Here’s How You Make Heavenly Potatoes, No Doubt About It

Heavenly Potatoes

Heavenly Potatoes

For dinner tonight — and often — I make something new and something old.  Important — make something old taste like something new! I had some leftover roast chicken.  And fresh lettuce.  You all know how to make FABULOUS dressing, right?  Don’t ever buy dressing.  It’s right in your cupboard and better than anything you could ever buy!  But I digress.  More on that another time. So I had this chicken, lettuce and yellow squash and part of a red pepper, green pepper and the end of a small head of purple cabbage.   What’s the number one rule for cooking a great meal?  Cook with color!!! Everything tastes good when it’s colorful and a work of art on your plate. Anybody can do it, you just make SURE what goes on the plate includes at least three colors! Be an artist with food.  Your eyes, tummy and inner happiness meter will thank you. White potatoes on a white plate?  With white chicken. Nope. Not Ever. So something old is the fabulous roast chicken from yesterday.  And you go from there with what???  Color!!!
Putting Color with Red Skinned Potatoes

Putting Color with Red Skinned Potatoes

So now for the potatoes.
Use a Deep Casserole

Use a Deep Casserole

Use a Deep Baking Dish. Oven 350 degrees.
Mandolin Slicer

Mandolin Slicer

Note:  Use a mandolin to slice the potatoes and onions. ******************************************************************* Heavenly Thin-Sliced Potatoes Baked with Broth, Cream, Garlic,  Goat Cheese and Parsley About 2-3/4 cups of fresh or frozen chicken broth — made from scratch if possible.  Nothing beats it.  If you don’t have homemade, use your favorite purchased broth. About 8 or 9 medium organic red skinned potatoes, scrubbed and sliced with a mandolin (very thin sliced).  Enough for the deep baking dish you’re using. Do not peel.  Potato nutrition lives in the skin. About a cup of thin- sliced red onions, give or take. Celery leaves — cut up the tops of 2 or 3 stalks of celery, just the leafy tops. Save the rest for another use. Garlic, your choice — 2 or 3 cloves to taste. About 1/3 cup Chevre Goat Cheese About 1/2 c. grated Asiago cheese About 1/3 c. (generous) fresh parsley chopped (could also use chard or spinach) About 1/3 cup heavy cream About 1 tsp. Fresh Thyme if you have it.  Otherwise, a pinch of dried. Salt and pepper to taste.  Or let each person add to taste at the table. DIRECTIONS: Heat the broth in a pan large enough to hold all the potatoes.   Add the onions, celery leaves, garlic, thin-sliced potatoes and parsley and let them sweat in the broth.  Just get everything heated up. Add the cream.  Set aside. Lavishly butter a deep, round baking dish.  Dip or pour half the potato mixture into the baking dish.  Crumble half the goat cheese and Asiago over this half of the potato mixture.  Pour in the remaining potato mixture.  Add the rest of the goat cheese and Asiago.  The final level of liquid and potatoes in the baking dish should allow for bubbling as it bakes.
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Potatoes Make Their Own Sauce While Baking

Bake an hour and 15 min to an hour an a half.  The top will be brown and beautiful.  The mixture makes its own gravy. Totally heavenly.  Serve with contrasting clean tastes (crisp and colorful salad and vegetables.  This goes well with rich and  creamy potatoes. And for dessert?  Something simple and fresh.  Mangoes, Kiwi and Blueberries with a Squeeze of Lime.  Bon Appetit!
Mangoes, Kiwi and Blueberries with Lime

Mangoes, Kiwi & Blueberries with A Squeeze of Lime

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
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Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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