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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Creamy Mashed Potato Bake

Cats are quite an interesting animal. Bailey is normally such a sweet and loving kitty, always nuzzling and purring and 'making biscuits' on his blanket when he's in a good mood. But sometimes, when the mood strikes him right, he gets this wild instinct to attack and latch onto my ankle as if it were a mouse taunting him. Do you have any idea how painful and startling this can be? He usually only does it when I'm completely unsuspecting it, just minding my own business standing in front of my mirror putting on my makeup. It's not that he's biting all that hard, but his claws are razor sharp! After this type of attack episode that would make a lion cower in fear, he'll trot right off to his sun patch and proceed to go back to the sweet angelic kitty he is.

Whenever I make a recipe that I used to make when I first moved to Charleston and was living on my own I get very nostalgic. I'm not sure why, but I guess partly that it makes me think back to the time when I picked up and moved down here and was just trying to make my way on my own. I used to use All Recipes a lot to find new things to make, and this was one of them. I altered it slightly from the original recipe, like adding cheddar cheese and chives and using ranch dressing instead of the dry mix (I didn't have any on hand). I really like this since it's an easy way to jazz up traditional mashed potatoes. The cream cheese and sour cream make it really smooth and creamy, and the ranch and chives give it an extra little kick!

-1 pouch Betty Crocker buttery mashed potatos, prepared as directed
-3 oz cream cheese, softened
-2 tablespoons ranch dressing
-2 tablespoons sour cream
-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-1/2 tablespoon dried chives

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Prepare mashed potatoes as directed on box. When potatoes are finished and are still in the pot, add the softened cream cheese, sour cream, ranch, chives, and cheddar cheese and stir to combine. Pour into casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.

 Source: All Recipes

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