Welcome to the very first Musical Eats!! What is that, you ask? It’s my new idea! I came up with the idea late last month when we came home from the Bloomsburg Fair. After eating awesome fair food all day long, my husband and I were talking and I realized that with almost every song I can think of, I can in some way tie food into that song. The song could have zero to do with food, and yet I can think of something! If you really think about it, foods or drinks are mentioned in lots of songs that aren’t “about” it, and if they aren’t you can just use your imagination to come up with something. Let me give you an example. When I decided to do this, I invited a group of my food blogging friends to join me in a group on Facebook and posted three songs to vote on for this month. The choices were “The Monster Mash” by Boris Pickett, “Welcome to My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper, or “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence, with these examples of ideas. “The Monster Mash” would be anything mashed, vegetable or fruit, “Welcome to My Nightmare” would be anything you don’t really like making at all, and “Bring Me to Life” would be anything that “wakes you up” like caffeine or your favorite breakfast.
Since I didn’t give much advanced notice about this idea, only three people voted, and I decided that for this month we could make a recipe based on the one we voted for. I went the easy route for the first month, voting for “The Monster Mash”. Originally I planned on making a kind of twice-baked potatoes, but then this week I made beef stew and debated whether to put potatoes in the stew or not. When you put potatoes in stews or soups and try to reheat leftovers, the potatoes turn to mush and you end up with some awful form of potato soup, and I really didn’t want that. I was making so much stew I knew there would be leftovers. So I was looking at various beef stew recipes on the web, and found one from The Pioneer Woman that included mashed potatoes with cream cheese in them, and that was it, I had to make a version of them. I mean HAD to!! They sounded amazing, and they were! Thus, my “Monster Mash” was born.
Are you a food blogger that loves music? Does Musical Eats sound like fun to you? Join the Musical Eats Group to find out what songs we will be choosing from next month!
- 1½ pounds peeled and sliced potatoes (weighed after peeling and slicing)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- ⅔ cup milk
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- Peel the potatoes and slice about 1 inch thick. Put in a saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, continue to cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Meanwhile, cut up the cream cheese and the butter. If using dried parsley, mix it with the milk and let it sit to soften.
- When the potatoes are soft, turn off the heat, drain the potatoes, and return to the burner with the heat off. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the cream cheese, butter, milk, parsley, and garlic salt. Turn the heat back on to LOW an continue to mash until desired consistency. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Potatoes will thicken while standing,