Twice Baked Potatoes

Ok, so I have a weakness. When in line at the check out stand at the grocery store, I am not tempted to buy a candy bar, gum, or even flip through a gossip magazine. It’s Martha! I can not bi-pass her Food everyday magazine. Her latest one hasn’t really inspired me, just because I don’t like freezey type things, but all her others, yep, I am there perusing as quickly as I can hoping to somehow subconsciously store the data my eyes glance over, all to no avail. I realize I have retained no information whatsoever in the 30 seconds of flipping furiously through the fine pages. So, I cave. I scrunch my shoulders, give a look of defeat, and place it slowly down on the counter ready to be scanned in for yet another purchase I don’t really need. Sure, her articles and recipes are online, but there is something so cozy for me to read through the book from front to back lying in my bed. These potatoes are a result of my caving in and buying another Martha Stewart magazine.

Twice Baked Sour Cream and Chive Potatoes

Inspired by Martha Stewart

How To Play:

1. Preheat oven to 400. Rub 8 small russet potatoes with 1 Tbsp of grapeseed oil. On a baking sheet, bake until potatoes are easily pierced with a paring knife about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly.

2. With paring knife, cut a thin slice lengthwise off the top of each potato and discard. Using a spoon scoop out all but 1/2 inch potato flesh from inside skin. Transfer to a bowl and add 1 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup milk, 3 Tbsp butter, and 1/4 cup chives; mash until combined. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with course salt and pepper. Spoon mix back into the potato skins. Sprinkle with more cheese (I used cheddar and Parmesan) and chives, bake until browned or cheese is bubbling.

Enjoy.

Summer time barbecue, finally…

I am not sure how the weather has been elsewhere, but on the west coast, it has been chilly. I remember last July it was the same thing. I had no complaints, though. I was overdue with 3 and uncomfortable to the max. This week has been a great week of sunshine. Summer is finally here. We had friends come over for dinner the other night and we were able to use our new BBQ. My sister would mock me, for I have no idea how to BBQ. Marriage, did it truly have an impact on me in a stereotypical way? Man’s work, I call it. I tend to the kitchen and he tends to the BBQ. I am not complaining, I am just saying.
Here are a couple of photos of the BBQ dinner we had. Unfortunately, the photos of the meat we barbecued have been lost. With the homemade BBQ sauce, we used it on marinated steaks and on chicken. It was delish.