Sunday, June 7, 2015

2nd Anniversary, Transitions, and Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Before I share the recipe for this week, I wanted to share with my readers about some transitional stages. First off, Delici-owh-so is reaching it's 2nd year anniversary! I really want to start off by thanking everyone who has been reading the blog, sharing pictures, recipes, and referring me for catering and weddings. A huge thanks and shout out to each and every one of you! You are all a huge motivation for me to continue to improve myself, and become more and more innovative! Please feel free to comment with any suggestions, requests, etc!

Next, I want to address some transition in my life! I've been missing from the blog for a few weeks now. I realize it's not an excuse, but I've been going through a huge transitional phase in terms of my career, so I spent a little time to myself tying up loose ends. That being said, I've traded in my chef coat! I've been working in the food industry for the past 5 years. I recently decided that it wasn't for me- the hours, the work life balance, and the career trajectory. 
I opted to seek a position that I would be able to utilize my business degree in (while in college I participated in a dual degree program- pastry and business). This time has been a scary transition, but I am adjusting well to my new job. One of the motivating factors for this change is this blog. I wanted to have a little more consistency in my life, in terms of scheduling, and more opportunity to work on this blog. Blogging consistently has been a real challenge after graduating college, and I wanted to change that. 
Now, I have the opportunity to blog regularly, and put in more effort to produce even better content! Again, I'm sorry for being away for a bit, but I promise the wait will pay off! I've already got some exciting ideas to try out, and I can't wait to share them with you! 

Thank you all for reading through all of that (if you did). Now onward to this week's recipe!

Can we all agree that mashed potatoes are a perfect side for any occasion? I made these with cheddar, bacon, and chives from my garden! This recipe is gluten free, and can easily be vegetarian (just don't use bacon).

Mashed potatoes are one of the easiest sides to make. You can always spruce them up with whatever you'd like to add! Using fresh chives was a great way to add a little extra dimension.

Loaded Mashed Potatoes (Makes 4 servings)
6 Red Potatoes
3 strips Bacon
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar
Fresh Chives
3 tbsp Butter
1/2 cup Milk
Garlic Powder

1. Rinse and boil the potatoes until very soft. You can test this by using a fork to break it apart. You should not have to use too much force.
2. In the meantime, cook your bacon strips until slightly crispy. Then, use scissors to cut them up into small pieces.
3. Drain your potatoes and return to low heat. Add bacon, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and butter.
4. Use a fork or potato masher to crush the potatoes and mix well until everything is evenly incorporated.
5. Add chives and cheese and mix to incorporate. If the potatoes seem dry, add more milk. If they are too moist, cook them for longer or let stand off the heat for a few minutes. The excess liquid should evaporate out.

This is one of the simplest dishes, but it is extremely satisfying. One of my favorite parts of this is that I get to enjoy the chives that I've been growing. There's something extremely satisfying about getting to cook with produce that you've raised yourself. I highly recommend trying it!

Once again, I am sorry that I haven't posted anything lately, but I am very very excited to be getting more time to come up with some really great stuff! Stay tuned everyone!

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