Potato varieties featured on shows

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living

Information on cooking with different potato varieties, setting up a five-star treatment for houseguests and free-form thread painting will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Frank Muir of the Idaho Potato Commission in Eagle, Idaho, will explain the different varieties of potatoes grown in the state and demonstrate recipes featuring some of the varieties.

Cleaning expert Laura Dellutri wants all of her houseguests to get the VIP treatment. She’ll share ways to make guests feel like they are getting the five-star treatment in your home. Her company is Healthy Housekeeper Inc., and she’s from Overland Park, Kan.

Sewing expert Vivian Lavinskas, manager of Consumer Affairs with Singer Sewing Co., will show how to do free-form thread painting. She’s from Lavergne, Tenn.

Information on installing hardwood floors, cooking with cottonseed oil and preparing breakfast recipes will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and at noon Thursday.

Bruce Johnson, refinishing expert and spokesperson for Minwax in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, will demonstrate installing new hardwood floors or rejuvenating old ones. He will also explain how to save money doing the job yourself.

Chef Jay McCarthy is the spokesperson for the Plains Cooperative Oil Mill in Lubbock, Texas, and he’ll talk about the health attributes of cottonseed oil. He’ll also demonstrate several unusual recipes using the stir-fry application and infused oils.

Tara Gillette of KitchenAid will present breakfast ideas for overnight and weekend guests to enjoy eating at their own convenience. She’s from Benton Harbor, Mich.

Baked Potatoes with Roasted Onion and Sour Cream

3/4 cup coarse sea salt

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium white onion, unpeeled

4 Idaho potatoes, about 8 ounces each, scrubbed

4-6 tablespoons sour cream

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the salt in an even layer over the bottom of a 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Pour the olive oil into a medium bowl and dip the onion into the oil to coat all over. Place the onion on the salt in the center of the skillet. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes.

Coat the potatoes with the oil remaining in the bowl and set them around the onion in the skillet. Return the skillet to the oven and continue roasting until the onion is tender and the potatoes are cooked through, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Using tongs or a kitchen spoon, transfer the onion to a cutting board. Measure 1/2 teaspoon of coarse salt from the skillet and set aside. Turn off the oven and return the skillet with the potatoes to the oven, leaving the door ajar, while you prepare the onion. Peel and coarsely chop the onion. Transfer to a small bowl and season with the reserved salt.

Place the potatoes on a serving platter. Split and squeeze open each potato. Spoon one-quarter of the salted onion into each potato. Top with sour cream and serve hot.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations in the United States, Canada, Guam and Puerto Rico and is distributed by Westlink in Albuquerque.