Whew!  Did you survive the holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and/or New Years?  Our family had a great time together!  We spent time together as a family during Thanksgiving, drove and found Christmas lights to “ahhh” and “ohhh” over, watched traditional Christmas movies (you know, the ones you’ve seen so many times that you fall asleep to – ahem – part of the tradition 🙂 ), stayed up until midnight for “Happy New Year!” (*yawn*), and ate food and more food!!!

The holidays are over, now it’s back to everyday cooking and baking for awhile.  As I post, you are joining me in writing down my recipes over the years.  Some recipes are so simple that I think, “everyone knows this”; and you might be the person who thinks this is true.

However, one of my goals for this website is to make these recipes easily accessible for my kids, so as they grow they can access our family recipes.  You are joining in on our family mealtimes.  I hope you feel welcome to come and try the recipes too.  🙂

Oven french fries is one of my “easy” recipes.  For the record, the only ingredients in these oven french fries are potatoes, canola oil, chili powder and onion powder.

In our family, two baking sheet pans of these will disappear in a half hour.  I think you’ll be surprised how snitch-able these are.

Oven French Fries

Oven French Fries


  • Sweet potatoes and/or White potatoes (approx 2 per person)
  • Chili powder
  • Onion powder
  • Canola oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash potatoes. Cut out unsightly parts. Peel if desired.

Cut potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices. Then, cut 1/2" strips lengthwise across slices to form a thick french fry shape.

Place in a medium sized bowl. Coat potatoes with 2 tsp oil. Oil will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Mix until potatoes are well coated with oil.

Lay on a greased 9x13 baking sheet for a smaller batch or 12x 17 baking sheet for a larger batch.

Then, sprinkle powdered onion and chili powder on French fries.

(white potatoes)

(sweet potatoes)

Bake for 40 min (for sweet potatoes), 45 min (white potatoes) or until golden brown.

Serve hot with ketchup or Robust BBQ Sauce.

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