be thankful for potatoes and HR

ImageThere is a misconception regarding HR people that runs rampant through corporations and organizations everywhere. It is completely and wholly untrue that we enjoy haranguing employees; we do not look forward to confrontations, and Human Resources is not the fun police. That said, there is a reason that coffee cups are labeled with cautionary warnings about the contents being hot, because some miscreant didn’t realize the potential damage a cup of steaming hot liquid could do between his or her thighs. Likewise with HR. Don’t blame it on them, or in this case me, just understand that some non-thinking employee, somewhere, caused a need to have so many policies. And those very folks, the one who lack common sense, created the need for a 400-page rule book.

I’m not sure how I got off on that tangent, I simply wanted to share a recipe that came from my friends at, the very site of those infamous procedure writers and fun suckers, further proof that neither are true. At least not at Thanksgiving. We like our starch, too.

Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
Serves: 12 to14

* 12 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
* 1 large white onion, chopped
* 1 pkg cream cheese, cubed and softened
* 1/3 cup butter
* 1-1/4 cups 18% cream
* 4 green onions, finely chopped
* 1 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp white pepper or pepper

In large pot of boiling salted water, cover and cook potatoes and onion until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and return to pot briefly to dry completely. Mash until smooth; mix in cream cheese and butter until melted. Stir in cream, green onions, salt and pepper. Transfer to 13 x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish or casserole; smooth top. (Make-ahead: Double wrap with plastic wrap or foil and freeze for up to 1 month; or wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Defrost in microwave or thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours; add 10 minutes to baking time). Bake in 400°F oven until light golden and heated thoroughly.