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It’s Barbeque weekend and what’s better than a little BBQ with some Potato Salad.  This is my new recipe – won’t find it anywhere else!

Famous Dave’s  Old Fashioned
Picnic Potato Salad

This is a simple potato salad recipe that is flavorful but yet not complicated so that even kids will eat it! This will soon be your most favorite Potato Salad recipe… it is the one I grew up with…
Enjoy!

16 oz   Miracle Whip
2 tbl  French’s Yellow Mustard
2 tbl   White Vinegar
1 tsp  Salt
1/2 tsp  White Pepper
1/2 tsp  Black Pepper
1/2 tsp  Paprika
2 tbs  Sugar
2 tbl  Honey
1/4 cup  Sweet Onion, finely minced
3 ea   Egg Yolk – hard boiled fine diced
3 ea   Egg White – hard boiled chopped
3 lb   Russet Potatoes, boiled, peeled, medium dice

Paprika for garnish

This recipe is so easy… just mix everything together and refrigerate overnight so the potatoes can soak up all the flavors.

The key to successfully making this potato salad is how you dice up your potatoes. They should be refrigerated after boiling so they are firm. The secret is the size of the cut and how carefully you cut up the potatoes so that they do end up with mushy edges. The diced up potatoes should be about 1/4 inch to 1/3 inches in width and about the size of a nickel. Attention to detail on cutting up your potatoes is what makes this ordinary potato salad outstanding!

Garnish with a sprinkling of paprika

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I always gets lots of email requests for my cornbread recipe (its in my cook book – www.famousdavescookbook.com) – and yes the cornbread in the restaurants is mouth-watering, but what I make at home for my family is even better!

Dave’s Famous Honey Buttered
Buttermilk Corn Bread
(home version)

2/3 cups  All Purpose Flour
2/3 cups  Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix*
2/3 cups  Yellow Corn Meal
1/4 cup  Light Brown Sugar Packed
2 teas   Baking Powder
1 teas   Salt

1 cup   Buttermilk
1/4   Oil
1   Egg Beaten
1/3 cup  Hellman’s Mayonnaise

1/4 cup  Clover Honey
1/2 cup  Melted Butter

* If you can’t find Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix…use the cheapest possible… they seem to work better for cornbread!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

9 inch cake pan greased with butter

Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Pour the wet ingredients together but do not mix. Add the 1/3 cup Hellman’s Mayo to the rest of the wet ingredients and then mix slightly just enough to slightly blend together.

Pour Wet ingredients into dry mixture and lightly blend together… do not over mix …blend just enough until the dry ingredients are wet.

Whip somewhat soft room temperature butter with honey.

Pour into greased cake pan and then bake for 25 minutes until top is golden brown and the center is somewhat firm and a knife when inserted is clean when removed.

Immediately after removing from oven brush tops with Honey Butter… serve warm.

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Grilled Summer Veggies (Serves 4)

2 Yellow squash
4 Medium carrots
2 Zucchini
½ tsp Kosher salt
½ tsp Course black pepper
½ tsp Garlic, fresh and chopped
Butter flavored oil (desired amount)
1 large ziploc bag
1. Cut cleaned zucchini, carrots and yellow squash into five-to-six-inch long sticks. Sticks should be about ½ an inch thick for grilling.

2. Place the veggie sticks in a large ziploc bag. Add kosher salt, course black pepper, fresh chopped garlic, and butter flavored oil. Garlic, salt and pepper should be added according to your taste. Use just enough oil to coat the veggie sticks (too much oil will create smoke that will turn the veggies gray).

3. Seal and shake the bag to coat the veggies evenly.

4. Begin grilling the carrots as they will take longer than the zucchini and yellow squash. Grill carrots for about 4-5 minutes.

5. Grill zucchini and yellow squash about 3-4 minutes or until al dente.

6. Serve with dinner or enjoy as a snack.

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Found on today’s internet!

