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Homemade Potato Salad

Homemade Potato Salad

Homemade Potato Salad

 

We’re going on a picnic! It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is just around the corner, and summer is coming to an end. Although, living in Southern California it seems as though summer never really ends, and that’s just fine with me.

However, this weekend we decided to pack the family up in the car (my parents that is, my kids are busy with their own lives) and head 15 minutes west to the beach for a picnic. My all-time favorite meal to pack for a beach picnic lunch is fried chicken and Homemade Potato Salad.

My husband taught me his Homemade Potato Salad recipe 30 years ago, and it’s been a family classic ever since. An ingredient he likes to add to his recipe is prepared horseradish, which I find very few other people use. I find it just gives the dish a little “kick”, and an added layer of flavor.

We’re gonna pack our cooler with potato salad in individual take-out containers accompanied by their own spiffy little fork…and lot’s of extra napkins for the fried chicken. This is also an awesome side dish to serve at your upcoming Labor Day barbecue.

Homemade Potato Salad

Homemade Potato Salad

Homemade Potato Salad 

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Mama’s Tips:

Cooking times will vary, so start checking your potatoes at 6 minutes for doneness by pulling one cube out of the water, to see if you can easily pierce it with a fork. You definitely do not want to over cook the potatoes as it will result in a mushy potato salad.

The potato salad needs to chill for at least two hours for optimal taste. It’s actually better the next day as it’s thoroughly chilled and the flavors have melded together.

It’s very important that your potato cubes are diced the same size for uniform cooking.

Use only the freshest ingredients for effect Homemade Potato Salad

Use only the freshest ingredients for perfect Homemade Potato Salad

Homemade Potato Salad

Homemade Potato Salad

Recipe: Easy

Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

As a kid, I never looked twice at a beet. Back then, they were a vegetable I was usually forced to eat, but never consumed by choice. I think a lot of it had to do with how they were prepared or maybe integrated into a dish. As a youth, no one ever showed me what an absolutely awesome vegetable the beet actually was. When they’re perfectly roasted, the beet’s natural sweetness and earthiness is developed.

I was invited to a birthday brunch last weekend, and was given the task of bringing an appetizer. I thought these Golden Beets with Smoked Trout and Dill was the perfect choice to bring. Growing up in Philadelphia, bagels and lox was a Sunday morning staple, so this was my take on that dish. The combination of the sweet beets, the smokey taste of the fish and the tart cream cheese was loved by all. I like when that happens.

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Roasted Golden Beets with Smoked Trout & Dill

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Fig and Prosciutto Crostini

Fig and Prosciutto Crostini

Fig and Prosciutto Crostini

This weekend my family will celebrate a most momentous occasion, that being my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary. They were of course, the Ward and June Cleaver of Havertown, Pennsylvania. (A 1960′s cultural reference only old people will get, young people, you can google it.) I’ve always said that they make marriage look fun, in fact, they’re totally “adorbs!” (Younger generation cultural reference.) So, what does this have to do with crostini you ask? We’ll be serving these tasty Fig and Prosciutto Crostini at our upcoming gathering.

What I love about these appetizers is that they are the perfect “marriage” of different tastes and textures.  Did you like the way I segued into that, huh.  Anyway, you’ve got your crunch from the toasted bread and walnuts, paired with the saltiness of the prosciutto, the creaminess of the goat cheese and the sweetness of the fig and balsamic all in one perfect little bite.  Actually, it’s probably two-bites, but who’s counting.

Fig and Prosciutto Crostini

Fig and Prosciutto Crostini

Fig & Prosciutto Crostini 

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Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Many of you have approached me recently and said, “Mama, I’m having a holiday party and I need an idea for a tasty appetizer”. Well, I think I have just the thing for you if you want something with potatoes, bacon and cheese that will pop right into your mouth. You will be amazed at how much flavor is packed into this one bite. But actually, if you’re a bit more genteel, it will be two bites. But I digress.

When entertaining for the masses, I’m a gal who likes to do as much prep work in advance so I’m not so overwhelmed the day of the party. Mini Stuffed Potatoes are an appetizer you can prepare two days in advance. You can stuff the potatoes with the mixture, and then wrap them in plastic and place in the refrigerator. An hour or so before you’re ready to serve them, let the potatoes sit out on the counter to come to room temperature.  Next, sprinkle them with the cheese and place them in a 425 degree F oven for about ten minutes until they are heated through and browned on the top. It’s quite the festive treat.

This holiday season my friends, hold your loved one’s very close. Mama wishes you all the best for the New Year.

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

From Fine Cooking

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Recipe: Intermediate

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

P.S. For another tasty holiday appetizer, click here to view the recipe for Curried Scallop Cakes.

Mini Stuffed Potatoes

Mini Stuffed Potatoes