The Best Classic Potato Salad

Perfect Potato Salad

Nothing says summer like potato salad. It’s a standby at all the summer holidays, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. If you are throwing a picnic or BBQ, people have come to expect it on the table, but that sloppy mess that the grocery store is serving you is not, I repeat, not potato salad. I know it takes time and it is not a pleasant summer past time to be in a hot kitchen when the afternoon breeze is calling you to the shade of your garden.

I mean who wants to be lording over a stockpot full of boiling potatoes in the heat of the day? Not someone without air conditioning that’s who; so when you live in an old Victorian with no ac but the shade from the old growth trees surrounding your home, you learn a few little tricks and tips to make this summer staple a dish that you don’t dread when requested. First stop peeling your potatoes. Just stop. It’s ridiculous. The peel holds any vitamins and minerals you may happen to get after boiling and it adds texture and color to the dish.


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How To Make a Perfect Poached Egg

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I love poached eggs. However, this type of egg has not been seen much at my house because I have always been intimidated to make them. I always thought they were way more difficult than they were.

These photos are from my very first attempt at making a poached egg, and it turned out perfectly, and it was not difficult at all! I love a poached egg so much, and now I make them all the time. Poached eggs with bacon, poached eggs on asparagus, poached eggs with tomato and avocado, and of course, now I can make eggs benedict!


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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I have always loved baking. I didn’t discover a love of cooking until after I got married three years ago, but baking, I’ve always loved. Granted, my definition of “baking” before was using boxed mix, I still always loved baked goods more than anything else. As I’ve grown in my cooking skills, my baking skills have grown too. I remember the first time I tried to make muffins. I used a complicated recipe that required lots of unnecessary steps and in the end my muffins didn’t turn out at all. Didn’t even make it to the oven. So now, even though I love baking, I still prefer easy recipes that truly anyone can bake from. Good food just simply doesn’t have to be complicated.

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Oranges, Balsamic Candied Pecans & Herb Salad

Orange and herb salad with lemon vinaigrette

Hi, Marcella Rose here!  I often find that I make some of my most exciting recipes out of necessity.  Needing to use this or that before it goes bad or to make room in the fridge or because “surprise!”, you have guests staying for dinner.  It’s where I shine because you really have to be creative to make it work.

It is a skill that was honed while being a ranch cook 45 miles from anything for 5 years.  I would open up a cook book and decide on a recipe only to find out that we don’t have half the ingredients.  I got really good at substitutions and clever ways around things and it made me feel empowered.  I didn’t need to be limited by recipes. So strict and to the point.  Why not let your palate decide?  You know what you like, what flavor combinations taste best together.  So tonight why not take off the saddle, untie the reins and just run free?  Make something up, be spontaneous, and try something new! Who knows what could happen, you could invent a new favorite dish!


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