Black leather in mid day sunshine…

Easter has come and gone, it’s almost hard to believe that it is April already! Easter is one of those holiday’s that my family just uses as an excuse to eat a great meal. My family is not super religious, so to my celebrating religious holidays is a little weird. But we had a great time! We had ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower casserole, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, and rolls. My job is peeling, cutting, boiling and mashing the potatoes. This time I prepared five lbs. which is about half as usual. I also helped prepare our hors d’oeurvres which included anti pasto (salami, pepperoni, three kinds of olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, five kinds of cheese) crackers, chip and dip. Husband made is amazing crab cakes, his recipe is ever evolving and they were fantastic this time round! I was also in charge of the dips. My MIL and Sister made our desserts this year. Sister made Springtime funfetti cupcakes with springtime jimmies (Where I’m from we call “sprinkles” “jimmies”) and MIL made her phenomenal cheesecake. It’s always great when my whole family can get together, although my immediate family is not large, it can still be hard to all get together, so when we do it’s really special. Today I am not feeling well, (I have a cold) I made it through all winter with out feeling the slightest bit sick and now that it’s spring I get sick. I am so bummed about it. So I’m sharing my first ever recipe today, I am the kind of cook that just does what feels right and I only measure if I am trying something for the first time. So give it a go, let me know what you think or share your favourite recipes!

Kiki’s super easy mashed potatoes:

How ever many potatoes you want, what ever variety (I typically do between 5-10 lbs. and I use red potatoes)
I peel all the potatoes, and rough chop them so they boil faster.
Boil until you can break them apart with a wooden stirring spoon against the side of your pot, about 20-30 min on high heat
Drain and strain potatoes, put them back into your pot, or big mixing bowl.
Slice one stick of butter or margarine (I always use butter, and I slice it so it melts faster)
Milk about 1/4 to 1/3 (I eyeball it, if they don’t start to peak when using a hand mixer, use more milk and butter) (I also use whole milk, but you can use what ever milk you prefer as long as it’s not sweetened)
Mix milk, butter, potatoes with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks are formed. Season with Sea salt and pepper to taste (you can also add anything else to these potatoes you like, horse radish, ranch, sour cream and chive, the possibilities are endless.)

And on that note it’s time to end.

All for now,
Kiki

Title from: April Fool by Soul Asylum

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