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6 Twists on Mashed Potatoes That’ll Have You Dancing in the Kitchen

It’s time to do the mashed potato. No, we don’t mean breaking out your ’60s moves, but these new twists on the humble spud may inspire you to dance around the kitchen.

It’s not hard to learn how to make mashed potatoes — boil, drain, take out your aggression with a masher or ricer, and season — but sometimes it’s tough to get out of a food rut. Reinvent the classic side dish with a mix of vegetables, like Chuck Hughes’ root vegetable mash (pictured above), in which potatoes pair well with carrots, parsnips and salsify — or completely swap out taters for sweet potatoes instead.

Check out five more of our favorite spins on mashed potatoes below.

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Alternative Fries That Will Make Everyone Want to Eat Their Vegetables

TGIF isn’t only for kicking off the weekend — any day can be fryday if you put your mind to it. Classic french fries are deep-fried until crisp, sprinkled with salt and devoured instantly, but other vegetables can be made equally craveworthy for side dishes with less guilt.

Check out five of our favorite alternative fries, like Tia Mowry’s zucchini sticks with ranch dip (pictured above) — which are still fried, but made of squash instead of potatoes — and oven-fried potato wedges that may convert you from your fast-food favorites. They’re also a great way to coax your kids into eating vegetables without even realizing what’s under the crunchy batter. Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens.

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5 Ways to Cook Potatoes


Versatile and filling, potatoes can be baked in the oven, steamed on a stove or even cooked in a slow cooker. Try your hand at each method and pick your favorite way of cooking these starchy tubers.

1. The Baked Potato (pictured above)

Alton’s basic recipe for a baked potato becomes a complete dinner with your favorite potato toppings. Cook large, russet potatoes for an hour in the oven and serve with a variety of fixings from sour cream and chives to cheddar cheese.

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Fall Fest: Cozy Up With In-Season Potatoes

We’re continuing our season long Fall Fest 2011, which welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. First up was the classic fall favorite, apples, and now we’re discovering the creamy wonder of potatoes.

Creamy, cheesy or crispy, potatoes seem to be delicious just about any way they are cooked, making them the perfect fall comfort food. Laura Calder’s Pommes De Terre a la Boulangere: Potatoes a la Bakery is a prime example of this warming fall favorite. It features layers of buttery potatoes and onions in a casserole dish, topped with thyme leaves then baked until crispy.

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