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Tara’s Flat Potatoes and Loads of Feelings

Tara’s Flat Potatoes and Loads of Feelings

I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like but my very favorite kind has a particularly crispy skin. I especially love when the top bubbles up a little, like a thin piece of parchment paper, tenting the soft center. And oh when you bite through the crust and reach the creaminess inside — it all sort of comes together, you know? Whether dipped in butter, ketchup, or blue cheese dressing (as Tara suggests in her new book, Seven Spoons), it is the sort of side dish that could easily become an appetizer.

Tara’s was one of the first food blogs that became regular reading for me (among them, Orangette, Chocolate & Zucchini, and Smitten Kitchen). It is her voice that captured me, and her images, too. The way she’d describe simple, everyday exchanges, or the very mundane things most of us take for granted — like an afternoon spent at home during a snowstorm. I’d read and re-read her posts, trying to pinpoint what it was exactly that elevated these stories into feelings.

Tara’s Flat Potatoes and Loads of Feelings

I’ve been dealing with a lot of feelings lately and I’ve mostly been hiding them from you. After spending a frustrating (and unsuccessful) year trying to buy our first house in the Bay Area (who were we kidding?!), we’d just about thrown in the towel and decided we’d probably die in our tiny apartment because that’s sort of how things are in the Bay Area these days (you either leave or die in your rent-controlled apartment). And then I learned I was pregnant. We were excited.

We’d always talked about being a family of four not too far into the distant future and things were going pretty well according to plan (except the damn housing stuff). Nearly two months passed and then the day before Matt flew out to SXSW (to host our very first showcase, no less), I asked him if he wanted to come to my first ultrasound. I must have had a feeling.

We’re having twins. It wasn’t in the plans. But are these things, ever? So here we are. I can’t say that I’m not completely paralyzed by fear of what the very near future holds — where we’ll live, how we’ll afford childcare in the most expensive city (region?) in America, when we’ll sleep again (?). Don’t get me wrong, these feelings are weirdly mixed.

Tara’s Flat Potatoes and Loads of Feelings

The fact that I’m growing not one but two babies in my belly is pretty thrilling — I’ve always sort of liked the idea of having twins (two for the price of one!), but once we had Neko I wondered in horror how anyone goes from one to three without completely losing oneself in the process. I’ve heard some encouraging words from women who’ve been in my shoes before and while I never in my wildest dreams imagined I’d be a mother of three, certainly not in short order, this is real life and these are my legit feelings.

There are moments when I forget about the imminent change and my fear of it — when Neko gently pets my belly and says “good morning, babies!” or when I’m laughing hysterically with friends about an ongoing joke that I’d let a live-in nanny sleep in my bed and I’d take the floor, if that’s what it will take to get some help and sleep. I know that one day, not too far in the future, we will be that crazy, fun, big family. And I’ll live out my nightmare of driving a minivan (but I’ll secretly love it…you think?)

Tara’s Flat Potatoes and Loads of Feelings

So back to the potatoes, mhm? I suppose there’s not much else to say about them, other than my new excuse is ‘I’m eating for three!’ Should you be considering purchasing Tara’s book, let me assure you: it is one of the most well put together, creative, and inspired collections out there.

Flat Potatoes
adapted from Seven Spoons

1 1/2 pounds of small potatoes (fingerlings, or similar)
1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil or melted clarified butter
freshly ground pepper
flaky sea salt (I used Maldon)
small bunch of flat-leaf parsley or cilantro, chopped

1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and place one rimmed baking sheet (preferably heavy) on the center rack. Place another rimmed baking sheet on a rack just below.
2. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise, and toss them with the oil, pepper, and salt, in a large bowl.
3. Once the oven is hot, allow the baking sheets to sit in there for another few minutes. Remove the lighter baking sheet from the oven and transfer the potatoes, cut side-down, to the pan. Place the heavier baking sheet directly on top of the potatoes and slide in between the two oven racks.
4. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden and crisp (I actually chose to smoosh the potatoes once or twice with the tenting baking sheet to encourage the potatoes to flatten).
5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and transfer to a serving bowl. Add in the parsley or cilantro and toss immediately. Serve warm, accompanied by ketchup, aioli, or blue cheese dressing (recipe in Tara’s book).

