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Potato Puree from The A.O.C. Cookbook

This post is going up on Christmas Eve. You have a big decision to make, perhaps the biggest culinary decision of the year. On Christmas Day, what direction will you take with the mashed potatoes? Over the years, I have posted decadent mashed potato recipes here. Lately I have offered some healthy ones: low fat…

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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 actually put that into my marriage contract with Suzen.…

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Curried Lamb Shanks with Carrots, Chickpeas and Potatoes

        Whatever was wrong with me? I used to hate chickpeas. Hate. With passion. Now, I love. With passion. And I know why. This year we have come across an exceptional hummus recipe [http://www.cookingbythebook.com/recipes/red-pepper-hummus-smoked-paprika/] and now this sumptuous dinner treat from Curtis Stone. In a word, this recipe is magnificent. And just…

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Herbed Crushed Potatoes [well, really smashed]

Often we prepare our potatoes with swiftness. One [step] and done. Baked or fried or boiled. Salt, pepper, butter or mustard or sour cream. Quick and ready to eat. Consider a different, slower, more complex, but oh-so-good path. These potatoes are cooked twice: once in a simple boil and then roasted with oil you have…

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