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Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

This is my new all time favoite potato salad of the month!

Thanks to Balloon Juice commenter NotMax for the tip and a recipe.  I went with another recipe for purely logistical reasons:  The Paprika app can strip recipes from a page where there is only one recipe but it struggles with comment sections.  We like Paprika, it’s an android app we put on tablets because the larger screen puts the ingredients and directions on the same screen.  Here’s a screenshot of the recipe page for this potato salad, the tablet is a Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″:

The app works on phones, too, but you have to swipe and scroll to get the same info.  There is a windows desktop app but they want more money for that then we want to spend for very little added utility.NotMax’s recipe says to refrigerate for at least an hour so I presume the salad is good cold.  We opted to reheat it for this tasty lunch.

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Sammich Pr0n – Sliders

The buns are mini-ciabattas that Kroger sells out of their deli/bakery.  I buy them up whenever they have them because they work for a lot of things – nothing is better for sliders.  Taking a break from tortillas but the griddle is still out, it gave me the idea for sliders.  Nom nom nom!My sliders start out with a pile of thin sliced onions with a beef patty on top, I flip them over when the onions start showing a little char.I don’t think they are at all complete without cheese, a dill pickle, and mustard.  The dill potato salad worked pretty well, too.  This meal pairs well with a soda pop but best with sweet tea.

Dill Potato Salad

I have a nice bit of dill coming on out on the herb bench so I took some and made a nice potato salad.  It won’t be long before it starts going to seed or some critter starts munching on it so I’ll be looking at some more dill recipes.  Dill buttered fish sounds good!  Dill butter!I think I cut the potatoes to big and the eggs too small but I do have plenty of dill.  For some reason I followed the recipe directions and boiled the potatoes whole instead of cutting them up first and then boiling them.  There may be a good reason for the former method over the latter but I don’t see it.  Leaching out the nutrients, maybe?

Tidbits

_dsc6849-1600x1200I haven’t been doing much cooking lately aside from leftovers and sammiches.  I have been doing some home IT work, finally replacing the router that has been growing increasingly reliant on constant reboots to function properly.  I was able to fumble through the setup with just one call to tech support.  So far it has been smooth sailing.dsc03797-1600x1200The shelter has a new cat tree!  A local supporter crafted it from what looks like an 8″ diameter section of an actual tree with twine wrapped planks set into notches.dsc03796-1600x1200Here’s a closer look at that kitteh.  20161205_165519-1600x1200Here’s my take on a cheesesteak sammich.  I didn’t bother with a cheese sauce this time, just added a nice slice of provolone towards the end of the sautée.  I found a flat iron steak tucked back in the big freezer, sliced it thin, and cooked it with sweet onions and a bit of green bell pepper.20161207_163927-1600x1200Some chili cheese dogs fresh from the toaster oven.  I gave them a minute or two under the broiler to melt the cheese.  I used shredded Monterey jack and with a generous sprinkle of cheddar.dsc037641600x1200Moar kittehs!  These two are comfy in one of Mrs J’s beds.  The orange and white one has more than the usual number of toes. 20161204_1632031600x1200I have been putting together the usual side dishes but I hardly consider that as “cooking”.dsc03790-1600x1200

 

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Sides to Go with Ham (and most anything else)

20161111_1434161600x1200This side is a coleslaw with vinegar dressing that I saw over at Serious Eats.  First, you slice the cabbage and onions and grate the carrots plus whatever else sounds good to you – I like to slice colored sweet peppers – a few jalapenos work well, too.  Then, with all of that in a big bowl you sprinkle salt and sugar over it and work it in a bit.  That’s where we are in the photo above.  This helps to wilt and soften the cabbage.  After a few minutes rinse the salt and sugar off.  I use a colander within a bowl, run water over the slaw until the slaw floats then stir it about and lift the colander out of the bowl.20161112_1134031600x1200I liked this slaw so much I bought a salad spinner to help drain the water off after the rinse.  This one is an Oxo and seems to be pretty sturdy.  There are other ways to dry the slaw, like draining on a tilted tray or squeezing it out in a towel.

The dressing is simple enough:

1 cup apple cider vinegar (I use a seasoned rice vinegar)
1 cup sugar (Splenda or equivalent works well)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic (about 1 medium clove)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon celery seeds

20161112_1109081600x1200The next two are a bean salad and a classic mustard potato salad.  The dressing for the bean salad is as good as any I’ve tried and it has become my standard dressing:

1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)

The linked recipe calls for garbanzo beans but I didn’t have any so I subbed in a can of Great Northern beans.  It also gets chopped celery and chopped green onions – chopped red onions are an option that also adds color.

The potato salad is very good and is pretty much self explanatory:

5 large red potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 hard-boiled eggs, 2 chopped and 1 sliced (use sliced egg for garnish)
2 heaping tablespoons sweet pickle relish, drained
1/2 cup salad dressing, (the Neely’s recommend Miracle Whip, we use Hellmann’s)
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
Paprika, for garnish
Salt

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Smoked Chicken

20161001_165129These two bird spent about 5 hours in the electric smoker and turned out great.  First 4 hours were at 225, I cranked it to 250 (max for this unit) as supper approached.  Peach wood all the way.  They both were rubbed with a dry mixture that I keep on hand.  I make my own but can’t really provide a recipe because I’m always adding to it.  Most any of these recipes will work fine.20161001_170402

Sammich Pr0n – Smoked Pork with Slaw

DSC_2022(1600x1200)Some of that smoked shoulder along with sides of bean and potato salads with tomatoes and cucumbers in vinaigrette and a glass of sweet tea.  Mmm…mm.  That BBQ sauce is a locally made product that has gained some fame in the region.

4th of July: Fresh Salads

Jicama Slaw Final

Looking for something a little different for your cookout this weekend? I’ve compiled some fresh favorites.

I’m making my favorite slaw for this year’s 4th of July cookout. Jicama Slaw, recipe here.

You’ll find a great guest recipe here for Corn and Black Bean Salad.

And a fresh take on an old standby, Spring Potato Salad, recipe here.

Finally:Watermelon salad final

Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

I chose to use mint because it’s what I had handy, but I’ve seen it with basil or oregano and white wine vinegar instead of limejuice. For a spicier version, try limejuice and Pico de Gallo

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced (if using unwaxed, no need to peel)
  • 2 tbsp limejuice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • mint leaves, torn into small pieces
  • Pecorino Romano, feta or other similar cheese, cut into small chunks or crumbled

serving bowl

Add watermelon and cucumber to a serving bowl, drizzle with limejuice and oil, add mint leaves, then toss to combine. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes, sprinkle with cheese just before serving cold.