Don’t Drop a Potato Down the Disposal

photo 1 (8)I realized I didn’t have potatoes in like a few months, so I figured it was probably time to learn how to make potatoes on my own. Plus I found this recipe that used parsley, which I needed to use up before it went bad.

Some things I learned: potatoes take much more time to make than I would have thought. I also learned to make sure I put water completely covering the potatoes because otherwise they won’t actually cook for the first ten minutes.

As well, be careful when dumping out the water from the pot into the sink. I accidentally dropped one potato down the disposal, which was very sad because an extra potato would have meant more scrumptious food. Woops. I tried to get out out of the disposal, lest it still look edible, but the potato was cooked so perfectly I wasn’t able to get it out.

photo 2 (9)The recipe I used for these potatoes was pretty simple. You mix together olive oil, salt, garlic salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and parsley. The recipe also says you can add jalapeño pepper but I figured the cayenne pepper would give it enough of a kick.

I would recommend chopping up the parsley. The recipe doesn’t specifically say you should but if you look at the pictures, the parsley was definitely chopped up. I tried doing it in the bowl after I mixed together the mixture and it didn’t really work out.

photo 1 (9)Then you’re supposed to use a fork and mash the potatoes up. My sister is really good at mashing potatoes. I clearly didn’t inherit that skill because they weren’t really mashing up, so I just ended up cutting them.

After you mash the potatoes, you drizzle on the mixture you created and pop them in the preheated oven for a half hour.

Tphoto 3 (8)hese potatoes are probably one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. However, you really can’t eat these potatoes without a glass or two of milk or water. They definitely have a kick to them that make them a little spicy. If you’re like me and don’t like spicy food, don’t add in the jalapeño peppers. The rest of the mixture will be hot enough.

I would highly recommend trying these. Although they take a long time to make, I know I shall be eating these again!

…But next time I will make sure I don’t drop a potato down the disposal.

Arugula Hard To Find In Grocery Stores

I stumbled across this 5-ingredient pesto pasta salad and decided to give it a try because I absolutely adore pesto. Plus it used mozzarella and I’ve always wanted to buy a ball of mozzarella from the grocery store, but never had an occasion to do so.

Fair warning, the recipe I linked to is sponsored by a company. But despite that, I just used a mix of ingredients I found in my grocery store.

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This recipe is super simple, and as the title of the recipe states, it only requires 5 ingredients. I did forget to buy red pepper when I was making this recipe but I’m sure it would taste even better with the red pepper. — How I forgot one of the five ingredients of a five ingredient meal is beyond me. I thought I had picked a red pepper up but then it wasn’t in my car when I got home.

Despite the fact I did forget one ingredient, even I couldn’t mess this recipe up. You just make some pasta, cut up some mozzarella into cubes, toss on  the pesto, and add arugula. Then you’d add the red pepper if you remembered to pick it up in the grocery store.

Let me tell you something about arugula. photo 2 (7)It is incredibly hard to find in the grocery store by itself and is incredibly expensive. Because it was so expensive on its own, I ended up buying a spring salad mix and then picking out the arugula for this meal. That  way you have your salad for the week but you also have your arugula.

I added a little bit of parsley to give it a little extra flavor (and because I needed to use it up before it spoiled) but you definitely don’t need it.

Tip: In order to get the pesto to evenly coat all the ingredients, put your salad in a tupperware container. Place the lid on the container and then shake.

Bonus Tip: I would wait for your pasta to cool down before adding the other ingredients. I didn’t because I was starving at the time and the pasta kind of melted the mozzarella. But it still tasted delicious so I wasn’t complaining.

Creamy Avocado Pasta Easy But Not Tasty

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Some recipes seem better on screen than they taste. A good example of this would be creamy avocado pasta. I had some avocados I needed to use up and was in the mood for some pasta. I hunted online for some recipes and came across creamy avocado pasta.

It looked delicious and was easy to make. You just toss some items into a blender to make the sauce. But it didn’t taste good. First, the texture was really weird. Maybe I’m just not used to avocado as a sauce but I didn’t like it. Second, I probably should have diced the garlic before I put it in the blender. I thought the blender would get it, so I just chopped the garlic into large pieces. But the blender didn’t catch all the garlic, so I ended up eating some rather large hunks of garlic. Let me tell you, not tasty. Third, you can’t save leftovers. The avocado turns brown and smelled rather weird.

Yes, this recipe is easy to make but I definitely won’t be making it again.