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    I think the "couple of blocks away" location is kind of dumb, actually. What is the point? Kind of like a "nanny nanny boo boo" thing, if you ask me.
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    It wouldn't even be a choice for me. WF is WAY too expensive. The last time I was in one, they had a whole chicken (it was probably organic and free-range and spoon-fed or something) for $17.00. I could buy a ton of food at TJ's for that price.

    Has anyone tried the purple fingerling potatoes that are all over the stores now? I remember having them years ago, but I ended up with a mixed bag of various fingerlings, including the purple ones and I found that I really like them! I also read an article about how good they are for you. Apparently, they have the same antioxidants as blueberries.
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    Has anyone tried the purple fingerling potatoes that are all over the stores now? I remember having them years ago, but I ended up with a mixed bag of various fingerlings, including the purple ones and I found that I really like them! I also read an article about how good they are for you. Apparently, they have the same antioxidants as blueberries.
    I like them. I buy bags of red, purple, and the regular colored ones. I roast them in the oven and they are really good. I don't really notice a difference in flavor, but they are so pretty when they are all roasted together. I didn't realize they have the blueberry antioxidant. All the more reason to like them.

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    I did some or the purple ones a few days ago in the skillet with some chicken and onions. I seasoned with (of course) garlic and herbes de provence and it was delicious! The only downside is that it's harder to see when the potatoes are browned!

    I like the fingerling and new potatoes better since they hold their shape and don't go to mush. I did some red and white ones in a soup in my crock pot a few weeks ago and they were really good. I didn't even have to peel them before I chopped them up.
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    I use the small red and white ones to make mashed potatoes, and I never peel them, and don't make them like a puree. My family loves them, and it's easier for me. I call them "rustic"

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    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay View Post
    I think the "couple of blocks away" location is kind of dumb, actually. What is the point? Kind of like a "nanny nanny boo boo" thing, if you ask me.
    In my town, I don't think they'd dare-- our Trader Joe's is awful.

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    I love unpeeled, new potatoes in potato salad! Delightful!

    I've never been successful at making potato salad.
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    Something I learned recently about making potato salad -- tossing the cut-up potatoes with a little oil and lemon juice while they're still warm, then letting them cool, it will keep them from soaking up so much mayo. I don't know if that's common potato-salad-making knowledge, but it was new to me (as finally actually read a recipe for it).
    My daughter has been looking over some old cookbooks that belonged to my great-aunt. There's a candy book, and yesterday we made chocolate marshmallows. They taste so good, and it was really fun, but we made such a mess! Next on her list - gumdrops. Should be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coltnlasma View Post
    My daughter has been looking over some old cookbooks that belonged to my great-aunt. There's a candy book, and yesterday we made chocolate marshmallows. They taste so good, and it was really fun, but we made such a mess! Next on her list - gumdrops. Should be interesting.
    Homemade marshmallows are SO good! And totally different from the store bought ones. I've never been very ambitious, so I've never made them myself, but there's a candy store/chocolate maker here that makes them in different varieties. The peppermint ones are to die for!
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    ^Yep, not that I'm such a great cook, but I was surprised at how good those marshmallows tasted. I guess it's like most things, homemade is so different than storebought, but I didn't expect it of a little marshmallow. I got a stand mixer for my birthday (sounds un-exciting, but for me it was just what I'd been wanting for a while now), so that's the reason for my newfound "ambition" in the kitchen -- it's like trying out a new toy. Once the novelty wears off, it may be a different story; but for now I'm trying out new recipes (especially breads as I'm lovin' using the dough hook).
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