A root cellar is a great option to include in your food storage plan, since they require no energy to use and require very little maintenance. It’s great if you can build in a root cellar when your home is under construction, but it’s also possible to add a root cellar to your basement, or build one outside your home. Root cellars are a great low-cost, no-energy way to store food and extend the shelf life of fresh produce. [Read more…]
Scalloped potatoes were a holiday tradition when I was growing up. Every Christmas Eve we would have fried fish, scalloped potatoes and oyster stew, along with an assortment of other homemade goodies. Holidays were a time of celebration and plenty. No matter how many people showed up, no one ever went home hungry.
The scalloped potato recipe I use is similar to the one my mom used to make, spiced up with a bit of curry and some cheddar cheese. Sometimes I also add ham if I have some on hand, and serve it with veggies on the side for a meal. [Read more…]
When I was a little girl, I remember my grandmother making potato pancakes quite regularly, usually on Friday nights. (Potatoes were cheap, and stored well in grandma's unheated basement.) Mom made them sometimes, too, for the same reason. Both mom and grandma always served their pancakes with homemade applesauce (and I do, too :-).
When I was flipping through my copy of The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook by Andrea Chesman, I came across her recipe for potato latkes, which were pretty darn similar to grandma's potato pancakes. Now that the days are getting cooler and the new crop of potatoes are coming in, I thought it was a perfect time to share my favorite recipe for potato pancakes, which is somewhat of a hybrid of Andrea's and my grandma's. [Read more…]
Quite often when I make mashed potatoes for supper, I end up with just a dab (less than a cup) of potatoes left – not really enough for another meal. So how do you stretch a small amount of potatoes into another meal sized portion? One option is chicken and gnocchi soup, another favorite option is potato bread.
Most of the “potato bread” recipes I've seen used powdered mashed potatoes – not something I keep in my pantry. My husband used to be a fan of store bought potato bread when we were first married – you know kind that resembles cotton candy in bread form? (Pretty sure they use potato flakes…) I was tickled to finally find a recipe that uses real mashed potatoes. I throw mine in just the way I serve them – butter, milk, salt and pepper included. [Read more…]