My Mother worked for a while in a deli at a store called Oliver T’s, in Grand Blanc, MI (I believe it has been out of business for several years, now). They made a potato salad in their deli that is simple and yum, and here it is. I am thinking that it will be my neo-traditional May Day (May 1 every year) recipe. Don’t forget the fresh dill!
boiled red potatoes, cut up into large chunks
boiled eggs, diced
finely diced onion and celery
fresh dill, minced
Dressing is made up of one part mayonnaise and one part ranch dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Here’s my own rendition of meatloaf that we like to use up ground venison. I based it on an old Ann Landers’ recipe that my Mother used when I was a kid, but I wanted to eliminate ketchup. This loaf is tasty from the oven, but also good sliced cold as a Club sandwich on sprouted bread with lettuce, tomato and mayo.
2 lbs. ground venison or lean beef
1 and 1/2 cups bread crumbs from 100% flourless, sprouted grain bread (3-4 loaf ends)
1 packet Simply Organic French Onion Dip mix (powder)
1/2 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 15 oz can tomato sauce, split
1 tiny scoop KAL 100% stevia extract powder or use other sweetener (this replaces the usual sweetness of ketchup)
2 Tbsp. melted lard PLUS 2 Tbsp. melted bacon grease, or some combination thereof (because venison is very lean)
1.5 oz. of bacon (4 slices if very thin, 2 slices of thicker cut, or measure 1.5 oz of ground bacon ends)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Prepare large loaf pan. Mine is a bit larger than my other one that says “1 lb.” Put a sling of parchment paper overhanging the long sides. Place the loaf pan onto a sheet pan to collect spills when baking.
- Grind bread ends into crumbs in a food processor. This is a good time to add all the dry powder spices.
- Divide the tomato juice by measuring 3/4 cup into a large mixing bowl. Mix in stevia. If for some reason, you oppose the bacon, then by all means add some salt to the tomato sauce before you split it! The dip mix has some salt, but the bacon definitely adds more salt. So, I’d say try about 1 tsp. salt.
- Mix in by hand: ground meat, lard and bacon grease.
- Mix in by hand: eggs. (It probably helps to wisk them before pouring into meat.)
- Pack the meat mixture into the loaf pan. Lay the strips of bacon on top. Pour the rest of the tomato sauce from the can all over the meat and bacon, filling to the tippy top if necessary.
- Bake for about 2 hours, checking for 155-160F internal temperature. Or use my method: cut into the loaf and look at the texture.
- Cool a few minutes, remove from pan and slice. I only slice off what we will eat, then cool or refrigerate all the way before slicing the rest.
I just did yet another general grocery comparison between Target and Trader Joe’s. I used comparable items. Aww, did I already spoil the surprise? Continue reading
I just had to post some really great simple explanations of a few things that have been bothering me for a while about sinus infections, biofilms, etc. Here’s some great info from an interview transcript. And, now that I’ve seen this website and know this guy is Paleo-Primal supportive, I will have to check this site out more often! (I just signed up for his emails starting with “Beyond Paleo series.”)
So, visit the page on “RHR: The Highly Effective (But Little Known) Treatment For Chronic Sinusitis” by Chris Kresser
Then note that the audio file at “17:20 What do you recommend for chronic sinus infections?” has been transcribed and read through that section. Packed with lots of great info!
How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World
by Faith McNulty. Marc Simont, Illus.
This book is great any time of year, for any child. I LOVE this book. Not that we read it over and over again: we haven’t. But, that reading it even once to a child (I’d say ages 4-9) will bring an age appropriate geology lesson. I love that it is a playful way of tapping into the imagination. And, it’s teaching all about the layers of the Earth, a kind of Journey to the Center of the Earth with an approach that works well not only for the Waldorf child, but for any child. Not overly technical, rather giving the child a framework concept about the Earth being round, having layers, containing heat in the center. Die-hard pure science fans may not love it, but children and parents who know that younger children learn through fantasy will appreciate this story. Consider this for late Autumn, post-Martinmas, pre-Advent, when gnomes and other Earth folk begin waking up down underground and making/mining crystals and rocks. And, be prepared with some True Temper Kids’ shovels and a find a place to dig a hole.