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It’s nothing special to look at.  A beat up, dark green metal box with index cards inside.  But it is whats on those cards that make this little box so special.  You see, I was lucky enough to receive my mother’s recipe box after she died and I find something new every time I look through it.  Some of the items I can’t remember ever seeing her make and some are just like old friends.  I have to admit that I can’t reproduce most of them or maybe I just remember hers being better but I still try, time after time.

Since it is Memorial Day weekend we are doing the traditional grilling and spending loads of time outside.  I am not a big fan or mayonnaise or mustard based potato salad so the first place I went to find something different was the recipe box and I came away with this one.

I love the little notes that are included so that you don’t forget the little things or make a mistake.  My mom wrote the recipes as if someone was speaking to her, telling her what to write as they cooked.  Maybe they were.  Things like you can boil the potatoes while you fry the bacon and you can use onions or scallions but if you use onions, you have an extra step.

It turned out really well.  The taste was just what I wanted and my husband loved it.  We had it with hamburgers and might just have the leftovers today with whatever comes off the grill. 

We are going to call it -Neva’s German Potato Salad

2 lbs new potatoes, washed and quartered

6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled (save grease)

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/3 cup water

1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup onions or scallions chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Fry bacon, crumble into pieces.  Boil potatoes while you fry the bacon.  If you use onions and not scallions, sweat them in the bacon grease.  The potatoes should be tender but firm, you don’t want them to fall apart.  Take onions out of pan.  Add flour, sugar, water and vinegar to skillet with the bacon grease.  Heat over medium heat until thick, constantly stirring.

Add bacon, onions and potatoes to skillet until coated.  Be careful not to break up potatoes. 

Salt and pepper to taste.

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It was my pick this week for Martha Mondays and I knew I was going to want to do a brunch type thing today so I picked the Potato and Zucchini Hash from May’s Everyday Food.

It’s so easy.   Two russet potatoes, One zucchini, one onion, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Chop everything into the same size pieces.  I didn’t and it took awhile for the potatoes to cook but not long for the zucchini.

Heat the olive oil then add the potatoes and onion.  Season with salt and pepper.  Keep the heat at medium high so the outside of the potatoes get crusty and crunchy.  Toss them around so that all sides brown.  Then I turned the heat down a bit so the potatoes would finish cooking through. 

When the potatoes are cooked through add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally.

Top with a fried egg.  The recipe calls for it to be sunny side up but I can’t do that so I cooked it on both sides but left the yoke runny.

Although it took longer than the 30 minutes that Everyday Food says it takes, it was really good.  Hubby loved it, Son wouldn’t touch it (he’s at the no onion and is that a vegetable? stage).  I thought it was wonderful.  The potatoes had crunch and the zucchini was cooked perfectly.  The yolk of the egg made a little sauce for the dish.  It made a lot and I am thinking of using the leftovers in breakfast tacos during the week.  Reminded me a bit of cottage fries with added zucchini.

As an addition, I also made the Savory French Toast BLT from the same Everyday Food.  Son made the french toast and I loaded it with lettuce, tomato and bacon.  This along with the hash made a great brunch.  The bread was sweet without being overpowering and the recipe calls for cooking the bacon in the oven which is what I always do so I knew it would be could.  We will definitely be making these when we have breakfast for dinner. 

I hope everyone else on Martha Mondays enjoyed my pick as much as I did.

Since Son wasn’t eating what we were making and he was making the french toast for us anyway so he made the rest of his breakfast.  It looked like an awesome meal.  He said it was the best and I thought it looked delicious.

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I am now a blog junkie.  I subscribe, I read and some times I go back and read them again.  But the most important thing is I learn from them and I am trying the recipes and crafts that I see other blogger’s doing.  It’s a new dimension in my life.

Yesterday, Geneva and I made Focaccia.  I have always wanted to learn how to bake bread so I jumped right in.  I found this recipe on Alexis Stewart’s blog ‘Whatever’.  Yes, Martha Stewart’s daughter, she cooks too.  The recipe actually comes from Saveur.

I was amazed at how easy it was and I decided that all of my past failures with bread have to do with one little thing, water temperature.  I don’t think I ever checked the temperature of the water before mixing it with the yeast. Now I know.

Getting back to the bread….yeast, sugar and water mixed with flour, salt and sugar after it foams.  Add warm water and oil, knead and leave it alone to rise.  But it in a cast iron skillet to rise again.  The recipe calls for olives but Hubby isn’t a big fan so we substituted onions and I threw on some crumbled bacon with the halved cherry tomatoes.  I can’t tell you how much the bread lover in me liked this.

This one is awesome.  The hubby couldn’t get enough and when  he took the left overs to work for our foodie friend, he loved them too.

It came from Guy Fieri on the Food Network website and this Philly Cheese Steak Egg Roll is worth the prep time.  I put my spin on it of course but here’s how it goes.

I used the minute steaks that you get in the freezer section but his recipe calls for roast beef.  I cooked the meat separately from the veggies which included mushrooms, one green, red and yellow bell pepper, and a small red onion.

Throw everything into the hot pan with the oil and sauté until soft.

Add the browned meat and you are ready to roll, which I had never done before so it took a bit of time.

Take an egg roll wrapper, add a spoon full of filling across the wrapper diagonally, leaving room to fold.  place cheese on top of the meat-veggie filling.  I used provolone on some and mozzarella on others.  And wrap (there are instructions on the package also.  Put egg wash on the last corner to seal.

Fry until browned.  I have a deep fryer.  Drop them in, wait about 4-5 minutes and you are done.  They can be fried in a pan, turning half way through.

I now realize that I should have broken one open to take a picture.  I know I will be making these again soon, so I will post one then.  You’ve gotta try these, they are great.

This recipe came from the January/February 2010 issue of Everyday Food and it was wonderful, fast and easy.  It also fits in my category of $10 meals, something I always try to do. 

All you do is get 1 pound of shrimp, 2 bunches of green onions, a bag of snow peas, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic and lemon juice and black pepper.  It is supposed to be served over white rice but we are watching our carbs so we left that out.

I took the lazy way and bought the shrimp already cleaned.  They were $5 a pound so it wasn’t bad.  You throw them in a hot wok with some olive oil and let them turn pink.  Add the red pepper flakes and minced garlic.  Add your onions and snow peas.  Their recipe did not call for the snow peas, I added those since we weren’t having the rice.  Next time I might add more veggies.  Let them cook then add the lemon juice.  I added just a bit of soy sauce that wasn’t in the original.

This is one you will keep when you need something fast and satisfying. In this issue you will also find the proper way to stir fry which is basically common sense but sometimes you need it layed out for you.

 

I try not to make resolutions for the new year. By March, I’ve forgotten them anyway, however, last year I made challenges to myself to either learn or do something new. I decided to do the same this year but record it here.

At least twice a week I am going to try a new recipe. A recipe from any source, sometimes using ingredients that I am not that familiar with. My family is looking at it as an adventure since my cooking skills are intermediate at best. But I try.

Whatever happens, I know I will have fun with it.


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