Potato Salad

In Dianes Kitchen

There is nothing like comfort food at a picnic. Potato Salad is always a staple at our picnics along with macaroni salad, deviled eggs, baked beans and of course hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. I have been making my potato salad this way since I began cooking many years ago…we won’t say how long! This was the same potato salad my Mom made, and still makes, when I was a child. Sorry Mom I am giving out your secret recipe. Some people like to add mustard, relish or more to their potato salad for added taste. What you add is your own personal preference and there are no wrong ingredients.

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Start by adding your cooked potatoes, diced onion, chopped hard boiled eggs and chopped celery in a large bowl.

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Add Miracle Whip, salt and pepper to your taste and mix well.

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Top with sliced hard boiled eggs, garnish…

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Potato Salad

The Pantry Portfolio

summer cold potato salad greek yogurtHappy Summer Solstice and three cheers for outdoor BBQ season!  Here in our household we eat dinner outside about 3-4 times per week as the evening air is relaxing and soothing (particularly due to the fact that we don’t have central air).   As I’ve been cooking for these meals I recently realized that I’ve never actually made potato salad. Never! (Despite the fact that it is typically the first thing I put onto my plate when others are hosting).  I’ve recently been so wrapped up in experimentation that I’ve overlooked some classics.  So – I decided that needed to change and I needed a simple potato salad in my toolbox (and here in my growing Pantry Portfolio) that I could whip up for any BBQ gathering.  

When making simple classic dishes I love starting with reliable cookbooks, and so I went to my Mom’s standby – The Silver Palate…

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Baked potatoes in the oven

Cooking Without Limits

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I love to bake unpeeled potatoes in the oven. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, you get a perfect baked potato served cracked open and still steaming. You can have it with butter and salt, cheese, baked beans or chili sauce. Any filling is good, vegetarian or not.

You can baked them when you come from work. Put some potatoes in the oven and then just carry on with your after work routine.

The best potatoes for baking in the oven are Russets. The skin is thicker and the interior is starchy.

Ingredients:

  • Russet potatoes (the same size)
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

Heat the oven at 200 degrees C. Turn on the oven while you are washing the potatoes. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each potato. Prick the potatoes in a few places with a fork. Bake the potatoes on the oven rack or place them…

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