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Chef It Up with Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer

Inspiring seasoned cooks and novices alike.

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A passion for good meals and gathering with family and friends over food inspired Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer to launch their website, The Modern Proper. The site is chock full of simple meals for every day. Now in their first cookbook, The Modern Proper (Simon Element, 2022), Holly and Natalie share a collection of recipes, tips and pantry staples for novice to experienced cooks to show that good, delicious food is within anyone’s reach.

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Holly and Natalie’s Crispy Smashed Potatoes

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Cooking Tips:

1. If you liked baked potatoes as a kid, consider swapping in even more nutritious sweet potatoes.

2. The olive bar has to be the most underrated section of the grocery store. To make the most of that little treasure trove, we like to think of the stuff we find there not only as snacks, but also as hugely flavorful, time-saving ingredients.

3. Lentils are a perennial favorite in our kitchens, and for good reason: they’re inexpensive and filling, and they last forever in the pantry.

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