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Potatoes without butter?

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Created November 14, 2011 at 4:08 AM

Any hacks/tips for eating potatoes without butter?

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 25, 2013
at 01:18 PM

Being from Ireland I shake my head. I love a good spud now and then but each to their own!

4b61b13ed39e5c5d01fe234900cadcf8

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:19 AM

mmm Cayenne! I was trying so hard to remember my mom's "secret" ingredient. thank you :)

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 15, 2011
at 04:32 AM

some cayenne goes good with that cinnamon on a sweet tator....but I'm also drenching it in butter :)

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on November 15, 2011
at 04:29 AM

It does take a TON to make up for the "blah-ness" ...by the time I make a tater edible its usually a cheat meal.

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:37 AM

I eat these once in a while, but my local asian store stopped carrying them.

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:30 AM

I love salsa on baked potatoes. It was a fave when I was vegetarian!

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on November 15, 2011
at 12:10 AM

What? NO WAY. That sounds awesome... I was out of butter the other day an I just added heavy cream...wish I would have thought of the coconut cream.

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on November 14, 2011
at 11:52 PM

I fried some precooked potatoes side by side with a duck breast a week ago. The skin on the breast threw off plenty of fat to cook in, and everything was done at the same time.

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on November 14, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Tip: Nuke then wrap up in foil and throw in your bag. Ready to eat straight out the foil. Good after a workout or when you must eat on the move. Push a bit of salt in if you'll be sweating it up and maybe a touch of fat. **Can do the same for normal potatoes or sweet potatoes**

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on November 14, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I do the same. Find them at my persian/middle-eastern grocers in London. Normally all rough and beat up.

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on November 14, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Thanks Cliff!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:14 PM

You may have to experiment with thickness/microwave time, but when you dial it in, they taste great totally plain. Been eating them for months and months and I never get sick of it (I'm a bit weird though).

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Picked up oriental sweet potatoes.

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:50 PM

+1 for star wars ref

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Only now, at the end, do you understand. Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Starch Side!

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:35 PM

It's my dessert: coconut cream on sweet potatoes with maybe some cinnamon on top!

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:14 PM

I must upvote any potato-hater simply on principle.

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Thank you JuBa and Paleo-ish!

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:24 PM

That sounds great Jules!

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Great Idea Joanne!

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:22 PM

Sounds awesome Peter!

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:49 PM

You can get those at my local indian food store. Good stuff

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I second this - I add rosemary sometimes too, very nice.

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:34 PM

Roast them whole and keep in the fridge. When you want to eat them cut into bite sized pieces and put under the broiler for crispy. Mash with marrrow butter. Whip with a fat and herbs. Any sweet potato is good as is - simply roasted, smashed, baked.

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on November 14, 2011
at 01:05 PM

salsa! Lots of it! Yum. And mushed up avocado.

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on November 14, 2011
at 12:58 PM

www.raypeat.com :)

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on November 14, 2011
at 08:41 AM

We will see if I can end my VLC streak Cliff. :-) I may need that book you and Merideth are reading about carbs.

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on November 14, 2011
at 08:17 AM

They look healthy as well: http://www.livestrong.com/article/280268-japanese-sweet-potato-nutrition/

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:51 AM

They look very healthy to: http://www.livestrong.com/article/280268-japanese-sweet-potato-nutrition/

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:47 AM

Oriental/Japanese or Murasaki Sweet Potatoes – Dark purple outside and dry and white inside, this sweet potato, known as either an Oriental or Japanese Sweet, have a full, nutty flavor. They are an exotic alternative to traditional sweet potatoes, and an eye-opening alternative to Irish potatoes.

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:36 AM

Ha, +1 for hating potatoes my friend. They're the epitome of boring. When I think of the absolute last thing I'd want to eat for dinner it's a limp, brown potato.

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:31 AM

I do have the meat maxed out at least. :-)

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Well said Phazo!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Awesome Paul!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:19 AM

Whip them with some half and half, then?

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:57 AM

Thanks Feerless Food!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:56 AM

Thanks Travis! I am going to try and find some of those. :-)

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:06 AM

Thanks Slightly Reworded! I consumed enough butter fats the last five months to last me the rest of the year for sure. Just resting a bit. Thanks for the response!

