Posts Tagged ‘potatoes’

What We’re #MadeOf and Baked Potatoes with #GayLeaFoods

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Barn in Consecon Prince Edward County

The past month has been tough work. We are still jumping through hoops and unraveling the red tape involved in the purchase of our farm. It’s a good thing we are committed to the idea and are passionate about our family business or we would have have given up on this idea a long time ago. When we started on this journey, 3 years ago, we heard that buying land was hard, that farming was hard, that it was all going to need a lot of cooperation but the experience has really gone above and beyond and taught us what we are made of.

Cubits Busy Season

Currently as we enter the busiest week of our spring season and as we enter the final stretch on our road to farm ownership I’ve committed to keeping things nice and simple. Like the simple pleasure of a baked potato for lunch or dinner.

poking potaoes with fork

It’s easy: {Unlike getting a mortgage on land. Ha!}

Heat your oven to 400

Wash and Scrub 1 large potato per person

Poke with fork holes on one side

Rub each potato with butter and coarse salt

Place directly on over rack

Walk away and ignore and bake for 1 hour.

Baked Potato Toppings

As I am clearly a little ambitious, once they’re baked my “just keep it simple philosophy” stops. It’s time to add more butter, salt and pepper, sour cream (I found lactose free sour cream!), crispy bacon all crumbled up, and thinly sliced leeks. The leeks ARE part of the simple plan, as they’re in season here in Ontario and therefore in my fridge.


On this month’s frequent drives from the city to the farm we passed quite a few of the Gay Lea Foods new advertisements. Their theme seems fitting; What are our foods made of? What are our farmers made of? Are our family businesses worth a little hard work? The answers should be simple.

Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Protein Packed Mashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Mashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese

I’ll admit, I barely know what cottage cheese tastes like. I buy it, put it in the fridge, and then my husband sits down and eats the whole tub with a spoon. In order to share this recipe I had to sneakily buy and mash potatoes during a baby nap. If Ryan had the chance he would have stolen the cheese with no regrets.

Good thing he didn’t, since I really needed to make mashed potatoes.  Chunky, cheesy, mashed potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese

We are constantly in search of protein around here, I’m not sure why but I especially find my daughter and I are happier the more protein we have. With 30 grams of protein per cup, cottage cheese in the mashed potatoes is an easy way to sneak a little extra into our meals.

Protein Packed Mashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese

Protein Packed Mashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese


  • 10 small white potatoes
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) of butter
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1 cup of Nordica Cottage Cheese
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • optional parsley and thyme (dried or fresh)


  1. Wash and peel potatoes
  2. Boil for 15 minutes
  3. Drain
  4. Mash in blender, stand mixer or hand mixer along with butter, milk, cottage cheese, salt, pepper and herbs.
  5. Serve as a protein packed side dish
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Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.