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Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Yes, I have a calendar. Yes, I know I missed the boat on this one. Yes, I totally realized I should have posted this Crock Pot mashed potato recipe before Thanksgiving. Grr.

Buuuut I didn’t. And I don’t want to wait another year to share. Besides, mashed potatoes are delicious any time of year, right? Especially super garlicky, buttery, creamy, and ridiculously easy ones. Right?!

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Easy Oven Fries

Easy Oven Fries

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Sometimes I’m not really sure if I should share something with y’all. Especially when, say, it takes so few ingredients and so little time that it’s hardly even really a recipe. Or it’s so straightforward that it took me pretty much zero imagination to come up with it. Or it’s something I didn’t even come up with myself. Or all three. I mean, everyone has had homemade fries baked in the oven, right?

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English Pea Potato Salad with Optional Bacon

English Pea Potato Salad with Optional Bacon

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

I’m all excited about this recipe. Which seems silly, because it’s totally something Aunt Edna would have lugged to the barbecue in her giant green Tupperware bowl, setting it next to the quivering Jell-O fruit salad. Or maybe that’s why I’m so excited about it. It feels so perfectly retro.

I’m also excited about it because I love it. And peas have not always been my thing, so. Yay! Yay for peas!

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Perfect Vegetarian Minestrone with Optional Sausage

Perfect Vegetarian Minestrone with Optional Sausage

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in One Dish Two Ways

They say having a baby changes everything. And it’s true. Having a baby changes EVERYTHING. But not just capital-letter EVERYTHING. It also changes lowercase everything. Every little thing.

Case in point: a recent morning in which I, while congratulating myself for being oh-so on the ball, started prepping dinner before the sun even dared show its face. And because of my beloved, wonderful one-year-old (and, okay, the demanding cat), a soup that used to take me easily less than 30 minutes to assemble ended up taking me exactly three hours and fifteen minutes from first swipe with the peeler just to being ready to simmer.

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Best-Ever Mashed Potatoes

Best-Ever Mashed Potatoes

Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

I’ve come to a startling realization this past year or so.

I prefer my mashed potatoes lumpy.

For years and years, I whipped potatoes into a frenzy in a frenetic attempt to achieve the perfect silky-smooth consistency. Then I heard somewhere that you shouldn’t beat your potatoes with a mixer to within an inch of their lives, because it breaks down the starches in the potatoes and makes them gummy. I bought it. And so the next batch was all by hand with a potato masher. Were they super, duper smooth? No. Were they oh-so delicious and, with their little lumps here and there, unmistakably and perfectly homemade? Oh, yes.

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45-Cent Potato Soup with Optional Bacon

45-Cent Potato Soup with Optional Bacon

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

I originally posted this recipe on my first blog a couple of years ago. Come wintertime, it’s a regular in our rotation. The fact that it’s a hugely frugal dinner is a bonus; we just love how delicious it is – not to mention how easy it is to make. Simply cook up some bacon for the meat-eaters to crumble over the top and the whole family will clamor for more – vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

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How to Bake Perfect Baked Potatoes

How to Bake Perfect Baked Potatoes

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in Foundations

Yeah, I know this is right up there with a recipe for ice cubes, but frankly, it took me awhile to get oven-baked potatoes just right. So I thought maybe there are others out there who need to know what I needed to know: how in the heck do I bake a perfect potato?! One that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside? I did a little research and baked up a few test batches, and now I think I’ve got it down.

And so, here’s today’s Tuesday Tip: How to Bake Perfect Baked Potatoes. Oh, and this probably goes without saying, but loaded baked potatoes are an ideal meal for the mixed diet household. Top ‘em with what you want – meat or veggies or a little bit of both.

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Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Pure comfort. That’s what this soup is all about. Creamy, tasty, and just plain homey, it’s the perfect meal for a chilly winter evening or one of those blustery spring days when mother nature just isn’t quite ready to give in to warmer weather.

I love, too, that it’s a very budget-friendly meal, and it comes together quickly – ideal for those busy weeknights.

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Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef or Lentils and Crimini Mushrooms

Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef or Lentils and Crimini Mushrooms

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2012 in One Dish Two Ways

Shepherd’s Pie. At first glance, it seems like a humble, even somewhat ho-hum dish. Ground beef (or lamb, traditionally) mixed with a few veggies and topped with mashed potatoes. Comforting, sure. But amazing? Probably not. Except, actually, yes. It’s really, really delicious.

This version brings together ground beef with a little gravy, some onions, carrots, peas, and corn for the carnivores. Vegetarians get their own delectable version with diced crimini mushrooms and lentils in place of the ground beef. Both are topped with cheesy mashed potatoes then sprinkled with more cheese and breadcrumbs, then baked so the potatoes form a nice golden crust.

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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

When I was, oh, 16 or so, I heard a man wisely say to someone who was bemoaning a horrible photo of themselves: “You take a picture of a potato, you get a potato.” I have no idea why I stored that little nugget away, but a few months later when my high school friend Rik* got her senior photos back and was going on about how bad they were, I pulled it out of my hat. “You take a picture of a potato, you get a potato!”

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