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To sugar or not to sugar?

If any day can be considered lazy, it was yesterday.

What is more fun then spending the day in and around an in-ground pool, hanging with family and eating food? That was my Sunday.

We packed ourselves, hubby, his daughter and I, into my truck and drove up to the Poconos area to visit his aunt and cousin. The two girls played in the pool while the adults lounged around catching some sun. Next thing I know I’m in the pool in my shorts and sports bra (I don’t have a suit) cause the girls decided it would be fun to splash and squirt water at us. Since I was already wet I figured it was the only thing left to do. 

Soon it was time for lunch. 

It was a feast of grilled sausage with sauce and peppers, hot dogs, beans, tortilla chips and potato salad. For a second I had loss of brain and said yes I would love some potato salad. Forgetting that I am in PA, land of the dreaded sugar induced potato and macaroni salad. 

Don’t get me wrong, if you grew up here or were raised on the sweetened cook out must haves then it is ok but if you are like me, I am from CT, we do not use sugar in our salads.

I made this mistake when I first moved here roughly a year and a half ago. We went grocery shopping and hubby wanted macaroni salad, he went in search of some. He brings back this delicious looking salad with elbow mac, carrots, a bit of green pepper all encased in this velvety looking mayonnaise with a hint of yellow, which is fine by me because it means a touch of mustard. I like that, it adds a nice flavor. We get home, make lunch and he puts a scoop of the salad on my plate, I can’t wait to dig in. I am a carb whore. I put a forkful in my mouth and before I even started to chew I excused myself and spit it out. I tell him I think someone played a mean joke on the maker of the salad, they switched the mayo or salt with sugar. It was horrible. He took a bite and was very much in love with it. He has lived here his whole life. He is used to the sugared salads. GROSS!!! I found out that if something is labeled Amish or Dutch it is sweet, and if it looks shiny it most likely has sugar in it. I now always ask to try some before buying or I read the ingredients first. 

So back to the potato salad for lunch, I put a small fork full to my mouth, hoping and praying it wasn’t overly sugared. Surprise!!! No sugar. I was in heaven. It was almost like my gram used to make. Perfectly cooked potatoes, fresh parsley, celery, a hint of s+p, a tad bit of onion and mayo. Delicious. That made my day. 

Later on we stopped by a good friends parents house, who also happens to be my hubby’s “adopted” parents house. The gang was all there, mom, dad, Mike his wife and kids and his brother. Hubby made it through the house and out to the back yard but before I could make it out the door mom came in and asked if i would like some potato salad. I said yes please, I love your potato salad. It too is not sweet, she uses a  mix of mayo and sour cream, celery, onion and egg. Yum. I was in heaven yet again. 

I love my new family and will gladly eat their unsweetened salads anytime of the year. so when the hubby gets a craving for macaroni or potato salad, unless I taste it first, I buy the the ingredients, and whip up my own, this way there is no sugar. Sometimes he gives me a break and buys a small dish of his salad and jokingly asks me if I’d like a bite, to which he knows my answer. Absolutely no thank you. 

To all of you picnickers, hope you have a wonderful time but if you invite me please, please, please do not add sugar to your salads if you want me to try them. Sugar is for desserts not salad.

Happy Eating!!!!

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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Grill, Pasta, Veggies


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Foil Pack Potatoes

Foil pack potatoes are so delicious they should be illegal!!! My hubby makes these for me upon request.

You take potatoes whether they be Yukon gold, red bliss, Idaho, whatever your choice may be slice them up into roughly 1/4inch thick slices, try to keep them uniform, use a mandolin if you have one. Take an onion and cut in half. Slice one half up into roughly 1/4inch thick slices as well. Save the remaining half for another use. 

Take foil large enough to fully wrap around the potatoes to create a package. Place potatoes still in a line in the foil and wrap the foil up around them to hold them in place. Section out the onion slices and portion between the potato slices, does not have to be one for one, it is used for flavor mainly. Do the same with the slices of butter. You do not need a lot of butter, maybe a tablespoon per pack. Close the foil up around the potatoes so the ends are folded up and so is the top. There might be a slight opening on the top, this is ok. 

Place potato packs on a cookie sheet, this is recommended for oven cooking because you will need to pull them out to check them and if you are like me you will probably make a whole in the oil and all the butter will leak out and create a greasy mess and maybe a fire in your oven. Yes this has happened to me. So now I use the cookie sheet! Bake at 350 for roughly 45 minutes, check them and adjust cooking as needed. If cooking on a grill basically the same thing, place on the grates and cook until done, cover grill for best results. Just make sure that you start these first so they are fully cooked to be ready for meal time.

Happy Eating!!

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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Grill, Veggies


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