Well, I don’t know if they are really the world’s best mashed potatoes, but according to my 10-year-old, I make the world’s best. Whenever we go out to eat, or even go to friends’ and relatives’ houses, my son will taste the the mashed potatoes and announced, “Well, they aren’t as good as my mom’s!” I’m usually a bit horrified and embarrassed when he proclaims this, but husband also tells me that my mashed potatoes are very good. After making them for my mother-in-law, she asked me how I made them, and how they were different from other people’s mashed potatoes. I don’t know if they are different from traditional mashed potatoes, but I thought I’d share how I make them.
You may remember that I shared this recipe a little more than two weeks ago over at Crafty Meggy. In case you missed it, I’m sharing it here. In the winter we use the crockpot about 3 times a week, and in the summer, I generally cook on the grill at least that much. I love grilling– it is low clean up, and keeps the heat out of the kitchen. (Since I live in the South, I can grill all year long, but it does tend to be one of those summer cooking styles, doesn’t it?) Now, one of the few foods that we all can agree on in this house, is that hamburgers are delicious. I have a few varieties of recipes that I like to make, and Mellow Man has his own burger recipe. However, I found this delicious Greek/Mediterranean variation on the traditional hamburger in the Taste of Home magazine a few months ago. We love Greek food around here, and it was an easy recipe to memorize, and then tweak. (I like to add ingredients or modify the recipe to suit my family’s tastes. Don’t you?!)
Now Frog isn’t much of a seafood eater– are your kiddos that way too? He likes chicken, pork and beef, well, on most days, but seafood isn’t his preferred dish. Mellow Man and I like to have fish now and again, and find those days that Frog is away from home to be the perfect opportunities to have a little seafood. That means that fish is a relatively rare dish in our home. Plus, MM and I like different kinds of fish. I’m partial to the delicate, flaky white fishes like flounder and sole while he prefers the meatier, steakier fishes like Mahi Mahi, tuna and swordfish. We both agree that Salmon is very tasty.
MM loves stew in the winter. Well, I think he likes stew at any time of the year, but I generally only cook stew in the crockpot during the fall and winter months. Here in Georgia, the weather from April to September makes me disinterested in having a steaming bowl of stew. When I start making stews in the crockpot again, this tends to be my favorite recipe. The preparation takes under 10 minutes.
MM has made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and is trying his hand at the Atkins diet. It worked pretty well before our wedding, and I believe he lost between 15 and 20 pounds. He’s done quite well over the past two weeks, but it can be challenging to merge a low carb diet with my tween athlete’s caloric needs. Over the weekend, MM and I were talking about this week’s dinner plans, and I suggested that we make one of our newer family favorites: “That chicken dish with oregano and lemon.” I don’t really know the official name of the dish. I originally got the recipe from allrecipes.com, but have subsequently altered and played with the recipe a bit. It’s very tasty, so I thought others might want to try it out.