Potato salad my way!

Potato salad on fork

Heaven on a fork!

Making up a batch of potato salad, aka comfort food, was something my mother did on a regular basis as I grew up near Chicago Illinois. Then, after leaving for college, I began a long period of living off fast foods and other such similar junk. (As I had little money in those years, anything on sale was fair game for my consumption). And yes, as I grew to be older, I quickly realized that you are exactly what you eat! Looking in the mirror, one day, I realized that I resembled a Big Mac and super sized fries! Not a very pretty picture…

Fast forward a few decades and you will now find a much wiser man who can really make his way around a kitchen. And, although he can now cook up a wide range of great tasting foods, he has found himself on a cursed diet – This at a time when he may soon leave off the ‘t’ all together, if he doesn’t get his weight down! Note: I always tend to shift into third person when tackling sensitive subjects….

But, life they say, is a passage of culinary events and so I have made it a point to make potato salad now and again in spite of an ever losing battle of bulge.

These days, when I make anything, I sure don’t need no stinkin recipe book to tell me how to do it! I’ve found that if you know the basic ingredients for a dish, you can pretty much wing it. (Assuming, of course that you have the availability of the Internet in case you get stuck)! Note that this sort of poor attitude is a guy thing!

So on this day, potato salad it would be. (I had a couple of Russet potatoes that were getting a bit old and that is what sparked the effort). My list of ingredients from memory was also pretty simple;

Potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut up

Celery stalks, about 2 minced

Onion, 1 thick slice, minced

Mayo, 3 tablespoons, as eyeballed by the cook

Relish, a teaspoon or so from whatever you can scrounge from the back of the fridge

Eggs, 2 hard boiled that are peeled and then roughly chopped

Yellow mustard, I just give the bowl a good squirt and then move on

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Smoked paprika, a dash

See! Very simple stuff indeed. While it takes the potatoes about 20 minutes in slowly boiling water, I prep the other ingredients and add them to a glass bowl. When the potatoes are done, they are drained and then cut into small cube shapes. These are added to the mix, stirred well and then chilled for a few hours to allow for all the ingredients to make friends. The end result is heaven on a fork! BTW: 1 gram equal about 1.38 calories!


About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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