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Kasey!!!!! Huge congratulations to you guys, I’m so excited for you (and I totally want to have twins one day too!) although I can imagine that it must be total craziness to get your head round it. I hope you’re not feeling too rough and those babies are treating your insides nicely. Sending lots of love your way xo

    PS Neko is the absolute cutest.

  • Lynn Bossange

    Congrats on the twins! And I just have to say, I love your writing. If I’m being honest, it’s why I read TK. You have a real way with words around feelings and honesty. And of course, recipes.

  • Kate Talbot

    Congratulations Kasey!!! What exciting news! XO

  • Ahhhh! Congratulations! I can only imagine ALL the feelings especially the minivan and sleeping feelings. You’re gonna rock that van streaming the best music.

  • Kelsey

    Oh fist bumps of support for you and Matthew! I’m thrilled for you all…

  • Twins! Holy cow, congrats to you guys! And, good luck with the housing sitch, I’m sure a solution will arise 🙂

  • Kasey! Congrats!! I’ve loved watching you navigate motherhood which from my perspective has felt really honest with a mix of the struggle and the joy. I’m sure you two will be great with your sweet bundle of 3! And YES to the crispy layer on potatoes that reveals the soft center. That’s my favorite, too!

  • wow, congratulations, kasey!!!! that is so exciting!!!!!

    and these potatoes are stunning. that tara is a gem 🙂

  • Kasey, Oh wow! Congrats!!!!!! You are amazing and you will be amazing and (all) those babies are lucky to call you mama. You weren’t kidding when you said you had a lot of feelings! Since we’ve often commiserated on big city houses options, I’ll say that we looked up our Bk apartment in the 1940 census and were relieved to find out we weren’t even close to being the biggest family that lived in those 700 square feet. That said, I’ll be thinking of all of you as you decide on your next moves.

    I love what you’ve said about Tara’s succinct, beautiful writing. And clearly, these potatoes are amazing.

    Sending love form the East Coast!

  • Zoe Rose

    Wow congratulations! Life sure is funny that way! Good luck to you and your beautiful family!

  • Jess

    KASEY. What big, wonderful, terrifying, exhilarating news!! Your self awareness shines here. I can’t wait to see you in person and give you a big hug. (Also, Tara, if you’re reading this: your gorgeous book arrived yesterday, and I’ve got words for you, woman. xoxo)

  • Twins!!! Yes! Oh, this is very exciting, Kasey and Matt! Congrats! You sure do make cute babies, can’t wait to see your next two. 🙂

  • Adrienne Hovey

    Oh happy news! Congratulations!

  • Sonja / A Couple Cooks

    Congratulations, Kasey and Matt! This is amazing news (though overwhelming for you, I’m sure!). I am so excited for you and your sweet family. Also, I feel about your writing the same way you felt about Tara’s — I love the way you express yourself and weave in themes so eloquently. (PS the Midwest is great for raising families…just sayin’!)

  • I agree with Sonja, Kasey – your writing reminds me of Tara’s so I think you two must be kindred. And, as for the feelings, I can only imagine – wish I was still up there to go on walks in the park with you and talk it out! xo

  • Shelly West

    Congrats Congrats Congrats!! You’ve got some insanely exciting times ahead. Also seconding Sonja, you’ve always got the Midwest to fall back on and some pretty great blog friends out here if you would decide to head this way! : )

  • Nicole Spiridakis

    WOW! Amazing news – congrats! Hope you are feeling well!

  • Steph

    🙂 🙂 (One for each baby.)

  • Catching up on some reading now after having been away from blogging for awhile. Glad I caught this– this is incredible news. Incredible, and scary, and exciting, and anxiety-ridden. Everything that wonderful things are, right? You guys will settle somewhere fantastic, I’m sure of it.

