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kitchen diary: june 28

June 30, 2009


i’ve had a craving for potato salad for a few months now, but i’ve been waiting for a summer weekend to make it. these days, i’m thinking about picnics and the upcoming holiday weekend. on this sunny day, i give in and make my favorite … salt and vinegar potato salad.

i love this salad, and most everyone who tries it immediately asks for the recipe. i have a thing for salt and vinegar potato chips, so i knew it’d be good when i saw the recipe in gourmet a few years ago. it requires few ingredients, but the flavors here are killer. old bay, pickled onions, salt and vinegar, tossed with creamy potatoes. it’s perfect when eaten warm, and also delicious cold, for lunch later in the week.
[a few cooking notes: i think it’s better to thinly slice the onion, or it can overwhelm the salad; also, i let the onions pickle in the vinegar for 90 minutes; finally, do not add all of the olive oil that the recipe calls for – it’s way too much – add to taste, or until the potatoes are glossy].


for dessert, i make another dish i’ve been dreaming about since last summer: sour cherry cobbler. sour cherry season is short, but i fell for them while living in michigan (i think michigan cherries are better, but the ones i find at the market in brooklyn are still mighty good). pitting the cherries can be tedious; on sunday evening, however, it occupies an hour of quiet while sitting on the roofdeck and i find it quite satisfying (then again, i also really enjoy shucking corn). i bake up the cherries with a simple biscuit topping, and the dessert is every bit as good as i remember.

  1. marthasnail permalink
    June 30, 2009 8:49 am

    both sound excellent. need to find cherries asap.

  2. June 30, 2009 9:01 am

    i’ve been craving cherry pie, but maybe cobbler is the way to go. i made pickles this weekend, from this recipe. so easy and so fast. the perfect use for a pint of kirbys.

  3. June 30, 2009 10:36 am

    oh, both of those sound and look great. i need to go make them!

  4. June 30, 2009 11:16 am

    Yum times a million. I am so making that potato salad this weekend.

    Cherries are a zillion dollars here.

  5. June 30, 2009 11:49 am

    Sour cherries are the best and I am a big fan of Old Bay and potatoes! Have you tried the Utz crab chip ( I was a bit skeptical at first but totally got hooked on them when I was living in DC.

  6. June 30, 2009 11:53 am

    I am out to make a cobbler for this weekend’s festivities. I think a cherry one is in order too.

  7. June 30, 2009 12:03 pm

    Id love to see a pic of the actual cobbler – its sounds delish!

  8. June 30, 2009 1:32 pm

    Looks very very good.

  9. Sam permalink
    June 30, 2009 1:34 pm

    THE RECIPE! I can make it myself now…Sadly I remain dependent on you for my pickled green bean needs. But someday Brian…someday, I will stand on my own two feet.

  10. June 30, 2009 3:59 pm

    I love potato salad as well. Yours looks so delicious. I was sold as soon as I read salt and vinegar. The pickled onions are a great bonus. Yum!

  11. July 1, 2009 1:39 pm

    Oh, but there is nothing like a Michigan cherry! The cobbler sounds delish, and the potato salad even better. (Found you through Joy+ride today, what lovely work).

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