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The Best Potato Salad You’ll Ever Eat

 

It's football season!

In honor of Labor Day Weekend – and the big kick-off to FOOTBALL SEASON – I decided to share one of my favorite recipes with you: Armenian Potato Salad. I learned how to make it from my mom – who I’m guessing learned how to make it from an Armenian friend in Saudi Arabia. I prefer it to regular, mayo-based potato salad. For one thing, it’s lighter. And if you don’t eat it right away, it gets better. Because there’s no mayo in it, it’s perfect to take on a picnic or to a tailgate party since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

That’s a winning recipe in my book!

You will need:

  • a bag of small red potatoes
  • a couple of green onions
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • a handful of parley
  • 1 lemon
  • EVOO*
  • salt & pepper

Start out by boiling the red potatoes. I don’t peel them, I just rinse ’em off and, depending on how big they are, either quarter them or cut them into chunks. Put them in a pot of salted water and boil until fork tender.

 

For the dressing, squeeze a lemon into about a quarter cup of EVOO. Chop up 2-3 cloves of garlic and stir that in. Then add some freshly ground salt and pepper.

garlic, lemon and EVOO

When the potatoes are done, drain them and put them back in the pot for a few seconds and shake them around a little bit. This will dry them. Then dump them in a bowl and add the dressing, stirring so all the potatoes get a shot of yumminess. Grind some more salt and pepper over them.

dressed potatoes

Chop up the parsley and slice the green onions thinly, then add them to the potatoes.

Give the potatoes a gentle, loving stir and – this is the hardest part – set them aside for a while. As long as you can stand it. I suggest putting them in the fridge to cool, because if they’re out of sight you won’t be tempted to try them. Believe me, once you taste a forkful, it’s all over.

Armenian potato salad

I hope you like these as much as I do. If so, come back and tell me.

If not, don’t bother.

*EVOO is Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

 

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Fitbit Flex – The Slave Band of Exercise

Fitbit Flex

My slave band of fitness

Someone in my family recently had the great stupid idea of getting a Fitbit Flex band to monitor fitness. I thought I had  been doing pretty good myself – working out several times a week actually. But G was spending too much time in front of the computer and needed something to get him motivated to exercise.

It started out harmlessly enough – G bought a Fitbit Flex before we went on vacation in July. Apparently, it is a big seller, because we made several fruitless trips to Best Buy before we managed to find one on the shelf. He learned how to use it and then almost immediately lost it the day we arrived in Vittel. That sucked for him, because he actually did a lot of sports while we were there. Me on the other hand, I ate lots of French food and drank even more French wine. What?

But when we got back home, we were both ready to start on some kind of regular exercise program. Everyone knows the older you get the harder it is to stay in shape. So G went back to his favorite store (after the Apple store, of course) and was lucky to snag two bracelets.

Oh joy

LindsayLohan

LindsayLohan
Ex Con

 

After just two weeks of wearing it, I’m starting to feel like an ex con with one of those “house-arrest” bracelets on my arm.

Here’s the deal – the Fitbit Flex is a wireless wristband that monitors your activity and sleep. (Have I mentioned, I love my sleep?) While you’re wearing it, it tracks your steps taken and calories burned. The company slogan is:

Make fitness a lifestyle with Flex™.

It should be:

Become a fitness slave to Flex™.

Because that’s exactly what happens. You have to:

  • Log your activities.
  • Log how many glasses of water you drink in a day.
  • Log what you eat – and that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Although there are foods – along with their calorie counts – that pop up when you enter an item, most often I have to figure out the calorie count on my own because I pretty much make everything we eat at home.  Like I have the time for that!

It logs your sleep patterns – how long you sleep and how many times you wake up – which is cool. But half the time I forget to put the damn thing in “sleep mode.”

And while you can shower with it on (it’s water resistant) it’s not waterproof, so when we went out on the boat last week I had to take it off to go swimming. I pool saddleknow I would have gotten a lot more credit for exercise while I was in the water because I moved my arms frantically just trying to stay balanced on my pool saddle.

And the worst part of it is, now I have one more thing to feel guilty about if I don’t exercise or if I drink too much wine at dinner.

(The good news is, I now know there are only 25 calories in one ounce of wine.)

For the time being, I’m going to stick to it and keep up with the exercise and calorie counting. But if any of you are considering making the commitment and getting one of the Fitbit Flex bands, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Fitbit flex band

With thee I do wed…

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