  • sara forte

    You are going to kick ass at all of it. I can imagine it feels incredibly overwhelming (I thought one newborn was hard!). I hope you find a nanny who will help AND sleep on the floor 😉 Excited for you guys!!

  • OMG!!!!!! Congratulations you two!! I’m so happy for you! I just had my first a late last year, and it’s been the most incredible experience EVER. Enjoy the ride and shower them with love 🙂 Also, let me know if you need any baby stuff — xo, todd

  • Kimberley

    WOW, congratulations! I agree with you that minivans are secretly a-okay – I used to fantasize about having one for road trips. 😉 And I also agree with you about Tara, and her voice, and all around loveliness, which shines in her new book. xo

  • Thank you so much, Kathryn! I’ll let you know how it goes 😉 xo

  • Thank you, Lynn! Your comment made my day.

  • Thanks, Kate!

  • Hahahah! Well, at least there’s that…. 😉

  • Thank you, Kelsey!

  • Thanks, Alex! Life’s challenges are meant to be figured out, right? 🙂

  • Thank you, Nicole! I really appreciate that — and all your support over the years. xo

  • Thank you, Molly!! x

  • Ha! 700 sq. feet! But you are right– people have made it work before us and people will make it work after us. Would love to catch up with you sometime soon to see how non-Brooklyn life is treating you 🙂 xo

  • Thank you!

  • Seriously — the time is now. And thank you!! xo

  • Thanks, Kathryne! They certainly have a cute kid with a big personality to live up to 🙂

  • Thanks, Adrienne!

  • Thank you, Sonja! I will keep that in mind…and thank you for the sweet words about my writing — they mean more than you know.

  • That means so much to me, Aida! We’ll be in LA in a few weeks, so maybe some coffee? 🙂

  • Thanks, Shelly! It’s nice to know we have so many friends in the Midwest!! xo

  • Thank you, Nicole!

  • 🙂 I recognize those smiley faces!!

  • Thank you so much, Jessie! You are SO right about all the wonderful things — they are rarely not incredible, scary, exciting, and anxiety-ridden at the same time.

  • I sure hope so! I’ll be looking for that lady…. xo

  • Thanks, Todd!! It’s a crazy ride for sure — you’re never quite ready, but you get swept up in them anyway 🙂

  • Thanks! I’m glad to know other people have secret passions for minivans, haha. xo

  • Yeah, unfortunately it takes awhile before the realization of wonderful sets in. ha! Just keep your head up, you guys (all five of you!!) will be fine. Also, I’ve always wanted twins. what you are about to introduce to the world is probably one of the most amazing bonds possible in humankind!

  • Holy moly. That’s huge news. No wonder you’re having big feelings.
    I love Neko’s attitude and her “Good morning babies” routine. Sounds like there’s a lot of love circling around your growing brood.
    xoxox
    E

  • Please! xo

  • Ha! Yes, it’s pretty sweet. She seems excited! Let’s hope it lasts 😉 Thanks so much Erin, xo

  • Megan Gordon

    Loved this post, Kasey, and realized I never commented (trying to get better about this!). So sweet that Neko greets the babies in the morning. Also, they make pretty ok minivans these days 🙂 Always here if you need Seattle help. I know you guys will find something that works out great. Sending lots of love, m

  • WOAH. I just saw your Instgram photo and thought, wait, she’s pregnant? how did i miss this? and then came over here. Girl! Twins! Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, I would be feeling all the feelings, too. Rooting for you and your growing family of FIVE ah! Amazing and congratulations!!

  • chezus

    Oh My: babies make 5! This is terribly exciting – so happy for you all! And you know what this crazy Bay Area has to level out one day, and you can make a tiny place work. We have European friends who have done it easily with a family of 4 or 5 in a small apartment elsewhere. It all works out! You could always move to the East Bay!? 🙂

  • Thanks my dear! xoxo

  • Ha! I feel that way often 🙂 Thank you so much for the sweet words, Shanna! Thinking of you xo

  • Hahah — that’s not for me (though I know plenty of people DO do it)…And the east bay ain’t cheap! That said, it is exciting! Thank you for the sweet words!! xo

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