Merri Ann’s Crockpot Potatoes

This crockpot mashed potato recipe is the recipe that Merri Ann used for holiday dinner mashed potatoes. It’s a combination of several recipes that she found online with her own simple seasoning.All you do is throw the ingredients into the crockpot and walk away. You’ll have creamy crockpot mashed potatoes with minimal effort. Crockpot Mashed Potatoes: A One-Pot Meal Most recipes called for Yukon Gold potatoes but we used russets. She used seven pounds of potatoes which maxed out a large crockpot. The recipe below is scaled back to five pounds of potatoes. We mashed them right in the crockpot. …

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Three Ways to Make a Meal Out of Your Leftover Mashed Potatoes

‘Tis the season for mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving and the holidays bring in the beloved mashed potatoes with all those family gatherings, but that also means lots of leftovers. So, what do you do with all your leftover mashed potatoes? Make a quick meal out of them. After all, most of the work is already done. Meal #1: Leftover Mashed Potato Salad and Grilled Cheese It doesn’t have to be a grilled cheese sandwich. Any sandwich will do. Mashed potato salads are super quick and easy, not much more than stirring in mayonnaise and condiments. So, a sandwich and a mashed …

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Sweet Potato Pie

We often substitute sweet potato or yam puree for pureed pumpkin. In many recipes, we can’t tell the difference and neither can the guests. Make this sweet potato pie, and it might become the new holiday favorite. Sweet Potato Pie vs. Pumpkin Pie Pictured above is a slice of set potato pie and a slice of pumpkin pie. Can you tell the difference? Sweet potatoes tend to be lighter and less dense than pumpkin. The flavor differs slightly. This sweet potato pie has a beautiful tawny color—a little lighter than pumpkin. And frankly, it’s easier to stick a couple of …

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Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

This pumpkin swirl cheesecake has a delightful swirl of chocolate, and as we all know, pumpkin and chocolate are a pair you just can’t resist. It’s easy, scrumptious, and perfect for the holidays or all year round. The chocolate requires an extra step but otherwise, this is as easy as most other cheesecakes. Ingredients 1 2/3 cups graham cracker crumbs 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 16-ounce can pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups) 4 large eggs 1/2 cup whipping cream 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon …

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Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Streusel

This sweet potato pie is a happy alternative to pumpkin pie and still tastes just as good, if not better. When tasting it, before hearing the ingredients, some even called it a pumpkin pie on steroids. It uses sweet potatoes, cinnamon, ginger, and butter rum flavor instead of the typical pumpkin pie filling and a pecan streusel and is just fantastic. What You’ll Need for the Sweet Potato Pie: Three medium-large yams or sweet potatoes Fresh ginger Pecan pieces butter rum flavor Just-add-water pie crust mix A deep-dish, nine-inch pie pan A pie crust shield A pastry blender or knife …

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How to Use Fresh Pumpkin in Your Baking Plus a Pumpkin Bread Recipe

It’s easy to open a can of pumpkin and use it in your favorite recipe but it’s nice to use fresh pumpkin in baking. It adds flavor, color, extra nutrients, and often more moisture than the canned pumpkin. Plus, there’s just something special about making your pumpkin baked goods entirely from scratch. Get this free pumpkin baking guide with recipes and instructions. Choosing Your Baking Pumpkin When buying pumpkins, choose the smaller sugar or pie pumpkins, not the larger ones used for jack-o-lanterns. The larger pumpkins are not as sweet and are often stringy. Choose full-sized, mature, deep-colored pumpkins. Leave …

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A Guide to 13 Different Kinds of Mashed Potatoes

Melissa, the cook on this project, discovered that she likes mashed potatoes after all. Mashed potatoes—she thought—were bland, something to pile gravy on. By the time the project was done, she liked mashed potatoes. They weren’t boring, they could have a taste of their own as different types of mashed potatoes, and they could be adventuresome. How to Make Mashed Potatoes Making basic mashed potatoes is simple. Start with good quality potatoes that are fresh and free from bruises. Then follow the steps below. Choose a heavy pot that will disperse heat well and that is large enough to hold …

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Au Gratin Potatoes (with Eggs)

This au gratin potato recipe relies on the eggs to form the filling.  The egg, milk, and cream mixture sets up like a custard.  The au gratin potato casserole cuts neatly into squares or wedges for serving. It is important that you use starchy, Russet-type potatoes. This can be made without the cheese for scalloped potatoes. Experimenting with the Au Gratin Potato Recipe Consider these easy au gratin potatoes a basic recipe.  Other ingredients may be added as desired, though this is a good dish in its basic form.  You may consider adding any of the following ingredients: 2 cloves …

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What Thanksgiving is Really About

“It seems like everyone has ten pounds of trouble in a five pound bucket,” someone once observed. Some days, it may seem like that.  It’s really not so. I think it’s the other way around — we have far more to be grateful for then we have trouble. But as the song says, you have to “Count your many blessings.” That’s what Thanksgiving is for. This year I actually stopped and made a list. That was a nice experience. Sometimes we need to be reminded how far the good things outnumber the bad. I’ll share my list with you — …

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My Favorite Apple Pie

When the warm summer nights turn crisp and clear, I find myself in an apple pie mood. And it can’t be just any apple pie; it has to be my favorite apple pie–a great mound of a pie crusted with cinnamon and sugar. Under that buttery crust will be sweet-tart apples infused with the richness of sour cream and quality cinnamon. The apples have to be good apples, fresh and crisp and sweet. I like them on the tart side, maybe some pippins or jonathans. I love cranberries and so I’ll throw in a generous handful to become rubies in …

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How to Make Better Mashed Potatoes

Peel the potatoes. Cut them into chunks, then cover them with cold water in a very large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer until very tender all the way through. Drain the potatoes, then put them back into the pot over VERY low heat to evaporate any excess liquid. This will dry the potatoes. While the potatoes are drying, heat whole milk just until hot, but not boiling. A good rule of thumb is to use about 2/3 cup milk for every 2 to 3 pounds of potatoes. You can use a mixture of cream and milk, if desired. …

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How to Make Better Mashed Potatoes

Includes a guide for making 15 different kinds of mashed potatoes! For Thanksgiving and other traditional events at our house, we whip up a big pot of mashed potatoes. Often we load them with butter and cream cheese, add a little milk, and whip them into a light and fluffy mass. There are three ways to make mashed potatoes: You can mash them by hand with a hand potato masher, whip them with an electric mixer, or rice them with a potato ricer. What’s the best way? We love the texture created by a potato ricer or a food mill. …

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