Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Fresh and easy potato salad
I don't know about you, but we eat so differently in the summer than we do the rest of the year. Fresh fruit, locally grown veggies & herbs are in abundance and they make a way to our table. As a matter of fact, I have a small herb garden growing in a flower basket just outside my kitchen window so I can get fresh cut herbs whenever I need them. There are some onions, cukes, carrots, beets, peppers and tomatoes growing outside too, but they are still a ways off from being ready to harvest.
Many thanks must be given to Alton Brown, since his show, Good Eats, has helped me understand cooking in a way I can relate to. I have tried making things that would have made me shudder before and have had (mostly) success. Can we say carrot cake, ribs, soda, and tenderloin? Mmmmmmmmm
An interesting thing has happened to us over the last couple of years. Premade foods in the grocery store are really starting to gross us out. I can't believe that people actually ingest so much salt, food coloring, preservatives, saturated fat, high-fructose corn syrup, and other things that cannot even be pronounced into their bodies. So, in the effort of not eating overly-mayonnaised potato salad from the store, I threw together my own and we think it is really good!
3-4 cooked and cooled potatoes, diced (use canned ones if you're in a hurry)
1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise (adjust more or less to taste)
pinch of kosher salt
a few grinds of fresh pepper
1 tsp. of fresh, chopped italian parsley
1 tsp. of fresh, sliced garlic chives
Mix together well. Chill and eat.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.