We attended very socially distanced and fully masked church services where my brother-in-law was the guest speaker. After visiting my parents, we returned to my home, where I spent the afternoon preparing a small feast for two. Mr. Mickey set the table and kept me company while I worked. I need to use all my concentration while I’m cooking, so he knows to stay clear.
All of my clothing items are from the Talbots 70% off end-of-the-season clearance sale. The Vince Camuto shoes are from last year. The bag is several years old, as are all the items in Mr. M’s look.
Lunch included the most delicious ‘smashed’ potatoes ever, baked salmon, and steamed broccoli. The croissants are from The Fresh Market.
Mr. Mickey says I must share the recipe for the potatoes with you. Start with fresh smooth-skinned Yukon Gold potatoes. I washed them and cut them into cubes of about the same size to cook evenly.
Saute some chopped onion, butter, garlic, salt, and pepper in a heavy saucepan. When the onion starts to get soft and translucent, add the cubes of potatoes. Add some vegetable or chicken stock slowly and stir. Cover to let it cook until it starts to bubble. Stir again and add a little more stock so that the potatoes are just covered. Leave the lid off and cook until the potatoes are still firm to the fork. (Not entirely soft.) Scoop the potatoes out of stock (do not drain the pot yet). Put the cubes of cooked potato into a smaller pan with warmed butter, then cover and set aside to rest. Add some sour cream and more salt and pepper. Use the same stock as needed to mash the potatoes (with an old fashioned masher) until they are rustic and not too creamy.
I used a metal basket steamer to steam the broccoli in the same stock for three minutes. Add a little butter, salt, and pepper to the broccoli before serving. Warm the croissants in the oven for a couple of minutes after you remove the salmon.
The Prosecco and chocolate-covered strawberries are from The Fresh Market. Mr. Mickey arrived with cards and chocolate-covered strawberries also. We often think alike.
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