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Monday, May 31, 2010

Picnic times calls for a Safe Potato Salad!

If you are visiting my web site and sew a bit, you might have seen my Homage to the Humble Safety Pin, a post listing fav tips and tricks, as a result of a request from SewMamaSew.com If you haven't visited them,I highly recommend it. I learn something new every time! I was so honored to be featured here:
Sewing Tips/Tricks Part III , I got alot of "hits" as a result.  If you are visiting for the first time, comment on what you see, tell me if you picked up anything new, and if you like my music?  Should it be on autoplay or should the user decide.  I will be pay attention to the results, so weigh in, ok?  Also, I will continue my series on Thrift Pile Redo, in the coming posts.  See my past posts in May for what I am talking about.

Since this is Memorial Day Weekend, I am posting a favorite potato salad recipe, that is safe to take to picnics.  No Mayo, here, the vinegar also helps keep it from growing bacteria...of course, you don't leave picnic food in the sun for long, so use common sense.  Here goes:

German Style Potato Salad from a cookook  from the 60's -"Come into our Kitchen", recipes by the members of Calvin Reformed Church, Grand Rapids MI

6 medium, boiled potatoes

Whites of 4 hard boiled eggs diced

¼ cup chopped parsley

1/3 cup green onion

2 teaspoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons salt

Cube potatoes and add other ingredients; toss lightly together.

4-6 slices bacon, diced

2 Tablespoons bacon fat

2 Tablespoons flour

1/3 cup vinegar

2/3 cup water

Yolks of 4 hard cooked eggs, mashed

Fry bacon until just crisp; remove bacon and pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat. Add flour to fat and blend until smooth. Add vinegar and water; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add mashed yolks. Spread bacon over potato mixture, pour sauce over all and toss lightly.

I made this recipe recently for a side with hamburgers, unfortunately didn't have eggs, so I omitted.  And I added in the carrots, celery and the green onion from my garden.  I topped with some dill and cilantro, instead of using parsley, I just like the flavors better.  The picture doesn't do it justice, but it was satisfying!  Guess we like our meat and potato recipes.  And anything with bacon is definately great!

And I must end this post with a pic of my Honeysuckle plant, the smell is so heavenly wafting into my Family room, I wish you could smell it! I will share some gardening tips for perenials coming up soon as well.  I held a garage sale this past weekend, and was selling my excess plants as well.  We are having rain arriving soon, so I will get my plants moved and re-installed to take advantage...

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