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Jun 10, 2014

Little Homestead's Potato Salad Recipe, Homemade Ranch Dressing & No-Bake Hay Stack Cookies

Little Homestead Potato Salad-
One thing I've always made when summer starts is potato salad! I love the stuff. My typical salad has been mostly mayo, heavy on the stone ground mustard, some celery salt, pepper and lots of celery. Dave's never been a fan, so I tried German potato salad. I'm not a fan :(  So what to do? I browsed thru some recipes and decided to switch it up. I used-

9 medium/large sized red taters, cooked, cooled and diced to about 1"-1 1/2" chunks, or so. I then added- 2 diced red peppers, 4 diced green onions, 3 stalks celery, 1/4 cup fresh chopped flat leaf parsley. Toss gently.
For the dressing I used- 1 cup mayo, 5 heaping tsp. (or so) of Dijon mustard, pepper to taste, 1/2 tsp. celery seed, 1/2 tsp. dried dill, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1 tsp. sugar. Mix well with a whisk, then taste for flavor. I added a lot more mustard than I thought I would need to, but it's subtle. Pour, then toss, the sauce very gently over the potatoes. Refrigerate before serving. Dave's review? Pretty good! I thought it was a much lighter flavor and I like it! Next time I'd add some crumbled bacon or maybe some capers, and fresh garlic...

Homemade Ranch Dressing-
Since I love buttermilk I finally found a recipe that looked good for ranch dressing Ranch Dressing Recipe  I steered clear of the ones that are mostly mayo, ew.  I did add some celery seeds to this recipe. I love using fresh herbs from the garden. It's great! Try it!!!

No-Bake Hay Stack Cookies-
I found this recipe on another blog a while back, sadly I don't remember which one! If it's yours, please post that and I can add a link back. It's a no-bake cookie, great for hot days, and Dave and I love them! He said his Aunt used to make them for the holidays. I put them in the freezer for a couple of hours, since my fridge is pretty full to chill. Here's the basics-

3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
5 TBL. cocoa powder, or to taste
1 TBS. pure vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)  You could try almond butter too?

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan, except the oats and P. butter. Heat, then stir in the P. butter and bring to a boil, simmer 1 minute. Add the oats. I used 1 saucepan here, very easy. Toss well and coat all the oats. Take off the heat, and use spoon to form mounds on wax paper/parchment on a cookie sheet.  Refrigerate til chilled, and store in fridge in warm weather. Fast and easy!!!


Kristina said...

Those cookies are one of our favorites. Yum! The potato salad looks delicious.

Nancy po said...

Yes, Dave gave it 2 thumbs up!

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