Forgive me, Cooking forum members, for I have transgressed. I have never, not once ever, made mashed potatoes. I have been known to buy the boxed flakes on occasion and make those. I don't know why I don't want to make them. I love eating them when others make them. They are delicious. Something about the process of making them myself turns me off. It seems like too much work for a side dish, I guess. I'd rather roast them chopped with some olive oil and seasonings.
Anyway...thought this would be a fun topic. The Cooking Confessional is open!
If someone wants to play the "cooking priestess" and assign penance, feel free. ;-)