cheesy potatoes
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a little christmas cheer

i feel like we spend weeks, months even, leading up to christmas and the holiday season. i am pretty sure that i spotted a few holiday decorations at target this past september. we have to make sure that everything is perfect - the gifts, the decorations, the food. and then before we even know it, the day is come and gone. all that hype for two days. i sat there this year, enjoying my family's traditional swedish smörgåsbord, finding myself having a hard time accepting that it was already christmas. i look back at this past year and so much has happened. it honestly does not seem like 2013 should be coming to an end. where has this year gone?

with a new year comes many new adventures...the most recent is a move. i just recently signed a lease for an apartment in chicago. i will finally be moving out of the nest once again and will be living the city life. i cannot wait to experience all that the city has to offer. it has been a much welcomed change! i even have a few things in the works that SMAK will benefit from that will incorporate my new surroundings, so keep an eye out in the coming months!

cheesy potatoes

this recipe is a family favorite for the holidays. to be quite honest, i could not imagine a christmas dinner without these potatoes. they are easy and delicious - a combination that cannot be beat! yes, there is a heavy amount of cheese, so if you are saying to yourself, "oh tommy, cheese is so bad for you. there is so much fat," then i say to you, "YOU'RE CRAZY!" in tommy's world of food, cheese has a rightful place as its own food group. there is no reason to ever go without such a delicacy.

i am excited to take 2014 by storm with you all and experience many new recipes!
until next time...happy eating!

cheesy potatoes

ingredients:
1 large bag hash browns
2 cans cream of potato soup
1 pint sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 stick cracker barrel sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

instructions:

  1. mix all ingredients.
  2. put in 9x13 inch pan, dot with butter, sprinkle with 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
  3. bake at 350° for 1 hour.