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:23 AM

I lol'd at Jay's comment.

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:20 AM

Me too, Lizz!!!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:12 AM

Thanks Lizz!!!!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:12 AM

I am trying to reduce my dairy fat. Bracing for my lipid panel results this week...

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:10 AM

Too funny Jay!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:50 AM

We will see if I can end my VLC strak Cliff. :-) I may need that book recomendation as well.

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:49 AM

Thanks! They are not strictly paleo. But many eat them. Similar to butter is not strictly paleo. :-)

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:48 AM

That Sounds Great Cliff!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:48 AM

Great Ideas Olivia!

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:47 AM

Too funnny jay!!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:37 AM

My suggestion would be to eat the potato but without the butter.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:32 AM

Thanks Comment!!!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:31 AM

Just an experiment Nance. :-)

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:25 AM

i DEFINITELY second the duck fat!

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:14 AM

Now, you know better than this--we need to know why you want to go butter-free. With your reasons, I have lots of options.

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:06 AM

I find that white-fleshed sweet potatoes are delicious (this is coming essentially from a monk, mind you) when cut about 3/4cm thick and microwaved for about 8 minutes per plate. This is pretty much the only way I eat tubers. Have to find the right variety, though. They're usually called Japanese or Oriental sweet potatoes. I've tried this with standard potatoes and even I thought it was a bit too bland.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:49 PM

You can get those at my local indian food store. Good stuff

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 14, 2011
at 06:56 AM

Thanks Travis! I am going to try and find some of those. :-)

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 14, 2011
at 07:47 AM

Oriental/Japanese or Murasaki Sweet Potatoes – Dark purple outside and dry and white inside, this sweet potato, known as either an Oriental or Japanese Sweet, have a full, nutty flavor. They are an exotic alternative to traditional sweet potatoes, and an eye-opening alternative to Irish potatoes.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 14, 2011
at 08:17 AM

They look healthy as well: http://www.livestrong.com/article/280268-japanese-sweet-potato-nutrition/

Medium avatar

(39831)

on November 14, 2011
at 07:14 PM

You may have to experiment with thickness/microwave time, but when you dial it in, they taste great totally plain. Been eating them for months and months and I never get sick of it (I'm a bit weird though).

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on November 14, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I do the same. Find them at my persian/middle-eastern grocers in London. Normally all rough and beat up.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 14, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Picked up oriental sweet potatoes.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on November 15, 2011
at 02:37 AM

I eat these once in a while, but my local asian store stopped carrying them.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on November 14, 2011
at 07:51 AM

They look very healthy to: http://www.livestrong.com/article/280268-japanese-sweet-potato-nutrition/

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on November 14, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Tip: Nuke then wrap up in foil and throw in your bag. Ready to eat straight out the foil. Good after a workout or when you must eat on the move. Push a bit of salt in if you'll be sweating it up and maybe a touch of fat. **Can do the same for normal potatoes or sweet potatoes**

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D05f3050dc3d973b8b81a876202fa99a

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:20 AM

Roast in duck fat - salt & pepper

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:45 AM

For mash, just beat in a couple of egg yolks. I do this with all root veg.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Great Idea Joanne!

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Am I the only one who thinks potatoes are a total waste of calories? I'd much rather down some green veggies or meat... even dousing them with butter can't make up for the blah-ness!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Well said Phazo!!!

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:36 AM

Ha, +1 for hating potatoes my friend. They're the epitome of boring. When I think of the absolute last thing I'd want to eat for dinner it's a limp, brown potato.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on November 15, 2011
at 04:29 AM

It does take a TON to make up for the "blah-ness" ...by the time I make a tater edible its usually a cheat meal.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:31 AM

I do have the meat maxed out at least. :-)

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:14 PM

I must upvote any potato-hater simply on principle.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on February 25, 2013
at 01:18 PM

Being from Ireland I shake my head. I love a good spud now and then but each to their own!

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:11 AM

I put coconut cream on my sweet potatoes. yum

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Awesome Paul!!!

