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42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Use Perl, Python, AppleScript, Swift, and Automator to automate the drudgery of computer use. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, and create drag-and-drop apps.

Use simple scripts and make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk to you. Create ASCII art from your photos. There’s a script for all of that in 42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh by Jerry Stratton.

Mint-garlic potato salad

Jerry Stratton, November 18, 2007

How to make potato salad even better? Fry the potatoes instead of boiling them.

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 1 hour


  • leaves from a 2 oz bunch of mint, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 3/4 cups yogurt
  • 2 tsps coarse sea salt salt
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Mix the mint, garlic, onion, lemon juice, yogurt, and 1 teaspoon salt together. Let sit for at least half an hour.
  2. Chop the potatoes into small bite-sized pieces.
  3. Heat a large frying pan.
  4. Fry the potatoes in the olive oil, covered, until tender. Stir often.
  5. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl.
  6. Sprinkle with a teaspoon of salt.
  7. Let cool for ten to twenty minutes.
  8. Stir the yogurt mix into the potatoes.

Mint, yogurt, and lemon juice make for a fresh approach to an old standard. It’s a nice change of pace from mayo-and-egg-filled potato salads.

I find that red onion is best, and a potato whose skin you can use, such as red potatoes. Serve warm or cold, and it’s quite good the next day as well.

You can make the yogurt mix and the potatoes separately, and then mix them together when the time comes to eat them.

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