Enjoy… Famous

eCanadaNow » Will Pork Get Things Going Better…
Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez, offered a new health tip on Monday when she suggested that eating a diet rich in pork could have more positive effects than those …
www.ecanadanow.com/health/2010/02/01/​will-pork-get-things-going-better-than-viagra

Is pork better than Viagra | Food and More with…
Argentina’s president thinks so … Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez, claims to have firsthand knowledge of this phenomenon, according to a Reuters report.
blogs.ajc.com/food-and-more/2010/02/01/​is-a-diet-rich-in-pork-better-than-viagra

Pork better for sex than Viagra? – Yahoo! News
Argentina’s president recommended pork as an alternative to Viagra Wednesday, saying she spent a satisfying weekend with her husband after eating barbecued pork.
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100128/od_nm/us_argentina_​pork

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I remember how hot it would get in Chicago when I was a kid. It seemed that back in the 50’s it would get so hot and not just one day or two …but several weeks in a row of temperatures up over 100 degrees… I remember it was so hot and humid that when I looked out of the window of our little third floor apartment…I would see the heat waves rising up off of all that concrete and asphalt… we had no air conditioning in our little third floor apartment.

My mom wanting to get us kids out of that incredible heat would put us on the Soo Line Railroad and we would travel through the night… stopping at all the small towns from Chicago through the farmlands of Wisconsin. Arriving into Spooner, Wisconsin early in the morning… I can remember waking up and seeing the morning fog over the fields and forestlands…I often thought how beautiful vibrant all the colors of the sky as the morning sun started to peek its orange fiery head over dark green pines… once we got off the train… we had to wait on the train station platform until someone picked us up and drove us on dirt roads to the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation where my grandmother’s house was in the Whitefish Reserve on Potato Lake Road… it was a small little three room shack with no running water, no electricity and no gas.  But I can remember how much cooler it was up in the northwoods of Wisconsin.

At night, I remember looking out my grandmother’s bedroom into the northern sky up over the towering pines… I was amazed at how incredibly dark blue the sky was…there were no city lights just billions of sparkling stars lighting up the night.

When folks say that “Up North” is God’s country I really believe it… as I stared at those stars that just seemed so close… but then there were a few stars that shown really bright in the northern sky… and there were billions of other stars that kinda were there… but then they just faded off into the vastness of space.

As a kid… I can still remember looking at these stars and thinking to myself… Would my life be like one of these stars that shown so bright in the northern sky or would my life be like one of the other billions of stars that just seemed to fade off into the vastness of space?

In the morning…I remember waking up to the smell and sounds of fresh coffee percolating on the wood fired stove and seeing the wisps of smoke like some kind of ghost had escaped from the inner chambers of the old cast iron stove weaving their way through the room riding the rays of early morning sunshine that was streaming through the kitchen windows.

My grandmother Anna Johnson would sit by the kitchen window wearing an old well worn dress with tan-colored droopy stockings and big black sturdy shoes. My grandmother always wore a hand knit sagging sweater with big pockets where she kept her tin of Prince Albert chewing tobacco. Next to her chair was an old Folger’s can where she spit.

When I heard the coffee percolating…I knew this was my signal to go outside to the pump and haul up the bucket that was kept in the cold depths of the well… this is where we kept our eggs, slab bacon, and milk. I don’t think there is a better breakfast than smoky slab bacon, fried eggs, and fresh baked bread slathered with dairy fresh butter and home made raspberry jam… handmade from the big juicy raspberries that we had just picked fresh the day before.

Spending time on my mom’s Indian reservation was also a great time for me because it was there… where I first learned how to cook. In order to raise extra money for the family… my mom would often cook at Indian Pow-Wows… for those who have never seen a real Indian Pow-wow… it is a time of celebration where many Indian families would get together in their traditional Indian outfits. There would be singing around a drum and there would be Indian dancing around a pine bough arbor.

Lac Courte Oreilles’ annual Honor the Earth Celebration Pow-Wow…in Hayward Wisconsin is a magnificent gathering of the tribes during the third week in July.  Indian families across the Midwest gather at the Lac Courte Oreilles Pow-Wow grounds and for four days they honor our mother earth through Indian dancing, feasts, and give-a-ways.

My mom had an Indian Fry Bread stand where we would cook Indian Fry Bread and serve venison deer meat sandwiches served on the Indian Fry bread and we would cook wild rice. This is where I learned how to cook my famous Wild Rice Soup that is still served in all of our restaurants. You might say this was my first restaurant experience! …a Indian Fry Bread stand made out of saplings and a canvas tarp at an Indian Pow-wow…

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