There's been a lot on all of our minds these past few weeks since the attacks by ISIS in Europe and the Middle East. It's all very difficult to process, and it's not easy to balance daily life with these bigger fears and concerns. I have many good friends and family in Israel so my mind is always there as well, and it's been an extremely difficult and emotional time. So I'm definitely looking forward to getting together with friends and family this week for Thanksgiving. I'll try and take a moment to myself to feel thankful for everything I have, and to lean into moments of joy as much as I can.
Since many of us will probably be eating and/or cooking a lot this week, I thought I would send out a fun, easy "base" recipe for red potatoes. In other words, I'll let you know the ingredients I use and how I cook the potatoes, but I think it will taste best if you experiment with the measurements yourself. I never actually measure for this, I simply just add until I enjoy it the most. There are only a few things to add so it's not too intimidating.
Semi-Mashed, Herbed Red Potatoes
Red potatoes, halved or quartered
Basil, chopped (I use pre-cut, frozen cubes for all herbs)
Add water and potatoes to a pot and bring to a boil. Allow the potatoes to cook for about ten minutes, or until they are easily pierced with a fork. Then transfer them to a pan that's been drizzled with olive oil. Sauté the potatoes and slowly add the chopped basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a bit more olive oil here and there until you reach your desired taste. The olive oil will also keep the potatoes from burning, so keep an eye on that. As you cook the potatoes, move them around so that they begin to fall apart. Mash with a fork or other utensil until you reached the desired effect. And enjoy!
P.S. There was a post on depression that was briefly posted a little while back, and I'm really looking forward to putting it back up in the next few weeks. There are a few things I'd like to add to make it as meaningful a post as possible.