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microwave potato stack appetizer

Hello, party animals! Sorry I didn’t mix and mingle as much as I should have last night. Bad, bad host! In my defense, I did warn you it was Chinese New Year and we were going to Chinatown. A trip to Chinatown always takes longer than you think. First of all, traffic was horrendous. Didn’t these people know I had a party to go to? Make way, people, make way, grr….

Then, of course, it took us half an hour to get parking. We could have gone to a garage and pay the big bucks I told you about, but after calling it ridiculous it’d be hypocritical to do it. I deserved to suffer like the rest of the PARP (people against ridiculous prices). It’s a new club I’m forming. There’s no fee to join.

Too bad we didn’t see the lion dance. Turned out the dance and parade took place on New Year’s Eve (Thursday), duh! But as usual, food was amazing. How is it that you can never replicate restaurant Chinese food at home? Restaurant Chinese food, especially the one from Chinatown, is always superior than home-cooked Chinese food. That doesn’t sound right, but it just is. And Sang Kee swore it didn’t use MSG.

I interrogated our waiter. He was adamant no MSG was used. I believed the poor guy. I think he thought I wrote for the papers or something, with my “professional-looking” camera. He was so serious while I was just playing around. I really didn’t care if they used MSG. It was Chinese New Year, and I wanted to eat well.

I hope everybody had a fabulous Friday. Did you guys mix and mingle while I was gone? I hope so, that’s what you’re supposed to do in a party. Strike up a conversation, get to know each other, etc. And since this is a blog party meant for us to SHARE what gets us in the mood, I hope you use this opportunity to comment on each other’s post. Give each other support to keep posting and blogging. I find that engaging in a conversation and connecting with my readers and fellow bloggers is the most sustaining part of my blogging adventure.

But if you didn’t have the chance to do that or if you didn’t come to the party last night, you can still do it in the next several days. We’re still partying!

In the meantime, your host here has to make more appetizers. People really gobble them up fast! And since I promised I wouldn’t do any cooking, I used the microwave to make these potato-stack appetizers. Microwaving is not really cooking, is it?

cheesy potato stack

Microwave Potato-Stack Appetizer

  • Difficulty: very easy
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Boiled potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Shredded cheddar cheese
Crumbled bacon

In a microwave-safe dish, place a layer of sliced potatoes, sprinkle crumbled bacon and cheese on top. Repeat with another layer, and continue until all potatoes are used. Sprinkle top with paprika for color. Chopped herbs would be nice, too. Dot top with butter and microwave for 5 minutes, until cheese is melted.

You can hardly qualify that for cooking, can you? But some taste testing needs to be done for tomorrow’s Super Bowl party.