Recipe Redo: Stanley Tucci’s Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

10/04/2013 at 02:29 PM ET

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Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher are the food stylist/recipe development/photography duo behind the blog Spoon Fork Bacon. Visit PEOPLE.com every Friday for their take on celebrity recipes, plus tips on cooking, entertaining, food photography and more.

First, can we talk about how much we love Stanley Tucci? We (of course!) are all about the movie Julie & Julia, and his role as the ever-charming and supportive husband of the late, great Julia Child really pulled at our heart strings. So when we found out he can cook, too? Swoon.

Inspired by Tucci’s Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, we decided to create a more decadent side dish: Our potatoes are made with butter instead of olive oil. We also swapped in thyme for rosemary, and amped up the garlic. Mmm.

We like using new potatoes (also called young, baby or creamer potatoes) because they crisp really well on the outside while maintaining a sweet, creamy center. Since these taters aren’t fully grown, their sugars not fully converted into starch yet, so they’re sweeter than their older siblings. Most grocery stories have them—just look for the potatoes that are small with red skin.

Finally, we decided to finish our potatoes with a light sprinkling of cotija cheese, a hard cow’s milk cheese from Mexico. It adds a nice, sharp flavor to the dish. If this is too much decadence for you, skip the cheese—this side is a crowd pleaser either way. Enjoy!

Spoon Fork Bacon Stanley Tucci Rosemary Smashed Potatoes
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Spoon Fork Bacon Stanley Tucci Rosemary Smashed Potatoes
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Spoon Fork Bacon Stanley Tucci Rosemary Smashed Potatoes
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Smashed Potatoes with Fresh Thyme and Cotija

Serves 3-5

15 small red potatoes

3 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided

1 tbsp. fresh thyme, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup crumbled cotija cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Place potatoes into a large pot and fill with cold water. Add a small handful of salt and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Drain.

2. Place the potatoes on cutting board and gently ‘smash’ each potato with a small spatula or the back of a fork until two flat sides form.

3. In a large skillet, melt 1½ tbsp. butter over medium-high heat. Add half of the potatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle potatoes with ½ tbsp. thyme, 1 minced garlic clove, salt and pepper.

4. Remove potatoes from heat and top with half of the cotija cheese.

5. Add remaining butter to pan and repeat steps 3 and 4 until all potatoes have been roasted. Serve warm.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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