Rustic potatoes

In an effort to reduce carbohydrates at holiday meals, I look for alternative ways to serve potatoes.  Everyone seems to love a potato as a comfort food, and my family is no different. In the past five years, I have made an effort to try different types and sizes of potatoes to see if they…

Fancy potatoes

With many entertaining occasions coming up, it is always fun to incorporate new techniques in serving everyday foods.  In this instance, an everyday baked potato becomes something much more visually attractive.  And, as a benefit, the cooking time is greatly reduced.  Thanks to the Companion Group from California, an easy tool makes a more difficult…

Twice Baked Potatoes

Instead of the typical baked potato, or even hasselback potato, I decided to try a recipe for twice baked potatoes. I adapted the recipe to make it my own, and served this with a classic spiral ham with champagne glaze. It was very tasty and a big hit with my small family. This is a…

Herb Potatoes

Try this easy way to make a small serving of red potatoes which are full of flavor and quite tasty.  No one will have to be committed to eating a large potato, and they look very nice side by side in a chafing dish for serving with a buffet. I used small red potatoes, but…

Baking Spring vegetables

  Roasting vegetables can move beyond winter side dish favorites.  By choosing spring vegetables, this dish can transform a meal presentation with color and style.  The secret is finding a spring mix of colorful carrots.  At Trader Joe’s, I was able to find a bag of “organic carrots of many colors”. Along with the other…

Jamie Deen’s meat and potatoes

Here is a classic recipe for those men in your lives that are looking for a meat and potatoes dinner.  It is easy and quick and comes together with prep and baking time combined at 60 minutes. It is easy to adjust the ingredients depending on how many men and how hungry you expect them…

Smashed potatoes with chives and Parmesan cheese

Just before the holidays I tend to experiment with new recipes.  I certainly don’t want to try a new dish on guests.  So, I usually make a list of ideas and menus to prepare within six weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.  This year, I concentrated on several side dishes from Ina Garten’s cookbooks….

cherry street market –a wonderful fall experience

Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan.  I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake.  The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into…

twice baked potato casserole

The chill is in the air.  Potato season is back.  Some of the best comfort foods feature potatoes, and this recipe should be classified as an all-time comfort food recipe.  It comes from Gooseberry Patch, which is a collection of recipes from home cooks around the country featured into categorized recipe books. Twice baked potatoes…

cheese and bacon potatoes

sometimes i search for something different to do with potatoes, especially when i don’t want to eat a whole potato.  this recipe allows for the option of just having one or two slices. i must admit these are very good and could be used for both a side dish or for a nice appetizer.  i…

soup night: broccoli cauliflower potato soup

cold weather is here to stay, so bring on the soup.  at least once a week, we have a soup night.  my freezer is filled with one and two servings of soups, that we enjoy for several months.  here is a recipe from one of my favorite winter cookbooks.  the ski house cookbook was published…

roasted hedgehog potatoes

roasted hedgehog potatoes take on a delicious flavor when prepared in this fashion.  they can be seasoned with melted butter, salt, pepper, thyme or any other desired seasoning.  they cook until tender and take far less baking time than prepared in the standard method. this presentation was found in Victoria magazine, and featured in a…