Saturday, March 31, 2012

Today in National Tater Day!!

Today is National Tater Day so indulge!!!

National Tater Day is an unofficial food holiday set aside to celebrate the potato. It has been celebrated annually on March 31. While it is a day set aside for potatoes, this day may have come about because of a different food celebration that occurs just days later. On the first Monday in April each year, there is a local observance for sweet potatoes in Marshall County, Kentucky. It has been an annual day for sweet potato celebration since the 1840s. 
The potato is the leading vegetable crop in the US.
National Tater Day History  
The exact reason that National Tater Day came about is unknown. It is also unknown who had the idea for National Potato Day. The history of the potato goes back over 2500 years. Potatoes sustained the economy in Ireland for centuries. Americans did not start to use potatoes as a food until the 1870s. Prior to that, potatoes were primarily considered livestock feed. 

Amazing Twice Baked Potatoes

Amazing Twice Baked Potatoes

Prep Time:1 Hr
Cook Time:2 Hr


6potatoes, bakers
1/2yellow bell pepper
1/2green bell pepper
1/2red bell pepper
1red onion
1/2 cham
1/2 cbacon, cooked
1/4 cmilk, 1%
5 Tbspmargarine
5 Tbspolive oil, light
1 lbcheddar cheese, shredded
2 Tbspgarlic pepper
1 1/2 csour cream


 pre heat oven to 350 degrees wash potatoes, poke holes with fork, bake for about 2 1/2 hours
 while those are baking dice up the onion, peppers, ham, and bacon
 sautee the onions, and peppers and garlic pepper in the olive oil until tender. remove from heat
 mix the crumbled bacon, and diced ham with the onion mixture, sautee for about 5 minutes.
 drain oil from mixture.
 when potatoes are tender when stabbed with a fork, remove from oven, cut in half, length wise, and allow about 10 minutes to cool
 when potatoes are cooled, scoop out the inside with a spoon being careful not to break the skin. save the shells on a foil lined cook sheet
 put the scooped out potato into a bowl, mash with margarine, milk, sour cream and half the cheddae cheese
 when done mashing to your desired chunkiness, or smoothness, add in the bacon, ham, onion mixture. mix well
 begin scooping mixture back into shells fill them as full as you can they can be over flowing
 cover the potatoes with remaining cheese. bake for about 15 minutes at 350.
 Let cool about 10 minutes before serving..

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mexican Food Taco Meatloaf

This dish is soooo good it comes from Just a Pinch Recipe Club. I love how easy it is and a great one for the kids too. It you like Mexican food then this one is for you. Make it tonight. I have made it and my hubby loves its..

Taco Meatloaf


1/2 csour cream
1/3 csalsa
3-4 Tbsptaco seasoning (store bought)
salt to taste
1 ccrushed tortilla chips
1/2 cshredded cheddar cheese
2 lblean ground beef
optionalsliced tomato, chopped black olives, chopped green onion, shredded lettuce

 Shape into loaf in baking dish. Bake at 350 F for 60-70 minutes. Time will depend on how thick you make your loaf.

  1. In a large bowl, whisk egg and add all ingredients except ground beef. Mix well. Add ground beef and mix well. 
  2. Shape into loaf in baking dish. Bake at 350 F for 60-70 minutes. Time will depend on how thick you make your loaf. 
  3. While hot, place on serving platter. Top with sliced tomato and grated cheese. Loosely cover with foil so the heat from the meatloaf melts the cheese.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare any combination of shredded lettuce, chopped green onion, chopped black olives, sour cream and extra salsa to serve on the side or on top of meatloaf.