Always mashed potato season in our house — Captain Argentina makes the best mashed potatoes! In fact, he made some last night. Yummy! But, Jane Trombley, he mashes them by hand — no $200 machine needed.
Loved your story. Reminds me of the $300 VitaMix I once bought, certain it was my vehicle to healthy eating. It wasn’t. I used it perhaps 10 times, at the most, then gave it to my niece.