Photo: Deb Perelman
The official launch of outdoor barbecue season is a mere three days away. Whether you're hosting a Memorial Day get-together in your own newlywed nest or attending someone else's shindig, this seasonal and elegant twist on the ubiquitous potato salad is the perfect side dish. Please everyone's palates and Smitten-ify your kitchen with this week's recipe and registry picks below.
PS: Smitten Kitchen fans take note: Deb's very first cookbook is out October 30th and available now for pre-sale on Amazon. Can you say shower gift?!
2 lb small new or fingerling potatoes (mix of reds & Yukon golds recommended)
1 lb asparagus
1/4 lb sugar snap peas, green beans or other spring pea
4 small or medium radishes, thinly sliced
Pickled Spring Onions
3 spring onions (about 6 oz)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp Diamond kosher salt (less if using Morton or table salt)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
Sharp Mustard Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp whole grain mustard (Maille or Roland recommended)
2 tsp smooth Dijon mustard
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Recipe courtesy of Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. Visit Smitten Kitchen for preparation instructions.
All-Clad stainless steel covered saucepan
Sturdy saucepans are a kitchen must. Use these for everything from soups and sauces to potatoes and pasta.
Stainless steel covered saucepans, $129.99-$224.99 each, Bed, Bath & Beyond
Container Store collapsible colander
Is your kitchen as tiny as Smitten's? Save space with a flexible strainer that takes up 1" of space when collapsed and holds up to a quart of food when expanded.
Collapsible strainer, $14.99, The Container Store
Wusthof monogrammed Santoku knife
Hollow-ground Santoku knives reduce friction during slicing and minimize sticking, so they're perfect for tasks like making paper-thin slices of radishes. This monogrammed version is one more excuse to use your (new!) married initials.
"Classic" monogrammed Santoku knife, $89.95-$99.95, Williams-Sonoma
Anchor Hocking mixing bowls
These are Deb's fave bowls, and they should be yours too. They're durable, they nest, their narrow bottoms take up less counter space, and they're smart enough to take to the table. Need we say more?
"Contemporary" bowls, $35 for 3-piece set, Amazon
Virginia Sin "paper" plates
Whether you're serving your Memorial Day feast grill-side or at the dining room table, these picnic-inspired plates will put everyone in an "al fresco" state of mind.
Porcelain paper plates, $35-$85 each, Cube Marketplace
Fishs Eddy napkins
Sage striped napkins will complement your spring salad and bring a little punch to your table setting. Mix and match with other colors for even more pizzazz.
Sage striped napkin, $5.95, Fishs Eddy
Jars serving bowl
The organic, handmade feel of this serving bowl will make a statement on your table but the neutral glaze won't detract from the brightness of the spring vegetables inside.
"Plume" bowl, $90, Bloomingdale's
Zani & Zani salad serving set
This contemporary serving set is a nice contrast to the natural curves of the "Plume" bowl. A no-stick coating allows you to scoop up the goodies in the bottom of the bowl with ease.
"Sabrina" salad spoon and fork, $250, ABC Home