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Spicy Shrimp Pasta Skillet

Are you watching the Oscars tonight? We will be watching half-heartedly. We are never completely in the loop, as we are usually too tired to be, but it is fun to watch the glitz and glamour for an evening. On an unrelated note (because I totally lack glitz and glamour), I have some exciting things coming up on this blog! Insert cliffhanger..

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Chicken Jalapeño Dip

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry reading through the kitchen incident comments from this post. Oh my goodness! Burning stomachs, flaming oven mitts, sliced fingers, dropped turkeys and toes that were hacked to pieces with an axe! I had to read through them a couple times to pick a winner because they were all so good! (By "good" I mean "awful.")

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Chicken Enchilada Bake

My big-boy second grader just stepped onto the bus for the first time this year. We have been on the wildest, most indescribable journey with him. He has faced so many scary things in his little life, yet he continues to grow and thrive...and SMILE. So I sit here on his first day of second grade, typing through tears to tell you about this incredible dinner I made the other night. 

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Grilled corn with spicy cilantro lime butter

Today was awesome! Sammy and I were supposed to go to Elijah's 1st grade Track and Field Day, but it got rained out. That was a bummer, but the result was a day spent with my sweet almost-four-year-old Sammy! He loves his mama so much and I love him back even more. We did tons of playing, reading and tickling. I even took a nap with my arms wrapped around his cuteness.

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Smashed potatoes

I wonder how many Minnesotans were prescribed antidepressants this winter. Not one typically prone to depression, I feel myself sinking into the bowels of seasonal sadness. This winter has been rough! Snow, COLD, grey days, being cooped up indoors, repeat, repeat, repeat. There are, however, good sides to this time of year. I get to spend all kinds of time with my lovies. I get to focus more on my website and other projects. I have ample opportunity to make food, eat and eat some more. And then some more. My thighs are slowly growing, despite my diligence at the gym. Come on, spring! My soul needs some warm weather. So do my thighs. 

We ate these scrumptious little potatoes with the meatloaf I made a few weeks ago. I LOVED THEM. I really really loved them. I can't believe I've lived my life without them thus far. I sneaked in a jalapeño pepper, but feel free to omit that. Enjoy! And if you live somewhere warm, would you please invite me to your house? Please?


You'll need to boil 9 baby reds before starting. About 20 minutes will do, or until a fork can be easily inserted into the centers. Place the cute little potatoes on a rimmed parchment-lined, olive oil-drizzled baking sheet.

Using a fork, go ahead and smash those little reds. Be gentle. But be firm. Kind of like the way I have to be with my boys. Gentle but not too gentle. Firm but not too firm.

Combine the following in a medium bowl:

Drizzle some olive oil into the bowl.

It should look something like this after stirring.

Spoon that delicious mixture over the tops of the gently-yet-firmly-smashed potatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes!

Serve with meatloaf and a veggie!

Smashed Potatoes

A deliciously different way to prepare potatoes.

Serves: 9

Total time: 50 min

Smashed Potatoes


  • 9 baby red potatoes
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan filled three quarters with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 20 minutes, or until a fork can be easily inserted into the centers.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Remove the potatoes from the pan of water and place on parchment paper. Smash each potato with a fork a couple times.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, peppers (if using), kosher salt, garlic salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and olive oil. Mix well and spoon over potatoes. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 mintues. Serve warm!