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The Potato Peel Trick

I'm all about learning new tips and tricks to make life in the kitchen easier. In fact, I'm kind of a nerd that way.
Well, I found a cool technique for peeling russet potatoes. I rely on it a TON and it's great for making mashed potatoes and potato salad.

Want to hear it? Of course you do! Here it goes:

The Potato Peel Trick
1) Fill a huge pot with water, add several washed whole, unpeeled potatoes and set it to boil. 
Did you catch that? Whole, unpeeled potatoes. Do not peel or cut them first. In fact, put that peeler away. Yeah, back in the drawer. You won't need it. Trust me. 
2) Boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes, stirring periodically to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pot. 
3) Once potatoes are cooked, transfer them into a pot/container of cold water. This shocks the skin and makes the potatoes easier to handle.

4) Gently peel the skin from the potato using a regular kitchen knife. The peel should slip right off. It's also super easy to remove eyes and any imp…

Back to School Sanity Saver

Oh boy. It's almost time to head back to school.

I know some moms who celebrate the day the first day of school. They're so eager to get the kids out of the house and into a structured schedule, they're sipping mimosas in the driveway as the first bus pulls away.

The lazy days of summer have transformed their once well-behaved, well-groomed kids into crazed wildebeests who, when they're not sleeping til noon, trash the house, empty the fridge and send the electric bill soaring.

Other moms dread the first day of classes. To them, the school year is limiting and oppressive. Their weeknights are spent helping elementary school kids with piles of homework, and school sports and extracurriculars dominate the family calendar. They wonder if they'll ever get a day to themselves again.

I fall somewhere in between.

One of my biggest challenges with our back-to-school schedule is making dinner while simultaneously helping my son with math, keeping my preschooler entertained …