Monday, July 13, 2009

French Potato Salad

My husband has returned back to his job, but I have two more wonderful weeks of vacation. We managed to get to Cambria, California where we spent a wonderful day having lunch, visiting the ocean (which is very windy) and reconnecting as a married couple again. It's amazing how busy we get when we are both working!

I took a lot of photographs of the gardens in Cambria... so many, that I need to edit and decide which ones I should share with all of you.

In the meantime, I'm finding my way back into my kitchen. Most of last week, we spent dining out-- which is highly unusual for us. We even played "tourist" in Cannery Row (though I bumped into someone I work with). We had a wonderful dinner at John Pisto's Whaling Station. (I didn't bring my camera, because my husband still can't get used to me photographing everything that we eat. )

I made this potato salad a few weeks ago. How many of you "forget" about a recipe you've made, and then you find it in your photo archives. Please say that you do!

I was inspired to make this salad, because I had chives that were growing like gangbusters. I also had chervil that grew to bigger proportions that I imagined it could, and I've also discovered that tarragon grows like weeds! I happen to love tarragon, though some people find it over-powering.

I've made this recipe before, but this time I made a few adjustments:

I adjusted the herbs to be tarragon, chives, and chervil. While I love scallions, I also used shallots-- because I had a lot of them, and I love them. For those of you with a keen eye, I used all Yukon Gold Potatoes-- because that's what was in my fridge. You can, of course, add fresh green beans-- blanched, because I like the crunchiness of them. I think this is a very versatile recipe, as most of Ina's recipes are.

I didn't have champagne vinegar, but I think I used white wine vinegar instead. It turned out just fine-- very refreshing and a lot less fattening than potato salad with mayo.

So, here's Ina's recipe that inspired me to make this long ago.

My girlfriend, who lives in Rhode Island, says that she is enjoying a brief appearance of sunshine. I feel so blessed, to have temps in the mid-70's. I am so loving and appreciating my staycation!

I'm off to visit my regular food blogs. I want to see what y'all have been up to!

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Stacey Snacks said...

Ooohhh la la Deb!
I love that potato salad.
Get back in the kitchen lady!

Monica H said...

I forget about recipes often. I have many to blog about, maybe I'll manage to get one posted tonight.

In the meantime, I have meatloaf in the oven and I'm using your techinique of baking it on a rack. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Donna-FFW said...

I love when I remember a forgotten recipe. Enjoyed your trio of fresh herbs in this salad. Also like the idea of a green bean crunch.

Kerstin said...

What a lovely potato salad - I love all the fresh herbs and that you used shallots!

Kate said...

This looks great! I love side dishes and potato salad in the summer is always a hit. I will give it a try.

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oooooh Deb I just love potato salad and this one looks a winner with all those fresh herbs!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm ready for the picnic - that potato salad is perfect for a lovely summer day!

unconfidential cook said...

I love French potato salad, and this recipe looks like a beauty. Yes, I do forget what I've made (and a lot of other things, too).

Frances said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Debby. I will get my email added soon.