Thursday, May 29, 2014

Twice Baked Potatoes: My May learning Kelsey Nixon's Kitchen Confidence

One of my favorite things to do with a free evening or Saturday afternoon is to catch up on my weekly DVR'd shows while messing around in my craft room.  Cooking Channel's Kitchen Essentials hosted by Kelsey Nixon is always on my list of TV to watch.  Her approachable style & unique flavor combinations keep me coming back episode after episode.

So, when I saw that she was coming out with a cookbook, Kitchen Confidence, I was really excited.
For the entire month of May, I'm diving in & devouring Kitchen Confidence.  For 31 days, I'll be making dishes from Kelsey Nixon's book & writing about them here.

Twice Baked Potatoes

I really hit the husband jackpot.  I'm not sure how I ended up with such a great guy who always goes along with whatever I decide I want to do.  When I want to make the kitchen the color of a mexican food joint, spend 10 minutes taking photos of trees in San Francisco, or paint flowers on the back fence so I can found our house from the trail, he's always down.  And usually helps me make it happen.

Making meals from Kelsey Nixon's cookbook throughout May has been no acception.  This week Andrew is on vacation from work & yesterday, he made had dinner ready & waiting for me to take photos of practically when I walked through the door.  Lucky girl right here.

He made the decandent, delicious Twice Baked Potatoes.  They were a perfect light supper, alongside oven-roasted asparagus.  These yummy potatoes married the crispy shell of a potato skin with the rich creaminess of loaded mashed potatoes.  Awesome, pure & simple.

Those twice baked beauties had just the right amount of blue cheese, bacon & scallion.  You could taste everything, but weren't overpowered by anything.  And the extra broiled bits on the top of the potato? My favorite part.  Everything bite was so good, & had just enough cruch from baking the skin shells after removing the 'guts' for the filling.   Andrew even ate the skin of the potato, something he never does.      

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