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May 12, 2014

Mom's Potato Salad

In honor of Mother's Day yesterday, I am going to give you my recipe for potato salad. Every time I make it, I get high compliments and am requested to make it again. This is one of the few recipes I learned from my mother. She cooked a lot while we were young, but as we got older and she worked away from home full time, she didn't cook as much. She never really "taught" me how to cook, I just sort of taught myself by reading recipes and watching others. And, through the years I developed my cooking skills while watching Food Network and other cooking channels. I get a lot of my inspiration from cooking shows and Pinterest. Cooking has come naturally to me, just one of those talents people are blessed with and I really enjoy it when I have the time to devote to it.

This is a very simple dish, but the rewards are great! With summer just around the corner this will make a great addition to any picnic or barbecue. This is easily adjusted for a larger crowd. So, let's get started...

8 medium to small potatoes
6-8 hard boiled eggs
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pickle relish (I use sweet, but you can use dill also)
1 to 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil the potatoes, whole with skin on. Boil them until they are fork tender. Drain and let cool enough to handle them. At the same time, boil your eggs. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them using a small knife or your fingers. The skin comes off pretty easily once they are cool.

Dice up all the potatoes and eggs into a large bowl. Add the diced onion, mayonnaise, mustard, relish and salt and pepper. Stir everything together and chill for an hour or two to allow the flavors to mingle. You may need to add more salt before you serve, potatoes soak up salt. You can garnish the dish with some paprika if you are feeling festive.

And there you have it, Mom's Potato Salad. Make lots if you are feeding a big crowd, it will go fast. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. And, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, step-moms, grandmas and single dads out there!

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