How awesome is honey mustard? Its one of those things that tastes good on just about anything, I might even go so far as to say its more versatile than ketchup (GASP!). Yup that’s right, I said it. I love it on salads, fish, sandwiches, dipping sauce for sweet potato fries, I could go on and on…
I won’t deny that I enjoy a good mayo based potato salad, but I grew up on the German stuff. We always had our potato salad with a vinegar based dressing. Even if I make a potato salad with mayonnaise, I add some vinegar to the potatoes right after cooking, they soak it all up and it adds a great depth of flavor. I bet this would be even better with a little bacon, but we didn’t have any on hand so I’ll leave that up to you to try out (as if it there’s a possibility it wouldn’t be good, HA!)
Mustard is such a fantastic thing to have on hand in the summer. I love cooking up some fresh vegetables, tossing in a little olive oil and mustard and calling it a day. It’s also a fantastic emulsifier when you’re making salad dressing so I usually add some when I’m making a vinaigrette.
Have you ever had one of those moments where you experience something that makes you stop and wonder what larger forces are at play in the universe? Ok, so I know that is a little dramatic when we’re just talking about honey but there’s a story behind this.
So a few weeks ago I went to my doctor and I had mentioned that I have really bad spring allergies (runny nose, itchy swollen eyes, complete misery). So she told me that I should go buy some local honey because the bees eat pollen and it will help expose your body slowly to the allergens and you can develop a resistance to it. I thought it was really interesting and I wanted to give it a try, plus it was an excuse to eat honey, um yah, I’ll take that. So I went to Whole Foods to buy some but the only ones I could find were produced in Vermont and New Hampshire and I wasn’t sure if that was local enough. SO, I went home deflated, wondering where I would ever be able to find some real local honey.
THEN. I shit you not. The next day I came home to an unexpected package on my steps. I opened it up and found this sweet little jar of Dancing Bee Honey. Inside was a note from a colleague who said that she reads my blog and thought I would enjoy some of her honey that she makes. I seriously could not believe it. I got chills. Is that not crazy!?
So I’ve been enjoying my honey and my allergies really aren’t that bad. It could be the honey, it could be the fact that I’m allergic to pine pollen and I live near the ocean (not many pine tress). I don’t know, but I’m keeping up with the honey anyways because it’s delicious.
If you haven’t heard it already, you really need to listen to the This American Life episode on coincidences, its INSANE!
So anyways, back to the yummy potato salad. This would totally be a killer side to bring to that Memorial Day BBQ I know you’re going to. If you have the ability to make it the day before, do it. It tastes so much better the second day!
Oh, and one more thing. Make sure you use some quality crisp pickles in this. I used my favorite Grillos Hot Dill pickles and it was SO GOOD!
P.S. – Thank you Karen for the delicious honey!
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:
Ok, so yesterday the weather was GOOOOORRRRGEOUS! Like literally, the most perfect day you could ever imagine. 80 degrees, sunny blue sky, warm breeze. I was driving with the music blasting and my sunroof open and I was pretty much in heaven. How can you not be happy with that? Let’s hope there are more days like this to come, now that I’ve gotten a taste of it I want MORE! Now. Please. Thank You.