Jihva for Potato: Mom’s Potato Salad

It’s been a while since I participated in a food blogging event. The theme for this month’s Jihva for Ingredients is potato, hosted by Vaishali of Happy Burp.  As luck would have it, I just happened to make a potato dish on the day before the event. Stop by Happy Burp on the 8th for the round-up.

I chose a dish that I pretty much grew up on, as this is basically my mom’s potato salad, more or less. I love the contrast between the different textures in this salad, and the bit of “crunch” it has. Since a lot of the ingredients can’t be quantified, in giving you the recipe I’ll give you general ideas, but you’ll need to suit it to your own tastes. For those of you who are more adventurous, it’s a great potato salad base to start experimenting on to make your own variation.

Potato Salad

Mom’s Potato Salad

8-10 small to medium potatoes, skins intact
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1/4 c. diced pickles (preferrably kosher dill)
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
mayonnaise, start with 1 cup
dill weed
celery salt
kosher salt

Bring potatoes to boil in large pot of water, and boil until nearly tender (just a little more firm than if you were making mashed potatoes). Drain, and set potatoes on counter to cool. When cool to touch, peel off skins using fingers (skins should come off easily). Allow to finish cooling to touch, and then slice potatoes into large bowl. Sprinkle potatoes with vinegar (about 1 tbsp?), and then add onions, peppers, pickles, eggs, mustard to taste (I like about 1-2 tbsp) and mayonnaise. Add enough mayo until all of potatoes are covered (you will probably use more than 1 cup, keep adding mayo until it’s at the consistency you like). Season with salt, celery salt, and dill weed to taste. Allow to chill in refrigerator before serving.

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The Record (Bergen County, NJ) July 4, 1997 | MIKE FARRELL MIKE FARRELL The Record (Bergen County, NJ) 07-04-1997 INCLUDED ON TONIGHT’S CARD: RACE AGAINST TIME By MIKE FARRELL Date: 07-04-1997, Friday Section: SPORTS Edition: All Editions — Two Star B, Two Star P, One Star Column: HORSE RACING

Drivers John Campbell, Mike Lachance, and Howard Parker settled for a chartered helicopter. What they really need tonight is a Star Trek transporter.

The drivers are trying to resolve a scheduling conflict that requires them to be at The Meadowlands Racetrack and Yonkers Raceway at roughly the same time. The Big M is staging three eliminations for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace (the final will be July 11), and Yonkers also is presenting the $389,262 Yonkers Trot, the first leg of the trotting Triple Crown. go to web site chase banking online

Television compounded the time crunch. Two of the Pace eliminations and the Yonkers Trot will be televised live as the latest installment of the American Championship Harness Series on ESPN2 (10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.)

“This is the closest we’ve ever cut it,” Campbell said.

The madness will begin at 10:40 p.m. with second Pace elim. The drivers will then dash to the copter for the 12-minute flight to Yonkers, where post time is 10:56. Then it will be a scramble back to the Big M for the third Pace elim at 11:18.

The tight schedule allows no margin for error. Too bad Scotty can’t beam them from paddock to paddock.

TOUCH GOLD TO TRY AGAIN: Trainer David Hofmans set this morning as the tentative date for Touch Gold’s first workout since his victory in the Belmont Stakes. The workout, originally set for Wednesday at Hollywood Park, was delayed by Hofmans’ continued concerns over the colt’s left front foot, which was injured in the Preakness.

The postponement of the workout further enhances the chances that Touch Gold will start next in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 3 at Monmouth Park rather than the July 20 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park. The Haskell already has a firm commitment from the Silver Charm camp, setting up a potential glamour rematch. Silver Charm won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but was denied the Triple Crown by Touch Gold in the Belmont. this web site chase banking online

LLEWELLYN JOINS NYRA: J. Bruce Llewellyn, a member of President Clinton’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association.

Llewellyn brings an impressive list of credentials to NYRA, which operates Saratoga, Belmont Park, and Aqueduct. He is chairman of the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company and serves on the board of directors of Chase Banking Corp., Coors Brewing Co., Teleport Communications, and Essence Communications. Llewellyn was a founder and former chairman of “100 Black Men,” a national civic organization, and is the current chair of the United States Small Business Advisory Council.

“I was asked to get involved with NYRA’s board of trustees because they felt my experience in business would be effective,” Llewellyn said.

“I believe thoroughbred racing has entertainment aspects and assets that we can capitalize on for the good of everyone.”

“SILVERHEELS” OUT FOR SEASON: Hi Ho Silverheels, winner of the Graduate Series final at the Big M, will be sidelined the rest of the year with a fractured cannon bone in the right hind leg.

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