Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Memorial Day is the day set aside for remembering our veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made for us.  Many of you probably have a vet in your family or among your friends.  Invite them over for a cookout this weekend – you know you’re going to have one.  I been publishing some of my favorite recipes for the grill and a couple of appetizers too but what’s a cookout without potato salad?  I’ve got a couple of new takes on potato salad that gets rid of the heavy, fat laden mayo and has a fresh, modern taste.  The first is from my Italian cooking classes, courtesy of the Formicas.  It is so much easier and could be made the day before the cookout giving you more time to relax.

Italian Potato Salad
2 lbs. new or red potatoes, skin on
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or 2 tsp. dry
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
3/4 cup chopped red onion, optional
Scrub potatoes and cook in boiling water till easily pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes.  Drain and cut potatoes into bite sized pieces.  Toss with other ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate several hours.

I really like this next recipe, especially when new produce starts showing up at the farmer’s markets.  I also like that it adds another vegetable.

Green Bean and New Potato Salad
2 lbs. new potatoes, halved or quartered
1 tsp. salt
2 quarts water
2 lbs. fresh, trimmed green beans
Bring water and salt to a boil.  Cook potatoes 18 to 20 minutes until tender.  Scoop out potatoes with a slotted spoon and place in a large bowl.  Add green beans to boiling water and cook 6 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Drain and plunge beans into ice water to stop cooking process.  Drain and add to potatoes.  Pour rosemary vinegrette over mixture and toss to coat.  Chill several hours before serving.
Rosemary Vinegrette
1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar ( I used dark balsamic vinegar as I couldn’t find white)
1/4 cup honey
2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 of a medium red onion
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
black pepper to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
Process all ingredients in a blender or processor until smooth.

I hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day with your friends and family.  Try a few of these recipes instead of the same old, same old and impress everyone.

Upadated on May 28, 2010

2 Responses to “Memorial Day Weekend – Italian Potato Salad; Green Bean and New Potato Salad”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I made a dill potato salad using, what else…fresh dill from my garden! It was a big hit! Crystal

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ha! Some of you are lucky enough to have gardens. Some of us have shade and envy.

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