Baked Potato

One spud, one dinner for two.

For this you will need:

  • A potato.
  • Anything else you want to add. I’m suggesting mushrooms, broccoli, cheese, soy, and a little red wine.

Take a russet potato. Or some other type of potato, if these things matter to you. Scrub off the dirt.

Poke holes in every side with a fork. Put it in the microwave, on top of a paper towel. Set it for “baked potato.” Push Start.

When the timer goes off, check it by stabbing it with a fork. If it goes through easily, it’s done. If it’s not, give it a little more time till it’s done.

What do you expect, kids?  A baked potato ain’t exactly rocket science.

However, while it was baking, you could’ve been sauteing some mushrooms and broccoli in a little mixture of garlic, pepper, soy, and red wine.  Then when the potato’s done, take it out, split it, fork those veggies on top of the split spuds, cover them with the cheese of your choice (cheddar, mozzarella, swiss are all good), and pop it back in the microwave for another maybe 20 seconds to let that cheese melt.

One decent-sized potato feeds both of us. Grandma likes cheddar melted on hers. I like Swiss, possibly because it’s a little better, or less bad, for the hear. Shelikes to add sour cream and butter to hers. I just use the butter to spread on the skin to eat it when I get there.

You can drink anything with this. A Guinness sounds very nice, but maybe that’s just me, and there goes the heart advantage. On the other hand, while this ain’t exactly rocket science, it ain’t exactly your ultimate heart-healthy dinner, either.

— Grandpa

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