Garlic Mashed Potatoes The Way That Mom Never Made Them

No one in my family ever made garlic mashed potatoes. No one had ever even heard of them until I started making them over a decade ago. Mashed potatoes were simple things in my childhood: russet (or all purpose white) potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, boiled until they were soft, then drained, then mashed […]

Meatless Monday: Three Sisters Succotash

Succotash is one of those dishes that sounds like a joke. You know, like when Sylvester says, “Thsufferin’ thsuccotasth.” It just doesn’t sound like anything that anyone would really eat. But yes, people do eat it and it is very good. But where did it get that outlandish name? It isn’t outlandish at all–I mean […]

And The Beet Goes On…My Wrist (And In My Salad)

I really used to hate beets. Well, okay, that isn’t true. I loved beets, so long as I never had to eat them. I loved the color of them–the intoxicating magenta, crimson and garnet shades arranged in concentric rings were fascinating to me as a kid. The colors of beets drew me to them like […]

Leftover Makeover: Roasted Asparagus Salad

So, what do you do when you have leftover roasted asparagus? Well, you could put it in an omelet the next morning for breakfast or brunch. Or, you could add it to pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce. Or, you could bake it into a casserole, puree it into a soup or mix it into […]

Soup Is A Truly Frugal Dish: Broccoli-Cheese and Kale Soup

Soup is not only one of the most soul-satisfying meals out there, but it is also generally truly frugal. I grew up eating a lot of home-made soups, and all of them started off as ways to make use of leftovers, or something that we had in surplus, or were made to feed a lot […]

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