• irish boxty
    Side Dish

    Irish Boxty

    Have you ever seen a dish or recipe on TV or social media and just gone, I have to try that? For me, the Irish Boxty was one of those things. Now, I know it’s not the traditional “WOW!” item; it’s not particularly pretty and definitely not fancy. But I am an Irish girl at heart and the idea of this potato pancake called to me. So, let’s start with what the hell is a “Boxty”? I learned about this watching Phil Rosenthal’s “Somebody Feed Phil” show on Netflix. When he went to Dublin, he ate at a restaurant that specialized in this potato pancake. I was so mad when…

  • Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie

    Maybe its the Irish girl in me, but I just love a meat and potatoes dish like this Beef and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie. Recipes like shepherd’s pie and chicken pot pie are the ultimate comfort food to me. They are hearty, tasty and generally are served as a single dish! Another perk is they are hard to mess up, you can do almost anything and it’ll be pretty tasty. I kept joking with Rob while we were cooking this that it was a meat-meat and potatoes dish. When coming up with the recipe, I was looking for ways to mix up the basic dish a bit and came across some…

  • Chicken Platter
    Dinner,  Instant Pot,  Side Dish

    Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken Platter

    If there is anything I have in common with Ina Garten, its a love for roast chicken. It’s easy, tasty, and allows for near infinite variation. As a side benefit, roast chicken can be an easy weeknight meal for the family or romantic date night special. Normally, I do a pretty basic butter-herb mixture to spread over the chicken, but I wanted to mix that up a bit for this meal. I also was looking to have a complete meal where the core flavors were tied into all of the dishes. So, I ended up with a Dijon-Tarragon Roast Chicken along side Tarragon Mashed Potatoes and Charred Brussels Sprouts in…

  • Make Ahead Mashed Potato
    Side Dish

    Make-Ahead Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    As I have previously mentioned back around Thanksgiving , mashed potatoes are easily the food Rob has the strongest opinions about.  This was another of his mashed potato creations.  He wanted to make a slightly more simple flavor profile and focused on doing a “make-ahead” style. If you are anything like Rob and I, the holidays can involve a lot of travel and celebrations in different places, at different times so that you can see all of your family.  We needed a good dish that could be prepped in advance and easily reheated a few days later.  Enter these potatoes. Rob roasted a whole bulb of garlic to go into…

  • Mashed Potatoes
    Dinner,  Side Dish,  Thanksgiving

    Shallot-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are something my husband feels very strongly about, they need to be light and smooth but full of flavor. The trick we have found is steaming the potatoes instead of boiling. The ideal potato to me is Yukon Golds, they have a lot of natural flavor and the right structure to make that light and creamy mash. For a more rustic look, you could leave the skin on, but be careful as this can impact the smooth texture if that is what you are going for. Also never put potatoes in a blender, this damages the structure and makes the mashed potatoes gummy. You really should use a…