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New England Style Poutine

I’m talking about chowder fries.

Why have I never heard of these before?


Chowder over French Fries – New England Poutine

Saveur had a story….just last March.

Thick chowder is key – as are hot and crisp Fries. Frozen will not do. This might be my Summer go out for dish.

The spud on spud left my Irish heart happy.

Here’s what may be the first chowder recipe in print.

Boston Evening Post on September 23,1751.

First lay some Onions to keep the Pork from burning
Because in Chouder there can be not turning;
Then lay some Pork in slices very thing,
Thus you in Chouder always must begin.
Next lay some Fish cut crossways very nice
Then season well with Pepper, Salt, and Spice;
Parsley, Sweet-Marjoram, Savory, and Thyme,
Then Biscuit next which must be soak’d some Time.
Thus your Foundation laid, you will be able
To raise a Chouder, high as Tower of Babel;
For by repeating o’er the Same again,
You may make a Chouder for a thousand men.
Last a Bottle of Claret, with Water eno; to smother ’em,
You’ll have a Mess which some call Omnium gather ’em.

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Comfort Food

What makes comfort food COMFORTING is that it’s big, and fast and easy and pulls no punches. And possibly takes you back to childhood, even one that wasn’t quite yours….so when someone from Minnesota mentioned missing Tator Tot Hotdish…..we were skeptics, but the Tater Tots….the tater tots…..so when she brought it in to share (this is a sharing dish), she had to write up the recipe.


Tots, taters, potato goodness, potato rounds, potato puffs, tater puffs, Mexi-Fries

Here it is:


Minnesota Tator Tot Hotdish

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cans cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup

14 or 16 oz bag of frozen vegetables (I use peas/corn/carrots/bean mix)

1 lb bag frozen tator tots

2 cups shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350°

Brown beef and onion together on stove

Mix in the soup and vegetables

Spread mixture into a 9×13 pan

Arrange a layer of tots on top of mixture

Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes, or until tots are golden brown

Sprinkle cheese on top, and bake again until the cheese is melted and the mixture is bubbly

Erin Gillette, 2015

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It’s snowing and it’s only the second of November…..snowMaybe it’s not THAT much snow, but it might as well be…I have my rain boots at the ready, my rain gear by the back door.

What is this SNOW???????? I’m not ready for snow before Thanksgiving.

Time to head back to the kitchen. Since I really don’t want to go to the store, what’s in the pantry for tonight?

Potatoes. Onions…if there are eggs in the fridge, I know what I’m-ma gonna do….

chicken w a cape on

The Little Chickie was so cold she had a cape on…but still, there are eggs!

Potato and Onion Frittata

¼ c olive oil

2 medium potatoes

4 medium onions

6 large eggs

¼ c grated Parmesan cheese

¼ tsp salt

Ground black pepper to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9” pie plate.
  2. Heat the oil in a large cast iron or nonstick frying pan. Peel and cut the potatoes into ½ cubes
  3. When the oil is hot but not smoking, fry the potatoes until golden and tender.
  4. Peel and dice the onions
  5. Remove the potatoes from the pan with a slotted spoon. Cook the onions about 15 minutes, stirring and tossing frequently until very tender. These aren’t caramelized onions, just very well done – more beige then dark brown, but meltingly soft.
  6. Beat the eggs with the salt and pepper and cheese.
  7. Add the potato and onions to the eggs.
  8. NOTE: Keep the onions and eggs in one bowl, the eggs and seasonings in another, cover and fridge for several hours before cooking. Bring out and mix together while the oven is preheating.
  9. Put mixture into pie plate and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Jeanne Lehman. Quick Vegetarian Pleasures:152.

simple vegg pleasur peaseWhich is all well and good, and I’ve made  plenty of fritattas this way, BUT as a single single (versus my single Mom days) I now make half as much and just keep it all on the stove, maybe listening to some NPR at the same time, or staring at the white board at the side of the fridge, writing down things as they flit through my head…


1 potato, peel it and cut it into a dice, or really thin slices. Fry in olive oil – the olive oil is part of the flavor. When it’s tender and golden, take those taters out and add in 2 onions, any kind, any color, sliced very, very thin or diced, cook them slowly in the oil, stirring them every now and again, keep it all moving along. By now you’ve already checked around the fridge – any leftover bits that might be nice – but only bitty bits in the fritatta for one.  A slice of ham, one piece of bacon, a stalk of broccoli. Or not.