F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:35 PM

It's my dessert: coconut cream on sweet potatoes with maybe some cinnamon on top!

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

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on November 15, 2011
at 12:10 AM

What? NO WAY. That sounds awesome... I was out of butter the other day an I just added heavy cream...wish I would have thought of the coconut cream.

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:24 AM

My husband eats them with salsa. Are potatoes paleo friendly? I thought they were in the Avoid camp.

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:49 AM

Thanks! They are not strictly paleo. But many eat them. Similar to butter is not strictly paleo. :-)

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on November 15, 2011
at 02:30 AM

I love salsa on baked potatoes. It was a fave when I was vegetarian!

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I went temporarily insane last night and ate potatoes roasted in olive oil. They were spectacular. Didn't miss the butter one bit.

I actually have duck fat in my fridge and now that I see that suggested here I am kicking myself for not using it. Holy mother potatoes roasted in duck fat are something beyond delicious.

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Only now, at the end, do you understand. Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Starch Side!

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:50 PM

+1 for star wars ref

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I'll second Comment's duck fat suggestion! If you like sweet potatoes, those are great with coconut oil.

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:24 PM

That sounds great Jules!

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:35 AM

Cheese! or Truffle oil.

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on November 14, 2011
at 03:22 PM

Sounds awesome Peter!

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:19 AM

pasta sauce makes a good condiment for potatoes. I've made a pretty tasty potato salad with avocado, olive oil, jalapeno, lemon juice and salt

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:48 AM

That Sounds Great Cliff!

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on November 14, 2011
at 12:58 PM

www.raypeat.com :)

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on November 14, 2011
at 08:41 AM

We will see if I can end my VLC streak Cliff. :-) I may need that book you and Merideth are reading about carbs.

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on November 14, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Thanks Cliff!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:50 AM

We will see if I can end my VLC strak Cliff. :-) I may need that book recomendation as well.

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:16 AM

Salt them.

I also eat potatoes with low-fat condiments like tomato paste, or I'll mash up roasted garlic and basil (much lower fat than pesto) or other herbs to put on top. Or crack a soft-boiled egg over them. I actually prefer all those things to eating potatoes with butter (which I find makes it too easy to overeat.)

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:48 AM

Great Ideas Olivia!

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:40 AM

I roast them in coconut oil and make fries or chips- then I dip them in avocado mashed with salsa and greek yogurt/cream

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:57 AM

Thanks Feerless Food!

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:54 AM

So you're avoiding dairy fat I see... I was going to suggest a poutine-ish thing with paleo gravy and curds, so maybe if that sounds appealing to you you could try low-fat/fat-free cheese (though finding high quality stuff without the fat is hard - maybe a really nice parmesan would work? Or low-fat ricotta?).

Other-wise, I like to use potatoes to make Aloo Gobi every now and then. Or mash them up with coconut milk.

I've been known to smear my roast potatoes with pate as well.

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on November 14, 2011
at 06:06 AM

Thanks Slightly Reworded! I consumed enough butter fats the last five months to last me the rest of the year for sure. Just resting a bit. Thanks for the response!

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:22 AM

My first thought was "Potatoes aren't worth eating without butter" but since you asked, my second thought was roasted in the oven with olive oil and salt. If using sweet potatoes, add some cinnamon.... mmm mmm good.

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on November 14, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I second this - I add rosemary sometimes too, very nice.

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on November 15, 2011
at 04:32 AM

some cayenne goes good with that cinnamon on a sweet tator....but I'm also drenching it in butter :)

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:19 AM

mmm Cayenne! I was trying so hard to remember my mom's "secret" ingredient. thank you :)

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:53 AM

I have no idea, but discussing potatoes without butter in depth is why I like PaleoHacks.

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:12 AM

Thanks Lizz!!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:20 AM

Me too, Lizz!!!

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on November 14, 2011
at 04:51 AM

How about real mayonaisse? or clarified butter/ghee - so the dairy solids are gone but you still get the yummy butter taste!

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on November 14, 2011
at 07:19 AM

Whip them with some half and half, then?

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on November 14, 2011
at 05:12 AM

I am trying to reduce my dairy fat. Bracing for my lipid panel results this week...

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