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Do you make a list when you grocery shop?  I have always had a regular list typed and I keep copying and highlighting what I need that week.  I add things that are for special recipes that I want to try at the bottom.  You get the picture.

So this morning I was searching the internet to find a site that does it for you.  I had heard about one and couldn’t remember the name but when you google ‘grocery list maker’, you get a lot of results.  I was kind of amazed.

These people must have had quick speed to get the name, Grocerylistmaker.  It’s a good list maker.  You just click what you need and print it.  It’s very simple but you don’t always have your computer out and ready when you realize that your kid ate all the peanut butter and put the empty jar back in the pantry.

Kitchen Monki — I am glad I came across this one.  It is interactive with the recipe planner and list maker.  Plan your meals and voila, the list done.  Print it or send it to your phone.  There are thousands of recipes, food news and humor.  And I love the little monkey face!

Keep and Share offer ready-made lists for all different types of diet.  You just print the pre-made list and off you go.

I stopped after these three.  There are so many out there and if I didn’t quit, I would never leave and get my shopping done.

So I’m off with my list in hand!

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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.

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.

This bread was our Martha Monday project for the week.  Thanks to Megan at Megan’s Cookin’ for picking this Chocolate Marble Bread.  Since I’m trying to do more baking, I was glad when I saw this choice.  I’ve always made quick breads but never made a marbled one.  I was excited to try.

I didn’t put the ganache on the top and I don’t think we missed out.  I was surprised because I did expect it to have a pound cake consistency but the batter was incredibly light.   It was no harder to put together than any other cake.  That being said though I did mix too much batter into the chocolate and considered making it entirely chocolate but was talked out of that by the family. 

I plan on putting it in my keep file.  Everyone liked it, Geneva had it with ice cream and Hubby said it was great because it wasn’t too sweet.   For me though, I think I will have another piece along with a big, hot cup of coffee.

I tried my had a bread again this weekend.  I am loving the excitment of watching the yeast foam and the anticipation of waiting for the dough to double in size and being able to knead it and really be a part of the process of what you are making.  It is an incredible experience.

This recipe came from the February issue of Martha Stewart Living.  And as I said before, my experience with bread has never had good results but this seemed pretty easy.  My only draw back was the pan that I used was longer than what is called for and the bread came out a little denser than what I though it should have but the taste was great.

Since I don’t know what normal bread making is all about, I will go through this one.  Mix two packets of dry, active yeast with 1/2 cup of water and a teaspoon of honey.  Stir to dissolve yeast.  In a large bowl whisk together flour and salt.  When the yeast foams, pour that along with the rest of the water,  3 more tablespoons of honey and some melted butter into your mixer with a dough hook. 

Add 3 cups of the flour mixture, then after that is incorporated add the rest of the flour, one cup at a time.  That is it.  Then you knead it for about 5 minutes, put it in a buttered bowl and let the dough do its thing. 

When it has doubled in size, flatten it out, cut it in half and put it in your bread pans and ‘paint’ with melted butter.  Let it rise again, then bake.

It really wasn’t a difficult thing to do and the house smelled fantastic from the yeast and the baking and everything.  I was so excited that it worked.

I had help in the ‘painting’ process.  You have to start teaching them young if you want them to enjoy it!

I am going to try the cinnamon raisin today.

Don’t roll your eyes, I have grilled chicken before but never have I ever considered using a mayonnaise based sauce.  I saw this one on ‘The Neely’s show’ on Food Network and it looked amazing.  And guess what, it is.

They call it ‘Grilled Chicken with Alabama White BBQ Sauce’ and I don’t remember how the Alabama played into it and really don’t care because everyone in my house loved it and asked when we are going to have it again.

The real difference in this sauce is that you use mayonnaise instead of ketchup as your base.  Everything else is in your basic bar b que sauce, cider vinegar, lemon juice, black pepper, garlic power, onion power and cayenne.  We threw in a little paprika also since Hubby swears he heard them say they used smoke paprika in theirs. 

The grilling is normal just baste with the sauce and then dip the cooked chicken in some reserved sauce as you eat.

You gotta try this one.  It is awesome!

I joined a group called ‘Martha Mondays”.  I found it on the Martha and Me Blog.  It’s really great, kind of a Julia and Julie type thing.  Brette, the blog writer, spent a year doing Martha Stewart type activities, cooking, a little crafting, general organizing.  And if you are a Martha fan like I am you will enjoy reading her stuff.

Anyway…The group gets a new recipe or craft to work on for the week and post their results.  This is the first one I have been able to do but love that I can share it with everyone.

I haven’t ever thought of making granola before and had read the recipe in the February issue of Living before the ‘Martha Monday’ was announced so I was happy about it.  It’s very simple, oats, coconut chips (I left these out), brown sugar, maple syrup, pecans, raisins and I added dried cranberries.  The most labor intensive thing is having to stir in every 10 minutes for 40 minutes while it is in the oven, however, when you toss some in your mouth it tastes better than the bars you buy.

Hubby likes it and he usually doesn’t enjoy maple flavored anything and I’m thinking about pouring milk on it and eating  it like cereal.  I can see making this at Christmas time for gifts it was that good. This is definitely a keeper.


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