This past summer I fell in love with a kitchen gadget that has been relatively slow to catch on in the U.S. - the mandoline.
Like onions, leeks develop a rich, savory flavor when cooked slowly. And when cooked this way, they make an excellent addition to a creamy mound of mashed potatoes.
Back by popular demand is "Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond which is part of "A Christmas Story Comes Home" exhibit and fesivities. The contest this year will take place this Saturday with registration at 10 a.m.
"Mommy's Little Piggy" mashed potato eating contest at the Indiana Welcome Center in 2011.
Grow bags and potatoes make the perfect pairing. The containers take up little room, can be placed where they get good sun and eliminate much of the labor required for growing potatoes.
Lisa Jenns of Hebron discovered a heart-shaped potato among her Idaho Russets bin and has listed it on eBay for sale just in time for Valentine's Day 2011.
Ian Petrella, left, who played Randy in the movie "A Christmas Story," judges the 8- to 12-year-old round of the Mommy's Little Piggy mashed potato-eating contest Sunday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
Nathan Culic, 7, of Crown Point, raises his hand after winning the 4- to 7-year-old round of the Mommy's Little Piggy mashed potato-eating contest Sunday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
Rob Gruener, of New Buffalo, Mich., goes face first into a plate of mashed potatoes during the adult round of the Mommy's Little Piggy contest Sunday at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
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