Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Starchy Goodness

Last night's birthday bash was a  lot of fun! Gavin's choice of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese was delicious. He may have been born in Tex-Mex country but his tummy is Midwest through and through! We had the obligatory Jello salad with our meal so all bases were covered. I can't help but think of Daddy when I see how much Gavin enjoys the lowly potato. It's at the tippy top of his Favorites' List!

This is the time of year that my Dad would drop the potatoes in the ground, cover them up with soil and then dream of what he would fix from the bounty that was sure to come in July when we'd dig them. I say "we" because it was a family event, my brother and his family and mine would make the trip back to the farm to help harvest the potatoes. You had better come prepared with hat, gloves and work clothes on because it was hot, dirty work! My Dad loved to garden and he would grow enough for our families to share. For months those potatoes would grace our tables, a mixture of starchy goodness and family love.

From Special Olympics Celebrity Cookbook 1979

I always thought my Dad's potato sandwich was a little odd, it seems there are others who enjoy this simple treat! I imagine it's one of those things you don't know you like until you try it!


  1. Irish to the 'eye', I've not seen that recipe (?) before ... chuckle, sooo love those white beauties in any form.

    Glad that Gavin & family had a wonderful celebration ... got any mac 'n cheese leftover?

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~

  2. Sounds like my childhood, with the growing of potatoes. We were luckier that you kids were; dad was really possesive of his garden, we were never allowed to step a foot into it. Dad did all the planting and harvesting by himself. PS. My husband eats potato chip sandwiches, does that count?

  3. Potato sandwich...on my agenda when I return to VA, Joycee! They are one of my favorites...:)JP

  4. It sounds just wonderful to me...and that picture is the cutest thing ever! ;D

  5. What a fun post! That little girl is incredibly adorable! Love the recipe too :)


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