Summer is in full swing! I can hardly believe it is July. We just celebrated my husbands’ birthday yesterday. Our kids were up early to spend the day with their dad. That is a gift in itself! Normally these people sleep pass breakfast.
They were really awesome kids! They were up and ready to make him a birthday breakfast.
I’ve been quite impressed at how they have taken to cooking. I don’t know if you remember, but part of our summer goals were to have the kids cook a meal every week. It has been so great!
My daughter seems to really enjoy going through cookbooks looking for recipes. My son generally picks something we have had regularly for his meal.
My daughter, like her mom, is a huge pasta lover. She has made homemade macaroni and cheese, chicken teriyaki, and tortellini alfredo. Each dish was fantastic. I’m impressed with her ability to make a good béchamel sauce.
My son has made some delicious grilled chicken kabobs and apricot glazed chicken.
He hasn’t spent nearly as much time in the kitchen as his sister, but he is doing a great job. First and foremost, his knife skills have improved considerably.
I seriously cringed as he first held one of my good sharp knives. If it is possible to cut through a solid cutting board, I think he could do it.
He was using so much force with every slice. My poor knives! After several times of me stopping to correct him, he finally understood that you don’t need to apply so much force or pressure when using a knife. A sharp knife will do the work for you. I could see the “light bulb” go off in his head as he effortlessly glided the knife though a piece of chicken.
If that knife had a voice, it would have been thanking him too
So, on your birthday you get to choose what you want for dinner. One of my husbands favorite foods is potatoes. He loves them any and all ways. But, he is always asking for potato salad. So, I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it for him.
I have this pot of curly lettuce growing on my deck. It is one of the only plants I have not managed to kill, so I am quite proud of it.
This lettuce is growing so quickly that I’m trying to use it everyday.
So, I decided to use my lettuce in a potato salad. A BLT potato salad! I love how the lettuce and tomatoes add so much color to the potatoes.
We really loved this salad. It’s creamy and full of great flavors, texture, and is perfect for any BBQ.
- 1½ lb. red potatoes, quartered
- ½ tbsp kosher salt
- ¼ cup reduced fat sour cream
- ¼ cup reduced fat mayonnaise
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
- 5 strips bacon, diced
- 2 cups curly leaf lettuce, chopped
- In a large pot cover potatoes with cold water. Add salt to the pot and boil for about 20 minutes or until fork tender.
- Drain potatoes and let cool.
- In a small bowl combine sour cream and mayonnaise. Season with pepper.
- Pour sauce over cooled potatoes and gently stir to cover potatoes. Taste for seasoning; add more salt or pepper if needed.
- Add in bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes.
- Serve warm or chilled.