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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Room Full of Mashed Potatoes

I thought I was dying from starvation as I sighed and squirmed on the church pew.  I had only picked at my scrambled eggs and taken a few bites of toast at breakfast.  Mother had hidden a vitamin under the eggs that rendered them inedible.  Did she think I wouldn’t notice the bitter pinkish pill dissolving under my eggs?  We struggled over the vitamin issue many mornings and this was her latest strategy.  I would swallow it without noticing. Ha! Not likely.

My mind began to fantasize of a room filled with my favorite foods. It settled on mashed potatoes; beautiful, creamy, fluffy piles of potatoes, rich with butter and milk; seasoned perfectly with salt and pepper.  I could dig into that luscious warm comfort with a spoon and eat to my heart’s content.  I could taste that smooth texture and smell their hearty aroma.  My salivary glands were starting to pump.  I wondered if that had ever happened.  Could a king or queen  have an army of cooks peeling, dicing, mashing, and whipping up a mountain of dreamy mashed potatoes to indulge a whim of the appetite.

Considering my potato famine ancestors haled from County Limerick, Ireland, it’s no wonder mashed potatoes were my idea of haute cuisine as a youngster. Their potatoes, where boiled or in a mutton stew. Butter, hot milk and a potato ricer, where, likely beyond their means back then.

There aren’t many foods that satisfy like the humble potato. Even Julia Child announced a baked potato with butter her favorite food.  Mashed potatoes are about as good as mother’s milk.

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