February 25, 2011

I Heart Potatoes!

I am pretty certain the potato is the single most versatile food i have ever had the pleasure of loving. Spuds are filling in the belly and thin on the pocket book and have literally 1000 serving options.


Baked:  After a KO fight with a toothpick, olive oil massage, and sprinkling of salt. Throw that battered potato in the oven for 45 minutes and you’ve got a knock out side dish, every time.

Mashed:  Skins on and cubed. toss those carbohydrate cubes in boiling water until they break apart when poked with a fork, strain, return to the hot pan. Turn the stove off at this point, add butter, milk, and pepper to taste. Then play with the mixer until the perfect chunky creamy starch pot comes to life.


Saute-steamed spuds with spinach and onion:  I use a tall skillet with a lid for this and may start eating it daily. Stove set at mid-hi (just above the 6 on my stove) 3 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan.  I add the cubed spud first, shaking the pan to keep the little guys from sticking to the bottom. as they start to brown, I add 1 sliced red onion and season with white and black pepper, on goes the lid.  I shake the pot again at this point.  In another few moments, after the onions look appropriately sauteed, I turn the heat down to medium low (4) and add a tablespoon of butter.  Five minutes later the spuds are soft enough to eat so in goes 2 handfuls of chopped spinach and on goes the lid for another 3 minutes.  After a quick stir these bad boys are ready to eat.

You really don’t even need a meat.  I had the yumminess described above with broccoli last night and it about knocked my socks off and I wasn’t even wearing any socks. the kicker of this delicious recipe is that it cost around $3.  That’s a penny pinching good time.

CKM, as she calls herself is endearing, entertaining, hilarious, and most importantly, an all around amazing person. The volunteer at the soup kitchen she frequents compares her to Carol Burnett. She is her mother’s 3rd favorite comedian of all time.

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