Potato Salad with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese, my new hoe

Our favorite main course salad is grilled sausages, potatoes, lettuce and goat cheese.

This is my favorite potato salad…..

Do you recognize a pattern?

Warm, crisp, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms and garlic enveloped in creamy, melted soft goat cheese, finished with lots of fresh basil and chives – this is not your ordinary potato salad. 

If you like goat cheese it will be your favorite, too.

The recipe, Potato Salad with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Potato Salad with Mushrooms & Herbs.

Farmer Kate has a new hoe.

My old hoe, on the left, was getting a bit worn from being sharpened over the years. I’ve had it for so long I have no idea if I bought it or if it was an old hoe that my parents gave me when I moved into my first house. The handle is cracked – thus the duct tape to hold it together.

Why, you may wonder, haven’t I replaced it?

The hoes here in France are big and square. I want a pointed hoe. The ground here is like concrete when it’s dry and I need all the help I can get….

We went to the local farm store when we were in Spain. Our friend is now keeping chickens and he was dropping off eggs and picking up chicken feed.

I found a pointy hoe.

Isn’t it wonderful when you find something you’ve been looking for forever when you aren’t looking at all?



Now I have this wonderful new hoe and my garden is such a jungle I can’t get in to do any hoeing.


For the record….. there are no weeds in there.

Well, I don’t think there are.

What you see is three rows of corn, three acorn squash and three spaghetti squash.

I have no idea what, if anything, I should do.  The leaves are so huge and the vines are so thick I don’t know if I’ll be getting 500 squashes or none.

My two rows of green beans are so thick I can barely walk between them. In prior years I had lettuce planted between them….  I’ll either get enough for the entire village or none.

I place the blame squarely on that load of manure the farmer dumped last fall.

I don’t know if I should start trimming and cutting back or let them fight it out and hope for the best….

Survival of the fittest and all that.

Any thoughts?

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4 thoughts on “Potato Salad with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese, my new hoe”

  1. Your potager looks healthy and happy. May I suggest next time grow your corn in square blocks instead of rows – helps to fertilize them with the boy and girl bits being close to each other. Gail

  2. This salad looks awfully good. But is it really as good as your sausage/potato/goatscheese salad? (We just had that again a couple of nights ago; it was delicious!)

    I have serious green bean envy now. I planted yellow wax bush beans in various parts of the garden and they are just barely holding on in only one place. (Another would have been growing beautifully if vandals hadn’t smashed and overturned the giant pot they were in….) May we borrow your neighbouring farmer? We could use some of that manure, most for the garden and some (a good shot) for the vandals.

  3. Gail, the rows are pretty close together…. there’s barely room to squeeze through to pick LOL

    Zoomie, it does seem to have done wonders…. It’s almost scary LOL

    Elizabeth, it’s really as good…. different, but as good.I’ll let him know…. We didn’t even see him deliver it – it was just there one morning… a lot of it!

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