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I've had a love for, well a passion for potatoes, growing potatoes and potato recipes since I was a small child. My grandparents had raised their eight children on a small farm in northern Minnesota during the depression years. My mother often told us...her own five children...about how meals in those days often consisted of just potatoes. By the way, my mother is now a healthy and active 98 years old and still loves her potatoes!

Even when her family was grown, grandma continued to garden. Much of what she grew was stored in the root cellars....one under the house and the other dug into a side hill nearby. One of my early memories is going into the root cellar and seeing the mounds of potatoes stored for winter eating.

The '70s were the height of the "back to the land" movement and organic farming and gardening were a passion for many of us. Our little farm had never had chemicals used and we were able to continue that tradition of raising almost all the food for our family organically -- without the use of pesticides. Our kids do remember being "hired" at a penny per bug to to pick potato bugs off the potato plants.

Our children are grown, the farm was sold years ago and my husband and I now live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. My "potato passion" now finds an outlet as I visit organic farms and farmers markets to purchase what others have grown and as I continue to add our favorite potato recipes to this website.

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When times were better, grandma still served potatoes, usually mashed and topped with butter, at dinner every evening. By then, of course, they were not the only item on the menu!

When my parents were raising the five of us, mom also relied on potatoes as an inexpensive yet nutritious tummy filler. My husband and I also had five children and continued the tradition of relying on potato recipes to help feed our family. When our children were young, I also wanted them to have the farm and garden experiences I remembered. A small farm was for sale in the northern Minnesota area where we lived and we bought it in the early 1970's.

I was thinking about a way to share our recipes with family and friends and thought about creating a cookbook. I had some experience doing that for our church. Creating a potato recipe website seemed like a better idea but I had NO IDEA about how to do that or what it might cost. While searching the web for information about building a web site that ANYONE could do I came across Site Build It and learned that I did not have to be a "geek" or a "techie" to build a website. 

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I built the Best Potato Recipes website with Site Build It...and went on to build more websites.This is now how I earn my income and, since my husband is retired, it has been one of the best decisions I ever made.You can build a profitable website about anything you have a passion for! Oh, my other websites are:

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Family Favorite Oven Roasted Potatoes


  • 6 large potatoes 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • garlic powder to taste (optional)
  • paprika


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

Peel the potatoes and slice lengthwise about 1 inch thick.

Combine potatoes with the olive oil, tossing to coat well.

Place potatoes in a single layer in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder, if desired.

Roast potatoes for 15 minutes, turn them over and the roast for another 15 minutes.

Serves 4 to 6 

Roasted Potatoes

Grandma’s Mashed Potato Recipe

  • 2 pounds Red Potaoes, Russet Potatoes or Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Peel and quarter large potatoes; cut smaller potatoes in half. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain.

In a small saucepan heat butter and milk over low heat until butter is melted. Using a potato masher or electric beater, slowly blend milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4

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