Provencal-Style Roasted Potatoes

I arrived home from class last night just before dinner, during what any parent knows is the witching hour. The natives were definitely restless!

My littlest piglet, Ana, was having a hard time settling down and after being reprimanded several times for her craziness in the house, our conversation went something like this…

Me: “Did you hear me tell you to settle down and stop behaving this way in the house?”

Ana: “Yes.”

Me: “Then why are you still doing it?” (Yes – I know rule #1 of parenting is never ask your child why – there either (a) is no reason, (b) no satisfactory reason, or (c) you just don’t want to know the reason… yet I found myself asking anyway).

Ana: “I forgot to stop acting like a spaz because my brain farted.”

Classy…and stinking hilarious! I laughed until I cried…do you remember the last time you laughed so hard you cried?

It’s the little moments like this that I miss the most when I’m off in classes. Sometimes it makes me second guess myself, and wonder if I really am doing the right thing by going back to school now. I love it, and I have certainly been waiting a long time to do it, but she’s not going to be six forever…

On days like this, when I already feel like I’ve missed so much, I want to put a delicious and simple dinner on the table and spend a little quality time around the table talking with my kids.

Roasted potatoes certainly fit the bill. I use fingerling potatoes because there’s no need to peel them. You just toss them in oil, season them, slide them into the oven and forget about them.

Which leaves me more time with Ana and her farting brain…

Provencal-Style Roasted Potatoes
Yields: 4 servings (at least in my family)

3 lbs. fingerling potatoes, cut in half if need be to insure uniform cooking time
1-2 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. Herbes de Provence

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with Herbes de Provence. Toss lightly to coat evenly. Bake 25-30 minutes until light golden, crispy, and fork tender.

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  1. 1

    Haha! Your little Ana is so cute and funny. Sometimes I even wonder why I’m asking my kids why when I already know the answer or know how they would answer. LOL. It seems like you had a good laugh and good quality time with family. Your roasted potatoes look delicious!

  2. 2

    These look really delicious and would go perfectly with some baked chicken! I think I have an idea for Sunday’s dinner :)


  3. 3

    I like this recipe! So simple yet so good.

  4. 4

    Love that response…out of the mouths of babes indeed. Very witty! :-)

    There’s a scene in G.I. Jane with Demi Moore where she goes to complain about the dual treatment she’s receiving from the Master Chief to her C.O.
    He shouts at her:
    “Did you just mouth-off to your commanding officer. Because if you did, I consider that a bona fide brain fart. And I resent it when people fart inside my office!”
    Love that scene!

    These roast potatoes look delicious. There’s something so unbelievably comforting about roasted potatoes!

  5. 5

    LOL, your Ana sounds like a smart cookie :) These potatoes would be gone in a flash at our house…they look fabulous!!!

  6. 6

    Anna sounds so cute-kids come up with the most unforgettable statements! In all our busy schedules, we all could use some extra family time. Thanks for giving us such a quick time saving recipe. Great pics-potatoes look awesome.

  7. 7

    Kids and their honesty! What a lovely post! Jen…don’t second guess yourself. I know..that you know…that you need to fill yourself up first and do good things for yourself in order to be good for your family! The piglets will appreciate you for this and they will always know you are there for them. And they get to have amazing food from their amazing Mom all their lives! I can eat potatoes in any form. These look beautiful and easy! Great photography! : )

  8. 8

    My hubby loves roasted potatoes, I’m stealing this recipe!

  9. 9

    Ha! Our kids would get along great! That was hilarious! Kids really do bring about the belly laughs sometimes. It’s truly a roller coaster ride. As I’m sitting here listening to my children argue and fight over “tell Luke to stop following me!” “Tell Natalie to play stuffed animals with me!” Your potatoes look great! I love spicing up and throwing potatoes in the oven but I always end up thinking about it when it’s too late and I don’t have an hour to roast them. I’ll have to keep these in mind the next time I think about it early enough :)

  10. 10

    Kids! Gotta love them, but really they do push your every last button!
    I love roasted potatoes, these loom amazing!

  11. 11

    This was such a sweet and funny post! Also- those potatoes look so perfect and so simple and so ah-mazing!

  12. 12

    These potatoes sounds simple & fabulous!

  13. 13

    this post is hilarious!!! Your potatoes look soooo good! I am new to your blog, it looks like you have a lot of great recipes here! I’ll be back again soon for sure!

  14. 15

    Jen, this is really cool – I’m always looking for new (yet ideally simple) ways to roast potatoes… these look delicious and do-able! thanks.

  15. 16

    LOL! Kids say the funniest things.

    Those potatoes sound so delicious. We all need pretty and easy dishes.

  16. 17

    That is the most disarming – when you’re getting on them, and them something totally unexpected comes out of their mouths, and you can’t help but laugh… butt-chewing over…

  17. 18

    Beautiful and elegant side dish!

  18. 19

    That was funny! And your potatoes look delicious!

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