9/23/09

Summer Meal Planning and moving toward Fall

We didn't follow a true rotating menu plan over the summer but we did tend to have some of the same types of summer meals, just not a set rotation. We based the "when" of the meal on a few factors such as "too hot too cook", "too hot to even grill", "daddy not home early enough to grill".

One of the things we did seem to have fairly regularly as a side dish was "baked potato" salad. Honeybear does not care for more traditional potato salads but this one was a big hit with the whole family.

here is an idea of how I put it together. I don't really measure, I tend to eyeball and then taste and adjust. Please adjust according to your taste and needs.

5-6 medium potatoes cooked, peeled and chunked. I did try baking but found that boiled were easier to work with.
Bacon bits or cooked crumbled bacon
about 1 1/2 cups (give or take) shredded cheddar cheese
Dried Chives to taste (buy in bulk spice section if available to save money)
salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing, I mixed equal parts of sour cream with mayonnaise and added a bit of garlic powder. I really did just guess about the amounts but I did keep it fairly "equal"

Mix it all together and refrigerate for an hour or so. If it seems to "dry" after refrigerating you can mix in a little milk to moisten it. I tend to make it a little creamier so that it isn't so dry after being refrigerated. You can garnish with additional bacon bits or chives when you serve it.

Today I pulled out the rotating menu plan. I looked for the week that had "lasagna hot dish" and then looked for Wednesday (today). Wednesday on my Rotating Menu Plan is soup. I decided that though fall is now official, it was too hot for soup. hence my falling back on my summer stand by of baked pototo salad. Tomorrow's a birthday here and keeping with tradition the birthday girl gets to pick her dinner.

I'm looking forward to getting back to my rotating menu and it was quite to nice to have that chart laid out and ready to grab for choices for dinner.

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