Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Potato Salad Recipe

Potato salad, the great summer picnic side dish.  Everyone has their own favorite version, and everyone puts their own special touch into their recipe.

I came up with this version because our family loves potato salad and buffalo wings, and I was in the mood for both one day.  I had some chicken in the freezer, and the celery and carrots from another salad I'd made for a party, so I played around with the dressing and voila...Buffalo Chicken Potato Salad.

This isn't a salad for the faint of heart.  It's chunky, hearty, and more like a main dish than a side. Served with some crusty bread, it's awesome for lunch or dinner.  It's also a lot like buffalo wings, except that you don't get your fingers and face messy when eating it!  

What more could you ask for in a potato salad? One of the things I really like about it is that it has great texture.  It's got crunch from the celery and carrots, zing from the hot sauce, tender bites of potato and chicken, and creaminess from the ranch and blue cheese.  

Just look at the crumbled blue cheese and the big chunks of chicken.  Yummy!

This salad would be really good in the winter too.  Nice and hearty!

One nice thing about writing recipes online is that I get to eat what I make, and this salad will hopefully last us a couple of days.  I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow!

The ingredients for the Buffalo Chicken Potato Salad

Buffalo Chicken Potato Salad Recipe

  • 6 - 8 large red skin potatoes - about 3 lbs
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 packet ranch salad dressing mix
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons hot sauce, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
  1. Clean potatoes and cook until fork tender.  I like to leave the skin on, but it's up to you. Drain and cool. Cut into bite sized chunks.
  2. Chop chicken into bite sized pieces.  I usually have chicken in the freezer because I make extra for dishes like this.
  3. Chop carrots.  I cheat here and use the bagged matchstick carrots because of convenience.  I suggest a small chop because carrots can be tough to chew for some people.
  4. Chop celery.
  5. Gently mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  6. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, ranch dressing mix and hot sauce.  I like to use 4 tablespoons of hot sauce, but not everyone likes it as much as I do, so taste as you mix the sauce. 
  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetables and gently combine.
  8. If desired, sprinkle blue cheese crumbles over salad and mix in.
  9. Chill before serving.
Note about the dressing:  Some people like to dip their buffalo wings in ranch dressing and some like to dip them in blue cheese dressing.  This version gives you the best of both worlds, but if you prefer, leave out the blue cheese crumbles or, use blue cheese dressing instead of the ranch.  Either way is just as good. 

If you are a fan of all types of potato salad like I am, you may enjoy this Deviled Egg Potato Salad recipe too.  You can find it HERE.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY Magnetic Pin Holder Tutorial

I'm not the neatest person when it comes to sewing.  I tend to leave pins on the table and fabric scraps on the floor.  Inevitably the pins get knocked off of the table and I end up stepping on one.  So, if you've ever spilled pins all over your sewing space, or if your pincushion gets tattered from overuse like mine does, then this idea is for you.

This magnetic pin dish is probably one of the easiest crafts that you will ever make.  I'm not even sure if it can be called a craft, but since the dish can be used in a sewing room, and for making other crafts, then I think it's okay to call it a craft.

Supplies Needed

  • A small dish - with a deep rim on the bottom so the magnet doesn't go over it (see photo on right).  Before you decide on a dish, make sure it's not one that is worth a lot of money.  The magnet won't come off and you don't want to ruin a special dish.  I picked these up at a dollar store.
  • Strong ceramic/metal glue
  • Magnets - I use super strong neodymium magnets - they are relatively thin and strong.  Word of caution:  Per the package of magnets I used, they should not be used by people with certain medical conditions and medical devices.   Read the warning on your package of magnets before using.

  1. On a protected surface, flip over a decorative dish that is clean and dry.
  2. Apply a small amount of glue to the spot where you want the magnet to be.  Note that if you use 2 magnets to cover a larger area, let the first magnet set before gluing the second one on.  If you look closely at the picture with 2 magnets, you'll see glue streaks where the magnets kept moving towards each other.
  3. Set aside to dry.
  4. Flip over, add pins and you have a cute little magnetic pin dish.
Add a small drop of strong glue where you want the magnet to be.

Add the magnet and set aside to dry.

If you need a second magnet, add another spot of glue.  Make sure to let the first magnet dry or they'll move together.  See the next photo.

Set aside until completely dry.  Can you see the glue streaks between the magnets? I didn't let the glue dry before I added the second magnet and they kept sliding towards each other.  I had to hold them down for a while so they could set up and dry.

DIY Magnetic Pin Holder Tutorial

Isn't this cute and practical!  I love this idea for my sewing room and have a few of them in various spots, like next to my machine, and by my ironing board.  The pin holder also makes a lovely stocking stuffer or hostess gift for a friend that sews.