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Phyllis' Fixin's

The potato is comfort food. It's also the most favorite vegetable for many people. Nutritionally, the potato supplies complex carbohydrates that are essential for energy and a very low amount of protein. It is rich in the minerals iron and magnesium and supplies all the vital nutrients except calcium and vitamins A and D. It is a source of potassium, vitamin C, iron and fiber. With that said, let's make potatoes! The first recipe comes from my cousin.

Crockpot Potatoes

Cook and mash 5 lbs. of potatoes. Do not add any salt.

Add: 8 oz. cream cheese

1 stick margarine or butter

1 8 oz. sour cream

1 tsp. seasoned salt

1 tsp. onion salt

1 tsp. table salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Mix all together. May add more milk or cream. Can be made the day before and warmed in crockpot. Very good.

South Dakota Scalloped Potatoes (from an old Hawley MN cookbook)

6 potatoes

1 lb. hamburger

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can mushroom soup

1 can milk

small onion, finely chopped

Brown onion and hamburger. Mix milk and soup. Add ingredients in layers in greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Potato Casserole

2 lbs. hash browns

1/2 C. melted butter

1/4 C. chopped onions

1 can Cream of Chicken soup

1 (12 oz.) carton sour cream

2 C. Corn Flakes, crushed

Grated cheese (for top)

Small amount of butter

Thaw hash browns and mix all together, except the corn flakes and cheese. Put in a 9x13 inch pan. Top with the crushed corn flakes, mixed with butter. Add grated cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Baked Potato Skins

4 large baking potatoes, baked

3 T. vegetable oil

1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. paprika

1/8 tsp. pepper

8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 C. sour cream

4 green onions, sliced

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4 inch shell (save pulp for other use). Place potato skins on a greased baking sheet. Combine oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, paprika and pepper; brush over both sides of skins. Bake at 475 degrees for 7 minutes; turn. Bake until crisp, about 7 minutes more. Sprinkle bacon and Cheddar cheese inside skins. Bake 2 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and onions. Serve immediately.

On the sixth day, God turned to the Archangel Gabriel and said, "Today, I am going to create a land called Minnesota. It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty; a land of 10,000 beautiful lakes full of fish. It shall have tall trees, flowing rivers, landscapes full of flowers, tall grass, beautiful blue skies, majestic eagles, forests full of many kinds of wildlife, rich farmland and wonderful people." God continued, "I shall make the land rich in resources so as to make the inhabitants prosper and they shall be known as friendly people, who practice being 'Minnesota Nice' every day."

"But, Lord", asked Gabriel, "don't you think you are being too generous to these Minnesotans?"

"Not really," replied God, "just wait and see the winters I am going to give them!"

Have a great week!