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Rosemary-Roasted Potato Salad

Rosemary-Roasted Potato Salad Some of the best food in the world combine the simplest ingredients. Take this salad for example. Small new potatoes are roasted in oil and herbs until crisp and then tossed with fresh lemon juice and parsley. Sometimes I serve these potatoes as a breakfast side dish and sometimes I pair them up with a bowl of ranch dip and serve them as an appetizer. So savory. So versatile. So simple.

Rosemary-Roasted Potato Salad
Dinner Party by Jane Freiman

INGREDIENTS
3 medium shallots, peeled
1½ teaspoons fresh minced rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme leaves
Salt and ground black pepper
Cayenne pepper
1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil
3 pounds small new potatoes, rinsed and well-scrubbed
Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
1/4 cup minced parsley

DIRECTIONS
1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Mince the shallots and put them in a small bowl with the rosemary, thyme, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and the olive oil; stir well.

3. Quarter the potatoes and pat dry, and put them on a 13 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Pour the oil mixture over the potatoes and turn to coat potatoes completely. Roast the potatoes until they are browned and soft when pierced with a knife, turning them several times with a pancake spatula, about 35 to 40 minutes.

4. Cool potatoes to room temperature. Adjust seasoning to taste with salt pepper. Squeeze lemon juice over potatoes, sprinkle with parsley, and toss to mix thoroughly. Serve at room temperature.

Makes 6 servings

LINNELL’S NOTES
1. I like to use Italian parsley in this recipe.

2. The potatoes in the photograph were small, so I halved them instead of quartering them.

3. The cookbook author states, “The salad is most delicious at the point when the potatoes have just cooled to room temperature and some of the edges are still oven-crisp.”

Enjoy!

Sewing Projects That Help Others Making dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World, fleece blankets for Keaton Raphael Memorial (supporting children with cancer), and wheelchair/walker bags for residents living in senior care facilities, leaves me feeling “sew” good. These sewing projects bring me joy and relieve my stress. Even though I was a so-so student in my junior high school home economics class, I think my teacher Miss Kister would be proud of my work now. My only regret is I wish I had paid more attention in class.

#1 – Sewing for Charities
Sewing for Charities If you currently enjoy sewing or want to dust off your sewing skills and sew for charities, do a Google search for projects or check out this Sewing Charity List from Cyberseams. Whether it’s making receiving blankets for babies, chemotherapy turbans for cancer patients, or toiletry kits for shelters, there’s bound to be a project that tugs at your heartstrings. And if you don’t know how to sew, don’t let that limit your ability to help.

#2- Happiness
Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies I often write about joy and happiness, because I think in our busy lives we undervalue those states of being. PsyBlog shares highlights from recent psychology studies on happiness in Happiness:10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know. An easy read with interesting information – now that makes me happy.

#3 – Nifty Fifty
50 Milkshake Recipes Seeing Food Network’s recipes for 50 Milkshakes reminded me of a tiny burger place in a nearby town. This little place has a milkshake menu almost as large as the restaurant itself. If a Lemon Meringue or a Toasted Marshmallow milkshake sound tempting to you, check out the recipes.

#4 – Scotland
15 Reasons  Why Scotland Must Be On Your Bucket List Although the descriptions are persuasive, the photos in 15 Reasons Why Scotland Must Be On Your Bucket List will get you packing your bags. Need someone to carry your bags? I might be available!

#5 – The Consequences of Your Actions
“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Now go and spread joy!

Lemon Mascarpone Gelato

Lemon Mascarpone Gelato Looking at the bowl of ice cream sitting before you, you might think, “Plain old vanilla.” After first taste, however, you jump for joy at the bright lemon flavor that swims through your mouth. Together, fresh lemon and creamy mascarpone cheese form a delicious flavor combination reminiscent of cheesecake. Simply delightful!

Lemon Mascarpone Gelato
Max Falkowitz, Editor of Serious Eats:New York

INGREDIENTS
2 cups mascarpone cheese, chilled
1½ cups whole milk, chilled
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon fresh juice from 1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, slowly whisk together all ingredients until well combined. If cheese and milk are not already chilled, chill mixture in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Transfer mixture to ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately as soft serve or chill in freezer for 4 hours for a firmer texture.

Yields: About 1 quart

LINNELL’S NOTES
1. Mix the cheese and milk mixture together well, so that small lumps of mascarpone cheese don’t remain.

2. Because I have a large ice cream maker, I doubled the recipe.

Enjoy!

September 5, 2014 Edition Stealthily, I tiptoe outside with a weapon in my hand. I spot my unsuspecting nemesis, take aim, and rush towards him. I’m armed with a fully loaded Super Soaker that my husband purchased on clearance. My target is a squirrel, one of many who are breaking the branches off of my delicate Japanese maple tree. Once back inside, I think to myself, “Really? It’s come to this, has it? I’m a grandmother shooting squirrels with a water gun.” Am I crazy?

