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Bringing Families Together with a Recipe for Thanksgiving

Written by Vanessa November 26, 2013

You’ve heard it before. Spokeo is committed to helping people reconnect – especially families! Whether you haven’t seen your family in months or you talk to your mom twice a day, this week is all about families coming together and being thankful.

If you’re headed to a family member’s house on Thursday and need to bring something with you, there’s nothing better you can do to go the extra mile than offer to bring a dish like mashed potatoes! For newly acquainted families or families who’ve celebrated together for generations, mashed potatoes are a staple to any holiday meal and are a foolproof way to make family members happy and keep you connected for years to come.

Following is the mashed potato recipe we used for our Adopt-a-Meal night with Union Station Homeless Services. We started with the ingredients from Alton Brown’s “Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes” recipe and made slight alterations to accommodate a group of sixty people. Even after sitting plated for a while, they stayed warm and creamy! We’ve tested it, tried it and can guarantee its yumminess.


Ingredients from FoodNetwork:

-3.5 pounds russet potatoes

-2 tablespoons kosher salt

-16 fluid ounces (2 cups) half-and-half

-6 cloves chopped garlic

-6 ounces grated Parmesan

-Black pepper


Peel and cut potatoes. Place in a large pot, add the salt, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to maintain a rolling boil. Continue cooking until potatoes are soft and fall apart when you push them with a fork . Drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl.

Rev up some arm power and mash the potatoes down with a potato masher. Add the ingredients slowly as you mash, mixing all of the ingredients together. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Expert potato chopping taking place

Expert potato cutting taking place

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Director of Public Relations & Community Initiatives

Vanessa joined Spokeo in 2012 and oversees all social media, media relations and community relations efforts for Spokeo. She is especially passionate about Spokeo programs focused on search and reunion and promoting STEM careers for women and children. During her free time, she enjoys writing, DIY home decor and crafts, and eating dessert!

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