Thursday, March 22, 2012

Life is good

At dinner time, we ask everyone what their favorite part of their day. Normally, our teenager has the most to tell us which is very nice. The other day my son said he wanted to tell us two favorite parts of his day. Afterwards, he decided to give everyone a hug including his older sister. 
When he sat back down, he said, "Oh, I forgot one person." Then he gave himself a big hug. It is nice that he thinks life is good. The day we had these potatoes skins life was good. My oldest daughter made them. She did a great job!
PW's Potato Skins
8 slices of bacon
8 russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
1 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3/4 cup sour cream
4 green onions, sliced

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook the bacon and then chop into small pieces.
  3. Rub the cleaned potatoes with the vegetable oil and place on a baking pan.
  4. Bake the potatoes for about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise.
  6. Scope out the inner potato but leave a small area of potato on the skin.
  7. Brush both sides of the potato with oil and salt liberally.
  8. Place the skins cut side down onto the baking pan and bake for 7 more minutes.
  9. Flip the potatoes over and bake for another 7 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
  10. Sprinkle cheese into each potato and then top with bacon.
  11. Return the potatoes to the oven until the cheese melts.
  12. Serve each potato with sour cream topped with green onions. 
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook.
Did you already know......
-Potatoes are native to South America.
-Potatoes first arrived in the U.S. in 1621 when the Gov. of Bermuda sent a chest full of vegetables to the Gov. of Virginia.
-Potatoes weren't first cultivated in the U.S. until Scottish immigrants planted them in 1719 in NH.

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