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Thanksgiving: Give Your Mashed Potatoes A Tasty Makeover

As many of you know I am a contributing writer the Chesapeake Cooking Examiner. I recently published an article on the site about mashed potatoes and decided that I would share it with you all. It’s a list of ways to give your mashed potatoes a different taste and look, not just for Thanksgiving but for any day.

Mashed Potato Makeover

Thanksgiving is next week and as you are preparing your side dishes, get a little creative with your mashed potatoes, your guests will be surprised. Here are a few ideas to help give your mashed potatoes a makeover everyone will love.

Sausage and Parmesan- Add Italian sausage and some grated parmesan cheese to your creamy potatoes.

Sour Cream and Dill- Add in some sour cream and fresh dill for a tangy but fresh flavor.

Chipotle- Add chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the potatoes with a little cilantro for a spicy flare.

Horseradish and Chive- Mix in sour cream, a little horseradish and sprinkle some chives on top.

Gouda- Toss in grated smoked Gouda cheese and some scallions for a nice smoky flavor.

Pesto and Pine Nuts- Stir in some pesto and add some pine nuts for a creamy but crunch kick.

Greek- Mix in crumbled feta cheese, scallions, minced dill, parsley and diced black olives.

Broccoli and Cheddar- Toss in chopped broccoli florets and shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese.

Bacon- Fold in crispy crumbled bacon, a little of the bacon drippings and some sour cream.

Cheddar and Bacon- Mix in shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese and crispy crumbled bacon pieces. Add a little bacon drippings too.

Taco- Stir in chopped tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, taco seasoning and place it on a bed of shredded lettuce with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Blue Cheese and Walnut- Mix in blue cheese crumbles, melted butter and chopped walnuts.

Honorable Mentions:

Applesauce- Fold in applesauce and sprinkle in some nutmeg and cinnamon.

Buffalo- Pour in your favorite buffalo wing sauce and mix with some blue cheese crumbles, then sprinkle some chopped celery on top.

Wasabi- Mix in equal parts wasabi powder and water to create the paste, then add into potatoes for spicy touch.

I hope you have enjoyed these variations for your mashed potatoes. Be sure to come back and let us know if you tried any of these or if you want to add your own variations to the table. Don’t forget to subscribe to our column so you don’t miss a story when it’s published.


Halloween: To give candy or not to give candy?

Growing up my sister, cousins and I would all head over to my grandparents house to go trick or treating in there neighborhood for Halloween. I remember getting lots of candy and not being able to eat it until my mother inspected my bag later on that night.

There were two houses on our route that always stood out to us. The first one was the lady that gave us a juice box and a bag of microwave popcorn in a ziplock bag and the other was the lady that dressed up in a witches costume and passed out hot apple cider and donuts. They were the only two that never gave us candy. But there was that one year that someone gave us a toothbrush….

Now that I am much older I stay home and pass out candy. Over the past few years I have started to notice that companies are giving people more choices for Halloween treats such as cookies,  chips, pretzels and even fruit. Are we moving towards more healthier solutions for Halloween?

What are you giving out for Halloween this year? Will you be passing out candy or are the children in your neighborhood getting more healthier treats like pretzels and apple slices? As for me, I think it will be a mixture. I always try to make sure I have something for all age groups.

The pumpkin will be Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba. I’ll be sure to take a picture of him in his costume.


Taste Test Tuesday ‘Snack Time’

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Come on in the kitchen and grab a seat at the counter. Today we’re going to talk about snacks for kids. As you know the kids have started to go back to school and they will need some great snacks for their lunchboxes and even after school. Check out a few of the snacks we have found for the kids in your life.

Mott’s Snack & Go Applesauce Pouch

Natural Applesauce Pouch
Photo Credit: Mott’s

We’re all so used to the applesauce coming in the small plastic containers with the foil tops. Those are still around and Mott’s has added a new way for us to enjoy our applesauce. They now come in pouches. Same great applesauce flavor, with no sugar added. Makes for a convenient snack on the go. The applesauce also comes in strawberry as well.

Quaker Chewy Smashbars


Photo Credit: Quaker

It’s a granola bar with some added goodness in it. A combination of pretzels, cereal, chocolate, cranberries and graham crackers. A sweet and salty snack for you and your kids to snack on at anytime. The kids really enjoyed these, we think it was the chocolate lol.

