Scalloped Potatoes in the Oven or Slow Cooker

Sometimes you just need a choice.  I usually do homemade scalloped potatoes in the oven, but this time I needed to make them early in the day.

It was  one of those nights when you rush in the door at dinner time and need it to put itself on the table.

You know the kind.

Slow cooker to the rescue.  Again. [Read more…]

Creamy Potato Soup

Potato soup is one of my favorite meals.  I have 3 different versions already (Ham and Potato Chowder, Baked Potato Soup and my humble Potato Soup).

This Creamy Potato Soup is a souped up version of the humble potato soup.  (Yes, I just used the word soup 3 times in the same sentence.)

It’s creamy (hence, the name), comforting and warm.  And it uses common ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Potatoes and Ham ala Julia Child

I’ve been reading Julia Child’s book My Life in France. That led me to order “The French Chef”, her cooking show on PBS, from Netflix.  What fun!

I have to say that I’m surprised how many of the recipes she shares are accessible for the average cook at home.  I’m not sure why it surprised me, because that is who she wrote for.  She aimed to bring French cooking to American kitchens.

This dish is based on one that Julia Child shared on her TV program.  She used smoked sausage in hers, but I substituted cubed ham.  I don’t remember what kind of cheese she used.  I admit that I have some more tweaking and trying to do on this recipe.  The sauce didn’t thicken like I’d hoped.  I’m pretty sure I did it like she said, but something didn’t work.  It may have been that I used milk along with the half & half.  Julia Child said that would work, but I only have 1% milk instead of whole.

However, the taste was wonderful!  I could really taste the potatoes.  You know how sometimes they are just there and you don’t really notice them?  Not so with this dish.  The ham was a nice complement and it was all underscored with Swiss cheese, garlic and onion.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

I’m always amazed at the infinite possibilities for chicken, potatoes and carrots to be combined in a recipe.  This variation is worthy of being repeated often.

If you have cooked chicken stashed away in your freezer, you’re only minutes away from having this dish oven-ready.  (See this post for tips on cooking and freezing chicken.)  Using left-over or instant mashed potatoes speeds things up even more.

My boys loved this recipe and feasted on several helpings each.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it for your family: [Read more…]

Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes

Roasted potatoes (or nearly any kind of veggie) is a favorite side dish around here.  The other night, I decided to toss two sweet potatoes into the mix.  We ate this with Garlic Lime Tilapia.  There’s something about eating sweet potatoes with fish that makes me feel really healthy.  If that’s an illusion, please let me live in my happy ignorance. [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Potatoes

This post is part of a new series where you get to link up your recipes!  Each week I’ll focus on a different common pantry ingredient.  I’ll link to a few of my recipes that feature the ingredient and then give you a chance to link up to your blog.

Potatoes definitely qualify as a staple for many people all over the world and all through history. Remember the Irish Potato Famine? For a long time I could never remember if that meant all they had to eat was potatoes or that they didn’t have any potatoes. (For the record, it was a blight on the potatoes which was the main food of the Irish at the time.)

Thankfully, we have plenty of potatoes around these days. Whether they are fresh, canned, frozen, instant, sweet potatoes, yukon gold, new, red… they are all good!

Here are a few of my potato recipes: [Read more…]

Ham and Potato Chowder

Is there anything lovelier than soup?

At the end of a long day full of a kajillion tasks and responsibilities, a bowl of soup soothes the rough edges on a frazzled family.  Serve it with warm, buttered cornbread fresh from the oven and dinner will be the best part of your day. [Read more…]

Garlic Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

I’ve had a beautiful rosemary plant growing in my garden all summer.  It’s one of the few things that did well out there.  But I hadn’t used any of the rosemary.  That’s crazy, isn’t it?

So, I decided that using sprigs of rosemary along with chicken, potatoes, garlic and white wine could be delicious.  And to make it super easy, I cooked it in the slow cooker.  It turned out great, a tasty version of basic chicken and potatoes.  I used boneless chicken, but the dish would have even more flavor if you used chicken with bones.  What is it about bones that adds so much flavor?  [Read more…]

Potato Salad

potato salad done

There must be a million and one variations of potato salad.  This is my mom’s version, which is a lot like my Grandma’s version.  The main difference is that mom adds sweet pickles to hers.  Grandma’s was full of paprika and is one of my favorite foods that she made.

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Carrots, Parsnips and Potatoes

carrots, parsnips and potatoes done

Parsnips are a vegetable that I had never eaten until recently.  A few months ago I used some in All Veggie Vegetable Soup.  My friend, Beverly told me that she roasts them in the oven, so I decided to try that too.  They are so good!  The slightly sweet taste pulls me back for a second helping and even third.

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