Area Voices Bloggers Picnic

Area Voices Bloggers, this is your chance to meet other bloggers. Lindenwood Park in Fargo, 6PM Tuesday evening June 23, 2009. Bring your own beverages, plates, silverware and a dish to share. Buffalo Gal is baking up a rhubarb desert, East Side is bringing some ham and turkey sandwiches, and I am bringing my famous potato salad! It should be a fun evening, I am looking forward to it! I will put up a bright and cheerful sign at the main entrance with the chosen shelter number on it. Prairie Woman and Peace Garden Mama will be joining us, and if you are a blog writer I hope you will too!

About Picnics.. keep the hot stuff hot, and the cold stuff cold. I rarely make hot stuff, Far Guy would agree. But if I were to make something hot, which would be highly unlikely, I would put it in a crock pot… or do it the old way. My old way was this: I would boil up some hot dogs, place them in their buns and then wrap them in aluminum foil and put them in an old roaster, grab the ketchup, some chips and a beverage and we could be picnicking in no time..with warm hot dogs..cause there is nothing worse than a cold dog.

Keeping the cold stuff cold, now this requires a bit of planning. First you need two bowls and a coffee cup. Pretty ones that are mostly matchy, matchy and different sizes work great.

No, I have not taken leave of my senses..recently. I partially filled the beautiful enamel bowl with water, then I set the beautiful non crystal but a cheap imitation inside the beautiful enamel bowl, making sure that it did not overflow when I so gently added a coffee cup that reminds me of chocolate. Then I threw it into the freezer..well not exactly..but you get the idea. Actually I walked very carefully as it sloshed around. Water is heavy..it weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon. Extra info I know, but just in case you were ever on Who wants to be a Millionaire or something… Freeze it overnight.

The next morning, take it out of the freezer, remove the coffee cup weight, add your salad, away you go to your picnic! Of course you could just use a cooler, I will use a cooler partially filled with ice to nestle my bowl in for longer trips to picnics. This salad, such as it is will stay cool on any serving table for quite some time..when the ice has all melted and the water is warm it is no longer safe to eat. Hopefully by that time, your salad is all gone!

Yes, I know, I didn’t actually make the potato salad..but it is a great illusion..don’t you think? I will be making my famous potato salad a few times this summer. Just use your imagination to taste it, not too tart, not too sweet..I would share the exact recipe with you, but I got it from my Mom and it goes something like this. Cook potatoes and eggs..cool.. Chop green onion..these main ingredients are pleasantly joined in a well blended mixture of KRAFT Miracle Whip ( no substitutes), mustard any old cheap kind as long as it is yellow, Half and Half, salt, pepper, a dash of white vinegar and white sugar. I taste as I go, and I just know when it is right. A sunny pale yellow color, with a creamy texture. Enough should be added to the potatoes and eggs so that it is fairly moist but not soupy! This does not make me a chef, just an old lady without a real recipe:)
 

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8 Responses to Area Voices Bloggers Picnic

  1. buffalogal says:

    You are READY for prime time as a TV chef show!
    What a great suggestion for a an “ice bowl”.
    I am already drooling over the idea of the potato salad on my taste buds.

  2. PrairieWoman says:

    Looking forward to it Far Side.

  3. Avatar of astrobob astrobob says:

    Hi Far, even though I won’t be able to make it, it was fun that you reported on this to let all of us know. I agree too about the cool “ice bowl” comment above. Hope you and Far Guy are doing well. Have you been shooting any more dog clouds lately?

  4. Ann says:

    I’m so busted. I was going to come to the party. Even if I just read. But I have to be on my way to the cities that day. Well there’s always next year.

  5. Avatar of abra la mente says:

    Looks as if I’ve worked it into my schedule and a road trip is in order!!

  6. Far Side of Fifty says:

    Abra, I am so glad you will be there!!
    Astro Bob, I am very sorry that you and the bird man can’t come..that’s a bummer.
    Ann, You would have been a very welcomed reader! Sorry you can’t fit us into your schedule.
    Prairie Woman, I am looking forward to it also!
    B Gal, Don’t drool yet! :)

  7. Far Side of Fifty says:

    Shelter number 2 at Lindenwood has been reserved for us:)

  8. Far Side of Fifty says:

    ***Update, we now have the main shelter at Lindenwood, rain has made the river come up. So we will be in the Main Picnic Shelter which was described to me as a Large, Dark Brown Shelter in the Middle of the park:)