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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Famous Pairs, Fred and Ginger, George and Gracie, Scalloped Potatoes and Ham!


I always loved those cheesy musicals that showcased the dancing talents of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and I always loved watching George and Gracie Burns, with their straight lady/ funny man skits... there is magic in what a good couple can accomplish!
That being said, one of the simplest meals you could prepare, and find difficult to improve on, would be scalloped potatoes and ham! White sauce and fresh potatoes cooked properly, are a spud lovers delight! Ham, with it's salty, distinctive flavour, is a perfect foil to the rich, creamy, starchy potato... I do add spices and herbs to my white sauce, such as parsley, black pepper, salt, onions, and garlic. My wife loves potatoes- me, not near as much.. but this pairing with ham always satisfies, and is really inexpensive! Kind of retro, but I get that way around the Holidays..

23 comments:

Finn said...

Ah, memories. Of course our au gratin was from a box, but I loved it anyway.

doggybloggy said...

this makes more sense - I always try and get all creative and mix the ham in with the spuds and it dont seem to work right - two simple things side by side is better!

Preposterous Ponderings said...

I am so going to have to make some of that this weekend.

I haven't had that combo in the longest time.

Yum!

Akelamalu said...

I love spuds so I'm sure I'd enjoy that concoction! :)

MarmiteToasty said...

I LOVE potatoes of any sort so I would love those, but I would have to pass on the ham though.... cos, well, you know I cant do ham :)

Im just glad Ive already eaten today before I came over here LOL.....

x

Anndi said...

Reminds me the Saturday lunches mom would make during the winter months. :)

buffalodick said...

Finn- Made many a potato dish from that same box, and still will- if no one is looking!
DogB- Odd you should say that, as I came to the same conclusion a while back!
PrePon- We hadn't had it for a bit either- sounded and tasted just right!
Ake- My wife would eat potatoes any way, any day...
Marmy- I think my wife just took potatoes to work today for lunch!
Anndi- I bet your Mom was the best!

Just telling it like it is said...

funny I was just tap dancing earlier...to the beat of my own drum...

Chef E said...

Hey Buff...I had to take my son on a MAJOR shopping spree tonight, just so I would have my tators and pig while I am here...you are right I hate those competitive shows, and also was in contest that really, were nothing more than popularity contest...this is the real deal :)

buffalodick said...

darngirl- Definitely a sight to see!
ChefE- I've been in many contests where the fix was in, but quite a few that were on the up and up!

Bina said...

I could make that! And I would LOVE it! But, I don't know HOW to make white sauce!

buffalodick said...

Bina- white sauce is butter, with flour, until blended, milk, and those spices... You let it thicken-then, poured over sliced potatoes... don't go nuts on overheating- and you have white sauce!

Jeff B said...

Must have had this same meal a hundred times growing up. As you said, a great combination.

buffalodick said...

Jeff- Ham, as in a piece of ham, not deli slices- is like the lost meal in America!

Chef E said...

This morning Buff- My son got some thick cut bacon, over easy eggs and pan toast (as in no toaster in the house), and I am in pig heaven this morning(hubby does not like the smell, so I have to cook it when he is not around)!

buffalodick said...

Chef- I saw the picture, you're a good cook and a good mom!

dana wyzard said...

LOVE fried potatoes and the smell of toast in the morning. I would love it even better if I wasn't the one having to make it.

buffalodick said...

danawiz- Welcome to the blog! Mostly foodies and smarties- visit any time!

Beth said...

oh yaaaaa, this is some good stuff. But I add cheese to my taters cuz my boys love it with cheese...and you don't care for potatoes???!!!! are you American???!!!! ;)

buffalodick said...

Beth- Me too, but sometimes we must do what real potato lovers want... Potaotoes are OK, but I am all about meat!

Tanya Kristine said...

I love potatoes made ANY way.

TavoLini said...

You know--I've never made scalloped potatoes before. But--I happen to have milk, potatoes, cheese and breadcrumbs...

Thank you for inspiring!

buffalodick said...

Tanya- these are simple, and potatoes are something I can make well, but don't really care for!
Lini- Milk, butter, and flour, with spices- and you have a sauce!