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Momma G’s Potato Salad (AKA as the most incredible tot salad out there!)

This is seriously a great THE BEST potato salad that I have ever had.  It’s not heavy and ordinary like so many potato salads.  It is light without being fussy.  This will be gobbled up at your next picnic faster than you can get worried about leaving mayo out in the sun.  I got this recipe from Momma G (Therese Ganster) several years ago, and my family has never made another tot salad since.  You will really love this recipe and I’m sure be asked for it every time you make it!

2 lbs potatoes (5-6 medium), peeled and cut into bite size chunks (and sometimes I’m lazy and don’t even bother to peel them!

1 cup Hellmans

2 TBSP lemon juice

1 packet of Splenda (and if you are like any members of my family, you snag these from restaurants on a regular basis!)

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

4 hard boil eggs, chopped

Pinch of black pepper

Loads and Loads of fresh dill (yes, that’s an exact measurement straight from Momma G)

Cover the potatoes with salted water and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Once it boils, reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes until the potatoes are just fork tender.  You DON’T want them to be too mushy, because we’re not making mashed potatoes!  Drain and cool.

To hard boil the eggs, place them in a pot and cover with cold water.  Bring to a rolling boil.  As soon as they boil, turn off the heat and cover for 17 minutes.  Not 16 minutes.  Not 18 minutes.  17 minutes!  When the buzzer dings, drain the water from the pot and add cold water continuously while draining and adding water.  This stops the cooking process and gives you perfectly yellow yolks.

In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise, lemon juice, Splenda, pepper and dill.   Add the onion and eggs to the potatoes.  Pour the liquid over the potats and give it a gentle stir to combine.  Top with loads and loads more dill for a pretty presentation!

Tip: It tastes really great if you make this the night before and give the flavors time to meld.  But, if you do let it sit over night the onion can become over powering (at least to me).  So, I would recommend adding the onion not too long before serving.

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Sparkling Mint Lemonade Deliciousness

This recipe also came from my Williams Sonoma “Dinner Parties” cookbook and it is AMAZING!!  This lemonade recipe is the perfect balance of tart and sweet and is extra refreshing because of the mint.

I found these really cute resealable glass bottles at Ikea for only $3.99 each!  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50108908  They were really perfect for this lemonade, because they served as part of the centerpiece as well as helping to keep the carbonation contained.  If the bottles are filled and sealed for a bit, they pop like a champagne bottle!!  It adds a great amount of fun to the meal.

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1, 3 inch section lemon peel

3 sprigs of fresh mint

8-12 lemons

3 bottles sparkling water

Combine 2 cups water and 2 cups in a heavy sauce pan.  Peel a long strip of fresh lemon peel and place in the pan.  Heat the mixture over medium heat and bring to a boil for 1 minute to make a simple syrup.  Remove from the heat and add the sprigs of mint to steep for about 30 minutes.  In the mean time, squeeze 8-12 lemons to get 1 and 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice.  Strain the simple syrup into a pitcher (so you can catch the peel and mint, make sure you squeeze your spoon against the mint to get every last drop of that syrupy goodness!).  Then strain the lemon juice so you can catch any pulp and seeds.  Stir to combine.  Right before serving add the 3 bottles of sparkling water and stir gently to combine.  Either serve from the pitcher or pour into individual bottles (the full recipes fills 3 resealable bottles).  Also, if you do the resealable bottles, be sure to leave a little room for the carbonation to expand.

I would suggest offering a funnel to help your guests guzzle this sweet and tart goodness as quickly as possible!

String a thin slice of lemon and a mint leaf on a wooden or bamboo skewer for a super cute garnish for this lemonade!!

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