Baby Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Sweet baby potatoes, savory bacon, and a hit of fresh lemon make a perfect side dish for almost any occasion.
Baby Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Don’t you just love a nice big salad?

Yes, those delicious greens…a nice fresh dressing…bacon, sure…potatoes….

Um, okay, maybe it’s not exactly the kind of salad you grab with your co-workers for a typical Tuesday lunch.  But that’s your own mistake.  Because this salad is pretty outstanding.

And I wasn’t being ENTIRELY misleading with my opening sentence.  Greens = nice healthy chives (those count, right?).  Dressing = a lovely citrus blend (okay with bacon…lots of bacon).

In all seriousness, the lemon in the vinaigrette is unexpectedly fresh.  You use both the juice and zest, and together they really brighten up the flavors and cut through what might otherwise be a heavy dish.  (Heavy?  Potato salad?  Whaaa…?)  I’ve eaten some mighty fine German potato salads with extra-extra-extra bacon, and it’s hard to argue with that kind of logic.  But I would actually take this salad, with the bit of citrusy zip, over its similar cousins.  Definitely don’t leave out the lemon. (Or the bacon, actually.  But I doubt I have to spell that out for you.)

Baby Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

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Grapefruit Margarita

This easy grapefruit margarita recipe is a little sweet, a little tart, and altogether way too smooth.

This easy grapefruit margarita recipe is a little sweet, a little tart, and altogether way too smooth.

It’s national margarita day!

I love fake holidays.  They give me an excuse to do things I would do anyway.  Like drink these grapefruit margaritas…which we generally keep stocked in the freezer in a large mason jar, in case of emergency.

Speaking of which, these drinks should come with a caution sign.  Actually, two caution signs.

#1: “These contain quite a bit of alcohol.”

#2: “They’re also really delicious and you’ll want to drink quite a bit of them, so ergo, see #1.”

Ross invented them.  It’s his fault.

But honestly, they’re just so darn refreshing, and go down so easy….I mean, apart from it being national margarita day, I want to drink them basically any time: (1) it’s Friday, (2) I’m eating nachos, (3) it’s Saturday, (4) I’m eating tacos, (5) it’s a day, (6) I’m eating, (7) I’m awake.

This easy grapefruit margarita recipe is a little sweet, a little tart, and altogether way too smooth.

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Sadelle’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Super rich and chewy, these little guys changed my entire worldview on oatmeal raisin cookies.Sadelle's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Raisin cookies are a blasphemous lie.

At least I’ve always felt that way.  It could be that I’m used to seeing chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal, but so many times I’ve reached for a treat with that trademark oatmeal texture and dark spots, expecting to bite into delicious melty chocolate, only to come away with desiccated fruit.  So needless to say, I’m not usually a fan.  I’ll admit, there has been the occasional one that’s made me question my distaste for them, but by and large, I am unimpressed.

But these cookies have changed that.  These are amazing.  Not amazing for oatmeal raisin cookies, just flat out amazing.

We were browsing one of our favorite blogs when we stumbled across this recipe.  She had adapted it from the Sadelle’s bakery in Manhattan, and the timing was rather fortuitous as we were heading to New York a couple of weeks later to meet up with some friends.  And so on a brisk Sunday morning, wanting to conduct thorough research (for science you see), we made a little detour on our way to our favorite NYC brunch spot (Jane – go on a Sunday and order both the French toast and the BLTE – even if it’s just you) and got a cookie.

Hey, it has oatmeal, which makes it a breakfast food, and breakfast is before brunch, so you can take those judgmental stares elsewhere, m’kay?

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Red Velvet Waffle and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches

Next level ice cream sandwiches: lovely, crisp waffles with a ridiculously creamy filling.  Don’t forget the sprinkles.Red Velvet Waffle and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches

Oh man.  You know what makes me happy?

Waffles.  Ice cream.  Puppies.  Not necessarily in that order.  But I’m starting with waffles and ice cream today because, tadahhhhhhh!  They’ve combined forces to make something even more powerful than either item alone!  WAFFLE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES!  And not just any waffle ice cream sandwich … which is not to imply that any waffle ice cream sandwich would be, you know, BAD … but these are just right up my alley.

Light and crispy red velvet waffles.

And thick and rich cream cheese ice cream.

Also, hey, sprinkles, because it’s almost Valentine’s Day!  More on those sprinkles later.

Not only do I adore waffles and ice cream, but this recipe also requires the use of my two favorite kitchen appliances.  HINT: One makes waffles.  One makes ice cream.

Interestingly, these were the two appliances that Ross used to dismiss as “unnecessary.”  But when it came time to register for wedding gifts, I insisted on including a waffle iron and an ice cream maker, and know what he says about them now?

“Oh sweetheart, you were SO INCREDIBLY RIGHT, as USUAL!”

Well, not quite.  But he’s totally come around to them.  I think the initial resistance came from the fact that his family didn’t own either one growing up, which seems crazy to me.  Then again, I grew up without a stand mixer, and I still wonder, even now, if it’s totally necessary to take up all that cabinet space… but the fact is, we use the stand mixer, and the waffle iron, and the ice cream maker in regular rotation, so for us, they’ve earned their room and board.  I say that as someone who used to live in the shoeboxiest of Manhattan shoeboxes, and someone who thinks twice and thrice (What’s four times? Fouice?) before buying anything for the kitchen.

By the way, even though a waffle iron and ice cream maker were questionable to Ross, he has found Pastasaurus to be a necessary item in our household, OBVIOUSLY LIZ.  (For the record, I’m okay with it too.)

Red Velvet Waffle and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

These punched-up chicken and waffle sliders are bite-sized packages of crispy, smoky, cheesy heaven.
Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

Oh yes.  They’re here.

All week, we’ve been leading up to this big, big moment.  A big moment for the big game.  Your ultimate Super Bowl snack.

We started with these Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites.

We threw in this Bacon Jam.

We teased you with this sneak peek:

Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

Now, FINALLY, we put them all together with cheese and carbs (or as Jim Gaffigan would say, “something…elegant”) and it made our wildest dreams come true.

Behold our chicken and waffle slider.  Or, to be more specific, our pretzel-crusted chicken and cheddar waffle slider with bacon jam and jalapenos.  Or, you know, crack.

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