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TOP THREE RECIPES FROM LAST WEEK

Easy Christmas Divinity, Crock Pot Cabbage, Potatoes and Smoked Sausage and Hash Brown and Sausage Breakfast Casserole topped the chart last week for our top three recipes.   I have combined all the visits from Pinterest, Facebook, and around the internet. Clicking on the name of the recipe under the photo will take you to the recipe page.  You can find top recipes for previous weeks here.    Enjoy!

Easy Christmas Divinity - TSLC

Easy Christmas Divinity

Crock Pot Cabbage, Potatoes and Smoked Sausage - TSLC

Crock Pot Cabbage, Potatoes and Smoked Sausage

Hash Brown and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Hash Brown and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

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TOP THREE RECIPES FROM LAST WEEK

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls, Smoked Sausage and Roasted Vegetables and Hearty Chicken Pot Pie topped the chart last week for our top three recipes.   I have combined all the visits from Pinterest, Facebook, and around the internet. Clicking on the name of the recipe under the photo will take you to the recipe page.  You can find top recipes for previous weeks here.    Enjoy!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls - TSLC

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls

Smoked Sausage and Roasted Vegetables-TSLC

Smoked Sausage and Roasted Vegetables

Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL POTATO MONTH

Potatoes - TSLCSEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL POTATO MONTH AND I LOVE POTATOES! I grew up on beans and potatoes.  We had fried potatoes, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, creamed potatoes, boiled potatoes, roasted potatoes, fried potato cakes, potato soup, potato pancakes, potato salad and even potato biscuits.  My mother could make anything with a potato. My father grew potatoes in the garden and they were a staple served three meals a day.  Today, my children love potatoes, too.  They grew up on potatoes just like I did and if I fry potatoes I can never make enough.

Did you know a serving of potatoes has more potassium than bananas, broccoli or spinach?  Potatoes have zero cholesterol,  are high in fiber and vitamin C.  Potatoes are low in fat and calories.  

Here are some tips on the humble potato:

1.  Do not store potatoes and onions together.  Onions give off a gas that will cause your potatoes to ruin.

2.  Potatoes do better stored in a cool, dark place where the temperature is between 45 and 50 degrees. Preferably spread out and the plastic bag removed.

3.  Do not store potatoes in the refrigerator.  Cold temperatures cause the starches in potatoes to convert to sugar.  Your potatoes will become discolored and sweet.

4.  Solanine is a poison that builds up on potatoes that get too much light.  It turns the potato green under the skin and the potato becomes bitter.  Solanine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and can be fatal if ingested in large  amounts.

 5.  Potatoes once cooked don’t freeze well.

6.   Save the water from boiling potatoes to use in soups.

7.  Soaking potatoes in water with a little lemon juice or vinegar will prevent discoloration.

8.  Cooking potatoes with the skin on is better because most of the nutrients are close to the skin.

9.  Potatoes will keep approximately 2 weeks at room temperature.

10.  Russets are best for baking, boiling and French fries.  Red Potatoes are good for boiling, steaming, potato salad, soups, stews and roasting.  Klondike Rose Potatoes are good for boiling, baking, mashing, frying, steaming and baking.  Yukon Golds are great mashed and boiled.

Here is a great video on an easy way to peel potatoes:  Peeling Potatoes with Your Hands.

My favorite way to eat potatoes other than mashed is cooked in green beans.  Click the link under the photo for my recipe.

Green Beans and Potatoes - TSLC

Green Beans and Potatoes Recipe

Fall is here and winter is just around the corner.  Be sure to celebrate National Potato Month by enjoying some hearty potato recipes with your family.  Today, due to the hurried lifestyle less Americans are cooking at home.  Enjoying a meal around the dinner table is a great way for families to come together.  

“Every single diet I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy.” ~~ Dolly Parton.

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CHEESY BACON SKILLET FRIED TATERS

Cheesy Bacon Skillet Fried Taters - TSLC

Did you know that March 31st is Tater Day?  Yes, “taters” even have their own day! There is nothing better than fried “taters” in the morning for breakfast or just anytime.  I like to add some bacon and cheese to the skillet once in a while and you have a meal. “Taters” are not safe in my home! A big skillet of fried “taters” will disappear as soon as it hits the table around here. Celebrate ” Tater Day” and make this dish for your family and Enjoy!

6 or 7 red potatoes, unpeeled, sliced or cut in chunks (can use any potatoes you like but I usually have about 6 cups of chunky potato pieces)

5 to 6 slices bacon

5 tablespoons bacon drippings

1/2 cup chopped onion (I use green onions)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (can use more and use your favorite cheese)

Fry the bacon until crisp, remove, set aside to drain on paper towels.  Save 5 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in your skillet.  Add potatoes, onion, salt, pepper and garlic. Toss to make sure potatoes are covered with drippings.  Cover your skillet and cook on medium until potato pieces are tender (about 15 minutes). Remove lid and brown your potatoes on high until crispy.  Remove potatoes from stove,  sprinkle cheese on top. (I put the lid back on for a few minutes to melt the cheese)  Crumble the bacon on top of the cheese.  Serve right from the skillet.  Makes about 8 servings.  Happy Tater Day!

Don’t forget to check out these skillet meals:

Cheesy Bacon and Cabbage Skillet

Peach Mango Pork Chops and Rice

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Skillet

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