Mashed Potatoes A La Pa
Mashed potatoes are my grandpa’s favorite thing. I’ve seen him fry them before. He likes his masher so mashed that they look like the fake ones you buy in a box and add water to. These are real, though. What you need:
- Butter: to taste (aka A LOT)
So if you’ve never made mashers before (WHAT?), they are super duper easy, and a great arm workout (Multitasking: So you can eat more mashed potatoes)! Here’s what you do:
- Peel yo’ potatoes. And cut off nasty looking bits. We want pretty potatoes.
- Now. There is great controversy regarding this. You think I’m joking. People will tell you you’re crazy. And maybe you are. But you will be a crazy person with better potatoes than other people. Put the peeled potatoes in (yes) COLD WATER in a sauce pan. Then put that saucepan on high heat. Boil the potatoes until you can stick a fork in one easily. You’ll thank yourself.
- Drain the potatoes.
- Put the drained potatoes into a big ol’ bowl. Then put your butter in. At first you will be conservative with the butter, taste them, then put a lot more in. So save yourself some time. Don’t be afraid of butter. If you’re really concerned, put in Smart Balance. But then you’ll probably need some salt.
- Using a potato masher (or if you’re like me and have like 7 dishes, a whisk), MASH THOSE POTATOES LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW. When you think they’re mashed enough, mash some more. Mash to the tune of your favorite song. Mash and mash and mash.
- EAT THEM ALL.
Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Panini
I was little skeptic at first. But then I ate it. YUM YUM YUM. Here’s what you need:
- Bread: Whatever bread you like. I like Sourdough. The bread in the picture is Italian. (2 slices. DUH)
- Ham. I like the Ham Steak from Costco.
- An Apple.
- Cheddar Cheese (in slices or otherwise, doesn’t matter seeing as it gets melted.
Here’s what you do:
- Heat your panini maker or grill pan (see my Nunini post)
- If you don’t have deli sliced ham like I didn’t, put the Ham Steak into a big frying pan. No need for butter or oil if the pan is non-stick. The ones from Costco are already cooked so you just let it get brown on both sides.
- Cut the ham into a bread-shaped piece.
- Cut the apple into thin slices. Cut it vertically like you’re cutting tomato slices for a sandwich.
- STACK IT. I like to do it in this order: Ham on Bottom, Apple in middle, Cheese on top. And bread on the very bottom and very top 😉
- Butter ONE SIDE of the sandwich. Put it on the panini maker or grill pan butter-side down, then butter the other side. Close the panini maker (If you’re cooking in a grill pan, let one side get golden brown, then flip it, and let that side get golden brown),
- EAT IT
The Butter Braid
This is just a really good picture. Don’t get your hopes up, this isn’t a real recipe. But I’ proud of the pic.But FYI you need to defrost these overnight.
What you need:
- A frozen butter braid.
How to make it:
- Find a high schooler who is involved in an activity (EX: marching band, track and field, theater, choir) and buy a frozen butter braid from them.
- Follow the instructions on the package.
- Cover in frosting.
- EAT IT ALL.