Recipe – Mashed Potatoes for Two

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients

  • Salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, evaporated/condensed or heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1-ounces cream cheese, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or sour cream (optional)
  • Ground white pepper (optional)

Mashed Potatoes Equipment Needed

  • 3-quart or larger saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fork

Mashed Potatoes Directions

Warm Dairy to room temperature.

  • Set the dairy for the recipe out to warm to room temperature, about an hour ahead of time.

Bring water to a boil.

  • Fill a medium saucepan ¾ full of water.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.

Cut the potatoes.

  • While the water is heating, peel the potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, then in quarters.
  • Then cut the potato quarters smaller sections.  The smaller the potato chunks are going into the water, the fast they will cook, and they will be to mash later.
  • Add the cut potatoes to the boiling water, add additional water if necessary, to cover potatoes, and simmer until they are falling-apart tender about 15 to 20 minutes.

Drain and mash the potatoes.

  •  When the potatoes are soft, drain the potatoes completely.
  • Return the potatoes to the pan.
  • Add the butter and mash the potatoes.
  • Turn pan to medium heat, stirring the potatoes rapidly continuously until the butter is melted and thoroughly combined.

Add the dairy and season.

  • Once the butter is melted and thoroughly combined, When any remaining water has evaporated, add the dairy components.
  • Turn the pot to medium-low and keep stirring.
  • Cooking until the potatoes are thoroughly combined and hot.
  • Remove the potatoes from the burner and turn off the heat.
  • Add pepper and salt, if desired.
  • Serve the potatoes in a ramekin or small dish and garnish, if desired.

Serves

  • Makes two individual servings

Cooks Notes

  • If you want to dress the potatoes up a little, you can add a little cheese on top and microwave (assuming you are using a microwave dish) for a few seconds to melt the cheese. 

Bread Pudding For Two

Bread pudding has been around a very long time.  I have cooks books going back to 1901 with some variation of the recipe.  And no wonder, this is a really simple and tasty dessert for the cooler months of the year and makes a nice holiday side dish or dessert, as well.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups day-old or toasted white bread cubes (2 slices)
  • 2 eggs (Large or Jumbo)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter (cut in small cubes)

Directions

  • Divide bread, raisins, and butter between two greased 8 or 10 oz. Ramekins and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whip together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Pour in equal amounts over filling in both ramekins.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350o F for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow bread puddings to cool and serve warm or room temperature.

No-Bake Orange Soufflé

Who doesn’t like oranges?  This cool, refreshing dish brings together the familiarity of a soufflé with the cool comfort of a homemade icebox dessert.

Ingredients                                 metrics:

  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin                  1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup water                                                60 ml water
  • 3 eggs                                                          3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar                                                170 gr sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream                        235 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 thumb-size orange peel                              2 thumb size orange peel
  • 1/2 cup naval orange juice (from 2 oranges) 118 ml orange juice
  • 1-2 drops orange food color                         1-2 drops orange food color

Directions

  • Add gelatin and water in a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring to a slight boil. Stir and eye it to make sure the is no lumps. When the liquid turns clear, turn off the heat, add lemon peel, and set aside to let it cool.
  • Combine eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl, mix it with a hand mixer until thick, light and the color become pale. Set aside
  • Whisk heavy whipping cream until soft peaks, set aside.
  • Add lemon juice to the cooled gelatin mixture, stir until everything is well-blended, then add to egg mixture through a strainer to catch seeds and peels. Mix with a hand mixer just until everything is well-combined.
  • Fold in whipped cream and 1-2 drops of food color, fold with a spatula until there are no white and orange streaks. Put it in the fridge until the mixture is half-set.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the foil collar:
  • -Measure 2 pieces of foil, each long enough to encircle the ramekin. And fold it twice so it is 2 inches higher than the rim of the dish. Secure it tight with tape. Set aside.
  • Add mixture to prepared ramekins, allow to chill for at least 2 hours. Garnish with orange slices and powdered sugar.

Servings

  • Serve 2 (4” ramekin)

Tips/notes:

  • It is best to eat the soufflé on the same day as you make it.
  • For this recipe, it is recommended to use pasteurized eggs
  • Food color is optional.

No-Bake Key Lime Soufflé

Key lime is always a southern favorite flavor and this Cool citrus dessert soufflé is will also be much appreciated by your family.  

Ingredients                                 metrics:

  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin                  1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup water                                                60 ml water
  • 3 eggs                                                          3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar                                                170 gr sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream                        235 ml whipping cream
  • 1 thumb-size lime peel                                 1 thumb-size lime peel
  • 1/3 cup key lime juice (from 7 limes)           80 ml key lime juice
  • 1-2 drops light green food color                   1-2 drops light green food color

Directions

  • Add gelatin and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a slight boil. Stir and eye it to make sure the is no lumps. When the liquid turns clear, turn off heat, add lemon peel, and set aside to let it cool.
  • Combine eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl, mix it with a hand mixer until thick, light and the color become pale. Set aside
  • Whisk heavy whipping cream until soft peaks, set aside.
  • Add lemon juice to the cooled gelatin mixture, stir until everything is well-blended, then add to egg mixture through a strainer to catch seeds and peels. Mix with a hand mixer just until everything is well-combined.
  • Fold in whipped cream and 1-2 drops of food color, fold with a spatula until there are no white and green streaks. Put it in the fridge until the mixture is half-set.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the foil collar:
  • -Measure 2 pieces of foil, each long enough to encircle the ramekin. And fold it twice so it is 2 inches higher than the rim of the dish. Secure it tight with tape. Set aside.
  • Add mixture to prepared ramekins, allow to chill for at least 2 hours. Garnish with lime slices or fruit of your choice.

