Saturday, September 25, 2010

Warm Potato Salad

Hearty and versatile, potatoes are a good source of complex carbohydrates, iron, and potassium --nutrients that growing bodies need for energy. And there are lots of delicious varieties to try. Here's one of the example of healthy potato recipes you can make at home.

How to make:
  1. Place potatoes in large saucepan, and add enough cold salted water to cover. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in peas and carrots, and cook until carrots are tender, about 1 minute.
  2. Drain vegetables well. When cool enough to handle, cut potatoes in quarters and place in large bowl with peas and carrots.
  3. Meanwhile, cook bacon until crisp, and remove from pan. Crumble and set aside. Add vinegar, mustard, and pepper to drippings in pan, and whisk to mix. Pour warm dressing over potato mixture. Sprinkle with bacon, and stir to coat. Makes 6 cups.


Carving pumpkins is lot of fun. Although some design may look complicated, but as long as you have a pumpkin carving kit which are now available in most stores and a tiny saw, all it takes is time and patience.

Or if you want to frugal it, these are what you need: 
  • A pumpkin
  • A sharp kitchen knife
  • Metal spoon/ ice-cream scoop
  • Candle with a holder
  • And your imagination

    5 basic steps to carve your pumpkin:
    1. Cut a large circle around the pumpkin sted to make a "lid" you can pull out. The whole should be large enough to easily get your hand inside the pumpkin for cleaning. 
    2. Scoop out pumpkin innards. Thoroughly clean out the seeds and pulp from the inside of the gourd. You can use a large metal spoon or an ice cream scoop works well.
    3. Draw a face or design on the outside of pumpkin. Use your imagination or a pinned on template (poke holes around template lines onto your pumpkin with a pin or big needle to transfer design).
    4. Carve out your design. With a sharp kitchen knife or pumpkin cutting tool, carefully carve out the pieces to make your face or design. Expect design "chunks" to come out in several pieces. Remember, this is sculpting!
    5. Clean and Illuminate. After your pumpkin is carved and cleaned, illuminate the inside with a lit candle. (Special pumpkin mountable candles/holders are recommended for safety.)

    For a unique Jack-o' lantern, add a little glow paint, or fake blood. And you can insert a bowl into a carved pumpkin and add dry ice and warm water to create an extra spooky, smoke filled jack-o'lantern