Little Quiche Tarts

DSCF6454 I was heading out of work last Saturday when I stopped to say hello to my friend Danny. She was sampling a special cheese with little toasts. Upon stopping she graciously offered me a sample. The cheese was called Grand Cru Surchoix. Danny could say it perfectly and I loved hearing it. It sounded so elegant. It was an Alpine-style cheese with a lovely complex flavor. I decided I had to buy some and putting it into a little quiche tart would be just perfect. I had some Apple wood smoked bacon in my refrigerator and fresh herbs to give it some color.  I used three large eggs, one cup of heavy cream, and fresh cracked pepper for the custard. No salt was added the cheese and the bacon have just the right amount.  I prepared my favorite pastry crust while the bacon was cooking. The little quiche tarts were served on top of spring mix with  a drizzle of balsamic dressing on the leaves. What a delicious  dinner tonight for my daughter and I. During dinner my daughter Stefanie just had to tease me in her fake English accent saying “your such a gourmet”. We laughed and enjoyed our lovely little tarts. I also saved a couple of tarts for my friend. I hope she will enjoy them as much as I did. DSCF6427 DSCF6429 DSCF6430 DSCF6433 DSCF6435 DSCF6438 DSCF6446 DSCF6448 Thanks for stopping by!!

Mash Potatoes

My favorite mash potatoes.
My favorite mash potatoes.

Mash potatoes have to be the ultimate in comfort food. Do you like them totally smooth, a few lumps, lots of lumps, dripping with butter melting off the top or with gravy in a pool on top? Honestly I could eat them any way they are served. I love Yukon gold potatoes best for mash potatoes. My preferred way to mash is with an old fashioned potato masher. You have total control of how smooth or lumpy the potatoes become. If  I want really smooth and creamy potatoes I  mash them until the lumps are out. If I want some lumps I mix them less. I love just a few lumps with butter or gravy. To put my mash potatoes over the top I add either 2 teaspoons of cream cheese or 1/2 cup of sour cream. To give them a little bite I add green onion or fresh chives. Boil 3 pounds of peeled and quartered  Yukon gold potatoes, Drain. Heat 2/3 cup of milk and add at least 6 tablespoons of butter and more butter to the top after there mixed. Lots of fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt. I used sour cream and green onion for my potatoes.

This is a potato masher.
This is a potato masher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Yukon Gold Potatoes (Photo credit: Indiana Public Media)
Boil the potatoes. Add a good splash of salt.
Boil the potatoes. Add a good splash of salt.
Gather your ingredients.
Gather your ingredients for mashing the potatoes.
Drain fork tender potatoes. Add the butter, salt and pepper. Mash to desired smoothness before adding any milk.
Drain fork tender potatoes. Add the butter, salt and pepper. Mash to desired smoothness before adding any milk.
Add the sour cream, milk, green onion. Mash to combine.
Add the sour cream, green onion. Mash to combine.
Add the milk and mash to combine.
Add the milk and mash to combine.
Completely mashed.
Completely mashed.
Ready to serve.
Ready to serve.

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