From hotcakes to snow candy, recreate the delicious frontier foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic stories!

Almanzo's pancakes
"Almanzo loved light, fluffy, buckwheat pancakes with plenty of molasses." – The Long Winter

Mashed Potatoes

Now you can make mashed potatoes like Laura and Mary!

To make mashed potatoes, you will need:

6 Large potatoes
Butter or milk
A large pot
A potato masher or hand mixer

1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into small pieces.

2. Put the potatoes in a pot and fill the pot with water, just covering the potato pieces.

3. Cook the potatoes in the water until they are tender when stuck with a fork.

4. Take the pot off the stove and drain the water. Careful—the water is very hot!

5. Mash the soft potatoes with a potato masher. You can also use a hand mixer, if you don’t have a potato masher.

6. Add slices of butter one at a time, or splashes of milk one tablespoon at a time, as you mash, until the potatoes are lump free. They should have a stiff, but smooth consistency.

Eat and enjoy!

Laura Ingalls Wilder