Dolce Potato Mash

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No, it’s not sweet potato mashed potatoes, it’s Dolce Potato Mash and it only takes one Friends episode to make.This particular recipe serves 8, so tell that ninth friend to spend his Thanksgiving somewhere else.

Anyway, between passively watching football and catching up with correspondence (just a euphemism for procrastinating), run down to your nearest Trader Joe’s or Associated or Gristede’s for the following ingredients:

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  • 3 pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into symmetrical 1″ by 1″ cubes (or chunks in an assortment of sizes)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg (opt., aka only if you’re feeling fancy)
  • Salt and pepper

And here we go.

  1. Boil potatoes until as tender as a first kiss. Drain and reserve.
  2. Return the pot to the stove top over medium heat.
  3. Add butter and bananas into the pot.
  4. Cook bananas for 5 minutes before adding the orange juice to the pot, reserve the zest.
  5. Allow the juice to cook out (this typically takes 1 minute).
  6. Add potatoes to the pot, as well as the stock and sugar.
  7. Mash potatoes, banana, stock, and sugar together until more combined than the Boleyn blood line.
  8. Season with nutmeg, salt, pepper, and orange zest, to your ultra-refined taste.
  9. Mash to combine spices.
  10. SERVE!

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There you have it, your first Friendsgiving dish! Hope you enjoyed this recipe (discovered a la Food Network), and stay tuned for more posts!

Halloween Display Tip #1: Pumpkin Bowl

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It’s October now!  October means the start of Fall, and the coming of Halloween.  If you’d like to add some of that October flavor to your meals, use a pumpkin for a serving bowl!

No, I’m being serious.  What better way to add pumpkin and Fall to your life than hollowing out a pumpkin to use as a serving bowl?  You could also get a couple of smaller pumpkins for a personal touch.

Simply heat up some canned soup if you don’t feel like cooking, hollow out a pumpkin, and that’s it!  (The pumpkin filling with some spices and a pre-made pie crust would make an amazing pumpkin pie.)

Photo credit: http://www.aruba.com/forum/f12/recipes-28166/index2.html

Idea credit: Christina

Quinoa, Avocados, and Egg Whites Are All You Need

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Got another easy quinoa dish for you guys! This one takes twenty minutes max, and all you need is:

  • Roughly a cup of quinoa (white, red, mixed–whatever!)
  • An avocado (half an avocado will also do)
  • Egg whites
  • And, of course, salt and pepper to taste

Each of these ingredients should be prepared separately. Any mixing that occurs will happen way later, in your mouth and stomach.

First boil a cup of quinoa in a saucepan filled three-quarters of the way with water. A whole cup of quinoa might be a little excessive if you’re only cooking for yourself, but it doesn’t hurt to have some extra quinoa lying around for those lazy days where even boiling water seems far too strenuous.

As the quinoa cooks, split open an avocado and mash it into a guac-like consistency, seasoning to taste with black pepper, lemon or lime juice, and salt (though we recommend substituting salt with Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, which you can buy here).

Keep an eye on the quinoa, stirring every two minutes or so because that is the responsible, chef-like thing to do. Quinoa generally takes about 15 minutes to cook, so when you hit that 13 minute mark, turn down the heat and pull out a skillet to make an egg white omelette.

After turning the stove to medium-high heat, drizzle a line of oil on the skillet, then after about a minute, drop the egg white onto the pan. (Presumably, you’ll have separated the yolk from the egg whites beforehand.) Let it sit for about thirty seconds, sprinkling salt and pepper on it as it cooks. Poke at the edges of the omelette to keep it from sticking, then after about a minute, flip the omelette over for about ten seconds. And voila! Egg white omelette!

Scoot the omelette from the skillet to the plate with the avocado mash, then (after draining the quinoa) also scoop a generous helping of grain onto the plate. Sprinkle a little black pepper over the whole dish, then sit down, put on an episode of The Mindy Project, and enjoy!

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BTW, fun fact about avocados: they are also identified by some as “alligator pears.”