California Dreaming

All right, so a girl can dream. I don’t have the ingredients in the fridge for this dish today but if I were to go home right now, kick off my work shoes and have a little time to myself without the kids, I would make this…

Shepherd’s Pie!

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Something about the comfort of the ground beef browned up with a classic veggie combo of carrots, celery and onion, and the twice-baked-potato taste of the creamy mashed potatoes spread on on top of the beef mixture inside a pie dish just makes my mouth water! Especially on a “June Gloom” day like this. It’s June but it feels like winter here next to the Pacific Ocean in California. Comfort food is good on days like this. And once I get a hankering going on in my head I can’t stop obsessing over it. So, I’m using this blog as my vicarious, mental kitchen.


-Four russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
-1/4 cup of 2% milk
-1 tbsp. butter
-1 pound of 15% hamburger
-1 stalk of celery, chopped fine
-1 carrot, chopped fine
-Half of a brown onion, chopped fine
-1 clove of garlic, smashed and chopped
-Pinch of marjoram
-Salt & pepper
-1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Toss in the potatoes and boil until tender. In the meantime, start browning hamburger and drain off excess water/oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add carrots and cook a couple of minutes. Add celery and onion and season again lightly with salt and pepper. When veggies are soft, add hamburger mixture to a glass pie dish that is sprayed lightly with oil spray. Drain cooked potatoes. Add milk and butter. Mash with a hand blender for smooth consistency and add enough salt to taste and white pepper, if you have it. Black pepper is fine too. When potatoes are creamy spread them over the hamburger mixture with a plastic spatula. Sprinkle cheddar cheese all over the top. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool ten minutes. Slice into pie-like slices and serve. Kids might like it in a bowl with a spoon. Serve with a light salad on the side.

Oh, I’m telling you what! I could eat this for days. Luckily, today, I’m only dreaming and saving myself the calories. Instead tonight, I think I’m going the easy route: A little quality time with my husband and the kiddos, some spaghetti, canned sauce and steamed zucchini from the garden. Good times!

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