From: WWS <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Back from the hospital after another 3 night stay Date: 2000/03/09 Message-ID: <38C7A6C0.8962B44A@tyler.net>#1/1 Organization: no mas Newsgroups: alt.fan.tom-servo,alt.dan I used your spices last night, tried them in one of my favorites that I make from time to time - homemade mashed potatoes. And as an aside, this is one of the things that got me to start trying to cooking myself in the first place. Homemade mashed potatoes is a dish I absolutely adore - conversely, the very taste, the very smell of instant mashed potatoes makes me want to puke violently. There is nothing I hate more than instant mashed potatoes, and it seems like every restaurant, every pot luck supper I went to I'd see this dish that looked wonderful, I'd taste it, and then I'd want to fling the plate violently against the wall! I came to the conclusion that if I ever wanted to taste real mashed potatoes again, I had to make them myself, since it seemed like no one else knew how to anymore. The most important step is in the potato selection. Use only one of the white varieties! Russets are way too mealy, and reds are way too waxy. Only the thin skinned whites really work well. Then cut the eyes out and clean, but no need to peel. If you use one of the thin skinned varieties, the skin actually adds some flavor and color to your final products. Boil 5 or 6 at high until you can push a table knife through the center without resistance. Drain, and cut the potatoes up with a sharp knife, in the mixing dish. (easy, since they're so soft now) Add 1 stick of butter, let it melt. Take one of those hand-held mixers/whippers (I have a Braun) and then whip the mixture up until it is all a nice, creamy consistency. Add 1/4 cup milk while blending, more if you want it thinner. Also add spices liberally, this is where your flavor comes from. I also added a large amount of dried Parsley flakes, this not only adds to the flavor but the color sprinkled in adds greatly to the eye appeal as well. So, Paul, I just substituted your spices in for some of the salt and pepper I was using, and it came out great! -- __________________________________________________WWS_____________ "Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur."
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