• 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…

  • old bay latke
    Appetizer,  Side Dish

    “Crab Fry” (Old Bay) Latkes

    So this is another Philly inspired dish that we recently tried out. One of my favorite things to get at Phillies games are something called “Crab Fries” from one of the many Chickie’s & Pete’s locations. They are Philly favorite and are basically french fries coated in Old Bay crab seasoning. Nothing complicated but super tasty. Rob and I have been talking about making Latkes for a while, but to be honest it was a bit intimidating and seemed like a decent amount of work. If you aren’t familiar, latkes are basically a fried potato pancake, so whats not to love about that. They are probably best known for being…

  • baked potato wedges
    Side Dish

    Baked Potato Wedges

    A little while back we made a what felt like a burger place classic meal. We did burgers (obviously), but we also wanted a side. Fries were a little obvious, but both Rob and I had another classic favorite growing up: Potato Wedges. To make life a little easier and avoid some headache, we decided to go with a baked approach with olive oil. This has the side benefit of feeling a lot healthier than something like frying. A few tips though that we learned. First, don’t overcrowd your sheet pan. You can cause more of a steaming with this approach which makes the potatoes soft but not crispy. Which…

  • oven roasted potato
    Side Dish

    Oven Roasted Potatoes

    These Oven Roasted Potatoes are a tradition for Rob. They were a big dinner staple growing up and he routinely makes them now for special occasions. The recipe is fairly simple; however, the daunting thing about them is the timing and the fact that they take up the oven. At its core, this recipe is actually probably about as basic as you can get. Chop some potatoes into smallish pieces, coat them in olive oil, toss in some garlic and herbs, and roast. As I mentioned, the hardest aspect is the timing. This recipe can take between 30-50 minutes to complete depending on size, pan, and oven temp which makes…

  • sausage potato apple hash
    Breakfast

    Potato and Sausage Hash

    Rob and I are not really “breakfast people.” We just generally do not put a lot of effort into making a big deal out of breakfast. We both leave for work early and on weekends we like to get up and get going. As a result we tend to do very simple things like cereal or bagels (I love a good bagel). So when we do decide to make a bigger breakfast, its a pretty big deal for us. Rob really wanted to do something with breakfast sausage. We had made a stop at our local butcher and Rob got THREE different kinds of sausage. If you live in the…

  • instant pot baked potato soup
    Instant Pot,  Soup

    Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

    This Baked Potato Soup recipe is another in the “made easier with the Instant Pot” series. In reality, you could make the entire thing in the instant pot without going to your stove top if you wanted. I did use the stovetop to heat the milk for this one, but I could have nuked it to warm it up. Baked potato soup is one of my all time faves. It’s filling and hearty, exactly what a cold weather soup should be. I have even converted Rob!! I have to say, I love how easy it is to cook potatoes in the Instant Pot. You can get perfectly soft potatoes every…

  • 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…

  • Loaded Baked Potato Soup
    Dinner,  Soup

    Loaded Baked Potato Soup

    Baked potato soup has always been one of my favorite meals.  It is hearty and can be made with a variety of flavors and can be fun to play around with.  There are many versions of potato soup out there, like Ina Garten’s with leaks, which is excellent by the way!   This is my take on a creamy, rich baked potato soup topped with classic baked potato toppings.  This is a great fall or winter meal for those days that you just want to curl up under a blanket and feel warm.  The key to a this hearty soup is the use of a roux and ricing the potatoes.  While…