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Comment by Plinius on July 17, 2014 at 12:21am

Good recipe, Joan, thanks!

Comment by James M. Martin on July 16, 2014 at 7:51pm

Pickled beets and potato salad. I'll be right over.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 7:37pm

My pickled beets are so good and very vinegary. I don't think I shared this with you before. If I have, please forgive. 

Day 1 make the pickle marinade:

1 C Braggs apple cider vinegar 

1/2 C water 

1/2 C sugar - I use less, about 1/4 C 

1/8 t pickling spice 

1/4 t mustard seeds 

1/2 yellow onion, cut into rings 

1 small bay leaf 

3/4 t whole black peppercorns

fresh dill - 6-8 "leaves" 

Bring all ingredients except beets to a boil in a 2 to 3-quart saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cover and low simmer 30 minutes.

Cool marinade, chill, covered, allow 1 day to develop flavors. 

Day 2 

3 beets with 1 inch of tops 

Cook beets in a saucepan of simmering salted water until tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Drain and cool. Remove tops, slip skins off and cut into slices or wedges. 

Pour marinade through a fine sieve into a bowl. Remove onions.

Alternate the cut beets and onion rings into a quart jar, pour marinade over, cover and chill at least one day. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 16, 2014 at 7:07pm

All this talk about potato salad, and I just finished making the dressing and cooking the potatoes and eggs. Will let them cool a bit and then toss everything together. 

My dressing is a dollop of mustard, mayo, diced white onions, celery, and dill pickle, as well as finely diced red pepper, a tablespoon or so of dill pickle juice, salt, pepper, a wee bit of finely diced garlic and a sprig of fresh dill from the garden.

When the potatoes and eggs are cool, I dice them into a large bowl, pour the dressing over all and mix.

Comment by Pat on July 16, 2014 at 11:06am

Enough of my whining.

Does anyone ever eat donut peaches? Had not heard of them until a couple of years ago. They're now grown in my area, and are they yummy!!!!! When I first saw one, my reaction was WTF?! Then I bit into one. Juiciest sweetest peach I had ever eaten.

Comment by Pat on July 16, 2014 at 8:28am

I'm considering anorexia as an alternative. Have been plagued with a toothache in a front incisor that needs to be pulled. Can't bite through anything, so I have to cut everything up in little chunks, including sandwiches. Or, eat things you don't bite off.

Should be a simple procedure lasting 10 minutes in a dentist's chair. Problem is, I can't have it pulled due to being on blood thinners. If I were to have it pulled, I would bleed out faster than being the main course at a vampire all-you-can-eat buffet.

So, I have to arrange for in-patient surgery in St. Louis, which will take weeks.  In the meantime, tiny squares of food. I feel like someone is holding a spoon, opening my mouth and saying, "Here comes the airplane into the hanger."

I don't know who said it, but they were correct. Getting old ain't for sissies.

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:59am

Too busy - ate a roll with mature cheese on the run.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 16, 2014 at 7:25am

What--has everybody quit eating? (little activity here)

Eating off a rhubarb/blueberry pie. Good, but I burnt the graham cracker crust in my little convection oven. Vanilla yogurt makes a good topping. In fact, yogurt is used for all my fruit dishes. I alternate between plain, Greek, and the aformentioned vanilla. Yummy--and good for you.

Comment by Pat on July 12, 2014 at 8:04am

Randall, glad you liked the casserole. I previously used small red potatoes in making P.S., but now I use Yukon Gold. They're firmer and I think give a better texture to the dish.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 12, 2014 at 6:49am

I have some "new" potatoes coming on, so I may have to turn them into P.S. It takes a lot of work, however, and I'm a lazy chef (I use the term loosely).

Pat, the brocolli casserole turned out wonderful. I used chicken soup. Thanks for the idea. And I'm with Patricia on the carrot infused jello salad. So gross!

 

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