Saturday, July 7, 2012

Summer Saturday

The heat finally broke last evening with a torrential rain that cooled everything off.  We were able to clean our house this morning with all the windows open and the fans going.  It was a glorious reprieve from the heat of the week.  Daddy had a salmon fillet that was hungry for the grill so I decided to make a little surprise side dish....

hot German potato salad!

Here's the recipe for this easy and super yummy dish...

3 c. cooked, diced potatoes
4 slices bacon
1 small onion (diced)
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
2-3 T. water
2 T. dark brown sugar
1 t. salt
fresh ground pepper
parsley (I used Italian flat leaf parsley because it's what I had!)

Cover the potatoes with water and boil for 10 minutes until fork tender, yet firm.  Set aside.  Fry up the bacon until cooked.  Remove from the pan and sauté the diced onion in the bacon fat.  When the onion is soft and glassy, add in the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper.  Stir mixture until it is thick and warm.  Remove mixture from the heat.  Add in the potatoes and a few leaves of chopped parsley....fresh is best!  Toss to coat and serve warm or at room temperature.

Monica has been waiting to bake, and we had a large container of fresh strawberries.  She decided to make Strawberry Shortcakes.  The kitchen smelled heavenly!  Daddy has never had homemade Strawberry shortcakes so he was in for a real treat.

After dinner, we headed out for a bike ride.  We live in a great neighborhood surrounded by several parks.   The most recently updated one is a regional park that surrounds one of the lakes.  It has newly paved bike and hiking trails, art classes, a nicely mowed seating area for summer concerts, and a gorgeous pavilion that was being used for a wedding reception.  It really is a gem of a park!


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