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I’m back! I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been very sick. Thankfully, by Easter, I had started recovering. Easter dinner is easy, and I was still able to pull off dinner. The most difficult part of holiday dinners for me, is the one-oven dilemma. I have an electric roaster, which saves me every time, because  ham hogs (no pun intended) the oven for the meal preparation time. I make a baked pineapple every Easter, which takes 45 minutes to bake, which leaves me no oven for the scalloped potatoes. I’m no quitter when it comes to orchestrating a meal, so I got creative and decided to use my microwave oven. It works perfectly for these potatoes.

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* This post is part of my “Make Ahead Holidays,” series, which will go through Christmas. I will tell you how to make the big day(s) less rushed, and how to make your feast cost the least. At the end of the post, I will tell you how to prepare your mashed potatoes ahead of time for the holidays, and serve them hot with no mess, and no re-heating! 

There is a domestic urban myth that potatoes cannot be frozen. Now, you can’t just slice a potato and freeze it, that’s true, it must be treated, but frozen potatoes are a glorious convenience food, and a great way to stock up when prices are almost a give away.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Sheperd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

My adrenaline was rushing. I charged in with a mission, my eyes darting around to find my prize. With my luck, there would have been a run on what I so desperately wanted. But there they were – – a beautiful stack of 10 pound bags of potatoes. The stock clerk was even there piling on more and more, making a glorious tower. These weren’t your average bags of russets – – they were 10 pound bags of russets for 69 cents each. I snatched two bags and a 1 1/2 pounds of green beans on a major sale too. I go to check out and the cashier said, “That will be $2.33.” That was for 20 pounds of potatoes and 1 1/2 pounds of green beans.  I came. I conquered. Oh, yeah. [continue reading…]