Friday, June 25, 2010

you say potato and i say potahto

So far this week, I've tried two new things in the kitchen: twice baked potatoes and a tomato-ginger bisque. Here are their stories:

First of all, as a side note, I've come to the realization in the past week that potatoes just may be my favorite food. I could eat them everyday. I've made potatoes several ways but never twice baked. I decided I would conquer it.

I only broke one little corner of a potato when I was scooping out the pulp, so I was pretty proud. Here they are, ready for the oven:

And here is the final product:

Although they do take a lot of prep time, they're not hard to make at all. And... they're totally worth it. Yum!

Now, for the tomato-ginger bisque. While we were in Maui, we went to Mama's Fish House. As one of their starters, they bring out a small tomato-ginger bisque for everyone. It was FABULOUS. Honestly, one of the greatest things I've ever tasted. I wanted to find the recipe. Obviously, it wasn't going to taste like Mama's Fish House, but I figured it would be close enough. So here is a bit of the process:
Ingredients. I hadn't ever bought ginger and it is somethin' crazy!

Olive oil, shallot, garlic, and ginger.

Another first ... peeling and seeding tomatoes.  I boiled the tomatoes for a minute and then they were ready to be peeled.

It's starting to look like real food!

And it's done!

But guess what.

It was gross.

Yes, it tasted weird and not at ALL like what I had expected. Now, I'm no pro in the kitchen, but I can follow a dang recipe. I was pretty disappointed. Money - wasted. Ingredients - wasted. Time - wasted. I could've been mad and I really thought I might cry; but as Colt tasted it, his face turned into a twisted snarly look and I had to laugh. :) So, after all of that, Colt and I threw it out and had something else. And I was left with this:

Happy cleaning to me.


  1. hahaha.
    1. i love this post.
    2. i'll be honest, when danielle and i were sitting at the garage sale and saw that you were making this, i thought to myself, "hmmmm, that sounds a little. . . bitter?"
    3. but i'm very intrigued about the soup in maui.
    4. love you and proud that you tried to re-create a dish!

  2. haha... well the maui one wasn't bitter at all. and actually, the one i made wasn't bitter either.... it was just bad. haha

  3. Well...I'm so proud of you for trying your soup! And I bet you followed that recipe just whoever wrote it must be a bad cook!! Good job!

  4. your twice baked potatoes look fabulous! and although your tomato ginger soup was yucky.. it looked pretty and professional! so good job!!!!!

  5. Guuurrlll I love potatoes too. I make baked french fries ALL.THE.TIME. I convince myself their good for me because I made them and they aren't fried...

    Sorry the soup didn't turn out - especially because of all the dishes you had to clean! That's the worst part of cooking anyway, and then when what you make doesn't turn out... Bah. Sad day.


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