In which we "celebrate" the worst holiday, and I'm missing something
Yeah, I know, I haven't written here in yonks.
The world has continued being the world, I'm still loving the "new" job (it's been more than a year now!), and the farm is full of things that need doin' yesterday.
And today is the 4th of July! Yuck. My least favorite holiday.
But, since it's a day off, I can hang out with the next generation of Usual Suspects, which is NOT yuck!
|Familiar faces (Sirie, Megan, Sandy) join me in welcoming youngsters|
Gwenneth, Lore and Feylin, plus Josh's shoulder b/c he took the photo kinda wonky
It's a sunny day!
However, July 4th around here is a day when yabbos are drinkin' beer and playin' with fire, and the ground is so-so-so-so-SO dry. I would love to just grab the Dragon and escape to the woods...but no.
I did make time to go to the annual pancake breakfast with Jim
|Pancake breakfasts never have a decent cup of tea, so we went into town to get a cuppa |
after we tanked up on pancakes.
before heading out to the local U-Pick strawberry farm to hang with the Young Suspects,
|Gwenneth had a full gravity/dirt experience in the strawberry field, of course|
get dirty, and fill up a section of the freezer for winter.
|I chopped and froze my strawberries from the day before taking a picture, so here's|
a photo of raspberries, blueberries and black caps that I picked in the yard this morning.
With all the joy of hanging out with friends in the morning before I come home to scowl at the neighbors and their fireworks, I was still missing something.
|Gail, Duana, Meagan, Patty, Sirie, me |
I see all these folks frequently except one.
I miss Gail!
For many years, we all spent the week of Independence Day up at the Renegade Rendezvous ridecamp, building trails.
FOOD was a major feature in our morning and evening gather-ups.
And Gail's potato salad was always a star of the show.
I figured, if I can't spend days hanging out with Gail, at least I can make Gail's Potato Salad--because she sent me the recipe.
(being me, of course I tweaked it a bit, and I suggest that readers are free to do the same).
Here's her recipe, plus my tweaks.
Gail's Potato Salad
Start with Yukon Gold or Red potatoes.
I used fingerling <ahem, "body part"> potatoes.
There's a big section of the garden that has housed these potatoes for years and I've been trying to convince them to move to a different corner, without much success. Digging up very young potatoes for this will help persuade them that the old address is no longer open for business, maybe?
2 hard boiled eggs for each large potato.
I used 6 eggs because that's how many will fit in the pan I use for steaming eggs.
So, my ratio is "a bunch of potatoes / 6 fresh eggs".
Chopped celery-about a stalk for each 3 potatoes, chopped green onions (to taste) finely chopped including green parts, mayo--I use Best Foods--to make as moist as you like, I add dry mustard to the mayo--to taste, and mix thoroughly. I don't add salt, thereby letting people salt themselves to taste.
I like celery, so I put in lots. I like some but not tons of green onions, so in they went.
We had generic light mayo on-hand, so that's what I used.
The dry mustard is the not-very-secret ingredient. I always ask Jim to adjust seasoning levels, because my sense of taste/smell is never acute and almost non-existent in summer when my allergies are full-blast. He put in a bunch of dry mustard, a little salt, and quite a lot of paprika.
It's best chilled a while. Sprinkle with paprika and enjoy.
We used smoked paprika, which is almost another not-very-secret ingredient, and threw it in the fridge for a few hours.
Since I made a big batch, I put leftovers into containers for my lunches at work for the remainder of the week.