Roasted Garlic and Bourbon Butter for Your Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Garlic and Bourbon Butter for Your Mashed Potatoes

There are, of course, and infinite number of ways to make mashed potatoes. But, there are rules. Rule One: use a hand masher and NEVER use a stand mixer. There is, it turns out, a distinct difference between mashed potatoes and wallpaper paste. Rule Two: be creative....
Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes: The Ultimate Creation

Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes: The Ultimate Creation

    I cannot imagine a Thanksgiving meal without mashed potatoes. After a few decades of Thanksgivings, I have reached the stage where I can swap out the turkey for duck or maybe a stuffed pork roast, but there absolutely has to be mashed potatoes. I...
Southwestern Pepper Medley

Southwestern Pepper Medley

  “How about this?” I handed Suzen the first recipe I had found thanks to Google. “No,” she said in a flash. Had she read the recipe? No. Did I mind? No. It was the first one. She always rejects the first one. “Okay, how about this?” She got the second. She...
Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, Ginger, and Cilantro

Sweet Potatoes with Garlic, Ginger, and Cilantro

  When Suzen tells a group that has come to do a group event at Cooking by the Book that they will be preparing a sweet potato side dish, you can see the frowns on many faces. “Trust me. You haven’t had anything like this,” she reassures her audience. We never...