Pasta with Pesto, String Beans and Potatoes

Makes 4 to 6 Servings Ingredients 6 oz or 2 bunches fresh basil leaves 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts or even almonds (toasted) 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 medium sized garlic cloves, minced Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 3…


Potatoes: What are the green patches you find on potatoes and are those potatoes safe to eat?

Heather recently asked the Kitchen Shrink if it is safe to eat potatoes that were green in places. If potatoes are exposed to light for a period of time, the toxic alkaloid, solanine, develops just under the skin causing the area to turn green. Not only would this area taste…


Mashed Potatoes

From Sara Moulton Cooks at Home Everyone loves mashed potatoes, particularly if the meal includes simple gravy. My husband (admittedly an extremist on the subject) swears that he’d be content to make a whole meal out of nothing but mashed potatoes and gravy. There are two main candidates for the…