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The Benefits of Mashed Potatoes

Did you know that mashed potatoes are not just some popular everyday food, there are actually some healthy substances in the common potato? The main two ingredients in potatoes are starch and water. And some of that starch is resistant to enzymatic digestion that happens in your stomach and small intestine. That means that is comes almost intact to the large intestine. This has similar effects and benefits as eating food rich with fiber. I’m sure everyone knows how to make mashed potatoes, but there are a few tips and tricks to make it them better. They are all included into this mashed potatoes recipe.

For this mashed potatoes recipe we will need:
1 1/2 lbs potatoes (Yukon Gold are pretty good for mashed potatoes for instance)
4 Tbsp heavy cream or a half half mix of cream and milk
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Salt and Pepper

First you need to peel the potatoes and cut them into big pieces. If you cut them into small pieces they will absorb more water and you don’t want that (tip no.1). Now cover them with cold water (not warm, tip no.2), add salt in bring them to boil. When they are boiling turn down the heat and let them simmer. Potatoes are cooked in 15 to 20 minutes. You can test them by sticking a knife or a fork in a potato and if it’s soft it’s done.

Drain the potatoes and put them back on low heat so all excess water evaporates (tip no.3).

Now add warm milk and butter (cold milk can turn your mashed potatoes gluey, tip no.4) and some more salt and pepper if you want. Take a wire masher and mash them. You are done. Here you can find more mashed potatoes recipes including garlic, cheddar cheese etc…

How to Decorate Sports Cupcakes

How to decorate sports cupcakes

* To make turf: Place coconut in zip-top plastic bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring. Close bag and knead coconut by hand until it turns green. Spread on the serving platter.
* To make a basketball: Frost a cupcake with orange frosting, turning cupcake as you go to evenly coat. Using a pastry cone filled with chocolate frosting, pipe lines on the cupcake to look like stitching on a basketball.
* To make a baseball: Frost a cupcake with white frosting. Pipe two arcs on top using the red frosting in the pastry cone. Then pipe the stitches on each arc pressing down as you start to squeeze frosting out and then lifting up.
* To make a tennis ball: Frost cupcake in the “tennis ball” green frosting. Pipe two arcs in white on top.
* To make a soccer ball: Frost cupcake in white. Using the pastry cone filled with chocolate frosting, make a pentagon in the center of the cupcake and fill in with chocolate frosting. Make a line from each of the points of the pentagon out to the edge of the cupcake. At the edge of each of the lines, pipe and fill a triangle shape.
* Place finished cupcakes in a cupcake tree or on top of the coconut “turf” on a serving platter.

Note: Cupcakes can freeze for up to two months.

How to Make Apple Crisp Recipe

Foods containing sugar are not the healthiest out there, but from time to time you just have to pamper yourself. Especially if you like ice cream. What goes perfectly with vanilla ice cream? What makes a perfect dessert? Yep, it’s apple crisp. And lucky for us, apple crisp is pretty easy to make at home. This apple crisp recipe will teach you how. The ingredients you need for this recipe are the following:
for apple filling:
4 – 5 cups apples
1/4-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons sugar or less
3 tablespoons flour

and for the crisp
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup cold butter

Now we can begin. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Thin slice the apples into a pan and mix them with 3 tablespoons of flour, 2-3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Done? Good, now we will do the crispy part. In a bigger bowl mix in 1 cup of flour, oats and brown sugar then slice the butter into the bowl. Mix it in with a fork and spread everything over the apples. Apple crisp is done when it turns golden brown.. That should take about 45 minutes. Let the apple crisp cool down a little and you are done. If you liked this one, you can find more apple crisp recipes here.

How to Make Tasty Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kids love chocolate chip cookies. Actually everyone loves chocolate chip cookies. Give me some cookies and a glass of milk and I am happy. But you do not have to buy the cookies in the store, you can easily make them and bake them right at home. It’s aeasy it’s fun and they taste delicious. All you need is some time and a nice and simple chocolate chip cookie recipe. You can use this simple recipe here or you can visit a site dedicated to chocolate chip cookie recipes.

You will need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup melted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

First set the oven to 350 degrees, then mix the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs one by one. Stir in the vanilla. Put baking soda in hot water and add it to the mix. Finish by mixing in the flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. When your batter is done take a spoon and drop large spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. You should bake your chocolate chip cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, wait for the edges to turn brown. Enjoy this recipe.

How To Make An Organic Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes are healthier than the white kind, and this casserole recipe has even fewer calories than most. Amy Topel, the food columnist for National Geographic’s The Green Guide, shows you this easy recipe for how to make a healthier sweet potato casserole.