So, it turns out that a habanero ranch bacon cheeseburger with fries in Buffalo sauce followed by a half pound of Skittles and a Drumstick ice cream cone isn’t something my system is prepared to handle any more.
Man. This sucks.
But it sure was tasty at the time… :) And yes, as a matter of fact, that was my choice for an anniversary dinner. :)
We are doing our cookout tonight. Last night we listened to the neighborhood explode. It was pretty cool. Grumpy Codger syndrome set in about 11 pm but before that it was all good listening to the idiots and waiting for ambulance and/or fire truck sirens. I hope everyone out there stayed safe and appreciated the rockets’ red glare and the reason for them.
This is a recipe that I got from Laura’s site and it’s become the go-to potato salad around here.
3 pounds red potatoes
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
½ cup chopped fresh dill
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped red onion
Wash potatoes, cut into large chunks and place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Allow the potatoes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, dill, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Set aside.
Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour enough dressing over them to moisten. Add the celery and red onion, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.
I sometimes use stone ground mustard but I cut the amount to 1 tablespoon when I do that. And I usually skip the onions. Uncooked onions are De Debbil.
I also cooked up these spicy beans from Homesick Texan. I used black beans instead of pinto, but otherwise, followed recipe. And it is tasty.
Strawberry Cobbler also from Homesick Texan. This was pretty good. Needed about another 10 minutes baking time as the center was not quite set up. Had lots of sugar, but the strawberries were still tart so either needed more time to macerate or maybe it’s supposed to be like that. The ice cream definitely cuts the sweetness.
Creamy Stovetop Mac & Cheese. I didn’t bother with the ramekins stuff. We just dumped on plates. This was strange. I want to like homemade mac & cheese, I really do. I think I should. Cheese, pasta, butter. How can that go wrong? I followed the directions to the letter but the sauce wouldn’t adhere to the pasta. It just glopped into the bowl in a big mess and I tried to stir it around with the pasta but it just strung together and slid off the pasta. Eh. Maybe I just don’t have the touch to make homemade mac & cheese.