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New Potatoes in a Mustard Vinaigrette and Free Tickets to Best Of Seattle Party


July 10, 2012

Well, it’s back to reality for me. Back to high heels and pencil skirts, meetings, and a never-ending inbox. But it’s also back to very fun things like whipping up meals in my own kitchen, summer in Seattle, afternoons spent on the lake, and my puppies, of course.

Ms. Lou…and yes….we’re keeping her.

Having arrived back in Seattle on Sunday, and preparing for the reality that awaited (flip-flops and bathing suits no longer being acceptable attire, a seemingly absurd requirement by The Man that I brush my hair before leaving the house, and a general disapproval for drinking Gin & Tonics with my lunch), I of course took the obvious path which was to procrastinate about everything I should be doing. Instead, I enjoyed fixing some delicious make-ahead meals to get us set for the week, and in front of our CSA veggie supply.

These tossed new potatoes with a mustard dressing and fresh snap peas were delicious served warm with a few deviled eggs on the side, and provided a lovely Monday lunch as well, tragically enjoyed at my desk, with nary a G&T in sight. There is a fair amount of lemon and mustard in the dressing, but don’t let that scare you. It results in a light, tangy taste, perfect for the summer heat.

Make this when reality is looming, but you aren’t quite yet willing to give up the ghost of summer days of wonder and indulgence.

GIVEAWAY: I’m excited to share that for those local readers, or those willing to get on a plane, train, or automobile Shut Up & Cook has gotten our hot little hands on two tickets to Seattle Weekly’s Best Of Seattle Party on Wednesday, August 1st at Pier 66, Elliot Hall.  This blow-out party showcases Seattle’s best food, drinks and entertainment on the waterfront with unlimited bites, craft cocktails, live music, and installation art.

HOW TO ENTER: Comment below by Friday, July 13th at Midnight PST with either A) the name and link of another favorite food blog or B) a recipe you’d like to see done on Shut Up & Cook. The winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, and will be the lucky recipient of two tickets!

Summer New Potatoes in a Mustard Vinaigrette
Serves 4 – 6

Summer New Potatoes in a Mustard Vinaigrette

1 lb new potatoes, washed, and trimmed of any bad spots

1/2 cup Dijon mustard

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon capers, minced, plus 1 teaspoon of brine from the jar

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup canola oil

1 cup snap peas, quickly blanched

1/4 cup fresh dill, finely chopped

Salt and Pepper

  1.  In a large pot, cover the potatoes with water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook just 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop cooking. Pour into bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the dressing, add remaining ingredients, except for the snap peas and dill, into a jar and shake until well blended.
  3. Pour about a third to half the dressing over the potatoes and toss to coat. You may add more or less pending on your preference. Note: Remaining dressing is delicious as a marinade or salad dressing.
  4. Toss with snap peas and fresh dill and serve warm or chilled.


  1. Erin H says:

    Gotta love It’s my go to ever since I fell in love with the mac n’ cheese recipe she has. Another fun vegan site that I check out is

    • Erina says:

      Outstanding, thanks Erin! I’m a sucker for Mac & Cheese, so will definitely check out Smitten Kitchen’s! Also, I promised another reader, Anna, that I’d do a vegan recipe in the near future, so perhaps your recommended site can provide the inspiration. Love all these great new sites to check out!

  2. Anna L says:

    Hi – Could you one time feature a vegan recipe with tofu or beans? That would be wonderful. Thanks!

    • Erina says:

      Anna….a brilliant idea! I don’t know if I have ever intentionally tried a vegan recipe, so this will be a great challenge. This goes to the top of the list. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. madelimes says:

    You can take me out of the running (because sadly I do not live in Seattle), but I’d love to see a curry – Thai, Indian, Jamaican, whatevs – on here!

    • Erina says:

      Clearly Madeline this is proof that you should MOVE to Seattle. I mean, I think that is the obviously solution. In the meantime, I love your idea for curries…I don’t do enough and I love them. They are going on the list!

  4. emmycooks says:

    While we’re on the topic, another vegan site I love is

  5. Back to reality is hard! My hubs is feeling the same way after our mini-staycation.

    I would love to see you make a classic New England Chowder!

  6. Mia says:

    Yum to all of it!!

  7. Mary S. says:

    I have started reading choosy beggars. See the scrumptious recipe at this link!
    I am very tempted by your fish chowder, but am wondering if you have any new, yummy fish recipes. Something summery and fresh.
    Thanks, Erina!

  8. Jessica says:

    I’m a fan of David Lebovitz’s blog, Then again, I’m all for good chocolate.

  9. Morgen says:

    I would love to see some cold dishes for the hot summer days we’re having (but even more so in the rest of the country). Maybe even a cold chicken dish… other than chicken salad of course

    • Erina says:

      Hi Morgen, thanks for stopping by! I think you’re totally right on exploring cold dishes for hot days, particuarly those that can be made ahead. This Sesame Noodles with Red Peppers and Tofu is a fave. Particuarly fun when served in little chinese take out boxes with chopsticks to boot!

  10. I’d love to see some fresh and unique summer salsa recipes to enjoy with this beautiful Seattle weather (and to enjoy with a yummy summer margarita!) 🙂

    • Erina says:

      I love it! I’m thinking a mango salsa, a cilantro salsa, something with all my asian basil. This could be trouble this weekend!

  11. sam says:

    Can’t enter the contest, but commenting to say that you’ve inspired me to make eggs exactly like those tonight!

  12. Danielle says:

    I was also going to recommend Smitten Kitchen – that woman can do anything! However… I have recently been liking this one: – she does a lot of homemade items, which I enjoy. 🙂

  13. Jill Marks says:

    I am the editor of this new real food blog and I live in Seattle…would love to win these tickets! Thanks!

  14. This is my favorite kind of potato “salad”! Lots of mustard and lemon. Looks like such a fun event, wish I could go!!

    • Erina says:

      I definitely wish you could be here…because then we could spend the day before and the day after cooking up a storm!!

  15. Karista says:

    Hi Erina! Sadly I will be out of town but just had to comment on the adorable puppy picture. What a sweet face! And if you are looking for vegan sites have you seen Fork and Beans? Cara is the blog author and her recipes are so fun. Have a great weekend!

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