If you read my blog (which I know you don't because nobody reads it yet), you may have noticed that I like pesto. A lot. I use it like some people use ketchup- I'm always looking for ways to add it to whatever I'm eating. So it should hardly be surprising to you, dear nonexistent reader, that I got the idea in my head yesterday to put pesto in my mashed potatoes.
    The point is, it was a good idea. Just the way it made my kitchen smell as I added the pesto to the hot, freshly boiled and smashed potatoes immediately confirmed to me that, "Ohhh, yeah. This is something I should be doing." This recipe is so simple it almost doesn't seem like I need to post it. But I will anyway, because I want to make sure that anyone, even if they've never made mashed potatoes before, can make these mashed potatoes.

*serves 2
1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into cubes about 1 inch thick
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp skim milk
1 tbsp store bought pesto sauce

In a medium saucepan, bring four cups of water to a boil. Add the potatoes, and boil until you can smash a potato against the side of the pot. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then put them back in the pot and smash them with a fork or a potato masher. Add the butter and skim milk, and stir into the hot potatoes until the butter is melted and the potatoes are creamy. Add the pesto and stir to incorporate. Serve with the beef stew I made yesterday, or the gravy of your choice.