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Potato salad secrets?

Well, I've been cut off for info for a while. Dang! She says she doesn't want her secret on the internet :( I'm pretty bummed, but I guess I could see feeling the same. The last bit of info I can give you is this: it's not buttermilk or horseradish, and she does use a bit of granulated sugar.
It's been fun and even if I can't keep getting info from her I love reading these posts! I'm thinking now I'd like to try a batch with white potatoes and rutabaga or maybe turnips for something a little different.

Apr 09, 2012
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Venison recipes

You are very welcome! If you try it this way tell me what you think. I hope you really enjoy it! :)
P.S. the elk roast with pistachios sounds excellent!

Apr 08, 2012
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What is one tip that you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference? [old]

Wowie, what a great big question! I think my best advice to anyone is use what you know and trust your gut (and your tongue)! Combine the practical knowledge you have with the artistic/creative, and the nurturing <3

Apr 07, 2012
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Carp anyone?

I have only recently discovered the true merit of paprika and I can imagine the combo. I will definitely look into it. I have been imagining a soup might be a good dish to try carp in. Thank you!

Apr 07, 2012
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Carp anyone?

Aha, buttermilk! Will try! :)

Apr 07, 2012
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Carp anyone?

Thank you, seamunky! Another great method, looks delicious!

Apr 07, 2012
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Venison recipes

From northern WI/central MN, this is my favorite go-to venison meal:
First, make sure to trim all of the fat and silver skin off the venison-very important, especially if you've got meat from an older animal or one that probably spent some time in a swampy area! Then, soak it in baking soda water for about half an hour. Remove and rinse thoroughly with cool water. I like to braise it and start out slowly with a couple changes of water until you don't find any "scum" on the water. Now, center the cut in the pot and add enough water and red table wine to come up to about half way on the meat. At this point I loosely cover it and watch it. You want to slow cook it on the stove top for at least 2 hrs. I usually do more like 4. So, keep adding liquid as it cooks off and when you get to about an hour before you're done, toss in a packet of onion soup mix, a can of sliced mushrooms (or fresh is even better!) and some more wine.
The main points I've found are to: Remove all fat and silver skin, add some strong flavors, and keep it moist and cook slowly.
I serve this with mashed baked buttercup squash, and roasted potatoes and carrots and it is to die for! Even friends who "don't eat venison" love this meal!

Apr 07, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Hey scoopG! I haven't seen her yet today, so the list I posted 2 days ago is the most current update :( If I get a chance I will post tonight or tomorrow, though! I'm thinking I'm going to add buttermilk and horseradish to my guess list, what do you think? Oh, and I can definitely say it's an ingredient as opposed to a method. I saw a few people posted hints about tossing with vinegar while hot, etc so I brought that up.. Nope, ingredient for sure. Hmph. Lol, she is such a stinker! :D

Apr 02, 2012
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Vegetarian accompaniment to leg of lamb?

Wow, some fabulous suggestions so far! Spring time always makes me think of a wilted lettuce salad.. Assorted spring greens tossed with green onions and hot buttermilk/ or vinegar dressing (topped with roasted nuts and veggie bacon). Or maybe a nice spring fruit salad w/a honey-poppy seed dressing. These are not really main dish foods, but could be great along side some of the other suggestions other folks have had. Plus, even the non-veggies, I think, would enjoy these! :)

Apr 01, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Great tip you guys! Yum! Thank you!

Apr 01, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Gosh, you know, I don't see her every day and I still don't have the list. Don't worry about it, though. I started this thread for fun :)
All I can definitively say before I see her again to ask is: white potatoes, mayo, onion, salt and pepper. Literally, that is all I know. I can say that the ingredient I am looking for is not any of these (and some of these may or may not be in her recipe, I don't recall): mustard, eggs, pickles or pickle juice, sage, thyme, anchovies or sardines, celery, celery seed, dill, cumin, sour cream, sugar-granulated or powdered, yogurt, pate, apples-or any other fruit, garlic, vinegar, peas, peppers, green onions, parsley, bacon, pimiento.

Mar 31, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Aha! I'm not sure if this is it, but I like the idea! Thank you, that sounds great!

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

I work in natural resources and am pretty familiar with those concerns. Yes, you are definitely right! Fortunately I live in an area with a relatively low risk of contamination-on the St Croix River on the border between MN and WI. And, the carp get pretty darn big here! Thank you very much for the bait tips, that's great! :)

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

That sounds delicious! Lovely tradition :) Thanks for sharing that!

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

I have heard that... I may take a look at some gefilte fish recipes for ideas, too. Thank you :)

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

I will look into the bean sauce, yum, thanks!

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

All of those sound great, thank you!!

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

Ha ha! Yeah, I have heard that the bones make it tricky to prep. I think that along with the tendency for it to have a muddy flavor are going to be the things to figure out.

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

Thank you! I love the soy sauce and sugar idea! :)

Mar 31, 2012
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Carp anyone?

Several factors have led me to the decision to fish for and learn to prepare carp this summer: A) it's an invasive species here and could stand some predation B) Many other cultures-outside of the USA- not only eat, but seem to very much enjoy carp C) it is (essentially) free and I am broke

Does anyone have any tips on anything from fishing for to cooking carp or maybe even other rough fish?

Mar 29, 2012
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any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

Oooh...the peppers are a wonderful idea!! I'm going to do that this weekend!

Mar 29, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

I didn't...I haven't really kept track, unfortunately. All I know is that anything I've guessed so far hasn't been right for that one ingredient. I really should, though. Good point, thank you! :)

Mar 29, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

I know! I'm not convinced I've found "the secret" yet but it has been so fun reading all the great stories and tips! My picnics this summer are going to be a bit different this year!! :D

Mar 26, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Oh not at all that serious, I think she is being playful at this point! :)

Mar 26, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Yum, roasted potatoes sound like a better start to PS than boiled!

Mar 25, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Ha ha! That is a great idea!! :)

Mar 25, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

I wont see her until Monday, but I've got my guess list and will take down any other items she will give me as freebies!

Mar 24, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Ha ha! I suppose! Gosh...that sounds a little wrong, but pretty darn good! :D

Mar 24, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

That is a really great tip about the mayo! Thank you, I will try it for sure!

Mar 23, 2012
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Potato salad secrets?

Thanks for the link, that looks and sounds really really good!!

Mar 23, 2012
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