribble down my chin! I couldn’t trust myself alone on an island with an endless supply of fries. Unless they were made with one tablespoon of oil and not at all greasy….

    Amy

    Comment by Amy — March 18, 2013 @ 12:26 am

  120. Oven roasted vegetables. All kinds.

    Comment by Shawn — March 18, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  121. Toasted challah spread with butter could sustain me forever!

    Comment by Maren — March 18, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

  122. Good crusty bread with salted butter!

    Comment by Liza — March 18, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  123. My desert island food is sushi. Rice, seaweed, spicy wasabi and fish…with just a drizzle of soy sauce…I could eat it every day for the rest of my life (if not for the mercury and the over-fishing dilemma, that is!)

    Comment by Virginia — March 19, 2013 @ 2:31 am

  124. Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

    Comment by Dominique — March 19, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

  125. Avocado, Goat Cheese and Popcorn!

    Comment by Amy — March 20, 2013 @ 11:19 am

  126. That sounds amazing!! My sister LOVES french fries, and is getting married this summer – it’d be such a cool gift for her!

    Comment by Rebecca Murray — March 20, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

  127. It sounds mad but I would have to have Rice. I can endure anything, but I must have rice (usually brown but I like it all); I also suspect that on the desert island there might be various plants and fungi that I cold combine with it.

    That said, I really want an Actifry to make Sweet Potato fries which might well be my second dessert island food if one were allowed.

    Comment by Margot C — March 20, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  128. I’m also hooked on fries, especially with salt and lots of ketchup. But if I had to choose only one food, and I owned an Acti Fri, it would be fries made from sweet potatoes.

    Comment by Mordechai — March 21, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  129. The Actifry sounds wonderful!!

    Comment by LouAnn — March 21, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  130. I heard you can fry them too using the spray oil and a microwave? I have to find that recipe…

    Comment by J.S. @ Sun Diego Eats — March 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

  131. Nice post. Having a good kitchen tool for frying seems like a heaven sent for French fry lovers. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Perfect Fries — July 9, 2013 @ 1:11 pm



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