Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Postcards and Potatoes

Ok, I only titled this post this way because it sounded cute. But I am going to write about both postcards and potatoes.
First,  I have to show you the three postcards that I have received. I don't know if you know it or not but Canada had a very long postal strike. They were only receiving their mail sporadically and things were not going out as scheduled. So yesterday I received  two postcards from Canada that I had been anticipating. The car/wagon is from Danila with the theme of Summer Road Trip. The one pictured on the bottom left is from Monika, also for June's Summer Road Trip theme.  I love her fiber artwork. I received it last month and forgot to blog about it. Oops! And then for July's Berry Picking theme Heather sent these cute strawberries. I think I'm still expecting two more, but hopefully they will arrive soon.

Here's where the potatoes come to play. I made a yummy salad tonight that I wanted to share. It is my go to recipe when I have picked a huge bowl full of green beans from our garden. The recipe is originally from Giada DeLaurentis. I saw her make it on the Food Network years ago and knew we would love it.

sorry for the blurry photo

Italian Tuna and Green Bean Salad
1-1/2 pounds slender green beans*
3 teaspoons salt
3 large red skinned potatoes, diced
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice*
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut in half*
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil*
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley*
9 ounces canned Italian tuna packed in oil, drained

Cook the green beans in boiling water until crisp tender. Remove beans with a strainer and immediately plunge into ice water to cool completely. Drain and pat dry. Add 2 teaspoons salt to the same cooking liquid and bring to simmer.  Add the potatoes and cook until they are tender but still hold their shape, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to the ice water bath and cool completely. Drain and pat dry with a towel.
In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, garlic, oil, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon of pepper. Place the tomatoes, basil and parsley in a large serving bowl. Add tuna and toss gently to combine. Add the green beans and potatoes and gently combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
* all picked from the garden today.

Thanks for stopping by...


Geri said...

Cute cards...lunch tomorrow!

Ellie said...

Cards are lovely, and that salad looks delicious.

Helen in Switzerland said...

yum that salad looks delicious - that's a tryer in my book!

Annabella said...

Cute cards...yummy salad, so will have to try that.

Helen in Switzerland said...

Amazingly tonight there was only my husband and I at home for dinner and so I made your salad and it was DELICIOUS! So hello people out there - YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS SALAD!!! It's great!!!