It's time to graduate from those simple mashed potatoes.
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In the latest episode of "Things Cooks Know," one of Real Simple's four new podcasts, editors Sarah Karnasiewicz and Sarah Humphreys discuss a classic side dish: potatoes. Yes, you can mash them, bake them, or heat up frozen french fries, but they can be sexier (yes, sexier) than that. It starts at the grocery store—and Karnasiewicz knows every variety you should be looking for. Learn the secrets to scalloped potatoes, gnochhi, and more, and even how to use them when baking your favorite chocolate cake. Don't believe that last one? Listen to the full episode below, and don't forget to subscribe on iTunes so you won't miss a single episode.

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