Over the weekend, I had a very special visitor. I love that the best of people, the ones who comprehend one another entirely and gently, can spend hours together peaceably and comfortably. Between long walks by the river, movies by the fire, and long talks over wine after an enormous dinner of steak and fried mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes and tender broccoli, I am feeling entirely fortified. Nothing takes the edge off of life and blurs the colors together than excellent food and excellent company. Here's an excellent recipe for garlic mashed potatoes. There's enough garlic to knock out a vampire or two but the trick of boiling the garlic with the potatoes renders them sweet and mellow.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
4 Idaho potatoes
1 bulb of garlic
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup of milk (and more as needed)
Salt to taste
1. Peel and chop potatoes into cubes. Remove the papery skins from the individual garlic cloves. Add both to a pot with boiling water and a little salt. Boil until the potatoes and garlic are fork tender.
2. Drain the water from the potatoes and garlic. Add the butter and milk and mash with a fork or potato masher. You may need to include more milk for the consistency you desire. Add salt to taste. Serve in deep bowls and devour with someone dear to you for pure happiness.