Monday, April 24, 2006

loving the side dishes ...

OK, I kind of mentioned this in an earlier post, but this subject matter definitely deserves further comment ... well, at least I think so.

I LOVE mashed potatoes. It's one of the things I miss most about mom being all the way over in middle America — she made killer whipped potatoes, and with some degree of frequency. With her gone, I've been stuck with some very lame substitutes.

It's never too bad around Thanksgiving — then it's a feast of mashed taters. But the rest of the year is pretty much famine time.

There aren't any moderate restaurants here that make a decent order of mashed potatoes. KFC? Fucking bleah™. The diners here are mostly Guam-food based, so mashed taters aren't frequent, and when they're offered they're not good. It got to the point where I'd have to go to fine dining restaurants to get mashed taters ... and even then they'd be all fancied up with herbs and stuff.

And instant versions are total crap.

Thankfully, the good and great people at Country Crock somehow tapped into the gap. They offer several in a line of "side dishes" that help make your dining experience easy and tasty. The only ones I've seen on Guam are the mashed taters, the garlic mashed taters, and the macaroni and cheese. I've tried all three. In fact, I had this roast beef in gravy (from a can from Argentina but GOOD!) and the classic mashed potatoes. Fucking heaven!

This stuff is NOT crap. It microwaves up and yet it looks, feels and tastes like homemade mashed taters! A-fucking-mazing!

And the mac and cheese if fucking brilliant too. It's so thick and hearty and super cheesy. And not that fake cheesy, like the Kraft box stuff. It is the closest to homemade that I've ever had. It's like 100 times better than KFC's bowl of mac-cheesy crap.

Damn ... I'm getting hungry again just typing this up! LOL

So, if you're pressed for time — or just lazy — I'd recomment stocking up on these super-tasty side dishes. They are simple to prepare — about 5 minutes in a microwave — and taste great as well. Hard to beat that!!

Random Guam Fact Of The Day:
• In the 1970s, voters on Guam rejected an initiative to recombine, politically, with the Northern Marianas.


Suze said...

Dzer, at last finally got the chance on the fifth attempt to post a comment. Thanks Blogger.

I make wonderful mashed taters. Come over to UK and I'll make you a plate full.

Have you ever tried the instant, freeze dried ones that you add water to? They are gross, better used for hanging wallpaper. :)

Suze said...
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Suze said...

Fucking Blogger! Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

Madame X said...

I love the country crock MASHED POTATOES too but I hate that they come in single size serving tubs!
I have to buy one each for the girls and me!

Strumpet said...

I wish I wasn't so addicted to something that never works for shit. Blogger sucks it hard. Ugh.

Anyhow, DZ...once again you have made my mouth water...

I think I may have to stop at the grocery store and pick up some Country Crock mashed potatoes now.

Thanks a lot.

Chrissie said...

lol i told you about those like.. 4 months ago! The garlic ones are awesome... Bobert got me hooked on em ages ago :)

ArtfulDodger said...

as a son to be single dude i appreciate these homey touches lately, good stuff! :) and I am very lazy when it come to cooking my own food!

DZER said...

suze: blogger can be a bitch sometimes, can't it ... and if I'm ever in England, I will definitely drop by for some eating ;)

madame x: hmm ... I think those tubs are meant to server more than one ... though they're just right for me ;)

strumpet: I look at it as a benefit that I can make others hungry and all craving stuff ... heh

chrissie: didja? I thought I woulda remembered a conversation about mashed taters LOL

art: glad to be of assistance ... I need to compile a list of lazy guy "home-cooked" food LOL

Jon said...

So is the trademark for Fucking bleah yours, or do you have to pay royalties?

I agree, they rock