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Does anyone else have a few recipes that are just stuck in their brain all the time, that are actually really, really good but so common that you don’t think to share them? Yea…that happens to me a lot. There are some things that we make all of the time at home but I just don’t picture them as “blog material”.
I think “certainly everyone must already make this, or it would be silly to tell someone how to make that“, until someone points out the obvious…that everyone isn’t on the same page when it comes to food and being in the kitchen (I of course mean that in the most positive way possible).
I mean think about it. If you do make something like these loaded mashed potatoes, at some point in your life you had to make them for the first time, right? Even the simplest of recipe have to at some point be “made for the first time”.
My point is that we make these loaded mashed potatoes all of the time, but they’re just one of “those” recipes. A recipe that we absolutely love but it’s not “new” and it’s not “super creative”. But, over the years, our “mashed potatoes” transformed from regular to amazing.
I started making mashed potatoes from the box. To me, those were mashed potatoes haha and then I started making them from potatoes ;). I use to only make regular mashed potatoes, then I fell in love with red skin potatoes, that let to our obsession with red skin mashed potatoes.
I saw someone on the food network once add cream cheese to their mashed potatoes so we started doing that. We had “loaded” mashed potatoes at a restaurant and then started adding cheese and bacon to our mashed potatoes at home. Ever since then “mashed potatoes” to us is indeed loaded red skinned mashed potatoes. Anything else is well…. “just something else”. haha
In June, I hopped on a plane and flew to meet a group of bloggers and drove to Arbyrd, MO to visit the red potato farms of Black Gold Farm.
I got to watch these red potatoes being harvested from the field (even got to ride in the tractor), watched them trucked away, saw them being cleaned and watched as they were inspected and packaged up.
We saw the entire process. We met the family that is behind, Black Gold Farm. We fell in love with them and with the red potatoes there. I literally can not eat a red potato without thinking of Black Gold Farm and the Halverson family!
Did you know that if you eat Lays Potato Chips that you’re most likely eating a white chipper potato from Black Gold Farms?! They are the leading suppliers of potatoes for Lays! We even got to taste some freshly fried potato chips at the farm, they test each shipment of potatoes!