Potates: She Strikes Red Gold!

Ok, digging up potatoes is almost as thrilling as unearthing carrots! And by the way, my brother called to confirm how stoked he was when digging up his carrots, so it’s not just me.

Eric planted ALL these potatoes and I was a little negative Nancy about it because potatoes aren’t that expensive to buy. But as we dug up a mother load on Friday night, and I ran around the garden collecting my spoils, I was totally singing a different tune.

Farmer Ali Farmer Eric

The way you dig up potatoes is by thrusting your shovel in any approximate area where you planted them and then lifting up the dirt. Well, that’s the way we did it. And when Eric would turn the shovel and a few taters were unearthed, it felt as though we’d struck red gold. The trick is not slicing the potatoes with your shovel. We even found a potato bug ON a potato.

Potato buggin Red Gold

If that’s not quaint I don’t know what is. I’ve made two large batches of dirty mashed potatoes. My mom makes them that way, using red potatoes and leaving the skins on when you mash them. I made one batch with cream cheese (and butter and garlic and sour cream) and the other batch with some Gorgonzola cheese I had leftover from The Fancy Pants Party. But We still have tons of tots left and I want to try some new recipes with them. Any suggestions?

I hope your weekend was as crazy as mine. Or at least involved as many calories. Mmmm, starch.



  1. Rachel

    That's awesome! I wish I had the talent or patience to do that… I have a rotten black thumb…

  2. Jennifer Leible

    That is awesome! I wanted to plant some veggies this year but it never happened. Glad you could & are enjoying reaping the benefits! 🙂

  3. Club Narwhal

    jealous! you could try this recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2007/12/13/roasted-red-potatoes/. super tasty. i bake them closer to 400 to get them nice and crispy. yeay potatoes!

  4. Alison

    rachel, i'm terrible at gardening! it's all my husband, I just reap the rewards!

    amy that sounds YUMMY! can't wait to try it!

  5. the fowlers

    As a crazy pregnant woman, I would totally make at least two kinds of chowder with those potatoes and maybe some cheesy bacon potato soup and then freeze a bunch for later. Mmmm.

    I need your husband to teach my husband to make a garden. I really don't want to do it myself.

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