Not all potato salads need a creamy dressing.
Sometimes, a simple vinaigrette is best.
There is a French potato salad that we love using fresh tarragon and a tarragon wine vinegar. It’s light and fresh and particularly good with the early tarragon in May.
Balsamic vinegar gives a slightly more assertive flavor to the potatoes.
My mother would be appalled. … Continue reading.....
This is a very simple salad using small squashes.
You do know you should pick them when they are small, right?
I was running out of ideas, it was hot, I had an abundance of herbs and a forgotten lemon in the firdge.
Thus a recipe is born.
We liked it as a salad.
Mon mari liked it even better … Continue reading.....
As children we are influenced by what our parents like and dislike.
I remember my mother carefully peeling a perfectly ripe tomato that a neighbor had given her. She sliced it, put a slice on her plate and added salt, pepper, sugar, and bottled French Dressing.
She looked at me, watching her, and explained that as a child she had … Continue reading.....
I seem to be breaking all of my self-imposed, arbitrary rules lately.
In this case I’m posting multiple recipes at the same time.
I could drag it out, do six separate posts with photos, but that would be excruciatingly boring for everyone.
Besides, photos of salad dressings are bland at best.
And I wanted to do this before salad season … Continue reading.....
Another recipe that I have been making since the beginning of time, this is based on one from the Time Life “Foods of the World” series.
The first time I had a similar salad was in Germany. We were having a simple lunch of wurst und salat. I had expected the typical Midwestern version of Hot German Potato Salad … Continue reading.....
I always plant too much.
I plant too much because, sometimes, it’s not enough.
Any gardener knows that all a family of two needs is one courgette / zucchini plant.
But I like to have enough to make soup for the freezer for winter. So I plant four. Everyone knows that If I only planted two or three, … Continue reading.....
This is my mother’s other cucumber salad.
Yes, she had two, which was rare for her as she normally had one recipe per food,
This one, I think, is probably more traditional from her German parents, with just the sugar and vinegar.
It’s also quicker to make.
Like most old-fashioned recipes, the ingredient quantities are more suggestion than absolute…. Adjust … Continue reading.....
This is a summer classic, loosely based on my mother’s recipe…. Which was her mother’s.
She used cream, I use yogurt but the taste is surprisingly similar.
She made cucumber salad several times each summer. So do I, although not always the same recipe.
She liked it best as a topping on baked or boiled potatoes. I don’t bake or … Continue reading.....