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Lynda Loveland: Busted! and a holiday recipe

Posted December 15, 2010

Lynda Loveland

Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Like not knowing what goes on when the grandparents are watching your kids. You know stuff goes on that you probably wouldn’t allow. But they’re grandparents, and in my book, they’re allowed to spoil, within reason. I just don’t wanna know.

My mom just got into town and she showed me some pictures she’d taken the last time she was in town. As I was looking through them I noticed a picture of my seven-year-old daughter Campbell with what appeared to be a guinea pig on her head. The pig was holding on for dear life. I said “Mom, where was I when this was taken?” She said, “Oh Hon, you were out to dinner with Randall.” Reeaaallllly. Lynda Loveland's daughter

This recipe is from a grandparent, my mother-in-law. It’s a very easy and delicious comfort food dish.

Country Potatoes

 2 lbs frozen, cubed hash browns THAWED

1 cup chopped onions

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 pint sour cream

½ cup melted butter

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for one hour until top turns golden brown.

Serves 4-6

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays. And find other holiday recipes in the box above.


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  • Zelda Dec 17, 2010

    Of course no one is suggesting that you can't have a small portion of this any time of year, but especially at the holidays, foods take on sentimental significance and we associate them with the holidays. High fat (and high salt) foods are making this country diabetic and hypertensive. It would be great to have alternatives that folks associate with beloved relatives and not necessarily lowfat versions of the same dishes.

  • Questioning Dec 17, 2010

    The hashbrown cassarole or "Country Potatoes" are extra good with Durkee Onions mixed in. For an anytime recipe we brown boneless pork chops and add them to the top of the casserole to bake at the same time. Yummo!

  • snowl Dec 16, 2010

    Low fat ingredients just are never the same. My sister always thinks this is best, but I don't enjoy her food as much. I insist on the full fat ingredients. Like Sarah said, "its the holidays", If we can't enjoy a small portion of an original recipe during the holidays, when can we?

  • abc321 Dec 16, 2010

    You can always replace the full-fat soup, sour cream, and cheese with low-fat options, and cut back a little on the butter.

  • shall6 Dec 16, 2010

    Well ... it's holiday recipes :) Very true though Zelda. We'll do a healthy recipe series next month. Good idea!


  • Zelda Dec 15, 2010

    Jeez -- all the recipes being posted sound delicious, but they are so bad for you. They are all seriously high fat. We need to get some good family recipes to pass on that don't contribute to heart disease and obesity.