May 28, 2012
Take a bag of frozen hash browns (1 lb., or 16 oz. size) and add them to a pot of boiling, salted water. Let them cook for around 5 minutes, then test for doneness. Done? Drain the potatoes.
Let them cool. Combine with your potato salad faves. On Memorial Day 2012, we had:
mayo - couple of big spoon spoonfuls (say, 1/3 cup)
dijon mustard - 1 Tablespoon
This stuff stirred together and then combined with the potatoes. Let this set while you chop and do other stuff, say 20 to 30 minutes.
May 21, 2012
I don't remember where I learned about putting a smidge of salt into your coffee before you brew it, but it works. It makes cheap coffee taste better. It makes any coffee taste better, actually, because it takes away the bitterness.
Nope, I'm not blowing smoke here. It's actually grounded in science and you can go read about that here, if you know or care what salt's "Na+" means and what that does to coffee.
Which is what I had this morning, as I got a bit too friendly with the salt shaker while brewing a big pot of coffee to drink while waiting for the washer repairman. (I don't own a Maytag.)
It did wake me up, though. Shock therapy.
P.S. Hat tip to Debra Bruce on Twitter -- she asked how much I use, so I went to my kitchen tool drawer and messed around with the measuring spoons. This was easy, considering I was in the front of the house on my laptop, one eye on vigilant lookout for the repair guy. Anyway, thinking that measuring spoons were better to use as a measurement than what I really do, which is shake till I see the right amount of white on the top of the brown coffee in the coffee brew basket, I figure 1/8 teaspoon per cup. Might be less.
Shake for yourself, let me know. (@rebakennedy)