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Warm German Potato Salad Recipe ♥

Today's vegetable recipe: A classic German potato salad, served warm tossed in a slightly tart sauce flavored with mustard, vinegar and celery seed.
Talk about a perfect outdoor supper: sliced tomatoes, just-ground sausages hot off the grill -- plus this warm potato salad, a classic German-style potato salad, homey rustic food at its best. Which of the three was the favorite of the meal? A toss-up, they really worked together.

I'd cooked the potatoes ahead of time so the salad itself took just 15 minutes to make. But when the sausages took longer than expected, I was pleased that the salad was patient, I just kept it on low on the stove. This potato salad is made entirely with pantry ingredients so chances are, if you've got potatoes, you can make a German potato salad.


POTATO RECIPES from the ARCHIVES
~ My Mom's Potato Salad, a classic potato salad recipe ~
~ Bubble & Squeak, the English classic ~
~ Those Pink Potatoes, scalloped potatoes & beets, a great combinat…

VegetableSpotting: Week 26

In homage to the return! of Tastespotting and all credit to YeastSpotting, say hello to VegetableSpotting, occasional links to inspiring vegetable recipes from my fellow food bloggers spotted while cruising my favorite food blogs this week.

WEEK 26 - Late June
(hover over a link for my take on the recipe, click the link for the recipe)



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MORE VegetableSpotting: VegetableSpotting archive.


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Kitchen Parade Extra: Grilled Vegetables in Foil ♥

This week's recipe at KitchenParade.com: A recipe that's become a summer staple, vegetables in a soy and ginger vinaigrette, wrapped in foil and then grilled, so you know, Grilled Vegetables in Foil. So colorful! Beautifully balanced flavor and texture.
Surprise, surprise, more vegetables come off my grill than meat but even then, there could be more recipes for grilled vegetables on A Veggie Venture. Is this the summer? It's a good start, these vegetable cooked in foil!



NEVER MISS A KITCHEN PARADE RECIPE! Kitchen Parade is my food column, the one my mom started when I was a baby and that I started writing after she died - you know, a la Ann Landers and Heloise. The columns are published in my hometown newspapers and online at KitchenParade.com. Where A Veggie Venture is all about vegetable recipes, Kitchen Parade recipes cover all courses -- the Quick Supper recipes are real favorites. But good news: just like here at A Veggie Venture, all Kitchen Parade recipes include nut…

Greek Zucchini Pie ♥ Recipe

Today's vegetarian recipe: A Greek recipe for Kourkouto with Zucchini (κουρκούτo με κολοκυθάκια), not quite quiche, not quite bread pudding, not quite frittata, served hot or at room temperature so good for brunch or light supper.
Kalofagas means 'gourmet' in Greek and it's the perfect name for the Canadian food blog which celebrates -- make that CELEBRATES! -- traditional Greek food. Kalofagas is a not-to-miss food blog. Peter Minakis lives and breathes Greek cuisine / home cooking in the way some (who?!) live and breathe vegetables. When he described this recipe for a zucchini pie as a "cheater's pita" and "somewhere between a quiche and a frittata, utilizing Greek ingredients" I couldn't wait to make it. (True confession: while this same affect occurs many times a day, perhaps one of a hundred recipes actually get made.)

My own take is that it's as much a bread pudding, especially when baked in a pie plate versus a larger sheet pan. It&…

Raw Beet, Carrot & Kohlrabi Salad ♥ Colorful Salad Recipe

Today's salad recipe: Colorful salad of raw grated vegetables, raw beet, raw carrot and raw kohlrabi. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 point.
It's no surprise to regular readers that I love-love-love recipes for beets. (There's even a beet rivalry. Am I the reigning 'beet queen'? Or is my friend the beet princess gaining ground?) In part, it's because once beets (what the beet princess calls beetroot) are cooked (whether roasted, boiled or microwaved), there are so very many different ways to use them. Once they're cooked, beets are the ultimate convenience vegetable. Just look at all the quick recipes which call for cooked beets, each recipe is marked with this symbol .

But -- raw beet? Really?! Last week at the farmers market, Ronnie from On the Wind Farm mentioned that his wife chops up raw beet and carrot for a salad. And here it is -- isn't the color glorious?! Thank you, Ronnie, for the great tip! Because the pieces are so small, if you didn't know t…

VegetableSpotting: Vegetable Recipes from Food Blogs

Year round, I am inspired by food bloggers from across the world who publish their best vegetable recipes, spring, summer, fall and even winter. This is a collection of their most enticing seasonal vegetable recipes, for your enjoyment, your inspiration. The list is updated nearly every day, so visit often for new and seasonal vegetable recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers.

My Running List of Inspiring Vegetable Recipes(updated nearly every day)


© Copyright 2008


Product Tip: Ajvar Red Pepper & Eggplant Spread on Finncrisp ♥

Today's food tip: Ajvar, a spread made of red peppers and eggplant. Low carb. Weight Watchers 0 points.
Are there days when you 'can't see for looking'? You know, when you're trying to find the car keys, your cell phone, something you need right now and is nowhere to be found? And then, there it is, right under your nose, just like it was the whole time you searched?

So it is with ajvar, one of the rare prepared convenience foods I'm happy to stand up and shout about. There's always a jar in the fridge, my cousins and friends have even carried jars of it home on planes! Why have I not written about it before? Couldn't see for lookin'.

Why ajvar is so good:

Simplicity - nothing more than red pepper, eggplant (in many brands), a little vinegar, a touch of oil and sugar (in some brands).
Color - a smoky orange
Taste & Texture - pure red pepper, smooth but with mouth feel
Heat - mild and hot, usually, I like both
Calories - hardly any, especially the …

Broccoli & Bok Choy with Coconut & Curry ♥ Recipe

Today's easy vegetable recipe: Broccoli florets and chopped bok choy braised in coconut milk tinged with Thai curry paste. Low carb. Weight Watchers 2 points. Vegan.
Broccoli & bok choy, coconut & curry. Say that three times, then add, distinct and delicious, easy and excellent, fun and flavorful. I could go on with all the letters of the alphabet, but you get the QT, yes?

