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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.


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