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Loaded Mashed Potatoes


Have you ever seen the movie “What About Bob”?  It is one our family’s favorite and a go to when we need a laugh.  We have several movies that are frequently quoted from. Especially by Dave and Jace.  I hate to say from what movies, those quotes most commonly originate from as it would say a little something about our taste in entertainment.  The top ranking movies would be “Nacho Libre”, “What About Bob”, “Dumb and Dumber”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, “The Man Who Knew Too Little”–you get the picture.  Well there is a scene in What About Bob that is a classic.  It is the scene where Bob Wiley is eating dinner with the “fam”.  Again let me say “a classic.!!!!!!!

You may ask yourself what that has to do with Loaded Mashed Potatoes. Well I made them several weeks ago and let me just say you could have just replaced Dave for Bob Wiley in this video.  I am not joking.  He loved them.  These are so good and one of those comfort foods that just make life worth living.  We served them with just a salad and they were a great meal, but would be great (in smaller servings) for any meal.

The nice thing about these are that you an make them ahead of time and just pop them in the oven. I made these over the Christmas break when everyone was home and had them in the fridge for just the right moment.  But I must say there is not a wrong moment for these.  You will love these.

”                                                                                                                  the movie


  • 6 c. prepared mashed potatoes (I prepare with butter and milk)
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix, unprepared (I use Hidden Valley brand)
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, sour cream, ranch dressing mix, 1 c. cheese, bacon and onions.
  • Spread into large casserole dish.  Bake for 25 minutes or until heated.  Remove from oven and sprinkle top with remaining 1 c. cheese.
  • Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese on top is melted.
  • Garnish if desired with extra bacon and green onions.
  • Serves 6-8

Recipe and Picture from FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPES  Love this site and their cookbook.  I did not even get a chance to take a picture before mine were devoured.


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COOK BOOK–AHOLIC!! Lion House Orange Rolls

My name is Kim and I am addicted to cook books.  I cannot get enough of them. I take them to bed and read like a novel, salivating and dreaming of the possibilities.  I have tried on several occasions to stop and have told myself and my family that I really do not have a problem, but down deep I know it’s a lie.  I do well for awhile and then I will pass a display of a new cookbook and I stop in my tracks.  I start breathing rapidly and tell myself that I will only pick it up and look.  I take it in my hands and I can smell the new pages, and envision myself reading each page.  I think–“only one small look” and then it is over.  I open it and there is a recipe that I don’t have or at least that version.  There is a cute idea how to give it as a gift–that usually does it.

I finally say “just this once” and ask the clerk to put it in a plain brown bag,   I hide it in the back of the car under blankets and then late at night I bring it in, get in my PJ’s with a diet coke and read the entire thing cover to cover.



This is one cupboard, there is another one half full.  This does not count the ones I have cleared out over the years.  I know it is pathetic.  But  I am hooked.

I have decided that each week I will spotlight one of my favorite books and share a recipe from it.

This week it is the LION HOUSE COOKBOOK


This was one of my very first books and it is worn and stained.  It automatically opens to my favorite recipes.  This book taught me how to cook.

recipe book page

orange rolls

One of my favorite recipes is the ORANGE ROLL RECIPE

1 Recipe Lion House Refrigerator Rolls

¼ cup softened butter

½ cup sugar

1 TB orange juice

1 tsp grated orange rind

I use about 1 ½ times the filling ingredients for each batch of rolls

Follow recipe for rolls. When dough is ready to shape into rolls, punch down and divide into half.  Roll each half into large rectangle (about 9×13).  Spread with half of the softened butter.  Combine remaining ingredients and spread over buttered dough.  Starting with the long side, roll up jelly roll style.  Seal edges well, then cut with a sharp knife into 1 inch slices ( I do a little bigger than one inch)  The recipe calls for twisting and stretching each slice before placing in pan, but I like the traditional shape so I just leave them in the circle.  Let rise away from draft until double in bulk (about 1 hour).  Bake at 350 until slightly browned-about 20 minutes.  Do not overcook.

When rolls are cooled drizzle with glaze.

1 ½ cups powdered  sugar

3 TB orange juice

½ tsp grated orange rind

I use a little different frosting:

Equal parts cream cheese and softened butter, mixed with powdered sugar, orange juice and grated orange rind ( to taste)  I usually use 1 stick of butter, 1 8 ounce of cream cheese and add powdered sugar and orange juice until desired sweetness.  We like a little more buttery whipped frosting than a sweet glaze.   Try both.

Refrigerator Rolls

¼ cup butter

¼ cup sugar

1 cup milk, scalded

1 package dry yeast (1 TB)

1 TB sugar

¼ cup luke warm water

2 tsp salt

4 cups flour

3 eggs

Add butter and ¼ cup sugar to hot milk.  Cool.  Combine yeast, 1 TB sugar, 1 TB yeast with ¼ cup warm water.  Let stand 5 minutes to soften yeast

Add salt to flour.  Combine milk and yeast mixture, and add 1 cup flour.  Add eggs and beat well.   Continue adding flour , beating until smooth after each addition..  This is a soft dough and all of it can be handled by an electric mixer.

Cover bowl and place in warm area until dough rises until triple in amount.   Punch down.  You can roll into rolls at this time or place dough in refrigerator overnight. (dough will keep well up to 5 days).  Remove and shape into rolls while cold.  (this dough is so soft it really handles better when cold)

This recipe is very versatile and it is so nice to make the dough the day before and roll out the next day, but I have success even when not chilling the dough.

These are soft, light and wonderful.

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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Favorite cook books, Recipes


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