Mashed Potatoes

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mashed-potatoesMashed potatoes and gravy, it doesn’t get much better than that.   They’re the expected side dish with fried chicken, roast beef, turkey and the main part of shepherd’s pie.  On Thanksgiving, no matter how many I make, my family devours them all.  This recipe is creamy, silky and delicious.

 

Ingredients

3 Potatoes

¼ Lb Cream Cheese

½ Cup Half & Half

4-5 TBSP Butter

1/2 tsp Salt

 

Instructions

Peel the potatoes and cut them into small chunks, they should all be about the same size. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water. Let the potatoes come to a boil, and continue boiling for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Don’t over cook. Drain the potatoes. Using a potato masher or hand blender, mash the potatoes until they are smooth. Add the butter and the cream cheese. Mash until they are both melted. Add the half & half and ½ teaspoon of salt. Continue mixing the potatoes until they are creamy and silky.

November

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November marks the official start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving on the third Thursday of the month.  

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s a day to be thankful for the people around you, the food on the table and all the wonderful things in our lives.  There aren’t any presents or crazy shopping to take away from celebration.  It’s just about enjoying the day with friends and family.  

The food is delicious with Turkey being the star of the show.  Lots of delicious side dishes of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberries, vegetables and delicious gravy to go over it all.  Yum!!

Typically, I have a crowd of about 30 or so at my house, which seems to be the norm at Thanksgiving time for a lot of people. 

I am used to cooking for a crowd, but a lot of people that I speak to are extremely stressed by the house preparation, decorations and the meal for so many people.

Fortunately, I am here to help you thorough the holiday.  From easy decorations to a fabulous meal.  My Thanksgiving cheat sheet is amazing.  On one piece of paper, you will have the timetable to roast a turkey and how to make the best stuffing around.  It also has a recipe to make mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a broccoli casserole that all your friends and family will devour.  And last but not least perfect gravy.  It couldn’t be easier.  

Now, on page 2, you will find Pumpkin and Apple pie.  The Apple pie recipe is from my Grandmother.  It is easy and fool proof. 

Not only will I give you all the help you need to serve an amazing meal, but I will also give you easy tips on setting a beautiful table.  

Let’s get started!!