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Crunch Time: Baked Potato

Hey Foodies! For our university, this is the week before exams meaning it is full of stress, deadlines and late nights. Last night, I found myself needing to eat dinner but having zero time to prepare anything, so looking at the bag of potatoes in my pantry I was inspired to have a baked potato. I know you are probably thinking making a baked potato isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but some how it ended up being the best baked potato I have ever had so I thought I would share it with you all.  Here is what you will need:

  • 1 potato
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • aluminum foil
  • assorted potato toppings (I chose cheese and ranch dressing)

First, preheat the oven to 350⁰. Wash your potato, then put it in the center of a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to cover the potato). Pierce the potato with a fork a few times so the steam can escape while it cooks. Coat the potato in a little olive oil and then sprinkle the pepper and salt on top. Roll the potato around in the foil to cover the entire potato, then wrap it up. Bake in the oven for approximately 1 hour for a small to medium potato and 1.5 hours for a larger potato. Then cut open your potato and top with your favorite things. Here are some ideas: chili, cheese, sour cream, butter, plain greek yogurt, ranch dressing, marinara sauce, bacon, chives, salsa and broccoli. This is the best way to bake a potato because you just put it in the oven and leave it, so there is zero energy and attention required as well as no messy clean up, leaving you more time to get in some studying. Plus the olive oil on the outside gives the potato skin a great texture and flavor. Enjoy foodies and happy stressing 🙂

-Kelsey-

 

Blazin’ Buffalo Mash

Hey Everyone,

One of the all time favorite dishes on campus here at James Madison University is Buffalo Mashed Potatoes, or just “Buffalo Mash” for short.  Its one of those dishes that you just simply crave for no reason around here at JMU, it makes my mouth water just writing about it.  During lunch the other day my friends and I were discussing how we have not seen “Buffalo Mash” at the dining hall almost all semester.  We aren’t sure if it was discontinued or if we just eat on campus on the wrong days.  Whatever the reason may be for the recent absence of “Buffalo Mash” it is extremely disappointing. I have decided to bring back this JMU favorite right here in my kitchen.  I hope you enjoy the bite this “Buffalo Mash” brings!

What you will need:

  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Chicken
  • Buffalo wing sauce (I’m using Frank’s Red Hot)

Directions:

  • Follow the directions on the instant mashed potatoes box combining the appropriate amounts of potato, butter, salt, milk and water as directed.
  • Cover the chicken in a decent amount of buffalo sauce and put it in a pan to cook over the stovetop
  • Leave chicken in pan on medium heat until fully cooked.
  • In a bowl, first coat the bottom of the bowl in a decent amount of mashed potatoes
  • Next, place the fully cooked chicken on top
  • Finally, add as much buffalo sauce to the top of the dish as desired. (The more sauce the spicier the dish will be)
  • Enjoy
Let me know what you think about this JMU original,
 
-Ryan

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