Monthly Archives: February 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

For the record, these are not actual questions people have asked us. We made them up. They are questions we imagine that people would ask us, if we were super famous and everyone read our blog and wanted to know everything about us. We wrote the post in case we ever do get super famous overnight, because we might not have time to answer everyone’s questions in between interviews and book signings, and we wouldn’t want half the world to go to bed with unanswered questions about Two Girls, Ten Potatoes swimming in their heads.

Q. Why is your blog named Two Girls, Ten Potatoes? Do you always cook potatoes?

A. No, we do not always cook potatoes, but we do enjoy eating them very much. Aside from bread, they are our favorite food group. We would love to cook them every week, but then we might grow morbidly obese, have a heart attack, and die–which would upset our fan base, especially because that fan base consists mainly of our parents. Additionally, the “ten potatoes” serves as an homage to our very first post, Krubs, which actually required more than ten potatoes, but we liked the alliteration in the title.

Q. Speaking of heart attacks, why don’t you ever cook healthy things?

A. Healthy things don’t taste good. They also don’t make great leftovers. We have found that the more butter something has, the better it will taste reheated. That doesn’t mean we don’t ever make healthy things–one time,  we made harira. We have also been known to eat grapes on occasion.

Q. Lots of people blog about cooking; what sets your blog apart?

A. The main focus of our blog actually isn’t cooking; it’s leftovers. We really only cook so that we have leftovers to eat the rest of the week. We are lazy like that. Also, most people that blog about cooking are pretty good cooks; we are not, so that should set up apart. Also, potatoes.

Q. Who is that cute dog you are always feeding scraps to?

A. That is Kelly’s dog, Milo. He has his own blog here. He doesn’t update very it much. He doesn’t have thumbs (or any fingers, for that matter) so using the computer can be a struggle.

Q. What if I want to cook with you?

A. Please do!  We love guest cooks. That way we don’t have to touch the raw meat.  That is, unless you are a crazy psycho killer.  If you are, we would rather you just use our recipes and start your own blog, titled “Crazy Psycho Killer Ways to Cook Human Flesh”! We will link to you. Really…

Q. I have a question that you didn’t answer yet. What do I do?

If you have a burning question for us, it probably means we are already famous and won’t have time to answer it, but you are welcome to post it in the comments just in case. (Mom, just call.)

Kelly and Jill


Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Oscars Special: Beef Wellington

  • Food: Beef Wellington
  • Ingredients: 4 cuts of beef, shallots, mushrooms, crepes, puff pastry, salt, and pepper
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour (30 minutes per part)

I promise we did not steal a picture from Wikepedia, this is OUR food!

Just in case you are unaware, this Sunday was the most important day of the year – OSCARS SUNDAY.  This Sunday beats all others.  Thats right, I claim that it is better than Super Bowl Sunday, Easter Sunday, and that rare time when your birthday falls on a Sunday – Sunday. This occasion transcends sports, religion, and birthdays – its all about the movies.

Just in case you were wondering…this is my favorite acceptance speech of all time 🙂

That would be me, except my voice would probably crack more and I would definitely be jumping the entire time!

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Dinner, Sunday meal


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Who drank all the broth? – The case of the disappearing harira!

After our amazing weekend meal, Kelly and I thought we were in the clear for some fantastic leftovers!  However, on Tuesday at work, we discovered the broth had actually disappeared and we were left with glorified spaghetti.  Where did the broth go?  Did someone sneak into the fridge and sip out only the broth?  Did the chick peas get stuck in their straw?

That bag is full of delicious broth...and so is his mustache

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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Leftovers


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FCGW: Zoey Deschanel Arrested for Baby Smuggling, and more

Note: This post is part of our feature: Fake Celebrity Gossip of the Week.

Headlines of the Week:

  • Zoey Deschanel, star of The New Girl, caught smuggling Canadian babies into US, selling for $7.50 a piece to diaper companies for advertising purposes.
  • James Franco launches fundraising campaign to provide food and shelter to extra terrestrials living in Zimbabwe.
  • Space ship crashes in Africa, aliens claim to be summoned by Tom Cruise.
  • Blue Ivy set to star in Willow Smith biopic: Parent’s Just Don’t Understand.
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in fake celebrity gossip


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Harira: Moroccan Spaghetti-O’s

  • Food: Harira
  • Ingredients: diced tomatoes, tomato paste, lentils, chick peas, vermicelli, flour, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, parsely, beef stock, salt and pepper
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour

We got exotic this week, and attempted to make one of Jill’s favorite dished from her study abroad trip to Morocco. We also had a special guest cook: Renee from Renee’s Kitchen! You can read her version of the events over at her blog.

Harira is a yummy tomato based-soup that actually tastes nothing like Spaghetti-O’s. It was surprisingly easy to make and turned out flavorful and filling.

Look, garnishes! We are fancy food photographers now.

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Dinner, Sunday meal


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Ricotta Gnocchi: Little Pillows of Heaven

  • Food: ricotta gnocchi in alfredo sauce
  • Ingredients: 2 cups ricotta, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup parmesan, egg yolk, light cream, butter
  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes

Ricotta gnocchi are lighter, fluffier, and quicker to cook than traditional potato gnocchi. I highly recommend you don’t tell anyone how surprisingly simple they are to make. This is the kind of dish that sounds really fancy and impressive to people who have never made it. Why ruin the illusion?

I made gnocchi and alfredo sauce for Ted for a Valentine’s Day dinner (we celebrated late). I prefer to cook rather than eat out (and spend money) on Valentine’s day, because it is a fake consumerist holiday invented to take all your money and make you feel bad about yourself.

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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Dinner


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Cheesy Potatoes and Cougar Town: The Perfect Week

  • Food: Cheesy Potatoes
  • Ingredients: Simply potatoes (or frozen hash browns), sour cream, cream of chicken soup, cheddar cheese, butter
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Suggested accompanying entertainment: Cougar Town!

This week is once again a little unique.  Over this past weekend, Kelly and I went to New York City to attend a Cougar Town viewing party.


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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Dinner, Sunday meal


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