Tomato-Potato Salad

Tomato-Potato Salad

Tomato-Potato Salad


Hot or cold, this salad is a hit.

            Misty Bouse                                                                       Portland, Oregon


Tomato-Potato Salad Recipe

Tomato-Potato Salad

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

½ Tbsp. FINES HERBES (or you can use ROSEMARY or THYME)

2 tsp. salt


5 cloves fresh garlic, peeled

1 red onion, peeled and sliced

2 lb. small red potatoes

1 oz. sundried tomatoes, minced

1/3 cup minced fresh basil

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

7 hard-boiled eggs, diced

2 ribs celery, diced

1 cup feta cheese, crumbled

4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled



In a blender, combine the vinegars, HERBS, salt, PEPPER, garlic and onion.  Puree until smooth.

Boil potatoes until just starting to get tender – a fork pierces them but not too easily, usually 8-10 minutes for small new potatoes.  Drain well. Quarter the potatoes and place in a serving bowl.

Pour the dressing over the potatoes and stir to coat.  Let sit for 10 minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine and serve warm or cold.         10-12 servings


(Recipe for Tomato-Potato Salad was in Penzeys Spices catalog)


Sweet and Spicy Wings

Sweet and Spicy Wings

Sweet and Spicy Wings


Get ready for the Super Bowl with the Seahawks vs. Broncos on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  Here’s another recipe that will satisfy hungry football fans.


Sweet and Spicy Wings Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Wings


¾ cup cherry preserves

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)

3 lbs. chicken wings

¼ cup cilantro (or parsley), chopped

Preheat the oven to 425 F.  Coat a large rimmed baking sheet pan with cooking spray.  Top with a wire rack (such as a baking cooling rack) and spray the rack.

Combine the preserves, vinegar, garlic powder, salt and red pepper flakes in a bowl; toss with the wings.

Arrange them in a single layer on the on the wire rack and bake in the center of the oven until cooked through, 25 minutes.  Just before serving, sprinkle with the cilantro.          8 servings


(Recipe for Sweet and Spicy Wings came from the Newsday, January 30, 2014)


Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad


We have end-of-season picnics for my son’s flag football team.  This makes enough to serve plenty of hungry boys and their families.

          Dolores Deifel                                                                   Mundelein, Illinos


Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad Recipe  

Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

1 medium butternut squash (2 ½ to 3 lbs.), peeled and cut into ¾ inch cubes

2 cups uncooked jasmine rice

2 large sweet red peppers, cut into ½ inch pieces

1 cup pine nuts, toasted

6 green onions, thinly sliced

3 Tbsp. snipped fresh dill

3 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh parsley

Dressing:   ½ cup olive oil

3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. pepper

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, oil and salt.  Add squash; toss to coat.  Transfer to a greased, foil-lined 15x10x1 inch baking pan.  Bake at 450 F. for 25-30 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.  Cool completely.

Meanwhile, cook rice according to package directions.  Remove from the heat; cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine the red peppers, pine nuts, green onions, dill, parsley, squash and rice.  In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients.  Pour over salad; toss to coat.  Serve at room temperature.  Cover and refrigerate leftovers.            12 servings (3/4 cup each)


(Recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash & Rice Salad came from Taste of Home, 2013)


Balsamic Chicken with Thyme

Balsamic Chicken with Thyme

Balsamic Chicken with Thyme

Balsamic Chicken with Thyme is one of the recipes I make often.  It’s very tasty…and is ready to serve in no time.

Balsamic Chicken with Thyme Recipe

Balsamic Chicken with Thyme

¼ cup flour

¾ tsp. salt, divided

¾ tsp. pepper, divided

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 5 oz. each)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 large red onion halved and thinly sliced (about 2 cups) (I used regular onions, and was good also)

1 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, or ½ tsp. dried thyme)

On a plate, combine flour, ½ tsp. salt, ½ tsp. pepper.  Add chicken to coat; shake off excess.

In large heavy skillet, over medium heat, heat oil.  Add chicken; cook 10 minutes, turning once, until browned.  Add broth, vinegar, thyme, and remaining salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, stirring often, cook 7 minutes, until onions are soft and sauce is thicken.

Put sauce over chicken; and serve.


(Recipe for Balsamic Chicken with Thyme was in Eating Light magazine, March 19, 2002)