My wife worked on Thanksgiving, so we had the problem many modern families have on holidays. If we celebrated it on the day of, we’d not be together.

So we arbitrarily declared Dec 5th to be our Thanksgiving this year. And the good side of that is that we get to invite friends over to celebrate with us who had their own family celebrations on the actual day.  It’s a win/win.  We bought a gigantic rib roast, we’re having some smoked turkey (it is Thanksgiving, for us anyway) and mashed potatoes that are to die for. With lots of butter.


I’ll share the recipe just to be nice.

Boil potatoes cut into 1″ cubes until they are soft enough to split when you poke them with a fork.  How many you boil depends on how many you want to feed, of course.  I like to use two medium potatoes per person.

Drain the potatoes, dump them into a large bowl.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Most people then use milk to partially liquify the potatoes. No. It’s expensive, but use heavy whipping cream. This is one of the secrets.

Dump the whipping cream into the potatoes as you are HAND mashing them. Slowly add more until they’re close to where you want them.

At this point I sometimes add in chicken broth as the liquid until the potatoes are precisely the consistency you want.

The potatoes are delicious whether you use the chicken broth or not, but the chicken broth takes away a bit of the sweetness from the heavy whipping cream.

The result is a bowl of mashed potatoes that are perfectly spiced, light, and ready to hold gravy on a plate.

So we’re having a delicious meal with friends. I’m so looking forward to it. The important things in this world are friends and family, and I can only hope that you get to enjoy yours. Holidays aren’t about being precisely on the date. They’re about who you’re with.

Something to remember this season as we find ourselves surrounded by merchants trying to get our money and year-end deadlines trying to get our time.

Enjoy your holidays. Relax. Savor the moments.

Merry Christmas.  Happy Hanukkah.

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