#1 – Get Some Sleep!
12 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep Maybe if I got more sleep, I wouldn’t be so crazy. And it’s not just me, several of my female friends also have sleeping issues. Of course, I’m not saying they’re crazy, too. If you have issues falling asleep and staying asleep you might want to read 12 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep from Pick the Brain. It’s a good reminder on how to develop better sleeping practices.

#2 – Saving Space
17 Space-Saving Designs Storing two apartments’ worth of stuff in my home for my adult kids is driving me crazy. Stuff is everywhere. Knowing that my space situation is temporary, I still appreciate the clever designs in 17 Ingeniously Designed Products That Will Solve Your Space Problem.

#3 – What Matters?
Knowing what Matters the Most to You Life is crazy, but do you let the business of life dominate the meaning of life? It’s easy to get caught up in the details of the day and lose sight of the big picture, your life. The four tips from the article Knowing What Matters to You Instead of Living by Default will help you focus on what matters to you the most.

#4 – Generated Paper
Generate Your Own Specialized Papers When you need a specialty type of paper, like graph paper, children’s writing paper, or music paper, don’t go out to the store to buy them. Just print them up on your home computer. That’s the concept behind the website generatedpaper.com, where you can download templates for free. I haven’t tried to print any paper yet, so let me know what you think of this site.

#5 – Be Crazy
“Sometimes, the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy.”
Matt Nguyen

Now go and spread joy!

A Grandmother's Oath The bundle of miracles cradled in my arms stretches and yawns. I gaze down at my granddaughter and think about this new life, this blank slate. I have a new role to uphold and to fulfill – that of a grandmother. As such, I write this oath to my dear Charlotte (and all my future grandchildren).

I promise I will:

Always, always love you unconditionally

Foster the creative spark that lives within you 

Ask you to remain true to yourself, no matter what

Nurture your individuality and not compare you to others

Live the rest of my days in such a way as to make you proud

Persuade you to be open-minded, to be fair, and to be cognizant that there are always two sides to a coin

Remind you that the quality of what’s in one’s heart far outweighs what’s in one’s wallet

Encourage you to be kind, to show gratitude, and to be respectful

Help you to understand the connection between man and earth

Share with you your family history, so you value your roots

Teach you the importance of giving back to others

 Show you the possibilities in the impossibilities

Inspire you to look for the joy in life

This I will do for you,

Your loving Yin-Yin

Some things can never be forgotten. The Lamaze breathing techniques that I learned more than 30 years ago came out of retirement today as I led my daughter-in-law through series after series of patterned-breathing. While my son applied pressure to his wife’s back, I held up my fingers and breathed randomly-chosen breathing sequences with her. It has been a long night and day and still no baby yet. Because I am still at the hospital awaiting the birth of my first grandchild, there will be no regular Friday’s Fresh Five! today.

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Basil-Corn Pudding

Basil-Corn Pudding A delicate and savory egg pudding showcases two of my favorite summer flavors: sweet corn and fragrant basil. This versatile dish makes a delightful accompaniment for supper or can take center stage as an entrée for a light meal or a Sunday brunch gathering.

Basil-Corn Pudding
Tori Ritchie

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for dish
3 green onions, sliced
2 cups corn kernels (see note)
Salt
Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 large eggs
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Pinch cayenne, optional

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 375° F and butter the insides of a 1½ quart souffle dish or other baking dish.

2. In a sauté pan or frying pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the green onions. Cook, stirring for a minute or two to soften, then add the corn and a good pinch of salt. Cook for 4 minutes, then stir in the basil and remove pan from the heat.

3. Let cool for a few minutes until the corn is just warm to the touch.

4. In a bowl, beat the eggs well with a whisk, then whisk in the half-and-half and the cheese. Scrape the cooled corn mixture from the pan into the bowl and stir well. Stir in the cayenne if using.

5. Pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish and bake until puffed and golden, about 45 minutes (if using a baking dish that’s flatter than a souffle dish, start checking after 35 minutes). Serve warm.

Cook’s Note: you’ll need 2 to 3 ears of corn to get 2 cups kernels, depending on the size of the ears. You can use white or yellow corn. You can also used thawed frozen corn.

Serves 4

LINNELL’S NOTES
1. This dish needs to cool a bit before serving so that it can set.

2. Because this is a pudding and not a soufflé, the batter is thin. The corn kernels will sink down to the bottom.

3. I added a generous pinch of cayenne pepper. Next time, I will add more.

4. It did not rise as much as I anticipated it would, even with an appropriate-sized baking dish. I’m going to try baking this recipe in individual ramekins next time; individual basil-corn puddings would be so perfect to serve for brunch.

Enjoy!

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