Teddy Grahams Soft Paws


Photo Credit: Kraft Foods

Most kids love Teddy Grahams, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Honey and Chocolate Chip. Well Teddy Grahams are now bigger and softer with Soft Paws. Moist, soft and full of flavor. They come in Oatmeal Raisin and Apple Cinnamon. Grab a pouch and put it in their lunch box.

Thank you so much for stopping by the kitchen today. Be sure to grab one of these snacks for yourself. As always we love to hear your feedback.

Until Next Time….


Taste Test Tuesday: TEAVANA Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea

Happy Tuesday Everyone! We hope you had a relaxing weekend. Who says an Arnold Palmer has to be just sweet tea and lemonade? Let’s kick off this short work week with a glass of ice tea and lemonade from TEAVANA. This week’s Taste Test Tuesday is Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea.


 Photo Credit: TEAVANA

 The smell of the tea leaves alone makes this tea amazing. Fresh, fruity and bold. Raspberry tea meets a zingy citrus lemonade to create this wonderful concoction. The flavors of red  and golden delicious apples, hibiscus flowers and passion fruit add an extra sweetness that compliments the shavings of lemon zest in this tea.

 You can steep this tea for about 5-6 minutes, if you want a bolder flavor let it sit for about another 1-3 minutes, before you pour it over over ice. One and a half teaspoons for every 8oz of water seem to work well. Just a little bit of tea goes a long way.
 
 

       
Photo Credit: TEAVANA

If you are looking for an alternative to coffee but still want the caffeine then this Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate Tea would be just for you. Great source of vitamins and gives you a boost of energy. The cost is $6.80 for 2oz, which you can get 25-30 teaspoons of tea out of that 2oz.

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Until next time….

  Next Up On The Menu….

We’ve been cooking up a lot of different dishes to serve you here at Southern Roots Kitchen. Next up on the menu is Menu Planning. We know many people have very busy lives, with work, school, kids, games, dance classes, summer camps etc. So let us help with you with your weekly or monthly meal planning options. We can provide you with a full menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Have an event coming up and not sure what you should have on the menu? Let us help create a menu you and your guests will love. More details coming soon!!                                                                                                                                                       


Taste Test Tuesday: DOLE Shakers & Fruit Crisps

Hello, Hello, Hello!! We missed you all these past two weeks but we’re back with some tasty and healthy treats for you. Spring is here, people have made New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy or just try new things. Well today for Taste Test Tuesday we have two new fruit products from DOLE, just for you.

DOLE Shakers

In a rush, don’t have your blender handy? Then this is definitely the smoothie for you. Grab a DOLE Shaker from the freezer aisle at your local grocery store, fill it up with juice (approximately 7 oz, there is a line on the bottle), shake it up and there is your fruit smoothie. They come in 3 flavors: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Strawberry & Banana. Smooth, rich taste of fruit, yogurt and your favorite juice makes this drink a wonderful snack, or even a meal. This drink does have Pre & Probiotics in it, so you will get your live cultures in your diet, and it’s under 200 calories, low in fat, trans-fat free and filled with protein.

Each smoothie is considered a single serving (11oz) and can be found in your local grocery stores, so far we haven’t seen any of these for over $2.00 each. Grab a shaker, add your juice and let us know what you think!

DOLE Fruit Crisps

There are days when I really want a homemade dessert that just takes me back to my childhood. Sometimes I crave peach cobbler, other times it’s pecan pie, or apple crisp. Growing up we always went apple picking every fall, then come home and see how many dishes we could make with all the apples we picked up. One dish in particular was always my favorite: Apple Crisp. Something about the crunchy oat and warm apples put a smile on my face. DOLE came out with these single serving (4 oz) Fruit Crisps. These can be eaten at room tempature, chilled or warmed in the microwave. Each bowl has whole grain oats and brown sugar topping for you to add on top or mix in. The Fruit Crisps come in 3 flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Apple Pear and Peach. You can find these in the fruit aisle in your local grocery stores, if you shop at any club stores (Sam’s, BJ’s, Costco’s) they also have them their in bulk (the only way we buy them lol.)

Great for dessert, a quick snack, or just because. Grab a bowl and enjoy your fruit, that is filled with Vitamin C and contains whole grain oats.

See something in the store and not sure how it will taste? Let us know and we will be happy to try it out for you. We love suggestions. Send us a tweet, write on our wall on Facebook, comment on our blog or send us an email. We reply back.

Happy Taste Test Tuesday!!!