American Fries From Leftover Potatoes

American Fries From Leftover Potatoes

My Mom used to make what she called American Fries. She’d pull out the electric skillet (so many things were made in that! Hello Porcupine Balls, I remember you…and not fondly, either) but we were happy to see that skillet it if it meant American Fries. Now me, I think the BEST American Fries are American Fries From Leftover Potatoes.

American Fries From Leftover Potatoes

American Fries From Leftover Potatoes

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Baked Potato Hash Browns from Leftover Potatoes

Baked Potato Hash Browns

Once upon a time, I worked in a restaurant kitchen for a while when I was just a baby-faced teenager. I was in between jobs and since I had waitressed before I thought it would be a quick way to make some money – the problem was I was in Colorado and so I wasn’t legal to waitress. They took me in as a prep cook and I learned a few tricks. One of them was how to make these glorious Baked Potato Hash Browns.

Baked Potato Hash Browns from Leftover Potatoes - so perfectly golden & crispy

Baked Potato Hash Browns from Leftover Potatoes – so perfectly golden & crispy

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Traditional Irish Potato Cakes

Traditional Irish Potato Cakes

Potato Cakes – are they Irish? I grew up with them (my Mom was Catherine, my Grandma Irene, my Great Grandma was Lizzie and I’m a Mollie) but I suspect even cooks that weren’t Irish made these beautiful little cakes when they had leftover mashed potatoes. What I do know is that Traditional Irish Potato Cakes are delicious, maybe even better than the original mashed potatoes they are made from. And for me, that’s sayin’ a lot coz I do love love love me some mashed potatoes!

Traditional Irish Potato Cakes

Traditional Irish Potato Cakes

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Classic Shepherds Pie

Classic Shepherds Pie

I grew up in a small little town in Northwest Iowa that was settled by Irish immigrants. And even though I don’t remember my Mom ever making a Classic Shepherds Pie, I know I had it at friend’s houses. It was just kind of a staple that pretty much everyone made.

Classic Shepherds Pie

Classic Shepherds Pie

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Salmon & Asparagus Hash Hollandaise Tyler Florence Hash browns

Salmon & Aspargus Hash

Salmon & Asparagus Hash - riffed off Tyler Florence, this is a beautiful brunch dish!

Sometimes I’m possessed by food jealousy – I think it might happen to a lot of people who are on a budget. They hear about a friend’s restaurant dinner, see a gorgeous meal in a magazine, or maybe they watch Tyler Florence. Darn you, Tyler! Darn you and your belly of fresh Atlantic salmon that would be so perfect for Mother’s Day!

Salmon & Asparagus Hash  Hollandaise Tyler Florence Hash browns

Salmon & Asparagus Hash with Hollandaise Sauce

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