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Sunday Dinner: Recipe or No Recipe?

How often do you use a recipe when you cook? Me, not that often; if I’m baking then all the time. But, yesterday after cooking Sunday dinner with my mother, taking a picture and posting it, I realized we didn’t use a recipe.

20130114-094803.jpgSunday Dinner: BBQ Pig Feet, Baked Beans and Potato Salad

People ask me all the time about recipes for the items that I cook throughout the week. Most of the time my response is “I don’t have one.” Usually, I don’t. I just cook sometimes I experiment with spices and other times I know what the ingredients are, I just don’t know the measurements.

Growing up in the kitchen with my family, I watched my mother, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents just add stuff to the pot. As I got older I started to ask about the measurements and how much is too much to put in certain dishes. The unanimous response for family ” I don’t know, I just pour and stop when it looks like it’s enough.” That right there is trial and error. I’ve learned a lot from the people in my family and have chosen to educate those that come after me. My challenge is to take one recipe at a time and write down the measurements so my younger relatives and children (when they come) can have them.

So often we learn things just by doing them. When it comes to show others we have to figure out a way to do because there are no accurate directions. No recipe? No problem. But what do you do when a family member or friend wants a recipe of a dish that you make? I have had to make the dish again, recording the measurements just so I can give it to them or I end up making the dish then telling them to come pick it up. But due to my schedule lately, I don’t always have that option.

Here’s to me recording all of my recipes that don’t have measurements to them!

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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.