The Loaded Baked Potato Mashed Potato Pancake

Thanksgiving Leftover Make-Over–Fully Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

Part of our Thanksgiving morning ritual for years included my first born son and me wandering into the kitchen very early to begin the process of preparing Thanksgiving dinner.    While the rest of our household slept, I rinsed, dried, seasoned and stuffed the turkey as I  prepared it for the oven.  Meanwhile, my number one son would sit on a chair in front of the trash can  peeling potatoes for the mashed potatoes.  I would always finish prepping the turkey and have it in the oven before he finished peeling potatoes, and we would finish the job together. I don’t […]

make ahead green bean casserole

Make Ahead Thanksgiving–Green Bean Casserole

Last year, I was scheduled to work on Thanksgiving day.  This created a problem for our family because I am the primary cook, and Thanksgiving dinner is always my responsibility.  Realizing that I would be unhappy with anything less than the full Thanksgiving Menu, I knew I had to come up with an idea that would allow Baker’s Man to be able to get dinner into the oven and have it ready to pull out shortly after I arrived home from work.  Sue Chef, Bus Boy, and Food Critic would all be available to help, but their culinary skills are […]

squash delicata

Roasted Delicata Squash

This is a simple and delicious recipe for an heirloom variety of squash that wasn’t very popular until recently.  I am talking about the delicata squash.  This variety of squash has been around since 1894.  It is planted in the summer, and has many features of a summer squash such as a skin that’s easy to peel, but it lasts longer than a summer squash.  Delicata squash will last for two to three months if kept in a cool, dry place.  While this isn’t as impressive as the shelf life of some of the winter squash which can be stored […]

cauliflower mashed potatoes and gravy

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

This recipe is a great way to get your family to painlessly eat more non starchy vegetables like cauliflower.  Cauliflower has many touted health benefits.  I love cauliflower.  It’s one of my favorite vegetables.  Unfortunately, it’s not my family’s favorite.  I’ve tried slipping mashed cauliflower on the table in place of potatoes, but they weren’t big fans.    Undeterred, I decided to try another approach.  A friend at work was sharing how her housemate had tricked her husband into eating cauliflower mashed into some potatoes.  I decided I had to give it a try. Since I didn’t have a specific recipe, […]

oven fried potatoes

Seasoned Oven Fries

Sometimes, I just want a burger and fries, but I really don’t like deep frying.  Buying burgers and fries for our family costs a minimum of $25 dollars, and sometimes, it costs more.  Since I am always trying to save money and provide my family with relatively healthy meals, I needed to find a better way to make burgers and fries at home without a deep fryer.  That was when my friend, Amber, came to my rescue.  She told me about oven fries.  I was surprised at how easy the instructions were, and I couldn’t wait to try her recipe. […]

AuGratin Potatoes straight from the oven

Old Rotten Potatoes

Potatoes in my house often go through three phases.  This is especially true during the warmer months.  Because I buy  potatoes in bulk, sometimes we get tired of eating them, and they sit around longer than anticipated.  The first stage my potatoes have is the picture perfect potato that can be baked or steamed and served whole.  The second stages occur simultaneously as some potatoes become wrinkled and other have small eyes sprout.   Once potatoes have reached this point,  they are too ugly to bake.  In order to use them, they must first be peeled and any eyes cut […]