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Subject: Mash potatoes
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: Dave Newsham <d.newsham02[at]cableinet.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 14:46:56 GMT
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Hello,
Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......time,flavourings
thanks

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From: Stan Horwitz <stan[at]typhoon.ocis.temple.edu>
Date: 6 Jan 2001 15:04:39 GMT
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> Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......time,flavourings

Do a Deja.com search. This topic has been discussed quite a
bit during the past few days on this newsgroup.

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From: Young <qwerty[at]mail.monmouth.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 11:39:06 -0500
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> Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......time,flavourings

Well, I just peel (maybe) and cube the potatoes and boil them until
a fork goes into them easily.  Drain.  Mash with a masher until the
consistency is how you like it, put in a little warm milk, some butter,
some salt.  Add what you like, a little melted cheddar, someone recently 
mentioned minced green onion, how about some chives ... whatever.  If
ever there was a dish that was to taste, this is it. 

You want Idaho type potatoes.

nancy

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From: zenit <zen2k[at]your-deja.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 11:46:35 -0500
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> Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......time,flavourings

In an effort to judge your skill development, are you aware boiling 
water is involved...?

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From: Michael <Dog3[at]mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 11:21:33 -0600
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zenit wrote:
> In an effort to judge your skill development, are you aware boiling
> water is involved...?

ROFLMAO....  Baaaaaadddd  zenit.  But funny as hell.

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From: Gary O. <tractrix[at]pacbell.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2001 10:29:58 -0800
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zenit wrote:
>In an effort to judge your skill development, are you aware boiling 
>water is involved...?

James Beard, among others, has a method for boiling water in The James
Beard Cookbook.

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From: Nancy Rivera <nrivera2[at]cfl.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2001 18:33:54 GMT
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Gary O. wrote:
> James Beard, among others, has a method for boiling water in The James
> Beard Cookbook.

There's a *method* ?  You mean I may have been boiling water incorrectly for
the past umpteen years????

Nancita (who may never boil again)

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From: Brian Huntley <bphuntley[at]home.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2001 20:27:43 GMT
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Nancy Rivera wrote:
> There's a *method* ?  You mean I may have been boiling water incorrectly for
> the past umpteen years????

1) Put 2oz water in a pyrex measuring cup. Place in microwave and heat on HIGH
for two minutes.
2) Wait 10 minutes - leave in oven.
3) Microwave on HIGH three more minutes.
4) Remove cup from oven, wearing hand and eye protection.
5) Drop one grain of rice in cup...

Seriously, don't do this - the water gets superheated and boils all at once when
the rice hits it, or even when you put it down on the counter if you're not
careful.

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From: willille <olim[at]my-deja.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 17:23:04 GMT
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> Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......time,flavourings

Add just a hint of fresh grated nutmeg.

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From: food4thought[at]my-deja.com
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 19:16:13 GMT
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> Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......

Here's a spelling tip...MASHED potatoes.

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From: judgmoore[at]cs.com (Judith Moore)
Date: 10 Jan 2001 15:06:14 GMT
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> Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......

Boil potatoes 'til easily pierced by a fork ("fork tender"). Drain water and
return to medium heat briefly until all water is evaporated. Start smushing and
adding butter, cream, salt, pepper, and grated cheese according to taste. 

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From: Michael <Dog3[at]mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 13:17:10 -0600
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The SO (never cooks) got a wild hair last Sunday and decided to do pot
roast, fresh mashed, peas and carrots.  After schlepping to the store, in
came 10lbs of russet potatoes, a huge bundle of carrots with tops, frozen
peas and a 5lb bag of onions. Ahh...  there it is, in the bottom of the bag
is a 6 lb Chuck Roast.   Ok, so far. He cleans the roast, dumps it in the
pan and seasons both sides with salt, pepper and garlic and then dumps on 2
packages of Lipton Onion Soup mix.  1/2 fills the pan with water and sticks
it in the oven at 350.  Cool.

LOL...  since his skills in the kitchen are so barbaric, I wouldn't let him
do the mashed.  I made him quarter the potatoes (about 3 pounds) and clean
the carrots and put them in with the roast the last hour.  We microwaved the
peas.  The kids got home and we settled down to dinner.  SO looks up and
says the roasted potatoes are OK but he really wanted the mashed ones I do
with chives.  I had to tell him that was a casserole and not mashed
potatoes.

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From: Paul Ballas <pballas[at]ford.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 14:51:25 -0500
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Michael wrote:
> peas.  The kids got home and we settled down to dinner.  SO looks up and
> says the roasted potatoes are OK but he really wanted the mashed ones I do
> with chives.  I had to tell him that was a casserole and not mashed
> potatoes.

That's a classic!

My in-laws in Mexico asked me to make garlic mashed potatoes for our
Christmas dinner.   They turned out barely passable because they
didn't have a decent masher to work with.  I over-cooked the potatoes,
used lots of butter and carmelized garlic, and smashed the hell out of
them best I could.  No milk required this way.  Not light and fluffy
as usual, though.

Pablo

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From: Michael <Dog3[at]mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 20:43:26 -0600
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Paul Ballas wrote:
> My in-laws in Mexico asked me to make garlic mashed potatoes for our
> Christmas dinner.   They turned out barely passable because they
> didn't have a decent masher to work with.  I over-cooked the potatoes,
> used lots of butter and carmelized garlic, and smashed the hell out of
> them best I could.  No milk required this way.  Not light and fluffy
> as usual, though.

What the hell.  I'm betting they were better than boxed ;-)

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From: Brian Huntley <bphuntley[at]home.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2001 22:05:00 GMT
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> Can anybody give me tips on mash potatoes......time,flavourings

Paint 'em green and stencil 4077 to the side.

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From: Gary O. <tractrix[at]pacbell.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2001 10:30:58 -0800
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Brian Huntley wrote:
>Paint 'em green and stencil 4077 to the side.

Does the green pain make 'em sound better in the CD player?


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