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Mashed Potatoes 
Apr. 22, 2012 6:27 am 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2012 6:36 pm
Saturday was a cold, wet, rainy day here in NE Ohio.  I have to say that this year we really haven't had many of these days - in fact the sun has been shining more this year than normal, so I can't complain.  Our original plans had to change due to the weather.  Jon is building a tiki-bar for our Mexican friend's restaurant's patio and he was going to finish it up yesterday.  Instead we decided to go shopping and look for the "accessories" for the bar.  We found some colorful chairs and the kind of tables our friend said he might want to get.  We also found some cool rattan style lights I hope he'll want to get.  They would look so cool around the bar.

Anyways - after we had finished that window shopping we decided to stop in at the camper/rv store and do some "tire kicking" as my dad calls it.  We are in no way looking for a new camper, we just bought our new one last year - but it's a fun way to spend a rainy day.  Some of these homes on wheels are really super deluxe!  We saw one that has not only a couch, but 2 reclining chairs and a gas fireplace in the livingroom!  Whoa!  Another one has a queen-sized bed in the "bedroom" and then above the table and couch there is a drop-down that has 2 single beds.  You simply push a button and 2 beds appear! 

Once we got home it was time to start dinner.  I had my meal all planned out.  I was making meatballs but instead of using the ground chicken called for, I was going to use ground turkey.  It didn't seem to make a difference - they were just as delicious as they always are. When I make this recipe I always make mashed potatoes to go with them. Mashed just go nicely with them. I also found a recipe for green beans out of a Weight Watchers cookbook I have. The green beans recipe was new and we liked them. I sauteed the beans in olive oil (I used my awesome garlic/rosemary olive oil from the West Side Market) then I poured a little lemon juice and sprinkled some garlic powder on them and simmered until done. But, the reason for this blog are the mashed potatoes I made.

I had about 3 tablespoons of leftover mashed potatoes in the fridge I figured I'd dump into the pot with the fresh potatoes as I mashed them. I do that all the time, so that was nothing new. But, I'm also on a kick to use up all the "stuff" I have in my cupboards that has been sitting there taking up space.  Sort of a Spring Cleaning in my pantry so to speak.  I found a box of instant potato flakes shoved back behind some other things that had about 1/4 cup of flakes in it.  I don't use instant very often, but I do at times when I'm rushed for a side dish.  I peeled my potatoes and got them to boiling on the stove.  When it was time to mash them, I added my butter and dumped the instant flakes into the pan, then poured some milk into the pan.  I then mashed my potatoes and mixed them up.  What we got was a pan full of creamy, yummy mashed potatoes.  Those flakes made the potatoes extra smooth and creamy.  Jon loved them and wants me to always make my mashed potatoes this way.

After we ate our comfort food dinner we moved into the livingroom where we built a roaring fire in the fireplace and watched a movie.  Today it's still chilly, but not raining so Jon is off finishing the bar and I'm doing my weekend chores and getting ready to make a pot of beef barley soup.  I have a box of barley I need to use up. I think I'll make a chocolate-topped raspberry cheesecake for dessert....
Apr. 22, 2012 6:33 am
How funny! I just sent you an email about soup and wine :) Great minds... I love mashed potatoes. I too, throw things in when the guys aren't looking. I bought instant potato flakes just so I could make Chef John's onion rings. A slice of that cheesecake would be really nice right about now! Off to weed a garden!
Apr. 22, 2012 6:37 am
Good morning Cat! This cheesecake goes great with a glass of red wine. Send me that onion ring recipe - I haven't made onion rings in a long, long time. Sounds good!
Apr. 22, 2012 8:47 am There was a video for them too. They really are crunchy like the restaurant's. Really a treat to eat! Soup and wine with fresh bread, cheesecake for dessert what could be better!
Apr. 22, 2012 8:53 am
Thank you! Just watched the video. These will be made very soon; except now I have to go buy more potato flakes! :)
Apr. 22, 2012 10:58 am
Mashed potatoes have become something of a treat for me. Over the years I have probably mashed tons of them but now the nest is empty I only have them if I have guests for dinner. They are too much trouble for just me and I'm not a fan of instant although I do keep them around for other uses. We're finally getting rain today, we so needed it. Beef barley soup sounds good to me and I think I have everything for it, thanks for inspiration!
Apr. 22, 2012 11:09 am
What time is dessert? I can sure help you polish off that cheesecake! Randyman used to work on fabrication of million dollar custom motorhomes. Those were fun to look at! One even had a jacuzzi! I can only imagine how much gas that thing guzzled!
Apr. 22, 2012 11:49 am
BigShotsMom, I don't think I'd make mashed potatoes just for myself either, but I'll do it for the two of us. My soup is simmering nicely in the crockpot - can't wait to eat it!
Apr. 22, 2012 11:53 am
Oh my gosh - a jacuzzi in a motorhome??!! Amazing what people "need" to go camping, huh? I didn't get the cheesecake done yet - I ended up running over to the Mexican Restaurant to see my daughter's best friend & her husband who are here from NC for a visit and were eating lunch there with my daughter. Then I had to hang around and "supervise" the tiki bar construction. LOL I might try to get it done still, I'm really craving some. I wouldn't need any help in polishing it off, but I would be happy to share with you. :)
Apr. 23, 2012 4:29 am
Left over mashed potatoes have always been a delima for me. Warmed up, I hate. I have successfully used them to make patties and thrown them into soups. Keeping up with the other leftovers is an on going thing. What gets placed in the fridge usually winds up in the garbage can. What we freeze can face a future as a repeat, soup additive, or as a side at a later meal. We have to keep an inventory of freezer contents to keep up, though. Right now, the inventory list is in dire need of updating. ... I saved the onion rings recipethat Cat was telling you about. I had seen it mentioned in the Buzz a few timew and failed to follow through.
Apr. 23, 2012 9:55 am
Hey MA! I love that someone else spring cleans their pantry! Some of my go to recipes come from exactly that! The other day.. I was going through the freezer to thin out and take inventory of freezer finds! Ended up with a freezer quiche... of ham, broccoli casserol, and a side of Frozen limas! I love leftovers!!!!!
Apr. 23, 2012 1:50 pm
I love those instant mashed potatoes, don't know how I ever first stumbled upon them, but couldn't believe how good they were. I keep them in my pantry now for a quick side dish of potatoes when there is nothing else or too tired to make anything else. We also like to attend the RV shows just to see all the new cool things they have added. Some are so fancy I'd be afraid to have my family stay in them. I would probably have to set up a tent outside for all the guys and only I would be allowed inside. ;-)
Apr. 23, 2012 6:34 pm
Mike - I'm a leftover fanatic. I save even just a tablespoon of something. You never know who will eat it or what you could do with it!
Apr. 23, 2012 6:35 pm
Terry, I always feel quite proud when I can whip something up using leftovers - I feel like it's such a bargain!
Apr. 23, 2012 6:36 pm
Sherri - That's funny how you'd not let your family stay in some of those RV's!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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