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When I got on out on my own in the big bad world, I quickly learned that things cost money.  Shocking, I know.  I wanted to learn how to save money and eagerly dove in to read what everyone considers the epic and all time frugal living and money saving guidebook The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (you can learn more about it here.) ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .)  Despite the preachy tone in the later chapters of the book (when you can tell she admitted to be burned out on writing her newsletter in the 90’s) and a few of the now outdated tips (floppy disks!) there are still some decent frugal hacks in her book that are useful today.  For example, Dacyczyn’s  (she pronounces it like Decision )  greatest money saving tip is how to save money on groceries by only buying the Loss Leaders.  Only problem is Dacyczyn doesn’t tell you what  a loss leader is and how to find them in the  store.   Save this money saving idea to your Pinterest boards f

Gourmet Potato Recipe

Every family has their favorite and special recipes. Fancy or comfort food, they never disappoint. They are always celebrated when served.

That's what happens when Husband's family gets together and his grandmother's gourmet potatoes are part of the meal. It was part of the first meal I ate when I met Husband's the extended family for the first time. I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about until I savored my first bite of oozy gooey cheesy comfort food. So good!



Eventually I moved on from girlfriend to wife. Shortly thereafter Mother in Law gave me a wonderful Christmas gift: a recipe box full of the Woods family recipes, including Grandma Woods gourmet potatoes recipe!

Even though I shouldn't eat this anymore because of the lactose in it, I can't resist enjoying at least a little nibble when gourmet potatoes cross my path.

Gourmet Potatoes

You will need:

6 medium potatoes
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 cups of room temperature sour cream
1/3 cup of chopped onions
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 (more) tablespoons of butter (for the top)

Make it:

1. Boil the potatoes in the skins in a pot of water on the stove until they are fully cooked. Peel and cube (or shred - less work, especially if you let the food processor do it for you) the potatoes after they cool.

2. Melt the cheese and butter in a large saucepan.

3. Remove the mixture from the heat and mix in the sour cream, onions, salt, and pepper until it is fully blended.

4. Fold the potatoes into the mixture.

5. Place the potato mixture in a casserole dish and dot with the last 2 tablespoons of butter.

6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 25 -30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

7. Enjoy!

I always think of Husband's grandmother whenever I make her recipe. Her gourmet potato casserole not only fills my belly, it also fills my soul.

Looking for more quick, healthy, and cheap recipe ideas? Check out the following - and more! – below!

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