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Mostly Just a Recipe

Ok, so I am briefly going to talk about yesterday’s earthquake, but only because when I’m old and senile I want to be able to remember that, holy crap there was a pretty big earthquake on the East Coast!

They’ve been doing construction on my building since I started working here, so at first I thought it was just some giant construction truck driving by.  Then the rumbling got louder and pretty soon my whole desk and chair were shaking back and forth and shit was falling over.  Living and working so close to DC, and ya know on the East Coast, I first thought, “oh crap is someone bombing us?”  Then it stopped, and I decided, yup holy shit that was an earthquake.  It was pretty crazy, but it was pretty much back to work as usual once everyone got over their  initial shock.

I’m well aware our little natural disaster yesterday is nothing compared to things that have gone on in other parts of the world lately, and that there may have been some overreaction, but it’s still very unusual for the DC area to have an earthquake and this one just so happened to be the largest ever to hit the area.  Yikes!  Now, who wants to come to my hurricane party this weekend?

Prior to the earthquake drama yesterday, I managed to escape my desk for a little while and hit the gym.  A very ugly 30 minute run, followed by some abs and push-ups.  I seriously need to get my running endurance back, you know it’s bad when 3.3 miles feel rough.

Alright, now, two recipes coming at ya.  It was requested I post the Chive and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes recipe, and it really was super easy.

Chive and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Yukon Gold Potatoes
Sour Cream

Peel, cut, and quarter the potatoes into equal size pieces.  I usually use 1-2 potatoes per person depending on the size.  Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, and then simmer and cook until you can easily poke the potatoes with a fork.  Drain the potatoes in a colander, and make sure your pot is completely dry before returning the potatoes to it.  Mash the potatoes in any way you see fit.  I use a handy dandy potato masher, the roommate likes to use the hand mixer, my mother uses a potato ricer.  I personally think the masher is the quickest and most effective.  Here’s where it gets fun, since this recipe involves no measuring whatsoever.  Add in your butter, when all was said and done I used 3-4 tablespoons, stir the butter around to melt in the potatoes.  Add the sour cream a little at a time until you get the creaminess and taste you are looking for.  I believe I used about 1 cup of sour cream.  Have your roommate chop the chives while you are stirring the mashed potatoes, then throw in about two handfuls of them.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Done!

Eh, I know I said two recipes, but this post is already really long, so I’ll save the other one for another day.  Happy Wednesday fools!

21 Responses

  1. These mashed potatoes look delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe. 🙂 I’m definitely going to have to try making these.

  2. What is the substitution if you do not have a roommate to chop the chives?

  3. 3.3 mi pretty much always feels rough for me. But then I hate running and torture myself by doing it, so…
    And I love mashed potatoes. I’ve been really lazy lately and keep buying the little Idaho packets of instant (which are slammin by the way) but I thinK I’m due for some real ones. You’ve inspired me.

  4. Putting sour cream into things like potatoes or scrambled eggs was such a foreign thing to me until I dated this guy who’s mom did it.

    I had no idea how good mashed potatoes could taste until then.

    • Haha, yeah, I don’t know when I first realized how good sour cream or cream cheese could be in mashed potatoes, but now there is no going back.

  5. I love potatoes. Those look delicious!

  6. Those potatoes sound amazing. I love when mashed potatoes are mixed with sour cream. It makes everything better.

    I’m glad the earthquake wasn’t too serious and that you’re ok. You just never know if its gonna knock over a bookshelf and squish you to death. That’s something I worry about all the time. We’re pretty close to a fault line, and had a ton of earthquake drills in school. It did nothing to help my paranoia.

  7. When everyone from Oklahoma was already texting me if I was okay two seconds after it happened – I totally thought we’d been bombed. An earthquake was a relief after that. Our building is totally effed up though. Dumb.
    Yay hurricane party!
    I can’t log onto Twitter today because I’m at a differnt office, but so true that I’ve seen your roommates more than you lately. We need to fix that.

    • Right?! That’s how I felt too! I want to drink with you, but the weather this weekend is making it unlikely I leave the comforts of my house.

  8. Next time try Cream’ Fresh instead of sour cream YUM

  9. My running endurance has been way down lately, too. I’m blaming it on the really humid summer we’ve been having. I love mashed potatoes- chives are never something I think to buy, but they’re so good!

  10. I used Greek yogurt in mashed sweet potatoes last week and it took it to a whole new level.

    I didn’t feel the earthquake in Boston, but some people said they did. I would’ve had your reaction if I were near D.C. and my desk started shaking. I’m glad you were okay 🙂

  11. The first three miles of my long run always feel like death. I think I remember you saying the same thing last year during your training, so it actually brings me comfort ha.

  12. I don’t care how small an earthquake was I would be freaking out!

  13. I missed the earthquake! Everyone all around be felt it but I didn’t. Granted I was in the elevator about the same time haha.

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