It’s a cold and rainy day here in New England.  I’m tired and in need of some comfort food. Recently, my family and I spent a week on vacation and I ate most meals raw. I have had a few heated meals since returning home but today I can’t get enough of warm home cooking.

And, who doesn’t love french fries?  On a plant-based diet you can have your fries and eat them too! These fries taste better than any frozen or fast food variety but don’t take my word for it.  Give them a try.

Of course, these are no ordinary fries.  Sprinkled with Emeril Lagasse’s Essence spice (recipe below), be warned, this concoction can set your mouth on fire.  If you are serving to kids, sprinkle spice accordingly.  The picture below shows the amount I use for a moderate spice level.

Emeril’s Essence spice:
2 1/2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp salt (I use sea salt)
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried thyme

Store unused spice (there will be plenty) in a tightly sealed container.  I use this spice in a lot of dishes but one of my favorites is Emeril’s cucumber soup recipe. My vegan version will be posted some time this summer.

Use baking potatoes. I like Russet best.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash potatoes and, with skins on, cut into similar size pieces for even cooking. Generously spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place potato on sheet allowing space between pieces for air to circulate.  This allows for better browning. Sprinkle essence spice on one side of fry only.  Depending on size and thickness of fry, cook for 20-30 minutes.  Check for browness on underside. When desired color is achieved, flip and cook for another 5-10 minutes.  Enjoy!

What is your favorite comfort food?  Leave a comment….