I didn't really know what to call these....we call them mashed potatoes, but I use an electric mixer, not a potato masher! So I compromised on the name. This is a required side dish for meatloaf, country fried steak, or fried chicken at my house. Anytime someone just needs some comfort food, we seem to have these. They are quick and easy to make, very basic, and totally uncomplicated! I hesitated to post these, because I think everyone makes these. But then I remembered when I first got married, and I didn't even know how to make toast! So I posted it! We normally serve this as posted, but you can add chopped green onions, cheese, garlic, etc if you'd like. You can substitue sour cream for the half and half as well....especially nice if you add some chives.