I love Thanksgiving. Lots of delicious food, laughter and joy in family gathering around the table.  And talk.  My family likes to talk. About everything and anything.  My son from Virginia wanted to talk about global warming which turned to energy exploration which turned to mashed potatoes.   Really.  He believes the science is in on global warming; I agree, we just disagree on what that science says.  He believes that fracking hurts the water; I showed him the facts.  It was a healthy discussion like happens around other Thanksgiving tables everywhere.

As I was preparing to go on WTSB this afternoon, my son suggested I talk about polar ice caps and such.  Or share the recipe for his favorite dish on the Thanksgiving table.  My recipe for mashed potatoes seemed like the appropriate choice.  Enjoy these while reviewing this and this and this and be well armed for a lively discussion on global warming.  Happy holidays!

Mashed Potatoes

2 1/2 pounds white potatoes (I use Russett)washed and peeled

1 stick butter

8oz. package of cream cheese

1/4 Cup  heavy cream

Salt and pepper

Cut potatoes in quarters, put in large stockpot. Cover with water and bring to boil over high heat uncovered for 30 minutes or until soft.

Drain and mash with a potato masher.  While hot, add butter, cream cheese, heavy cream and salt and pepper to taste. Whip with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Makes 10 servings.