I was blessed to grow up in a family of wonderful cooks. My mother was a gifted baker and cook who set a beautiful table and filled it with creative and delicious dishes. My grandmother, equally adept in the kitchen, was more down to earth, cooked without recipes, and was the person we looked to for everyday soups, stews and roasted meats. Her schnitzel was so tender and crispy…it almost melted in your mouth. Unfortunately she never wrote down her recipes and I was young enough when I helped her in the kitchen that I didn’t ask detailed questions about what herbs and spices she used, what ingredients went into which dishes…things like that…so, as often as I tried, I haven’t been able to duplicate some of her recipes that were my favorites. She made a stuffed breast of veal that was out of this world and, even if I could find that cut of meat today, I wouldn’t have a clue what was in her stuffing or how she roasted it to perfection. It was what I always asked for on my birthday dinner. It’s just going to have to stay a wonderful memory.
What initially got me hooked on my friend, Debby’s blog, A FEAST FOR THE EYES, were her stories about her Mutti and all the wonderful German dishes she made for her family when Debby was growing up. Her mother owned a Bavarian Delicatessen in the town where they lived and she prepared this salad every morning for her customers. I remember many of the recipes Debby posts from my own German upbringing and am thrilled to finally have some of the recipes I tried to duplicate in the past. We love German potato salad and Debby’s recipe is a little different from the one I have used for years so I decided to give it a try. This is a keeper and will be my recipe from now on. The red onion and Japanese rice vinegar add so much flavor…so does pouring the cider vinegar over warm potatoes. Because this salad doesn’t contain any mayonnaise it travels well and is perfect for picnics during summer months. I halved the recipe for a dinner for 5.
When my own Mutti and I were in Bavaria years ago we were served a lunch of roasted brats, sauerkraut and potato salad on beautiful pewter plates like this one. I loved the heart shape (and the delicious lunch) and was able to purchase one of the plates to bring home with me. Every single time I look at it I remember that wonderful time with my mom.
This post is linked to FOODIE FRIDAY at Rattlebridge Farm