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Part 2 – Here’s a tasty Salsa recipe using sweet Vidalia onions

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, May 17, 2016


FoodWith summer right around the corner, cookouts, grilling, and picnics will be everywhere. You may want to stock up on a few good recipes so you are never left empty handed at a potluck or picnic. Here are a few recipes for simple salsa, lemonade, and mashed potatoes.

Simple Salsa

6 tomatoes of varying sizes, chopped

4 small jalapeno peppers (leave the seeds in for an extra kick)

½ sweet Vidalia onion

½ C fresh cilantro

4 garlic cloves

1½ to 2 t ground cumin

1 t sea salt

2 T lemon juice (about ½ lemon, juiced)

You can then dice for a nice chunky salsa or put in a food processor to create a smooth, spicy salsa.

Strawberry Lemonade

1 C granulated sugar

1 C water

2 C fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 1/2 Cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 medium lemons)

6 C cold water


1 C strawberries, chopped for topping

lemon slice, for garnish

Bring sugar and water to boil and then remove heat. Mix strawberries and lemon juice in food processor and then mix with sugar water. Chill and add to cold water.


Mashed potatoes

These are always a crowd pleaser. You can create something original or something that is the perfect comfort food.

5 pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks

12 T of butter (1 1/2 sticks)

1 t of kosher salt

1/2 t of white pepper

8 oz of softened cream cheese

1 C of half and half, heated

Wash and peel potatoes. Be sure to cut out the potatoes’ eyes before chopping. Once you have prepared the potatoes cut potatoes into inch or two-inch cubes. While cutting potatoes, bring water to a boil. Once the potatoes are cut and water is boiling, dump potatoes in the water and let them simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft.

Once soft, dump potatoes in large colander and let strain. Then mash potatoes and place them back in pot.

From there you can create different varieties of mashed potatoes. Add bacon, chives, and cheese for loaded potatoes or you can create my personal favorite, curry potatoes.

Curry mashed potatoes

Follow mashed potato instructions and then add ½ C milk and ¼ C curry powder to the potatoes. Add more powder if desired. These will pair well with even the most traditional burger and brew.

Now you no longer have to fear the BBQ invite or have a potluck panic. With these recipes you will have plenty of make-ahead food for any kind of entertaining.


+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com