So...I am now the 'surprise' host of Thanksgiving. My dad got sick, so my mom asked if I could host instead. She's provided all of the food, but I have to cook 1/2 of it at my house (she'll cook 1/2 at hers and bring it up to my house).
I rarely cook. My DH is the main cook in our family and he's working. I'm OK with the ham, and already did both desserts. BUT, I'm unsure on mashed potatoes.
How early do I peel? How long to boil? Do I cut them up before or after boiling? Some websites say to wait for the water to boil, then put in whole potatoes for 20+ minutes, then cut and mash. Other sites say to put the potatoes in WHILE the water heats to a boil (and the potatoes are cut up already) then reduce to a simmer for 20+ minutes.
What do I do?? Also, how much milk? salt? butter?
Ugh. I don't want to ask my mom because she's already busy with her stuff and it's embarrassing that I don't know how to make mashed potatoes.