It occurred to me that we’ve been pretty sweets heavy around here lately, without much to suggest that we ever actually eat whole, balanced meals. And I’ve hardly even touched on the fact that it is, in fact, summer in Illinois, and we’ve been doing the usually summer things- strawberry picking, grilling, drinking wine on the porch. But we have, in fact, been doing all those things, sometimes all in the same day. Continue reading
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You doubted me, didn’t you? You thought maybe after moving, having a baby, and then going back to work that I just might forget about this little old blog. Have a little faith, people! Sure, it’s taken me a few weeks to get back into the saddle in the kitchen, and then a few more to make anything even worth sharing with you. But, here I am.
Granted, for a while, the recipes you see here might all fall into the category of “things you can cook with only one free hand.” Or, “things you can eat hot… or cold, hours later, after the baby has finally gone to sleep.” And the ever popular, “things you probably don’t even need a recipe for because they are so simple.” If you hang in there with me for long enough, I’m sure at some point I’ll work my way back to the layer cakes of yesteryear, but for now, I’m all about simplicity. Continue reading
I haven’t always loved American potato salad. I grew up on German potato salad, and before you say, “Ew gross,” I’m not talking about the German potato salad you buy at the grocery store or they serve at restaurants some times. I’m talking about the kind my grandma made, which isn’t hot and does not have bacon in it. Because that is, indeed, gross. It’s made with a simple oil and vinegar dressing, some slivers of white onions, and that’s it. So good. So when I was first introduced to this whole American potato salad situation, you can imagine my reaction. I was just not a fan. There is something about your standard store-bought potato salad that makes me want to cry. It’s sweet and yellow-ish and mushy and I can’t usually stomach more than a few bites.
But then, for whatever reason, at some point, I tried making it at home. And then I finally got just how delicious it can be. When it’s done right, it’s the perfect side for a bbq- refreshing, yet hearty and filling. I’m not going to lie and say that I prefer this version to my grandma’s… sacrilege!… but sometimes this is what hits the spot. This was one of those last-minute kitchen fiasco/experiments (sometimes you can’t tell the difference until it’s all said and done) right before people came over for a backyard bbq that has turned into my go-to for making potato salad. People rave about it, which only goes to prove my theory that if you put enough garlic in something, everyone will ask for the recipe. The loads of fresh herbs don’t hurt either, especially when you’re eating this on a hot summer day. Somehow, they make calling this potato salad a little bit more justifiable. Continue reading