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New York Salt Potatoes

salt potatoes

These are popular up in central New York State, where I grew up . So easy, SO tasty! The skin is tender and the potato is creamy. Just smash them with your fork and put on melted butter. Or there’s some people that just pop them in their mouth!


  • 4 pounds new potatoes. These are small little potatoes either red or white are fine.
  • 1 1/2 C Salt
  • 8 Tbs Butter


Put potatoes in sauce pan and cover with water. Add salt. Cook until soft (approx 20 min). Melt butter. Drain the water on the potatoes. Place in bowl. Pour butter over top.

Hint – these are also good cut up and fried as home fries. Breakfast or dinner doesn’t matter.

Sweet Potato Patties

sweet potato patties


  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon


Bake or boil a sweet potato until soft. I actually like using the leftover ones from going out to dinner. Add cinnamon and sugar, mix. Pat into small sized pancakes. Fry in light olive oil or coconut oil, in a non-stick frying pan, until brown.

Potatoes and Onions on the Grill

griled potatoes in foil


  • 1 Potato per person
  • Butter
  • 1 Onion – Sliced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Aluminum Foil


IMG_20140427_104300Clean potatoes. Slice them up, but keep them separated from other sliced potatoes. Microwave 2 at a time for 4 minutes. They will be hot when they come out so be careful. Tear off a piece of foil big enough to wrap around 1 potato and big enough to roll up and seal. Place potato on foil Put a chunk of onion between each slice. Put a pat of butter on top and salt and pepper to taste. Roll up foil down the center of the potato and roll up the ends of the foil. Grill on high for 1/2 and hour or until they feel soft when you squeeze them with a pair of tongues. Turn the potatoes after 15 minutes.
You don’t need to microwave, that just makes them cook faster on the grill. You can even put these into a campfire. Just throw them in.

Country Fresh Cucumbers

country cucumbers

These are fresh cucumbers from the summer. You just have to eat them and don’t want to make pickles. So fresh and cool during the heat to enjoy.


  • 1 Cucumber peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Submarine Sauce – you can buy this in the deli of your grocery store
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Light Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Salt
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 chopped small tomato
  • 1/2 Onion sliced


Peel and slice the cucumbers. Place in a bowl. Cover with the rest of the ingredients. Stir around. Put in refrigerator for at lest an hour.
You can add chopped fresh tomatoes and sliced onions it you like – yummy!
Can serve without onion slices and tomato – still just as good!
The left over dressing can also be used to dip bread into like at the Italian restaurants

Variation – if you would rather make the dressing from scratch
1/2 C Vinegar – apple cider vinegar is a little harsh – I prefer rice vinegar
2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Parsley
1/4 tsp Garlic Salt