You can’t have a decent meal without meat and potatoes, my mother insisted. True to her Irish roots, both were mandatory for a balanced meal – especially the potatoes.
Going on a picnic? Lunch meat or hotdogs were the meat and potato chips or potato salad was the side dish.
Having fried chicken? Mashed potatoes were expected. Meatloaf? Mashed potatoes again. Steak? Baked potatoes came into play.