Not sure if you can tell but yes, that's a pig. Now we do live pretty far out from the city, but not far enough to see farm animals wondering through our yard regularly. We assume he belongs to our neighbors through the woods who also own a very confused rooster (he's actually crowing right now and it's almost sunset) but in the event that some other resident of Montpelier is missing their pig, he has been sighted (since I originally wrote this post, I've also had my own encounter with Wilbur!)
On to the cooking! Since I didn't make my baked fries last night we decided to have mashed potatoes tonight. I still haven't perfected my mashed potato recipe but I have to say, it's actually really hard to mess up mashed potatoes even for me. I think they'd be good even if you only added a little butter, salt & pepper - which is pretty much what I did. I also threw in a little sour cream and topped them with shredded cheese.
Reason #87 why I'm a fan of Ty: he likes his mashed potatoes with the skin on :) which takes out the most laborous step: peeling. The only ones negatively affected by this are our cats, who love when I do anything in the kitchen that sends little bits of food flying through the air.
The biggest tip I've learned about making mashed potatoes is that after you cut them into small pieces, you put them in the empty pot, THEN add enough water to cover them and put them on the stove to boil. I wish someone had told me that before my first 3 attempts at making these on my own! Dropping hundreds of little pieces of potato into a pot of boiling water does not result in a positive outcome, take my word for it.
It took about 40 minutes from when I first put the pot on the stove for the potatoes to be ready. I just pull one out and see if i can easily mush it with my fingers (let it cool first!). I drained them and put them back in the pot and started mashing. Putting them back in the pot to mash is helpful because it can be a little messy, the high sides help contain that some. As I was about to add the butter (about 2 tablespoons) I remembered last time they came out dry and my mom told me to add a little milk. I added about 1/2 a cup of milk, the butter, garlic salt, salt and pepper and kept on mashing.
White cheddar certainly doesn't have the same visual appeal as regular cheddar once its melted on top,(maybe that's why Americans prefer orange cheese?) but you'll have to trust me it was awesome. Ty even said he thought it was my best attempt at mashed potatoes! And he didn't do too bad on the grill either :P