I think mashed potatoes will always be one of my favorite foods, no matter the time of year. Sure, they always bring thoughts of Thanksgiving, families hunkered down around the table against the bitter chill outside the dining room windows, but let’s be honest. Mashed potatoes are amazing even in dead summer. For some reason, they tend to be a “once in a great while” treat, because they feel so time-consuming to make. I don’t even know where I got that notion, because these are ready in half an hour (if you’ve already got roasted garlic on hand) and could not possibly be lower maintenance.