Jul 022015

Thank you to Datarank and Hidden Valley Ranch for sponsoring my ranch potato salad recipe. All thoughts are my own.

Anyone else excited that it’s grilling season?  I know we are!  I’m really looking forward to our BBQ this weekend for the Fourth of July, and while I’m not looking forward to him leaving, I know we’ll have fun grilling out next weekend for his going away party.

Ranch Potato Salad recipe - this creamy ranch potato salad has a yummy cucumber twist to it. Prepped and ready to chill in under 30 minutes, this easy recipe needs only 6 ingredients.

Normally we switch off with who is supposed to bring or cook what.  We’re hosting this weekend, so we’re taking care of the proteins and all the grilling recipes.  Everyone else is bringing sides and desserts.  But next weekend, my husband’s aunt is hosting so we’ll be in charge of the “extras”. Continue reading »

Apr 172015

Easy Family Dinner + Skillet Cornbread Recipe

Since marrying a southern boy I have been doing my best to learn more southern cooking.  One of the first things I made sure I learned was how to make cornbread, as he likes it with almost anything.  And because everyone said it was the “real” way to do it, I learned how to make a skillet cornbread recipe.

Easy Family Dinner + Skillet Cornbread Recipe

A homemade skillet cornbread recipe is great because it only takes about five minutes to mix up and then you toss it in the oven.  Then about twenty minutes later you have golden brown cornbread with those crispy edges and crunch bottom.  So, so delicious. Continue reading »

Jan 132014

Any form of potatoes will probably always be top of my list for side dishes or appetizers.  Partly from growing up in a potato-farming community and partly because they just taste so darn good.  Plus they’re incredibly versatile, so there’s not much chance to get bored with them.

Hubby and the kiddos also love potatoes, so they’re in pretty constant rotation with our meals.  Mostly we had done mashed, roasted reds, homemade fries, with the occasional hasselback or crash hot potatoes.  But then I ran across a new way to dish up potatoes and we have not looked back since.

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Seriously, once you make these potatoes you’re going to want them all. the. time.  Hubby tries to think of meals where I will suggest them as a side because he loves them so much.  They’re golden and crispy on the bottom and warm and soft on the inside.  My stomach is growling just thinking about them. Continue reading »

Sep 292013

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for McCain Foods.  I received a sample of McCain Potato Smiles to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

I know that if I were to play a game of word association with you all, and I said “potato”, most of you would probably say “Idaho”.  But I’d say “Maine”, especially considering that I grew up with both of my parents coming from potato-farming families.  And while they might not be the largest producer in the country, I personally think they produce some of the best-tasting potatoes.

Suffice to say this has made me a bit of a potato “snob”.  I agonize in the produce section of the grocery store.  Often what they pass off as a baking potato – sunburned (when they’re green), dinged, bruised, and scaly – makes me want to call home and ask my parents to ship me a 50 pound bag to get us through for a bit.

McCain Potato Smiles - Natural Ingredients, Delicious Taste!

One place that I don’t worry about the quality is in a bag of McCain Potatoes.  They are the frozen french fries, tater tots, and other goodies that I grew up eating.  It didn’t hurt that McCain’s had a potato processing plant not too far from my hometown.  We loved being able to support companies that supported our area, and it’s so much easier when the product is so awesome. Continue reading »

Apr 102012

Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes Recipe

Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes

Most people only associate Maine with lobsters (and occasionally blueberries and whoopie pies), but Maine is one of the top ten states in terms of growing potatoes.  Idaho gets all the name recognition, but let me tell you as someone who grew up in Maine and worked every potato harvest until I left for college: Maine potatoes kick some serious butt.

As you can probably imagine, when a food item is so widely available and tied into the economy, you eat a whole lot of them.  I was pretty sure I’d had potatoes served in every way imaginable.  Baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, french fries, crash potatoes, potato cakes, tater tots, hash browns: seriously, this could turn into the Bubba Gump moment of the potato world.

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