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Graduation Potato Salad

This is the time of the year when we are enjoying reunions, backyard barbecues and graduations.  I am sharing a recipe with you that is very special to me.  When I graduated from High-school (that was a few years ago), my German neighbor Gerda made delicious Potato Salad for my graduation.  I never had a recipe but this is how I remember the Potato Salad.  Whenever I make this Potato Salad I get rave reviews, and I remember the kindness of my next door neighbor.

Potato Salad
8 all-purpose potatoes
1 pound of smoked cottage ham, or smoked ham diced (Available at your local meat market)
8 green onions (1 bunch of green onions)
1/2 cup diced dill pickles

2 cups of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of dill pickle juice
1 Tablespoon of yellow mustard

Boil the potatoes for 45 minutes (until done), remove the potatoes and allow to cool. Peel the potatoes and use the side of a grater to thinly slice the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the diced ham to the sliced potatoes. Wash the green onions and trim off the roots. Dice up the green onions, stems and all. Add to the potatoes and ham. Add the diced dill pickles to the potatoes. Mix the dressing ingredients together with a whisk, and pour over the potato mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate overnight.

Hopefully this will become a tradition for your family.

That’s all for today.  Until next time…From our Butcher’s Block to your Table.

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Cheeseburger Salad

I missed doing my Blog last week. When we were in Mexico my mom was hospitalized. I went down last Tuesday and spent time with her. I actually cooked her pasta and meatballs and made freezer meals for her to enjoy.

I am back in the saddle this week. I am sharing this recipe for Cheeseburger Salad. The Butcher and I really enjoyed this. The Butcher rated it 8.6. I don’t know what we would have to do to raise the rating.  Until the weather warms up, you can cook the burgers and grill the onions in an iron skillet.

Cheeseburger Salad

4 hamburger patties (available at your local meat market)
4 cups chopped lettuce
4 dill pickle spears, chopped
1/2 small red onion, sliced into rings
avocado (peeled and sliced)
1 tomato (diced) or 16 cherry tomatoes cut in 2
1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 red onion diced


1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon dill pickle juice
4 teaspoons ketchup
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon paprika (smoked paprika can be used)

Grill or cook the burgers in an iron skillet. Cook the sliced onions 4 to 5 minutes after the burgers are done. Put lettuce, pickles, tomato, avocado, diced onion into a bowl. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Put 1/4 of the grilled onions, cheese, and 1 chopped patty on each plate. Drizzle 1/4th of the dressing on each plate. Enjoy!

Until next time…From our Butcher’s Block to your Table.

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Potato Salad–Butcher’s Wife style

Here we are ready to enter July. It is hard to believe the 4th is this coming week-end. It looks like the weather is going to cooperate. If you have time, this is an excellent potato salad recipe. If you are running out of time, I have your back. I have ordered in a great selection of Herold’s Salads for this week. Be safe! Until next time…from Our Butcher Block to your Table.


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Inside Out Bacon Cheeseburgers

Happy Tuesday to you.  It has started to feel like Fall in Northeast Ohio.  I’m not complaining–just stating a fact.  Before I share a simple recipe I want to Mauri-1take a minute to thank all of you.  I have reached my goal weight of 115 pounds.  I feel like you are my accountability partners.  I have shared recipes with you and kept you updated as I converted to the Paleo lifestyle.  I have to tell you, I feel great.  I am eating wonderful food and I am certainly not starving.  My sister Fredda is going to start the Paleo lifestyle on August 18th.  Is there anyone else that might like to start at the same time and share your progress with her?  Let me know.  I will be happy to coordinate that.  Also, I am not going anywhere.  I am staying on the Paleo plan.  Keep reading my blog  I will keep you posted on how this works for the long haul.

Inside Out Bacon Cheeseburgers

2 pounds of Extra Lean Ground BeefInside out Bacon Cheeseburgers 2
8 Strips of Bacon, fried crisp.
6 slices of Mozzarella cheese (or a good melting cheese of your choice)
salt and pepper to taste

Make 12 very flat patties out of the Ground Beef. Put the cheese on the thin patty.  Divide the cooked bacon and place on the cheese.  Place another patty on top of the bacon and pinch around the edges to enclose the bacon and cheese and to make one patty out of the 2 patties. Continue this process until you have 6 patties. Season the patties with salt and pepper.  Put the burgers on the grill.   Cook for 2 minutes and flip. Cook the burgers for approximately 15 minutes flipping frequently.  Who says you need buns for a great burger?  Top with dill pickles, onions, tomatoes, peppers, the choices are endless.  The results are delicious and you can heat up the leftovers for lunch.

Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.Inside out Bacon Cheeseburger 4

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