One week of summer left before the girls start school. I know summer doesn’t officially end until something like September 21, but for us, it ends on August 16. I really wish that they didn’t have to go back until after Labor Day, like we did when I was in school. It feels like they didn’t get much of a break.
I thought I’d share some of our favorite dishes that we’ve been enjoying this summer. There are certain things that I only make during summer. Like sweet tea and baked beans. I don’t know why, but there are just some things that only sound good to me when the weather is a certain way. Like chili in the fall and winter.
Anyway, here are a couple of recipes that we love in the summer time.
53 oz. pork & beans, drained, reserve liquid
1/2 lb. bacon
2 C. bbq sauce
1 sm. onion, chopped
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 t. seasoning salt
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 t. dry mustard
Combine bbq sauce, onion, brown sugar, salt, green pepper & mustard.
Pour baked beans and 1/2 of reserved liquid into 9 x 13 dish.
Pour in bbq sauce mixture and mix well.
Place bacon on top.
Bake at 350 for 1 hr.
1 t. salt
1/4 C. sugar
1/8 C. water
1/4 C. vinegar
1/2 t. celery seed or celery salt (I prefer the salt)
1/4 C. chopped red onion (I never add this)
Wash cucumbers and slice wafer thin. You can peel them too if you want. I usually don’t.
Sprinkle w/salt and let stand 30 min.
Squeeze cucumbers to release moisture.
In med. bowl, mix sugar, water, vinegar, celery salt & onion.
Add cukes and mix well.
Refrigerate at least 1 hr. before eating.
This next recipe I made for the first time this summer. Everyone in our family loves mamaw’s potato salad. I’m pretty sure that there have been fights over who is going to take the leftovers home with them. It’s so good. I was really nervous about making this. There was a big cookout planned and almost the entire family was going to be there and I was called upon to make Mamaw’s potato salad. I can’t tell you how nervous I was! Especially because when she gave me the recipe, she said things like “Just throw in a couple of heaping spoonfuls of mustard…”. I was like WHAT?! You don’t have specific amounts?!
Anyway, I gave it my best shot and won approval from the family, so I’m not scared anymore. I’ve tried to nail the amounts down as best I could, but every time I’ve made it, I’ve ended up “throwing in a few more spoonfuls” of this and that. So, it’s best to just say that you can adjust the ingredients according to your preference.
Mamaw’s Potato Salad
Mix together the following:
6 good-sized potatoes, peeled & cut into small chunks, then cooked until soft, about 20 min.
6 eggs, hard-boiled & chopped
2 T. mustard (heaping)
2 T. relish (heaping)
1 C. mayo (heaping) adding a little bit at a time
Refrigerate for several hours.
I always end up adding more relish and mustard, but have never measured it out, so really, just go by taste.