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Dinner Tonight: Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheddar

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

I've experimented with baked potato toppings before but was feeling a little uninspired this time around. Looking for ideas, I turned to Twitter. As it turns out, people are awfully passionate about baked potato toppings.

One surprising tweet response came from the wonderful Chicago restaurant, The Publican (@thepublican2008).

@nickdk bacon and chives would be our cooks normal faves, but broccoli and cheddar rules!

If you've ever managed to eat there, you know it's best to follow any advice they give you. No matter what. I've had many bacon-and-chive-loaded potatoes in my day, so I decided to take a chance with this broccoli and cheddar version. I'd probably never attempt a broccoli and cheese dish had the Publican not recommended it, but that's just how much I trust them.

The restaurant indeed gave me inspiration, but what I really needed was a recipe. Thus began my tortured search for a simple and delicious broccoli and cheese recipe. Most queries either took me to broccoli and cheddar soup or were too fancy, deconstructing the dish beyond recognition. Thankfully this recipe from Whole Foods is both accessible and inspired.

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