This was one of those spur of the moment creations, just using up leftovers. But honestly, such creations don't always work out so well for me, I'm more about spotting good recipes than creating great recipes myself. But this one just happened and whoa -- call me glad!

THAI CURRY PASTE This is an amazing product. It comes in small jars, is inexpensive, takes just a smidge, lasts forever in the fridge and packs a real wollop of flavor. It's worth seeking out.

SIDE DISH? Sure, this makes for a great side dish. But the coconut milk is worth sopping up, so the broccoli-bok choy combination has great…

Classic Seven-Layer Salad ♥ A Favorite Family Recipe

A classic summer salad, the seven-layer salad, with layers of romaine, peas, bacon, cheese, tomato, cooked eggs. Great for potlucks and a family favorite for holidays year-round. So many people love this salad!
~recipe & photo updated 2011~
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2008: Last week my favorite Estonian blogger, Pille from the food blog Nami-Nami who also hosts the Estonian equivalent of Epicurious, visited for a few days. Ha! I write that so matter-of-factly, as if her visit all the way from Estonia were no big deal. But the few days we had were special, time spent with someone who, thanks to blogging, I 'already knew', even as we met face-to-face for the first time. Thank you, Pille, for coming to St. Louis!

On the Monday, we invited some St. Louis food bloggers over for a supper potluck. Since this was Pille's first trip to the U.S., "American food" was the theme.

For the first time ever, I made the classic seven-layer salad -- but only because it was …

Bok Choy Salad with Chinese Salad Dressing ♥

Today's salad recipe: A quick salad made with raw bok choy, tossed in a strong-flavored dressing of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, honey, cayenne and sesame seeds. Low carb. Weight Watchers 1 point.
Salad is for wimps, right? So goes the sentiment I still hear occasionally, the one where "real men" eat meat and "the ladies" eat salad. Ha. Whoever thinks that way (not that they're likely reading, but bear with me ...) should try this bok choy salad. Talk about flavor, both from the bok choy's pepper-y bite and the salad dressing's in-your-face flavor.

This is a hearty salad all by itself but by adding other ingredients, snowpeas, bean sprouts, cucumber, perhaps a creamy cheese to contrast, it would make a great supper salad. I wouldn't recommend the dressing for a tender lettuce -- it would likely overwhelm -- but think the dressing would be good tossed into steamed greens like mustard or leafy spinach (not baby spinach which is too tender for steami…

Kitchen Parade Extra: Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake Recipe

This week's recipe at KitchenParade.com: My recipe for rhubarb upside-down cake, a classic summer dessert recipe with just a touch of anise. Rustic, homey and delicious.
If you're a rhubarb lover, oh man, the rhubarb upside-down cake is a must-make right now, while the rhubarb's still so good. The column will also catch the eye of gardeners. Who else is battling bunnies?


NEVER MISS A KITCHEN PARADE RECIPE! Kitchen Parade is my food column, the one my mom started when I was a baby and that I started writing after she died - you know, a la Ann Landers and Heloise. The columns are published in my hometown newspapers and online at KitchenParade.com. Where A Veggie Venture is all about vegetable recipes, Kitchen Parade recipes cover all courses -- the Quick Supper recipes are real favorites. But good news: just like here at A Veggie Venture, all Kitchen Parade recipes include nutrition analysis and Weight Watchers points. There's even a special page of Weight Watchers recip…

Homemade Cobb Salad ♥ Summer Recipe

Today's recipe: The recipe for a classic Cobb salad made from the traditional Cobb salad ingredients: chicken, bacon, tomato, avocado, hard-cooked egg and blue cheese. Quick to assemble and impressive-looking. Low carb. Weight Watchers 7 points.
A Cobb salad just 'looks' so good, yes? And I was much pleased that a homemade (and much lighter) Cobb salad could taste so good, too.

Like many main dish salads, Cobb salad is an exercise in planning since it calls for cooked chicken, cooked bacon (Note to Vegetarians) plus hard-cooked eggs and a gorgeous buttermilk garlic dressing. THAT said, however, if the ingredients are already cooked, it assembles in minutes. And if they're not cooked, it took less time than I'd have thought to put the whole thing together start-to-finish -- about 30 minutes -- an effort yes, but definitely worth doing.

It's also a lesson in portion size management. Since a Cobb salad includes four proteins -- chicken, bacon, egg and cheese -- plus …

Buttermilk Garlic Salad Dressing ♥ A Homemade Substitute for Store-Bought Ranch Dressing

For anyone who likes ranch dressing, this is my homemade substitute. It's an easy salad dressing made from scratch with on-hand pantry ingredients. Low carb and Weight Watchers friendly!
~recipe & photo updated 2011~
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REVIEWS
"Oh, yum! This is incredibly good!" ~ T.
"Really good dressing!" ~ BellePlaine
"Wonderful recipe. The paprika is awesome! " ~ Mama Lynn
"Tried it and it tastes great; the house smells good too!" ~ Ron
"So delicious, I could eat it with a spoon!!" ~ Pam
2008: Since throwing down the challenge to Never Buy Salad Dressing Again, call me eagle-eyed for easy make-ahead salad dressings to replace bottled dressings from the supermarket.

This Buttermilk Garlic Salad Dressing recipe is turning out to be so versatile. It's great for dressing lettuce and salad greens but also as a dip (as pictured, used instead of ranch dressing) for raw vegetables. I can also see using it for a home…