Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

When I was growing up, my Grandma Donna would always make twice baked potatoes for me.  They were my favorite.  So, I decided that I had better find her recipe and make some for my kids.  My version has a little twist, however.  It includes your favorite magical meat….BACON!!!!  This recipe is simple and super delicious!  Though it takes a little longer to make than a simple baked or mashed potato, it is totally worth it your time and effort.  This may even be a great recipe to try for your Thanksgiving dinner!!!

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Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd's Pie

I don’t know about you, but we always make way more food than we need for Thanksgiving so that we can have leftovers.  I almost think that the leftovers are better than the original meal.  I know it sounds wrong, but Thanksgiving leftovers are the bomb!  Usually we have a pretty well balanced amount of leftovers.  However, this time we had more leftover potatoes than usual.  So, I decided that it was time to come up with a recipe that featured leftover mashed potatoes.  This Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie features leftover turkey, gravy, vegetables all topped with a nice layer of potatoes.  It was a hit and I am sure it will be a hit at your house!

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Sausage Farmhouse Scramble

Sausage Farmhouse Scramble

Dana and I went to Hash House A Go Go a last year when we went to Mohegan Sun Casino.  It was an amazing breakfast.  We both had a farm house scramble.  Basically it is a biscuit topped with griddled potatoes, veggies, meat, eggs and cheese.  Basically the best combination possible.  We have been talking about it for a while now.  After making homemade biscuits the other day, we thought it would be a great idea to make our own farmhouse scrambles at home.  My take uses sausage and a pepper medley.  Totally Awesome!

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Cheddar Cheese Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Cheddar Cheese Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

For Easter we love to have a nice oven roasted Ham.  Sometimes we glaze it, sometimes we just coat it in a beer and go for it.  Either way, we always end up with a ton of leftovers.  I do this on purpose as then we can have leftovers.  The ham goes great in omelets, … Read moreCheddar Cheese Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted Red Potatoes

My family loves potatoes and sometimes we get into a rut of having either baked potatoes or mashed.  Sometimes it is nice to change it up a bit.  So I found a simple and easy way to make perfectly roasted red potatoes.  The bonus, it requires very few ingredients and even less time.  Hope you … Read moreOven Roasted Red Potatoes

Shepard’s Pie

With the Polar Vortex bearing down on us last week, I was craving some comfort food.  Nothing says comfort like, Shepard’s Pie.  A hearty meat stew topped with potatoes.  Delicious! This recipe was so delicious that I found myself going for thirds.  Yep, take that seconds.  Hopefully you will enjoy as much as we did. … Read moreShepard’s Pie

Whipped Red Skin Potatoes

I am in full Turkey Day mode.  To go with the turkey that I made yesterday, I decided to make some whipped red skin potatoes.  Red skin potatoes are my favorite.  They are not too starchy and they taste great.  Since they have less starch, they whip up nicely.  Plus, I like having the skins in the mashed potatoes.  It gives the potatoes a homemade feel and further emphasizes to your dinner guests that you actually made real mashed potatoes.  Another bonus, I think it looks cool.

Whipped Red Skin Potatoes
Whipped Red Skin Potatoes

Simple and super tasty.

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German Potato Salad

This past week I have been posting recipes from my parents visit.  Today is no different.  Over the weekend my Dad and I barbecued and my Mom made all of the sides.  One of the best was the German Potato salad.  My Mom made this and I had to have the recipe.  Of all of the sides that we had, it was the first of all of the side to be completely eaten. 

German Potato Salad
German Potato Salad

A warm potato salad? You betcha!  It was awesome!

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Poutine, Oh Glorious Poutine!!!

So I have been searching the DC metro area for cheese curds for a couple of weeks. The other night I went out to dinner with my friends Ryan and Melissa and they informed me that you can purchase cheese curds at Trader Joes.  This is awesome as it is right down the street. So yes, Trader Joes carries cheese curds in the DC metro area, if you were looking. Once I had my hands on the magnificent curds I only had one thought in my head, Poutine. What is Poutine you ask? It is a dish that is popular in Canada that contains cheese curds, french fries, and beef gravy. Well our Neighbors to the North (Canada) know how to pile on the calories in a single meal (roughly 1000 calories in a single serving). Sounds a little overkill, but it is completely amazing.

It is so tasty that you don't need to count the calories. - It's a free pass!!
It is so tasty that you don’t need to count the calories. – It’s a free pass!!

The standard is white cheddar curds but all I could find were yellow curds. Tastes the same, just looks a bit different.

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White Truffle Twice Baked Potatoes

The other day I needed a tasty side dish to serve with some juicy grillled steaks.  I looked around my kitchen and I found a couple baking potatoes.  I decided to make some twice baked potatoes.  To spice it up, I added some white truffle oil to the mix.  I know this is cheating, but I can not afford white truffles.  At around $2000 a pound I don’t think most of us could afford them.  Truffle oil is a great alternative to add that magnificent earthy flavor to dishes.

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Grilled Potatoes

Now that summer is in full swing everyone has their barbecues ready to go.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and steaks are easy, but what do you serve on the side?  Grilled potatoes are the answer.  When I was in college I had a roommate named West that showed me this simple and fantastic dish.  Using potatoes, seasonings and a little aluminum foil you can have a great dish ready when your protein is ready.

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Creamy Potato Salad

  • The perfect side dish for barbecue, sandwiches, pork, or any picnic is Potato Salad.  My Grandma Dot has a great recipe for potato salad.  So, I called up my Mom this weekend for the recipe and instructions for Grandma’s perfectly creamy potato salad.

Perfect Potato Salad

The perfect potato salad takes at least 6 hours to make.  So if you are in a rush, you might want to go to the deli counter and just get some there.  But, trust me.  If you have time this recipe is totally worth it. 

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Baked Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Ragù

Yesterday I wrote about a basic baked potato. The baked potato is a versatile canvas that melds well with many toppings. For instance, bacon and cheese. Mmm. I really like bacon.  I just found the March issue of Food & Wine and it included this exceptional recipe for Baked Potatoes with Wild Mushroom Ragù. Just seeing the pictures in the issue made me want to run out to the store to get some fresh wild musrooms.

Baked Potato with Wild Musroom Ragù

The earthyness of the wild mushrooms is a perfect accompaniment for Baked Potatoes.

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