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Thanksgiving Preparations {Mashed Potato Recipe}

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The date is set!  November 18 is the Second Annual Pre-Thanksgiving hosted by Jay & I.  A small group of friends has been invited (er, as many people as we can fit in our 400 square foot apartment) and menu planning is happening.

Last night, I tested one of the staples of a quality Thanksgiving dinner: Mashed Potatoes.

I’ve always sort of just thrown together mashed potatoes without thought to measurements, so I set out to measure this time.  The results were creamy and fluffy and crazy delicious.  I set some aside in the fridge to test their day-after-appeal.  I re-heated them today and to my surprise – they were still amazing!  I’ve figured it all out.  And they’re sooo easy to make!  Detailed directions and recipe below.  You’re welcome.

Step 1: Chop your potatoes to half-inch cubes.  Place in a bowl – they’re on standby.

In a large pot (perhaps larger than mine), boil water (enough to cover your potatoes).  Add potatoes.

Step 2: Boil 12-15 minutes.  Check with a fork for doneness.  They should be able to be easily pricked with a fork but not falling apart.  You want mashed potatoes, not potato water, right?

Drain.  Place in bowl.

Step 3: Using the same pot on low heat, melt your butter, then add the half & half.  Warm slightly – a couple of minutes is fine.  Pour the butter/half & half mixture over the potatoes.  Hey – no one said this was low-cal.

Step 4: Bust out the hand-mixer and mix these babies!!  Keep going, get all the chunks, we’re going for smooooth.

Once they’re smooth, give them a try and add S&P to taste.  Give it a quick mix to incorporate.

It’s as easy as that!  Go put on your stretchy pants and enjoy.  Testing Thanksgiving recipes is a rough life :)

Mashed Potatoes

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Bring to a boil, a large pot of water (enough to cover your potatoes).  Add potatoes.

Boil 12-15 minutes.  Check with a fork for doneness.  They should be able to be easily pricked with a fork but not falling apart.

Drain and place in bowl.

Using the same pot on low heat, melt your butter, then add the half & half.  Warm slightly – a couple of minutes is fine.  Pour the butter/half & half mixture over the potatoes.

Using hand-mixer, mix til smooth.

Once they’re smooth, give them a try and add S&P to taste.  Give it a quick mix to incorporate.

Throw some chopped chives on top for good measure!

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Turkey Strike!

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Thanksgiving is over… and there was certainly a LOT of Thanksgiving this year for me!

Work Thanksgiving, Friends Thanksgiving, Jay’s Family’s Thanksgiving… phew!

Thankfully, we only had leftovers from the Friends Thanksgiving on Sunday.  Ten & a half pounds of turkey sure does take up a lot of space though.  Not to mention the creative cooking required to use it up!  We had a few rounds of Thanksgiving dinner left overs, three rounds of turkey quesidillas, some turkey and cheddar/brie sandwiches, a turkey shephard’s pie (dinner & some lunches), and a delicious !! turkey stock (perfect for Jay’s recent case of the sniffles).  Unfortunately, there’s actually still some turkey left, but sadly, it is truly past it’s prime.  Oh well.  For two people – we did pretty darn good!

I’ll get around to posting a stuffing recipe soon – teaser: it involves dried figs

On to December… what!?!?  It’s December already!?!?  Yah, that usually happens after November.

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Respect the Bird

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What’s with all the Christmas decorations already?  Macy’s doesn’t look that different than it usually does mid-December.  Doesn’t anyone decorate for Thanksgiving?  Doesn’t retail America profit from Thanksgiving?

Isn’t anyone interested in busting your butt for a day to roast a turkey, and choreograph an exquisitely timed symphony of side dish preparation?!?!?!?

Enjoy Thanksgiving, be thankful, spend time with family & friends!  Take the Respect the Bird Pledge and tell your friends too!

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