We don’t buy a lot of prepared potato products at our house – I like to control quality and cost; so often, the bagged variety disappoints and has additives I’m not entirely sure about. See my “rant” on Frozen French Fries. Although I’ve never tried them, I’ve seen frozen twice baked potatoes at the store, and they are pretty pricey – $1.76 for two 5 ounce halves. Four are $3.52, but four of these are 76 cents.
This little recipe, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, magically transform the simple carrot into a fantastic dish. To tell you the truth, I never liked cooked carrots until I tried this recipe – I think we forget how wonderful simple vegetables can be when handled and cooked with care – and these carrots are a beautiful thing.
I love mixing up different vinaigrettes: Simple, cheap, delicious and mostly additive free, but one dressing, in particular, had me quite intrigued: Melissa d’Arabian’s Mustard Vinaigrette.
Breadcrumbs can be complimented – didja know that? I didn’t until I started writing this post and realized just how much there is to know and how much I’ve picked up over the years as I’ve made breadcrumbs here and there.
A great balsamic vinaigrette will just blow you away! Not the store bought kind, ever – it has to be home-made to be any good, which is really no problem because it takes about three minutes to make.
I love stew in the winter, whether made in the oven, on the stove or in a crock-pot whether made with potatoes or served over potatoes (or even noodles), whether with wine or without, or even with beer. I can hardly wait for a lazy snowy day to make stew, and when winter is over, I always wish I would have made more.
Classic Potato Chowder is just a bit healthier than some of the “Loaded Baked Potato Soups” out there. More like an Old Fashioned Cream of Potato Soup, think of this soup as the smarter, plainer sister – you know who I mean, the one who has a sense of decorum (and might be not quite as much fun…) but is definitely more sensible…ok, so me! I’m talking about me!!