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American Potato Salad

American Potato salad

I read somewhere the other day that potato salad is making a comeback.  Did it go somewhere and no one told me?  It’s always at our house.  Potato salad is one of my all time favorites.  One of the best that I have ever had is Julia Child’s American Potato Salad.  Oh my goodness, it is so good!  You cannot go wrong with this salad.  When  I bring this dish to a get together there is not a morsel left.  It is that good.

Julia Child has always been an inspiration to me.  Just the fact that she went to culinary school so late in her life is astounding.  I was mesmerized by her voice and cooking skills on her TV cooking show way back when.  I spent many hours wishing that I might someday cook like Julia.  I do cook  in a setting much like Julia’s, but in no way with her same skills.

Years back on a trip to Washington DC I was thrilled to learn that Julia’s kitchen had been place in the Smithsonian.   I spent hours there just looking and reading.  I wanted to take it all in –  the kitchen that I watched Julia tell me how to roast the best chicken.  I was in heaven!

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Potato Salad and Tailgating


We went to the Braves game last night and at the last minute I decided that we should tailgate.   We have not done that in years.  I did nothing fancy.  I sliced garden fresh tomatoes with a little Italian dressing.  Sliced fresh peaches that GI Joe brought back from the English Farm in Zebulon.  They are great!  I picked up my favorite fried chicken.  The best part is that I made homemade potato salad. 

Potato salad is one of my favorite foods.  I LOVE it!  I am sharing with you my mother’s recipe.  She was such a great cook.  We like it hot with dill pickles, but you can use sweet pickles and serve it chilled.

Rule of thumb:  When making potato salad or mashed potatoes use 1 potato for each person.  What kind of potatoes do you use?  I use baking potatoes.  They have more starch so when cooked will tend to fall apart making a soft potato salad.  If you like more firm potatoes use new potatoes.  They have less starch ,less calories but they stay firm after cooking.  Choose what you like. 

Steps for making salad:

1.  Cube potatoes and cover with water in a saucepan.  I do not use salt because the olives I put in the salad are salty. 

2.  Cook until tender. About 15 – 20 min.  Check by using a fork and check for desired tenderness.

3.  Drain in a colander.  

4.  Return to pan and put your choice of condiments in such as sliced olives, dill pickle relish, a little mustard and mayonnaise. Stir lightly.


Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks


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