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.
I’m always looking for something fun to do with my leftover Corned Beef. I know it’s always good the next day just as is, but we so seldom have Corned Beef I really like to do something special. These Corned Beef Fritters are it!
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.
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!
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.
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!