I grew up with Fred Meyers and Safeway as our main grocery stores. I loved Freddy’s because it had clothes and fun household items, but Safeway had the better delicatessen. Remember how I admitted to eating Bagel Bites and Mozzarella Sticks in my Baked Mozzarella Bites post, well the more I started to reminisce about the past the more I realized that I had forgotten two more favorites. Jo jo’s and Safeway’s fried rice and sesame chicken. I loved picking up a plastic bag sealed with a sticker full of jo jo’s as a kid and the older I got the more I enjoyed the fried rice and Sesame Chicken. But we can get to those another day. In the meantime you can try this Sweet and Sour Chicken or Pretend Orange Chicken and Bacon Fried Rice.
I realize not all of you call your potatoes jojo’s but it’s ok I forgive you. You probably just didn’t know any better and that’s ok. All of us make mistakes. 🙂 But seriously, jojo’s were such a special treat if we’d been good with mom at the grocery store. Occasionally we would get a corn dog or chicken strips too! I seriously can taste those tender, flavorful jojo’s as I type this. Did you ever get to grab a snack at the store?
In a few weeks I’m headed to Idaho with the Idaho Potato Commission and I cannot get potatoes off of my mind. I’m so excited to get there for a few reasons. First, my parents just moved to Rexburg, Idaho which happens to be where I did some of my degree as well. Second, I love Idaho. It’s beautiful, it’s quiet, the people are easy going and genuine, and gosh it really does smell cleaner too. Well, and like farms, but I actually love that smell. I want to move there. Someone find us a job. And a quick side note, if you really want to try something yummy, drizzle a little honey on the potatoes instead of dipping in ketchup. It’s so good.
Jo jo’s Recipe
- 6 Russet Baking Potatoes, washed and sliced in wedges
- ⅓ Cup Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Season Salt
- ½ Teaspoon Pepper
- ¼ Cup Butter, melted
- Heat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Line 2 baking sheets with foil. In a large ziploc add the flour, season salt and pepper.
- Pre heat the pan with the butter on it until melted.
- Place the potatoes in the ziploc, a handful at a time, seal the bag and shake to evenly coat.Shake off excess flour. Line potatoes up, skin side down on the baking sheet, use a spoon to scoop extra butter and drizzle over potatoes and bake for 10-15 minutes, flipping over halfway through . Serve hot!