Sweet potato, cabbage, and pecan (creamed) soup

This soup is sweet, nutty, and rich. The final addition of cream just before serving provides a smooth, creamy texture. The flavors are reminiscent of sweet potato pie, but there is no added sugar in this soup. All the sweetness is from the sweet potatoes and onions, offset by the cabbage and pecans. I served…

Smashed potatoes (Aussie style?)

Smashed potato? I had never heard of the phrase until recently. Supposedly it is an Australian thing? Now, twice-baked potatoes I know. I grew up with these. Larger potatoes, baked in the oven until tender, cut in half, innards scooped out and mixed with any combination of butter, sour cream, garlic, onions, chives, peppers, bacon,…

Home-style potato chips

Everyone loves crispy home-style potato chips.  Not the thin crispy style…the thick style with crispy skin and tender potato inside. There are a lot of ways to cook the ‘perfect chip’, and I’m not debating them here. But here is one way that is easy and a lot of the work can be done ahead…

Jerk-style pork cutlets with pineapple salsa and roasted potatoes

Belinda found the recipe. It was yummy but not the strongest of flavours, and not spicy because I omitted the chile for the girls. Place the following in a food processor and purée:1/2 red onion 3 cloves garlic1 medium chunk ginger1 small bunch parsley1 tsp cinnamon1 tsp allspice1/2 tsp cloves1/2 tsp nutmeg2 Tb brown sugarJuice…

Home-style potatoes, smoked polish sausage and eggs

This is a great way to start a Saturday. Dice about 6 medium potatoes into modest cubes and place in a pan on low heat with 1 Tb oil and 1/4 cup butter. Cover and leave undisturbed for 20 minutes. Remove lid and add 3 minced cloves of garlic and a hefty amount of diced…