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Quick and Easy Meals 
Oct. 26, 2013 9:39 am 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 5:55 am

When I was a working mom, there were days when I needed to get a meal on the table in a hurry.(I am retired now.) In less than thirty minutes, I could pull together a meal with the help of frozen potatoes. 

My family will only eat this brand of potatoes Ore-Ida. I have tried to feed my family other brands of frozen potatoes and they know the difference after only one bite. I took a poll and asked the members of my family what is their favorite way to eat frozen potatoes. These are the results. 

     My family voted for some our favorite way to eat potatoes. My husband, son-in-law, daughter, and I love hash browns in a breakfast burrito.  

Ore-Ida Hash Browns Bacon Egg Burrito

My son loves french fries with a cheeseburger.

Hamburger and Ore-Ida French Fries  

My granddaughter loves Tator Tots with Chicken Nuggets and lots of ketchup. 

Ore-Ida Tater Tots


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Oct. 26, 2013 9:42 am
Your photos just get better and better! And your granddaughter is an adorable model!
Oct. 26, 2013 9:45 am
You take the most mouth-watering pics, and your granddaughter is adorable...great blog! :)
Oct. 26, 2013 9:48 am
With those photos (recipic's) who wouldn't want to stop by and take a peek at those sponsors photos? Your granddaughter is so cute.
Oct. 26, 2013 9:59 am
You had me at Tater-tots! Nice blog Lela. Your Granddaughter is a cutie.
Oct. 26, 2013 10:01 am
Way to go, Lela....terrific photos!
Oct. 26, 2013 11:14 am
You know I have to stop in just to see your awesome photos. That egg and potato burrito sounds like tomorrow morning's breakfast for us. What kid doesn't like tater-tots...and I'm one of them.:-) Cute grand-kiddo too.
Oct. 26, 2013 12:09 pm
Your photos are excellent as always, sorry I won't be seeing them first on that Food PhotoPage. Knew you were showcasing a product that a sponsor wanted you to. Hey, isn't that what commercials are for on TV? I would never have tried Herdez if hadn't been "seen" here. You made a great "commercial" blog :)!
Oct. 26, 2013 12:13 pm
What an adorable model you had for your photo shoot! Your pictures are so beautiful - makes me hungry just looking at them. I don't like frozen fries, but I'll eat tater tots and use the hash browns.
Oct. 26, 2013 2:01 pm
I like the Ore-Ida fast food French Fries the best.
Oct. 27, 2013 6:13 am
I can't get over how great your photos are. That cheese burger has me drooling.
Oct. 27, 2013 7:20 am
Good Morning, BIgShotsMom! Thanks for stopping by. I used to take photos with my phone camera. I am happy to say, that I now have a nice Nikon camera. See you on the Buzz!
Oct. 27, 2013 8:19 am
Hello Christina! I am partial to my little granddaughter. She is such a sweetie. Thanks for stopping by!
Oct. 27, 2013 8:30 am
Hi bd. Weld! Aren't grandkids fun? I still have the spirooli noodle maker on my list. Thanks, for stopping by.
Oct. 27, 2013 9:03 am
Hello Candice! Tatertots don't last long in our house. Thanks for stopping by.
Oct. 27, 2013 9:04 am
Good Morning Judy! Thanks! I always have frozen potatoes in my freezer.
Oct. 27, 2013 9:09 am
Hello, Mrs. J. You are always so nice. Thanks for the compliments. I hope to see you on the buzz!
Oct. 27, 2013 9:10 am
Hi Sherri! I love looking at your photos. I am still learning a lot about taking photos. Lighting is something I still need to learn a lot about! Hope to see you on the buzz! Thanks for stopping by.
Oct. 27, 2013 9:13 am
Good Morning Cat Hill! I do like Ore-Ida Potatoes. Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you on the Buzz!
Oct. 27, 2013 9:18 am
Hello, Mother Ann! My granddaughter is always game to make something in the kitchen or eat foods I cook. Lately, she has been on a chicken nugget and tater tot kick. Thanks for reading my blog!
Oct. 27, 2013 9:20 am
Good Morning, King Sparta! My son would eat the Ore-Ida french fries with any meal. He doesn't like baked potatoes or fried potatoes. Thanks for stopping by.
Oct. 27, 2013 9:21 am
Hi Joey Joan! My hubby likes to grill hamburgers. In fact, he makes such a great hamburger that I would rather eat his burger instead of eat out. Nice to see you here!
Oct. 27, 2013 2:07 pm
Gorgeous photos! Enjoyed reading your blog. :)
Oct. 27, 2013 2:14 pm
Lela, she is such a cutie and your photos are lovely.
Oct. 27, 2013 2:33 pm
Good Afternoon, House of Aqua! I am glad you enjoyed the blog. Nice to see you here!
Oct. 27, 2013 2:34 pm
Good Afternoon, manella! I am so glad to see you back on AR. I hope your life is getting back to normal.
Oct. 27, 2013 4:01 pm
Simply awesome job, Lela!
Oct. 27, 2013 5:11 pm
Good Evening, Cookin'Cyn! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog.
Oct. 30, 2013 5:02 am
Your photos make me think of one of those 1950's diners! So awesome! These really look great!
Oct. 30, 2013 5:55 am
Hi donnam! Thanks, for the compliments. Now, all I need is a good milkshake to go with that hamburger.
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
My favorite things to cook
I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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