Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thank You and Picnic Potato Salad

To my dad, my uncles, my brothers and my oldest bouncing baby boy (son):

Thank you for your service; yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Happy Memorial Day.

Please remember to thank a vet for all of the freedoms we enjoy.

"All gave some, some gave all"

Picnic Potato Salad: serves 6 to 8

Everyone has a family recipe for potato salad, there are as many recipes as there are mamas.

I humbly, submit my family's favorite:

8 medium sized potatoes, scrubbed, pricked with a fork and boiled in salted water until easily pierced with a thin knife. Cool.
4 stalks celery, diced
3 hard boiled eggs, diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup fresh rosemary, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated (this is your secret ingredient)
1 cup mayonnaise (I like Hellman's)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt to taste

Cube your cooked potatoes (leave the skin on) and place in the biggest bowl you have.
Add the celery, eggs, parsley, rosemary and cheese. Gently toss to combine.
Add the mayonnaise, vinegar and sour cream. Taste. Salt if necessary.

Cover and chill completely. The safest way to serve the potato salad is to place the bowl in another, larger bowl that contains ice.

Do you have a family recipe for potato salad?

A Cook's Notes: If you don't have or don't like rosemary, try fresh thyme or dill. Paprika sprinkles are optional!


  1. Mmm, mmm, mmm...GOOD!!!!!!!!!! From the Good Cook, of course...Okay...copy and paste...sneaking away with this one...I ADORE potato salad, and this looks absolutely divine! Now I know what I'm serving tomorrow...wonder if I need to fix anything to go with it?? LOL...Love you, Janine XO

  2. Potato salad is one of the things my family asks for me to prepare. I don't really have a recipe, I just make it. We had chickens growing up, so we always use lots of boiled eggs in our salads.My grandmother always used sweet pickle relish that she made with her garden cucumbers. I am not a big fan of the sweet pickle and found myself without any relish as a young wife and chopped up some dill pickles instead. My family loved it and it became my standard recipe. This was long before you could purchase dill pickle relish. I like Hellman's, too. Has more body!

  3. Hello..long time no see!

    Cut and paste... if you say it is good, I know it is good!


  4. Oddly enough, I've never made potato salad. Sad, I know. Don't tell. I do know that I prefer mayo to mustard. This sounds great and I'm tempted to venture into potato land.

  5. Thank you to your family from me too :0)

  6. Use dill instead, and a little mustard- and ours is almost like yours! Bet it was good!

  7. Janine, I think a meal of just potato salad is a splendid idea!

    Kathy - like I said, every family has their own special twist - and Hellman's mayonnaise really is the best unless of course you make your own.

    Jan - Hello old friend! Please tell Tamis I said hello too.

    Whitney - once you make it yourself you won't ever go back to store bought!

    Eternally - you are welcome, from my family to yours

    Buffalo - like I said, there are many recipes as there are mamas! You just have to love potato salad!!

  8. Parmesan! How ingenious!

    I began using rosemary in potato salad a couple of years ago, and after two bites, my Fred said, "Yuck! What's wrong with this potato salad?"

    I thought it quite delicious. So every once in a while, I still sneak it in. I ask him a question just as he begins eating, one that I know will keep him talking for a good half hour, and he doesn't pay any attention to what he's eating!


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