The big feast of the year is only three weeks away. To help get you in the mood, a primer of mashed potato dos and don'ts.
Branch out beyond Idaho. Consider the Yukon gold, blue Peruvian and Russian fingerling potato varieties, to name a few.
Rinse potatoes well and remove any brown spots or signs of rotting.
Chop potatoes into manageable pieces so they don't take forever to cook.