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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Crème Fraîche

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

I’ve had a long time love affair with potatoes, in fact when I was a young girl my grandmother nicknamed me “Spuds”.   I’m serious.  Just ask my Memah, it’s true!

I love potatoes fried, scalloped, roasted, baked, and mashed!  And have I expressed my love for crème fraîche here yet?   Well please allow me to.  Crème fraîche is like non-sour sour cream or unsweetened whipped cream or the combination of non-sour sour cream and unsweetened whipped cream or something like that and it’s a totally divine invention by the French that you can use in both savory and sweet dishes.  I love it!

This week we’ve all got Thanksgiving on our minds so I thought it timely to share my mashed potatoes recipe because it combines butter, roasted garlic, half & half and crème fraîche and truly you can’t go wrong with that combination!   Whenever I make this my yoga pants say “bring it” but my jeans beg to differ.  Beware, this ain’t low calorie!  But hey, who cares about things like waistlines when it’s Thanksgiving!

roasted garlic mashed potatoes with creme fraiche

 

Ingredients for 8 servings:

7 large russet potatoes

8-10 cloves of roasted garlic*

3-4 tbsp olive oil

1 cup half & half

1 tsp salt (or ½ tsp if you’re sensitive)

1 stick (or ½ cup butter) at room temperature

7 oz. crème fraîche

 

ingredients

 

First things first, you need to roast yerself some garlic!  Open up your windows because in a few minutes your kitchen will smell grrrrrreat!  But stinky.  *To roast garlic, cut the tops off of two heads of garlic (I roast extra and store them in the fridge for the future).

cut garlic heads

 

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese + Link Party

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

So as I mentioned last week, October makes me crave comfort food big time.  Garlic mashed potatoes.  Cream of (blank) soups.  Pot roast.  Pumpkin bread.  The list goes on and on.

If I had to choose, if you really made me choose, I’d vote butternut squash as my favorite fall vegetable.  When paired with pasta, cream, and cheese, it’s the definition of comfort food.   

roasted butternut squash mac and cheese

 

Here’s what you’ll need! 

mac n cheese ingredients

 

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A Fabulous Festival

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Embracing the seasons is one of my favorite things in life, especially when it comes to cuisine.  There’s a local festival that goes on every year here in Sonoma County at the Kendall Jackson Tasting Room, one that’s hailed as one of the best in this region, but it’s a festival I had never attended until this past weekend. 

Our good friends had extra tickets to the Kendall Jackson Tomato Festival so we were invited along and what a great time we had!  It’s a one day event where 50+ Wine Country restaurants and food purveyors create tomato inspired dishes to compete for the top prize.  It’s a spirited competition and all of the local Bay Area favorites prepare creative tomato infused dish, and attendees reap the benefits by sampling them all and casting a vote!  

culinary institute

 country fresh tomatoes cg

 

Prizes are awarded including a golden spade for Best of Show.

best of show tomatoes

 

Our sweet friends who invited us to tag along show off how well thought out the festival is. They hand you a wine glass (but of course) and a bamboo platter that holds it when you walk in and then they send you on your way to all the wine, food, tomato, and cheese samples you can devour, yum! And how cute is my friend’s red striped dress??

dino and heidi

 

These beauties are everywhere on display, perfectly ripe, and so fresh they’re nature’s candy. 

vine tomatoes in glass vase cg

wine grapes and tomatoes

 

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