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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Potato Salad

This recipe is part of Linda Larsen's Last Minute Fourth of July Bash Menu

This is my mother's salad. It is the standard against which I compare all potato salads! I usually roast potatoes for salad, but for this recipe they are really better boiled. The dressing is velvety and creamy, perfectly seasoned. My mother makes extra dressing and brings it along to the picnic, adding it to the salad if it seems dry.

5 pounds red potatoes
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing (this adds sweetness and piquancy to the salad and is necessary!)
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
Salt and pepper
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 bunch radishes, cleaned and sliced
6 hard-cooked eggs, sliced

Boil the potatoes until tender. When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl blend mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, milk and mustard until smooth. This dressing should be fairly thin, so don't skimp on the milk! Add salt and pepper to taste. Cut the warm potatoes into cubes and add to the dressing, folding carefully. Add green onions and radishes and blend well. The hard-cooked eggs are layered on top for a pretty presentation. Chill well to let flavors blend.

Serves 10

Linda Larsen is a freelance Home Economist with a degree in Food Science from the University of Minnesota and a degree from St. Olaf College. She has been on the Pillsbury Bake-Off staff since 1987, and was in charge of Internet Recipe Search in 2000. Linda has developed recipes for Pillsbury and Malt-O-Meal, presented food to taste panels, held cooking seminars, and owned her own catering business "The Perfect Occasion". She loves to cook and entertain, write about food, talk about it, plan parties, read cookbooks and develop recipes. She has a cookbook collection of at least 1000 books and reads them as though they were novels.

Linda's first meal was a Mother's Day dinner from the Betty Crocker Children's cookbook, prepared when she was 11. Since then she has hosted wedding and baby showers, birthday parties, business dinners and cocktail parties, and wonderful simple meals for friends. Join her and learn simple and elegant ways to entertain your family and friends during the week.

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