Bangers and Mash

bangers and mash

Happy Saint Patrick's Day one and all (or as my Irish mama calls it, The Day!)'s finally here, and I know all of you are Irish today regardless of where your ancestors hail from.  Mine hail from Ireland, which is why you won't catch me wearing any green today.  My Irish grandmother Aileen alway said to me, "Kate, you should never wear green on Saint Patrick's Day because you don't need to - you have Irish blood in your veins!"  I do eat all the Irish food around me though, including my mama's scones and brown bread, and of course the classic corned beef and colcannon.  But if you want to mix things up a little on The Day, you could also do bangers and mash.  These are just as much English as they are Irish, which introduces a little harmony as well.  Plus they are easy and delicious, especially when you top them with a little onion gravy. Read More & Get the Recipe

Thanksgiving Casserole!


Right about now you are probably smack in the middle of a Thanksgiving whirlwind, or you know somebody who is.  The turkey is thawing or brining, the pumpkin pies are baking, you are searching for that cornbread stuffing you know you have somewhere, and you’re sending someone to the store to pick up the marshmallows you forgot to get for the top of the sweet potato casserole. Read More & Get the Recipe

Baked Mashed Potatoes


Hi, all my friends out there racing around making Thanksgiving plans!  As someone who has both thrown and attended many wonderful holiday dinners of all kinds, I know that one of the challenges is trying to get all those delicious dinner items ready All At The Same Time.  And while I am still a devoted fan of regular mashed potatoes, one of the fabulous things about this baked variety is that you can make 'em ahead and bake 'em is, right next to the turkey.  Which saves you from trying to assemble that umpteenth thing alongside the gravy and creamed onions and peas and carrots and on and on and on. Read More & Get the Recipe

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes


So, I have one little issue with this here blog...I cook a lot more than I blog.  I cook almost every day, and I have a towering stack of recipes and recipe notes and recipe ideas which means I'm usually cooking something new, and anything new that comes out the way I hope and dream it will makes it to the blog.  Eventually.  Because of the whole cooking-more-than-I-blog thing, there's a long line of recipes waiting for their turn on Framed Cooks. Read More & Get the Recipe

Cheddar Topped Cottage Pie


When it comes to cottage pie and shepherd's pie, I'm pretty much a girl who can't say no.  It's not like I don't have multiple recipes for various variations of this recipe.  And during the course of collecting all of these recipes and blogging about them incessantly, I have learned the difference between shepherd's pie (lamb) and cottage pie (beef).  I've made it with and without peas, with sliced potatoes and mashed potatoes.  You'd think I'd be over it by now. But no.  Because I realized I had not yet tried it with cheddar cheese (Cabot cheddar of course) mixed into the mashed potatoes, and that was all the excuse I needed to put it back on the menu for the one millionth time.  It was a new recipe!  It included cheese!  I had no choice! So here's what we've got.  The base is a mixture of carrots, celery, onion, thyme, tomato paste and beef.  And since I have learned the correct terminology, I know that this means that what I am making is cottage pie.  The topping is made of Read More & Get the Recipe

Butter Chicken


There is comfort food, and there is Extreme Comfort Food.  Comfort food includes things like pastina, and eggs with soldiers, and macaroni and cheese in any form.  Extreme comfort food is what you make when times call for desperate measures.  I'm talking shredded chicken.  I'm talking buttered cream sauce.  I'm talking pouring all of that over mashed potatoes and surrounding it with peas. Extreme Comfort Food is what is called for when your teenager...the baby you birthed for hours on end, the toddler who called you Mama and held your hand when you crossed the street, the grade-schooler whose hair you fixed in pigtails and whose Pokeman lunchbox you filled with millions of pb&j sandwiches, the teenager who goes with you to get your nails done and who tells you when you are singing the wrong words to Single Ladies...when she gets The Envelope. The envelope that basically says, in several short months she is going to pack her Harry Potter books and her green nail polish and Read More & Get the Recipe