Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Just before Thanksgiving in 2010, my husband told me that the reason he likes fancy restaurants is that they serve really good side dishes, like roasted garlic mashed potatoes. I realized then that I had never made him mashed potatoes. (We had been married less than six months.) So, although I didn’t plan on making […]

Putting Potatoes on the Menu

Potatoes are from the Solanaceae or nightshade plant family, whose other members include peppers, tomatoes, goji berries, tomatillos, eggplants, petunias, and tobacco. Potatoes are the swollen portions of the underground stems, called tubers, which store food for the leafy portion of the plant. Potatoes are the world’s fourth-largest food crop, following rice, wheat, and corn. Potatoes originated in what […]

Eating for Happiness

Happiness centers around several important neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamaine, endorphins, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Serotonin is popularly known as the “feel-good hormone,” or your body’s own natural tranquilizer, hence the happiness factor. This is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target in order to boost overall happiness levels. Up to 90 percent of your body’s total serotonin is located in your gut, […]