Servings

  • Serve 2 (4” ramekin)

Tips/notes:

  • It is best to eat the soufflé on the same day as you make it.
  • For this recipe, it is recommended to use pasteurized eggs
  • Food color is optional.

No-Bake Lemon Soufflé

Looking for something cool and lemony well here is a refreshing twist on the Souffléwhich please the palate.

Ingredients                            metrics:

  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin                  1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • ¼ cup water                                                60 ml of water
  • 3 eggs                                                          3 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar                                                170 gr sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream                        235 ml whipping cream
  • 2 thumb-size lemon peel                               2 thumb size lemon peel
  • ½ cup lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)           118 ml lemon juice

Directions

  • Add gelatin and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a slight boil. Stir and eye it to make sure the is no lumps. When the liquid turns clear, turn off the heat, add lemon peel, and set aside to let it cool.
  • Combine eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl, mix it with a hand mixer until thick, light and the color become pale. Set aside
  • Whisk heavy whipping cream until soft peaks, set aside.
  • Add lemon juice to the cooled gelatin mixture, stir until everything is well-blended, then add to egg mixture through a strainer to catch seeds and peels. Mix with a hand mixer just until everything is well-combined.
  • Fold in whipped cream, fold with a spatula until there are no white streaks. Put it in the fridge until the mixture is half-set.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the foil collar:
  • -Measure 2 pieces of foil, each long enough to encircle the ramekin. And fold it twice so it is 2 inches higher than the rim of the dish. Secure it tight with tape. Set aside.
  • Add mixture to prepared ramekins, allow to chill for at least 2 hours. Serve with confectioners’ sugar and berries.

Servings

  • Serve 2 (4” ramekin)

Tips/Notes:

  • It is best to eat the soufflé on the same day as you make it.
  • For this recipe, it is recommended to use pasteurized egg

Mario’s Marine Corps Mash Recipe

My Fit Foods, which has since closed their doors permanently, introduced me to this dish. Marine Corps Mash was a favorite of mine, so I once made a copycat version of the dish, which I found on my computer today and thought I would post before I lose it.  Admittedly, this recipe is less spicy than the My Fit Foods version, but I like it, so, I hope you will as well.

Mario’s Marine Corps Mash Ingredients:

Mash Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup canned kidney or black beans, rinsed (optional)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cooking oil
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup diced fresh tomato (Optional)
  • Pepper to taste

Optional Toppings:

  • shredded cheese
  • diced fresh tomato

Mario’s Marine Corps Mash Directions

  • Cook quinoa according to directions on the package.
  • Over a medium-high heated skillet, add cooking oil, garlic, and onion.
  • Cook them, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to turn translucent (about approximately 3 minutes).
  • Add ground turkey and remaining mash ingredients (except cooked quinoa) and cook for about 10 minutes until turkey is well done.
  • Once is mash is cooked, add in the rinsed kidney beans, cooked quinoa, and fresh tomato stir thoroughly.
  • Add optional topping and garnish, if desired.

Reheating Recommendation

  • If you intend to reheat and serving later, then the following changes are suggested:
    • Treat tomato as an optional topping (and cheese) and add to the dish after it has been reheated.
    • Divide the prepared mash into its four serving and place in a vented reheatable contains.  Once chilled close vents.
    • Place in refrigerator and do not stack until thoroughly chilled.
    • The mash will be food-safe for about three days if stored in this way, so, you don’t want to prepare too much at one time.

Cooks Notes

  • The beans have been listed as optional in the ingredients, because some folks don’t like beans much, but they do add volume, flavor, color, and vegetable protein to the mash.

Serves

  • Makes about four servings

Recipe – Apple Smoothie

Apples are readily available in the United States in your local grocery year-round, so, this is a nice easy to make a smoothie which can be a pleasant drink anytime. This is especially true in the fall and early winter when apples are plentiful. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have your own apple trees this is a nice way to use some of those fresh apples.

Servings

  • Makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 small apple, peeled (if desired), cored, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla or plain yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2-3 almonds, chopped (optional)
  • A pinch ground cinnamon, to garnish (optional)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients and add into a blender.
  2. Pulse blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon and serve.

Cook’s notes

  • The variety of Apple you choose to use will make a difference in how sweet or tart this smoothie is. If you like a sweeter smoothie Try an Apple like the Honey Crisp if you like your smoothie a little more on the tart side, then try a Granny Smith.
  • I recommend you wash the Apple thoroughly and use the Apple with the peal on, this makes the smoothie more nutritious, more colorful and prettier to look at.

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