southern hospitality: lemon ice tea + pulled pork sandwiches + incredible lemony potato salad + lemony-garlicy green beans

Last night I felt inspired enough to make an entire meal with drinks, a main course, a couple of sides and a dessert. It even had a Southern theme! Unfortunately, my camera died before I could take a photo of everything plated, but rest assured, it was a sight to behold. Truely.

The first undertaking was drinks and since it was a southern meal, I decided to make some lemon iced tea. I don’t like to add a lot of sugar, so please adjust to your own taste buds.

With my drinks taken care of, I was onto part two of this southern feast:

I didn’t really know what I was doing since I came up with this one on the fly, but it turned out nicely. Cornelius commented that this tasted like real barbeque, so I think I did good.

I figured a potato salad was in order and I wanted something nice and light tasting. I had bought a whole wack of lemons (14 for $2) earlier in the day, so I figured I’d make up a lemon vinegrette and see what would come of that. The results? So fresh and tasty that the world “incredible” came up more than once.

I’ve posted this recipe before, but it’s so good that I have to post it again. An Everybody Likes Sandwiches first. It’s that good. Actually, this time I used less lemons (last time I used 2), but even with just 1 fat lemon it was all good. It’s the perfect snack or side dish for hot weather because these beans are eaten icy cold so it’s the perfect foil for the heat of summertime.

Okay, I lied about making dessert. I was fully planning on making a rhubarb and strawberry cobbler but after such a feast, Cornelius and I decided that adding dessert would be way too much. So we played board games and sipped homemade ice tea instead. I think we made the smart choice. The rhubarb can wait another day.

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14 comments to “southern hospitality: lemon ice tea + pulled pork sandwiches + incredible lemony potato salad + lemony-garlicy green beans”

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    jana   July 19, 2006 at 11:49 am

    That sounds like a fabulous feast! Let us know what you do with the rhubarb…I am a big fan of it in pie form. :)

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    s'kat   July 19, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    Now that is truly a Southern throw-down, yee-ha, girl!

    As for the rhubarb, how about a rhubarb-strawberry crumble?

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    crystal   July 19, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for these great recipes! The potato salad sounds great.

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    S.   July 19, 2006 at 10:12 pm

    I was totally uninspired today and about ready to get take out when I saw your potato salad recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand so I decided to make it and serve with some chicken in phyllo leftovers. The meal was perfect. Thanks for the truly “incredible” recipe :)

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    lindsay   July 20, 2006 at 10:59 am

    hi from White Rock! I made your whole menu last night and it was a hit. who knew pulled pork was sooooooo good?

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    kickpleat   July 20, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    jana, i still have the rhubarb in the fridge and i’m still thinking of making a cobbler. don’t worry, i’ll definitely post the results on this blog!

    s’kat, thanks! i have no real basis for what real southern cooking can be, but i tried my best! as for a crumble, i think that sounds just lovely.

    no problem, crystal! the potato salad was the best one i’ve had ever. and i’m not exagerating in the least.

    thanks so much stefanie! that potato recipe is amazing and i’m glad you didn’t succumb to the take-out bug.

    wow, lindsay, i’m so impressed! and i’m so glad it turned out so lovely for you! i always get a bit excited when other people try my recipes and they work. i know that it isn’t just a fluke on my part ;)

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    Amy   July 20, 2006 at 6:46 pm

    Am just catching up, but sorry to hear about your trip mishap. Glad it wasn’t any worse … The potato salad looks lovely. I’m printing that one up for sure.

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    kickpleat   July 20, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    rorie, the potato salad really was the perfect salad!

    thanks amy, i’m glad too that the accident was only minor!

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    Rorie   July 20, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    Oh, yum – your whole menu sounds fab! I am especially impressed with the lemony potato salad – what a great idea – must try!

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    Raging Red   August 14, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    Hey, I just found your blog. I read this post on a very hot and humid day, so I just had to make those green beans. They were delicious and seriously better than chips (and I love me some chips). I added the zest of the lemon too, just to make it extra lemony. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes, especially the potato salad and that lemony feta spread for sandwiches from another post.

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    kickpleat   August 16, 2006 at 10:33 am

    Thanks Raging Red, I agree about those green beans. They’ve got all the awesomeness of chips, but without all the grease. Mmmmmm, lemony salty goodness!

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    Yvonne   July 22, 2007 at 2:21 am

    The Lemony-Garlicy Green Beans are bloody amazing! I made them tonight and I could eat them everyday. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. ;)

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