The Best Potato Salad for a Memorial Day Picnic

A delicious twist on potato salad for your Memorial Day potluck
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer: grill-outs, picnics, and poolside lounging are all in order. Hopefully, there will be good enough weather to adequately celebrate! If you’re hosting or attending a potluck-style event for Memorial Day, I’ve got a recipe recommendation that is sure to please a crowd: Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad.

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A New Spin on Deviled Eggs

tuna confit deviled eggs

Deviled eggs are a popular dish to serve around Easter festivities. Anyone can tweak the classic mayonnaise-based recipe to spice it up a little. But if you’re looking for a whole new flavor, I’ve got just the recipe for you. With tuna, olives, tomato, and mustard mixed with the hard boiled yolks, not only will the taste of these “Confit Tuna and Olive Deviled Eggs” impress, but the colorful presentation will be a welcome sight this spring!

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Marinated & Steamed Chinese Eggplant

marinated eggplant
Eggplants are not quite in season (far from it, actually), but when a beautiful bunch of dark purple nightshades cropped up at the grocery store, I just couldn’t resist. These are Chinese eggplants, different from Italian eggplants in their long, thin appearance. The skin of Chinese eggplants is also thinner than the ones you’d normally find in the produce aisle.

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Salt-Encrusted Potatoes

salt-encrusted potatoes
Let’s say you’re making a luxurious main dish for dinner. You might decide to make a “plain” or “simple” side, but what do you do when that side proceeds to steal the show?! That is just what’ll happen with these salt-encrusted potatoes, a dish so tasty– crisp on the outside, warm and creamy on the inside– that it’s sure to become a permanent scene-stealer in your meal rotation.

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Roasted Fennel Over Couscous

fennel couscous
One thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is “sad desk lunch”. This is a phenomenon in which you’re forced to rifle through the condiments drawer in the office kitchen for food or get a bag of potato chips for lunch the third day in a row. With a bit of planning, you can prepare this flavorful couscous and roasted fennel salad, and have impressive, commute-proof lunches at the ready.

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Oh, For the Love of Popcorn


Popcorn is the best snack food around, hands down. There are endless combinations of toppings you can add to keep it interesting, and depending on how you cook it, it’s can be rather nutritious! Today, I’m going to share with you the MAGIC, the MYSTERY, and MASTERY of cooking popcorn on the stovetop. Never again will you sit in front of the TV with those microwavable bags, oozing things like “transfats”, “carcinogens”, and probably “gluten”*. Nope, it’s time to learn to do it the old-fashioned way: make stovetop popcorn in your own kitchen.

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Thanksgiving Side Recipes to Up Your Potluck Game


Thanksgiving is like the Holy Grail of holidays for an enthusiastic home cook. If you find yourself in the kitchen cooking for a large group, you may be facing a mixed bag of emotions: apprehension, excitement, inspiration, anxiety… and that’s just how you feel about the turkey. Even if you’re not catering a whole meal, you may be asked to bring a dish to dinner. This year, the Cursory Cook has got you covered with some suggested side dishes that are the perfect mix of traditional and unique. All of them take less than one hour to prepare, and are full of ingredients that should be easy to find last minute!

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Game of Thrones Feast

Game of Thrones Feast cheese

Game of Thrones (GoT) is a TV show you may have heard of. It’s got dragons, looks a little medieval, and is (loosely? Can I say that?) based on the fantastic A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. It airs in the springtime on HBO, featuring some great acting and fantastic effects. For the last six years, I have hosted or co-hosted a big, themed dinner for the season premier, replete with mulled wine and lots of red meat. The sixth season aired in late April, and I want to tell you about this great party you weren’t invited to. Continue reading “Game of Thrones Feast”