Empty Nest? Time for Distraction.

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empty nest resolutions

College move-in day is upon us. If you’re a parent like me, this time of year feels like January, with some promise of privacy, calm, me-time and breathing room. Sounds like the ideal time to set a BTS {Back To School} Resolution. This week, I will officially join the empty nester club.  Thanks to some age and 18 years parenting experience, I’m confident I’ll be able to keep them.  It’s time to find a new distraction from the absence of your 18-year-old distraction!

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Who’s Responsible 4 U | When Your Kid Goes Off To College

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While I parented…for 18 yrs

Who’s responsible for you? This post is as much about empowerment as it is about change and complaining. I’ve been thinking about change and how I might do things differently. I been creating a long list of overdue projects, shiny goals and slick to-do’s. There is a lot of change on the horizon for me.

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Austrian Potato Salad – Ditch The Mayo

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Austrian Potato Salad No Mayo

~Recipe Revival~

It was a girlfriends summer lunch. Great friends, casual outdoor dinning, laughter and unexpectedly… a lot about Austria.

Where?  The place is one of my breakfast/lunch favorites, Brew Bakers in Middletown, CT.   I love the food at Brew Bakers, it doesn’t disappoint.

Austrian Potato Salad Recipe. Ditch the mayo and its a perfect fit-foodie sidedish at any BBQ Click To Tweet

Lunch was wonderful, I enjoyed an Ahi Tuna Wrap.  Yet, I tend to notice the little things.  Noteworthy was an unassuming side dish: Austrian Potato Salad. Simple, light, healthy, delicious and addictive.

Austrian Potato Salad – Ditch The Mayo

Austrian Potato Salad Ditch The Mayo

As I went on about my day, I couldn’t stop thinking about having it again. Simple as it was…surely, it must be easy enough to make at home?  Intrigued, I googled it and found many versions, including one from Wolfgang Puck {yet another Austrian}. Wolfgang dressed up his version and used high-end ingredients, {none of which I have on hand}, like Champagne Vinegar and Cornichons {yikes}. Determined, I kept looking….I found one that I believe closely replicates it, and could be made “homestyle” with everyday ingredients.  Being resourceful, Arnold and Wolfgang would approve, so will Chef Josef…I hope.

My heritage?  Yep, you guessed it, me too…half Austrian.  For a creamy and light potato salad recipe, do as we Austrians do: Ditch the mayo.  A perfect fit-foodie take-along to any BBQ.

So there you have it.

How’s your summer going?

Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad, which is your favorite?

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Austrian Potato Salad - No Mayo
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A creamy and light potato salad recipe, do as we Austrians do: Ditch the mayo. A perfect fit-foodie take-along to any BBQ.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
45 minutes
Austrian Potato Salad - No Mayo
Print Recipe
A creamy and light potato salad recipe, do as we Austrians do: Ditch the mayo. A perfect fit-foodie take-along to any BBQ.
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings
6-8 servings
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring potatoes, broth, water, 1 teaspoon salt, sugar, and 1 tablespoon vinegar to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until potatoes offer no resistance when pierced with paring knife, 15 to 17 minutes.
  2. Remove cover, increase heat to high (so cooking liquid will reduce), and cook 2 minutes.
  3. Drain potatoes in colander set over large bowl, reserving cooking liquid. Set drained potatoes aside.
  4. Pour off and discard all but ½ cup cooking liquid (if ½ cup liquid does not remain, add water to make ½ cup). Whisk remaining tablespoon vinegar, mustard, and oil into cooking liquid.
  5. Add ½ cup cooked potatoes to bowl with cooking liquid mixture and mash with potato masher or fork until thick sauce forms (mixture will be slightly chunky).
  6. Add remaining potatoes, onion, pickle relish and chives, folding gently with rubber spatula to combine. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature, refrigerate leftovers....if you have any. Holy Yum.
Recipe Notes

Notes:  The finished salad should be creamy and loose, with chunks of potato that keep their shape but are very tender. To maintain its consistency, don’t refrigerate the salad; it should be served within 4 hours of preparation. Adapted Recipe By: America’s Test Kitchen AutumnPTW.com

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1 Reason I Love The Olympics

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inspire

It’s almost time, and it’s just in time.  I love the Olympics!  I love watching it all, the opening the closing, the sports and the drama.  Theres not enough time in the day to catch it all, but I try.  I love watching the competition, the winning, the roar of the crowd. I love the renewed sense of national pride, the sportsmanship and the spirit of adventure. Most of all, I love the fact that the Olympics embodies the pursuit of our dreams.

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