Looking for uplifting inspiration? Temporarily opt out of the busy world around you and do something fun. It works wonders! How do I know? I just got back from Kauai, Hawaii.
My Hawaii adventure was awesome! A group of blogging friends and I met to discuss business. Getting away together was a great decision—pure enjoyment even if it was a working vacation.
Although we had a lot on our agenda, we definitely enjoyed spirited conversations around the most excellent meals. Of course we had lots of laughs and spontaneous fun, too!
And then those palm trees. And beaches. And sunsets (satisfied sigh).
Now that I’m back home, I’ve wanted to re-create that fabulous food journey for my family. The fresh pineapple and coconut was amazing. There were several tastes that I would like to make and haven’t conquered yet, but one of the meals we particularly enjoyed in Hawaii was a twist on a southern classic.
We had THE BEST mashed/whipped potatoes ever! They were regular mashed potatoes but they had goat cheese on top. It’s hard to believe the upgrade in the taste. It was served in personal-sized, cast iron pans with fried chicken.
It’s not a difficult meal to make and it was the perfect accompaniment while sharing photos and stories with my family about the trip.
No palm trees were served with dinner, but Lipton Peach flavor iced tea goes perfectly with this most delish comfort food.
As I continued my stories after dinner, we were still setting around the table, drinking our iced tea and my son proposed a “toast”: “To Mom, I’m glad you had a good time…but I’m glad you’re home.”
And with that, I realized that even though I had a great time on my Hawaii business trip, sharing it with my family made it even more meaningful.
Good food. Good friends. FAMILY…and that’s what it’s all about.
- 40 ounces golden potatoes
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- Wash and quarter potatoes. Add all the potatoes to a pot of cold water at once.
- Crush and peel garlic and add to the potatoes along with a tablespoon of salt.
- Turn the burner on high and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes for 10-15 minutes, until fork tender.
- Drain potatoes and transfer into a mixing bowl. Add half the milk, half the butter and half of the goat cheese. Using a potato masher or whisk, gently mash the potatoes. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue mashing until all ingredients have melted into the potatoes.
- Mix the potatoes with a hand mixer on the lowest setting until smooth. Do not over mix.
- Serve along-side rotisserie or fried chicken and vegetables.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.