Does anyone even know what this kitchen gadget is? Definitely an oldie. Definitely a goodie. It's a potato masher. Can you even buy them new anymore?
I was with my mom this weekend. She's no longer living in her home and she asked if there was anything I wanted from the house. I didn't know of anything off the top of my head but she said just to go take a look.
I did look. I found lots I'd like to have but what I settled on were the potato masher above and a meat cleaver. Why? Memories. Lots of them and all good.
My mother cooked. Alot. Not just for us, the family, but for hired men. It wasn't unusual for her to feed 6 or 8 men at noon. No sandwiches and chips either. Real food, manly food. Things like pork chops, swiss steak, meatloaf, or roast beef with all the fixings - - salad, jello, a vegetable, homemade bread, dessert and yes, mashed potatoes. That's why I remember that potato masher. No electric mixer for her. Just elbow grease.
After my 'looksee' at the house, I went back to the care home to see Mom. She asked if I took anything. She laughed when I told her what I laid claim to. She won't be laughing anymore though when I tell her I've already used that potato masher. Yes siree. I made mashed potatoes tonight for dinner and I didn't even bother with the electric mixer. Just good old fashioned elbow grease and my well seasoned potato masher. They were quite possibly the best mashed potatoes I've ever made.