Beat 3 eggs, add some salt and pepper, maybe a pinch of smoked paprika or a pinch tarragon….by now you know what you’re hungry for. Add the potato to the eggs, add the onions to the potato, and if you want some cheese in it, now the time. If the bottom of the pan is still slick you’re good, or add another drop or two of oil to it. Put the egg mixture in the pan, keep it at medium and shake it about a bit to get the eggy parts to the bottom to cook, and to keep it from sticking.  Put a lid on it, and don’t go too far away….10 or so should do it. Slide it out to your plate, and sit at a table, preferably one with a view (if you don’t have a view, get flowers) and enjoy.

Clara Peeters - flowers, good; mouse, optional

Clara Peeters – flowers, good; mouse, optional

It’s still snowing…….


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One Potato salad

One Potato Salad. As in Potato salad for one. Or as one, of many, Potato Salad possibilities.  And there are lots of possibilities…

But this is about a single serving of a somewhat potato salad.

It actually started out as


Which is a perfectly good recipe from The Splendid Table  which is pretty splendid all on it’s own, both the recipe and The Splendid Table. The flower eggs are the actual hard-boiled and cut into quarters eggs arranged on top of the salad, as if they were the petals of a chrysanthemum….

chrysanthemum-yellow a

Ca you see it as a part of the salad? Isn’t it lovely to look at?

17th century spinach salad with hard boiled egg quarters that look somewhat petal like....

17th century spinach salad with hard boiled egg quarters that look somewhat petal like….



One Potato Salad

 One Potato whatever size you feel that you need. Or two littler ones. You could microwave this if you don’t have any boiled spuds on hand. Leftover roasted is also good, or even a scmere of leftover potato salad. But with the potato salad option  you’re  double dipping into the mayo pool….if you try to lighten with Greek yoghurt, there’s a flavor meld issue. Sweet potatoes are also an option. Or sweet potatoes and new potatoes…but that would be a TWO Potato Salad

Eggs – 2-3 are a serving – hard boil ‘em.  Lately I’ve started them in boiling water, let them sit in the covered pan for 11 minutes and then put them in cold water. After they’re cooled, shell them and the shells shouldn’t stick.

Serious Eats  has the serious low down on hard boiled eggs and are my source for shell free HB.



cider vinegar

Helmand mayo


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Chopped fresh dill

Fresh dill - as much or as little as you like. Fennel fronds are also good; fresh parsley..let your taste buds help you choose!

Fresh dill – as much or as little as you like. Fennel fronds are also good; fresh parsley..let your taste buds help you choose!

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Lettuce or other leafy green for salad

Greek Yoghurt

  1. Boil the potato and hard boil the eggs. I often do enough for several days worth of salads.

  2. Make the dressing – start with a spoonful of mayo and add every else in dribs, drabs, splashes and pinches. Put into a leak proof container

  3. Pack your lunch bag with potatoes, eggs, dressing, lettuce and yoghurt.

  4. Assemble the salad

    1. Put a blob of yoghurt on the plate. Slice the potatoes all around over it so now you have potato resting and nestled into yoghurt. Optional salt and pepper at this stage.

    2. Break up the lettuce (or other salad green)in bite sized pieces all over the potato so that it is now hidden from view.

    3. Shell the eggs and cut them into quarters and place them petal like on top of the leafy green. Pretty as a picture.

    4. Drizzle the dressing over it all.

    5. Don’t lick your plate, at least if you’re in public or with others.


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