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Here in Fayetteville, Arkansas we recently hosted the annual Bikes, Blues and BBQ event. Statistics show, it’s the second biggest bike rally in America and the largest benefitting local charities! I must admit, its not really my thing, but it does bring a lot of energy, fun, fundraising opportunities, enormous smoked turkey legs and noise to our town – and I do feel a sense of pride that all of these people experience, even for just a short time, this incredible place I call home.
Because we didn’t have a bike or the blues, we made our own barbecue. My husband smoked chicken, and I made gorgonzola walnut potatoes and a roasted red pepper sauce to accompany our delectable main dish.

GORGONZOLA WALNUT POTATOES

Quarter 1 1/2 pounds of small potatoes, boil in salted water 20 minutes, or until tender.
Drain potatoes and coarsely mash with 1/2 cup half and half, 1/4 cup butter, salt and pepper to taste. Gently mix in 2/3 cup gorgonzola cheese or other blue cheese of your choice, and 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living, March 2010
www.southernliving.com › Food › Recipes

ROASTED RED PEPPER SAUCE

1 cup roasted red bell peppers
1/4 cup finely chopped gherkins or cornichons
2 tablespoons capers, chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped tarragon
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt and freshly ground pepper

Pat the roasted peppers dry and finely chop. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the gherkin, capers, tarragon, lemon zest and juice and mayonnaise. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Food & Wine, June 2008
www.foodandwine.com/monthly/june-2008