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Recipe: Potato Salad

I made this yesterday for our family’s Memorial Day celebrations. It’s so yummy and I was thrilled to have leftovers for this week. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

1. In a large bowl combine 2 lbs. of red potatoes, 1 head of garlic, 1/8 cup of olive oil, and salt and pepper.
2. Pour the potatoes into a foil pouch and grill for 45 minutes on medium heat.
3. Remove from grill and let potatoes cool, about 10 minutes.
4. Cut potatoes in half, putting them back into the large bowl.
5. Using a large metal spoon, lightly smash potatoes, leaving large chunks.
6. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh dill or 2 teaspoons of dried dill, 1 cup of sour cream, and 1/2 teaspoon of red-wine vinegar.
7. Season with salt and pepper and, if desired, a few garlic cloves. Stir until just combined
8. Add an additional 1/2 cup of sour cream just before serving, serve chilled or at room temperature.

You could also mix in some of your favorite ingredients like scallions, dill pickles, bacon, or hard-cooked egg. Try using only one or two additional ingredients.

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Not just another 3 day weekend

Memorial Day.  The “unofficial” start of summer.  Barbecues and home improvement projects.  I will admit that I look forward to Memorial Day just as much as the next guy.  Even today, while I made my Dill Potato Salad, I day-dreamed about how I would spend my summer.  But how did you use this extra day off?


Growing up, my dad was in the Navy.  Not just in the Navy, but career Navy.  We actually had a brass eagle mounted to our mantle just above the fireplace.  We were definitely a patriotic family.  My brother was in Boy Scouts, so every Memorial Day, we would go to the local cemetery and sing God Bless America while gun shots were fired.  It was very moving for me, even at a young age.  I was more than aware of why we celebrated Memorial Day.  But how can I emphasize the importance of this day to my kids the same way that my parents did with me?


Enter my extremely America-loving husband!  Every year, we pop our Patriotic CD into the minivan and drive slowly through our closest National Cemetery, crying.  It’s sad.  It’s happy.  It’s beautiful.  It’s encouraging.  Encouraging to know that, even though so many men and women have taken their lives so fearlessly for me and for you, there are still many more anxiously awaiting to serve.  Wow!  God Bless America!


So.  How will you pass on your Memorial Day traditions to your kids?  Will it be about how many rooms in your house you can get organized on this extra day off?  Or finding the greatest sales at your local mall?  Or will you really remember that man, woman, brother, father, mother, sister that died for you?