Tag Archives: Potatoes

Oktoberfest Stew with Potatoes and Kielbasa

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Oktoberfest Stew (Gluten Free Option)

When I make soup, I really go for it.

In our house, it’s only my husband and I, but it’s no matter. I make HUGE portions of soup at a time. It’s the kind of thing where when you’re making one of my soup recipes, and you start to wonder, “How many people is she feeding? Does she have 10 kids? Am I going to be eating this for a month? Is my pot going to hold all these vegetables?” You may even start to doubt my sanity.

Why make soup if you’re not making a giant batch? I can’t see a reason to make single-serving soups or stews. They’re economical, easily frozen for eating later, great for sharing and taking to work for lunch. Most importantly it’s just as easy to make a giant pot as it is to make a little bit.

Oktoberfest is upon us, and I can only imagine the amount of beer that has been consumed during this favorite of German celebrations. As if you needed another way to consume even more beer, it is fabulous when paired with cabbage, smoky meat and potato. While this was cooking, our house smelled like everything good from the Oktoberfest festival, minus the funky smells of thousands of frat boys and fraulein packed into a drinking tent.

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Scalloped Potato and Parsnip Au Gratin

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Sharp tools can be fun.

Take, for instance, this fine heavy duty professional mandoline that my aunt got us for a wedding present.

That’s the kind of wedding present I can get into.

No, it is not a medieval torture device, but a lean, mean potato slicing machine. It even comes in a super sinister looking hard black travel case.

Oooh.  Ahhh. Read More »

Sausage and Potato Breakfast Bake

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It’s Sunday.  Ahhh.  Time to rest, relax and…well, do a few of my favorite things.

This should come as no surprise, dear reader, that I love, love cookbooks. Trips to the bookstore involve me bee-lining straight to the cooking section to peruse the shelves filled with glorious cooking knowledge.

The weekend, then, is the time I get to sit down, surrounded by cookbooks, new and old, and read them. Yes, read. For me, cookbooks are not simply to be read while standing over the stove, following a recipe. Good cookbooks can be read like any other novel or work of literature. A well-written cookbook can not only teach you about technique and ingredients, but can transport you to the writer’s world through their passion and love for food. Not all cookbooks are written with an overt story written through it, but just by reading the recipes, a kind of story can be woven through the ingredients used and the way they use them.

For me, it’s pure entertainment, with a dash of education. Read More »

Hearty Beef Stew

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For the last few months, my mom and I have been splitting farm delivery from Full Circle Farm, an incredible organization here in Washington State.  They are both an organic farm, and a local organic produce and products distributor that makes both of our lives much easier by bringing us the freshest, local organic produce around.

Over the summer, we opened our boxes early each Wednesday morning to find juicy peaches, golden corn and plump blueberries, just to name a few of our favorite goodies.

Last week’s delivery showed signs of the summer’s end.  I took my box full of potatoes, carrots, kale and assorted root vegetables home and succumbed to the truth that it was the first official day of fall, and why not celebrate the change of seasons with a hearty beef stew.  Time to put that fall produce to work. Read More »

Garlicky Dill Potatoes

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Sometimes you have to work on the weekends…and it sucks.

On these days, I have little to no time or energy to cook dinner or to do anything else besides bitch and moan about working too much.

The good news is that in times like these, there are dishes that take no effort or brain power to make.  These foods save us from eating out of a can or munching on crappy frozen pizza. Read More »