Kids really are funny creatures. They start out in life so helpless and dependent on you, and they can’t communicate what they want. Then, when they are able to communicate, they still make no sense to us. They are completely illogical and emotional. They react on instinct, without much thought. Granted, it’s our job as parents to teach them how to think, talk, communicate and behave, but we are clueless on how to do this ourselves. Makes you wonder how humans has survived as long as we have.
Take, for example, feeding your kids. If you’ve ever fed a kid, you can relate to my frustration. When they were babies, my kids ate what they are given. Sometimes, if I gave them something horrible, like smashed peas, then they would grimace & spit it out. They didn’t know about cookies, chips and french fries, so they happily ate the good stuff.
Then, we as parents, screw it all up. We give them choices.
It’s all downhill after that.
I remember trying to explain to my then 4-year old boy that the spaghetti sauce he always ate and loved, which he all of a sudden refused to eat was the same sauce that was on his beloved pizza. It took a month, but he returned to eating “that red sauce.”
Same thing with mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, and quite frankly, any potatoes besides french fries.
Explain to a kid that it’s basically the same thing, just a different shape or texture and you’ll be lucky if they will give it a try.
I remember the light-bulb moment when my oldest boy (the pickiest eater of them all) finally ate a roasted potato.
“YUM! It’s like a fat french fry!”
AAARGH!!! Isn’t that what I’ve been telling you???
“Mmmmm…. I love mashed potatoes!”
YES! YES! I’m jumping up and down – he finally gets it!
Then there’s my middle-child who just won’t go down the mashed potato road.
You win some, you lose some.
One bag contained an assortment of baby potatoes, red, white & purple. With these, I made some Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Thyme. I use less cream and butter in this recipe than I do with my normal mashed potatoes, and I get a lumpy, mashed potato that’s full on flavor.
My other bag of potatoes were these tiny Piccolo potatoes. And, yes, I mean tiny. They are the size of small rocks. Totally cute and seriously, full of flavor. I had serious fun with these babies, making my Garlic Smashed Potatoes with them. First I cooked in the microwave for 3 minutes, then I gently smashed them, brushed them with oil, seasoned with salt & pepper and roasted in the oven until browned. I drizzled some garlic, parsley & EVOO over them and cooked another couple minutes before serving.
Oh yeah, these were highly addicting! The kids gobbled them up and hardly left any for Mom & Dad.
I also received from my Frieda’s care package some pearl onions. If you’ve never had them, they are sweet & flavorful, especially when compared to their bland frozen counterparts. They are great additions to pot roasts, like Beef Bourguignon:
You can also make some Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions and they were fab-u-lous! Sweet caramelized onions with salty-crunchy Brussel sprouts. Even the Professor tried a few.
The potatoes are right now only being distributed in California, but will soon expand into other markets across the US.
How does your family like their potatoes prepared?
Disclosure: Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me these items to sample. The opinions expressed here are my own. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t blog about it!