Potato Skin Salad and Food News

Food52, have you heard of it? I listened to a great interview with Amanda and Merrill on Martha Stewart’s Sirius station, Everyday Food. I heard the program on the way home from what should have been a trip to Costco. I drove to the warehouse without checking the hours and knew as soon as I saw the open parking lot, I’d come to late! I needed a few key items for a couple recipes and thought Trader Joe’s might be the next best place to visit. Apparently, TJ’s and the surrounding mile or so was sitting through a major power outage! All of downtown Danville was dark.

The next closest store with the best prices would be Fresh & Easy. I hate going there without my $5 off coupon that I have each week. UGH, now that I think of it, I had TWO coupons (could have just split the transaction.) Anyhow, it is a great thing that Fresh & Easy is not too far from TJ’s (but far enough away to have power.) I had my ears glued to the Sirius Stars station at this point and listened to a writer from TV Guide talk about Paranormal Activity and all the new eerie shows on tv. Driving through blacked out streets made the listening all the creepier!

I picked up my items and then about a thousand more from F&E. I needed to get stuff to make Loaded Potato Salad for my husband’s tailgating adventure at the 49er’s game tomorrow. It’s a basic potato salad with extra fatty stuff added to make it taste like ‘tato skins.

  • 1 lb. red or gold potatoes – cut into chunks (leave skins on)
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix (or blend onion powder, garlic powder, salt, parsley or dill)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 2 T. chives

As you chop your potatoes, add them to a huge mama pot of cold water. Add more water if needed, to cover potatoes by an inch. Bring to a boil and let cook 10 minutes.

Cook the bacon while you wait for the potatoes to boil. I’d suggest getting a pizza roller and slicing the bacon into little strips ahead of time.

Once the potatoes are boiled and the pot is drained, lay the potatoes across a large baking sheet and sprinkle with your homemade (or store bought) ranch style seasoning. Place the pan in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.

Mix the mayo, sour cream, garlic and pepper. Add the cold potatoes, followed by cheese, bacon and chives. Let the salad chill and meld together. Run across the country to balance calories.

Back to Food52. On the way home, I flipped to the Martha Stewart channel and was intrigued by the ladies discussing their book and some easy peasy recipes. One of which was Lazy Mary’s Improved Lemon Tart. I’m dying to try this. To make the filling you throw a whole lemon, seeds, skin and all, into a blender with vanilla, a stick of butter, sugar and eggs. How fun does that sound?

They also discussed a super sounding apple cake with maple, almonds and no flour. However, I am currently banning myself from baking more apple cakes. I made Lisa’s cake on Thursday for a party on Friday and probably ate 3/4 of the pan myself. Oh yes I did.

Oh no you di’nt!

So go check out Food52.com, it looks really fun. Especially the Dinner and a Movie section, which currently pairs a dinner with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, fun!

This is the perfect opportunity to let you know that Food It Forward will soon be featuring a weekly movie and meal post. My husband is a serious movie buff. I have a BFA (that is a Bachelor’s of Fine Art) in Film and Television, you’d think I’d be the movie master of the house. No way, my husband can pull out a movie title like no one’s business. He has a fun page on Facebook called, 10 Word Movie Reviews. He will be choosing a film and giving you a new way of looking at it. I’ll be doing the food side obviously. We’ve been talking about it for a while now, but I thought I’d mention it after seeing Food52 does something vaguely similar to what we have planned. Look for the first movie and meal next week!

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