Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy Garlic Mashed PotatoesAlright this is an easy one.  But it’s a favorite.  They are quite tasty.  And they are a starch – well established that I quite enjoy them.  And there’s garlic.  In abundance.  What’s better than that?

I don’t like my mashed potatoes all smooth and well mixed.  That’s not to say I like artificially lumpy mashed.  Nay nay.  I don’t use a mixer either, it seems like cheating a bit.  I have a heavy potato masher and it’s a lovely therapeutic thing to give everything a solid thrashing.

This recipe is a bit of a staple.  Many people have different mashed potato recipes, I’m sure they’re probably all right.  This one isn’t healthy, really.  Don’t expect weight watchers with this one.  What you will get is a really tasty side, or snack, or a meal if you feel the way I do about potatoes. Continue reading

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Salt Roasted Potatoes

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Salt Roasted PotatoesI have a professed love for starch.  Not much of a surprise.  Bread, potatoes…anything starchy really, I’m in.  These potatoes are fairly on the out of control level.  They take a while to cook, twice even, but the lemon thing is really mellow and they actually caramelize really really nicely (the lemons – not the potatoes.)  They are one of those things that might take a little while, but you can walk away and do something else for almost the whole time they’re doing their thing.  Bonus! Continue reading

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto, or not…

Mushroom Asparagus Risotto

So for Halloween I decided that some Risotto might be nice.  Well I’m not sure I made that decision but I did go to the store and pick up the Veggie stock, veggies, and other sundry items.  Thanks Fred Meyer.

Risotto is one of those things that’s either great, like a symphony – or it’s wallpaper paste and it sucks.  Not much in between.  I can’t tell you yours is going to come out perfect every time – we’ve had some epic failure (some that might be holding up some wallpaper somewhere to this very day). But the “this is the best risotto I’ve ever had” moments make the work all worth it – and truth be told it comes out great 95% of the time. Continue reading