Spiralized Shoestring Garlic Truffle Fries with Aioli: #SundaySupper

Shoestring garlic truffle fries

When the kids and grandkids come to visit, potatoes are common ground for us. We may not agree on kale (I still threaten the g-kids with kale smoothies), beef, broccoli or (surprisingly) cheese, but we all love potatoes. And when you have 4 adults and 5 kids sitting together at the dinner table, that’s HUGE. I roast them, bake them, whip them, and hasselback them. It’s all good, but even better with Idaho® potatoes. Listen up: if you think all russets are the same, and it doesn’t matter where ...

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Mac ‘n Cheese Impossible Pie

Mac 'n Cheese Impossible Pie

Secret Recipe Club: "Impossible" Pie with macaroni and cheese that makes its own crust while it bakes. I was so excited when I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. It's always fun to find new blogs to visit - but when it's a blog you already love, it's a gift. And that's what happened this month. First, for the uninitiated, The Secret Recipe Club is a group of around 130 food bloggers, separated into four smaller blogging groups, each of which post at different times of ...

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Mini-Potato Gratins with Baby Mustard Greens: #JadeAsianGreens

Mini-potato gratins layered with cheese and mustard greens, topped with bread crumbs.

I feel kind of sorry for mustard greens. They never became the “It Girl” that kale did, no cartoon character has made them famous like Popeye, and they don’t sound deliciously Italian like broccoli rapini. In truth a lot of mustard is grown specifically for its seeds. But these greens shouldn’t be ignored. Another super-healthy green like the baby bok choy I recently wrote about, mustard greens are packed full of cancer-fighting glucosinolates, and are a great source for Vitamins A, C, and ...

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Egg Bake with Hash Browns, Butternut Squash, and Cheese

Egg bake with butternut squash and hash browns.

Egg bake recipe loaded with hash browns, butternut squash, and cheese, most of which can be made ahead of time.                                                                                                             Entertaining 101 Tip: It's good to have a dish like this in your hip pocket for weekend guests. Last month, friends stayed with us on Lake Tahoe for the weekend. They were in town for a wedding with Mia, their adorable one-year-old daughter, and the weather forecast ...

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Twice Baked Potatoes (Mummy-Style)

twice baked potatoes for Halloween

#Sunday Supper post! Twice baked potatoes topped with cheese, and decorated as mummies for some Halloween fun.   When I was young, my mom used to make twice-baked potatoes as a treat for my dad and me. She’d whip some cream, butter, salt and pepper into the potatoes, fold them gently back into the skins, and top them with cheddar cheese before sliding them back into the oven for a quick melt. Problem was, when they were on the menu, I didn’t want to eat anything else she’d prepared. ...

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Well-Seasoned Potato Salad with Mint

Vegan Spicy potato salad with mint

Vegan, spicy potato salad tempered by mint and lime juice. It’s officially BBQ season with the arrival of Memorial Day weekend here in the States. We can BBQ year-round here in California, but it doesn’t become a party until this last weekend of May. It’s one of the few times of year I still make potato salad. Not because I don’t love it, but because my body loves it a little too much. So although I’ve dog-eared Rinku’s new cookbook Spices & Seasons: Simple Sustainable Indian ...

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Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

LR Lentil and Potato Salad slider

Light potato salad mixed with lentils and tomatoes...perfect for picnics and BBQs. After a winter and spring of house remodeling projects, I am so ready for the BBQs, picnics, and casual entertaining that Memorial Day weekend heralds. Well, just as soon as we fix our deck enough to hobble through another year. It’s squishy in a way that no deck should be. The hard truth is that it needs to be completely replaced. But since it’s only about 4 inches above the ground with no real safety ...

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Vegetarian Cornish Pasties

Vegetarian Cornish Pasties filled with celery root, potatoes, and leeks

Flakey Cornish Pasties filled with creamy celery root, potatoes, leeks and pickled apples. A few years ago, my husband and I bumped along the roads of Ireland with another couple. For one beautiful week, we toured castles, rambled rocky coasts, and relaxed over hardy, comforting food. One of my favorite meals while we were there was Cornish pasties, which actually hail from Cornwall. For the uninitiated, traditional Cornish pasties are half-moon shaped flakey pastries stuffed with ...

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Skinny Potato – Fennel Gratin

Potato and Fennel Gratin with Leek Confit

Lightened version of childhood potato gratin classic. Today's post is about the food. I mentioned in an earlier post that I would be focusing on root vegetables this month, and today I'm starting with the common, much maligned white potato. Its rap sheet is long, starting with carbs, starch, and a lack of nutrients. And the potato has done nothing to redeem ...

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Taming Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe with Potatoes

Broccoli rabe, garlic, potato saute with kalamata olives plus tips for balancing bitterness in dishes. Some vegetables are the bad boys of the garden. They polarize; flaunt a “love-me-or-hate-me” attitude; and bully with Superfood promises. It starts when we’re young. Recently, the 4-year-old son of a friend was completely terrorized by the seemingly harmless broccoli I served at dinner one night. When he realized his ...

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