We hope everyone had a great long weekend. Ours was filled with food and lots of yard work. We decided early last week that we would grill on Sunday despite the weather report. The forecast called sunny skies, so we were excited. Skies we’re exactly sunny but it was warm and didn’t rain.
We decided on smoked pork ribs, warm german potato salad and a second salad of arugula, pear and pear with olive oil and white balsamic vinegar.
The warm german potato salad is one of our favorites. It’s light and packs more of a punch than traditional mayo based potato salad. The arugula salad was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t think it would be bad, I just didn’t know it would be so good. White balsamic vinegar and oil is my new favorite salad dressing. You have to try the potato salad though. It’s a hit every time I make it.
Warm German Potato Salad (adapted from Martha Stewart)
- Salt and ground pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes, scrubbed
- 3 slices bacon, thinly sliced crosswise (we used 5 slices of turkey bacon)
- 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced (we used 2 medium shallots)
- 4 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
In a 5-quart saucepan, bring 1 inch salted water to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Add potatoes. Cover; cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain; cool slightly, and halve.
In a small skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion. Cook, stirring often, until tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat; add 3 tablespoons vinegar and mustard.
Toss with warm potatoes. If desired, season with salt and pepper, and add up to 1 tablespoon more vinegar. Serve warm.
I couldn’t tell you what Micah did to the ribs but they were SO good! I was in a meat coma for a 48 hours.
We invited our friends Cliff and Sean over to join us so I decided to break out the new placemats I got on Friday at the Velocity Art and Design Warehouse Sale. The we’re originally $11 each placemat but I got a set of 6 for less than $10. I think they add some needed color in our dining room.
I also made a Strawberry Pie but I’ll have to save that for another post.
In the garden we spent another couple days on the slope. It’s amazing how fast weeds grow. I was excited to see that few filler plants I planted 2 months ago have started growing.
I have no idea what this plant is called but it’s the offspring of a plant Momager purchased and planted in 1983. She planted it on a rocky wall at our first house. She took cuttings of the plant and has replanted them at every house we’ve lived in. She gave us this plant when it was about a third of the size you see in the picture. It’s kind of cute that this plant was planted at the first home my parents purchased together and now it’s living on at our first home.
We we’re the only folks in the yard this weekend. It seems like the entire neighborhood was out including the cat neighbors. They actually cleaned their yard!!! You don’t know how excited we are about it. They also decided looking over at our house was so offensive that they decided to plant some tall bamboo. We had started a rose trellis (pictures to come) to block out their yard so maybe they got the hint.
We have more news about the cats and the cat neighbors. We need to collect a few more details and then we’ll post about it.
We hope everyone had a great long weekend and suggest everyone try the potato salad. It’s good, healthy and really easy!