The recipe for the bread and the potatoes both looked yummy.
I wanted to share a recipe for potatoes that can't beat your cream and cheese version, but is none-the-less good and slightly less caloric and very very easy. I saw Giada do this on TV years ago while I was working out at the gym. You get a similar flavor profile, but without the work or all the calories. And it is quick to do.
Giada’s Easy Mashed Potatoes
Wash and clean new (red) potatoes of any dark spots or eyes. About 1-2 lbs depending on how many people you have. No need to peel.
Cut into smaller chunks if the potatoes are large. Put in pot of salted cold water and bring to a boil. You can throw in a coarsely chopped shallot or a couple of peeled garlic cloves if you want, but not necessary.
Cook until potatoes are tender.
Drain water but be sure to reserve 1-2 cups of the cooking water.
Mash the potatoes/garlic with a masher and stir in some olive oil (about 2-4 tablespoons). Add in about 1/4- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Incorporate the oil and cheese. If the potatoes are too stiff add in some cooking water in small amounts until you get the consistency of potatoes you like.
You can easily adapt this recipe- use goat cheese instead of Parmesan. Add chopped oil-cured olives. Add chopped parsley or basil.