Family FAVES

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:

  • Potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • 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:

  1. Peel yo’ potatoes. And cut off nasty looking bits. We want pretty potatoes.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain the potatoes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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.
  • Butter

Here’s what you do:

  1. Heat your panini maker or grill pan (see my Nunini post)
  2. 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.
  3. Cut the ham into a bread-shaped piece.
  4. Cut the apple into thin slices. Cut it vertically like you’re cutting tomato slices for a sandwich.
  5. 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 😉
  6. 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),
  7. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Follow the instructions on the package.
  3. Cover in frosting.
  4. EAT IT ALL.

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