Food for my family is more than just a means of sustenance, it’s a time to be together. Every major holiday, celebration and even disappointment or death is spent around tables over-flowing with dishes to share. Because of this, I associate certain foods with different members of my family. When The Tortoise was born, the first thing I asked my mom to bring me in the hospital was one of her tuna sandwiches. My Papa was famous for his secret recipe cucumber salad (which after he passed away we discovered wasn’t really his secret, but Betty Crocker’s). The smell of cabbage makes me think of my father’s mother and her amazing stuffed cabbage and cabbage perogie. And my taste buds have fond memories of my dad’s Sunday special: grilled lemon chicken.
There is one side dish in particular that has been passed around for years by my mother, my aunt and now me. It is my Grandma’s Potato Salad. It is one of DW’s favorite things to eat. Unfortunately, there is no real recipe, just an idea of a recipe.There are a few things that I have tweaked over the years just to save time, but nothing to change the original flavor.
Grandma’s Potato Salad
White Onion, chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Drain. In a large bowl mash the potatoes with the skins on. While still hot, add large tablespoons of Miracle Whip and mix until creamy. Add chopped onion, shredded carrots, salt and pepper to your taste and desired consistency.
*I know this isn’t a very detailed recipe, but there has never been one written before. It is all based on how it looks and tastes. DW likes his still warm, in fact, he re-heats the left overs instead of eating it cold. I prefer it cold as it was intended but either way it is super yummy.