Classic Potato Salad

Summer Sunday is here.  I bought some 1/2 inch thick New York Strip steaks, perfect to grill.  This Sunday I kept it extremely simple.  Watermelon, Classic Potato Salad, Baked Beans and grilled New York Strip.  Couldn’t be any simpler than that.  This potato salad was awesome.  Eric did not like the red wine vinegar flavor but Kent and I did not agree.  Next time I will try without the red wine vinegar and see what we think.  Here is the recipe:

Classic American Potato Salad
(From; America’s Test Kitchen)

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If you find the potato salad a little dry for your liking, add up to 2 tablespoons more mayonnaise. (I did not have that problem.)


2 pounds red potatoes (similar in size)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1  rib celery, chopped fine (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons minced vidalia onions
1/4 cup diced sweet pickle
1/2 cup mayonnaise (see note)
2 Tablespoons minced parsley
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
3 hard boiled eggs


  1. Place potatoes in large saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring once or twice, until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes and transfer to large bowl. Add vinegar, salt and pepper using rubber spatula, toss gently to combine. Let stand until potatoes are just warm, about 20 minutes. (I put in fridge to cool.)
  3. Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, pickles, eggs, celery, onion, parsley and mustard.  Using rubber spatula, gently fold dressing into potatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour; serve. (Potato salad can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)


Russian Dressing

The Russian Tea Room is known for their homemade dressing. Now, if you aren’t in New York City you can enjoy this classic recipe.

Russian Dressing


3/4 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/3 cup chili sauce (this is a condiment typically sold near cocktail sauce)
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoons minced dill pickle
1 1/2 teaspoon minced green pepper
1 tablespoons minced green onion
2 teaspoons fine grated fresh horseradish or drained bottled horseradish
1 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon Tobasco
1 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon minced parsley


Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until thoroughly mixed, but do not over blend. Refrigerate in a covered jar until serving time. Stir before using.

Reuben Pizza

It has been a couple of weeks since we have had a pizza Friday. Kent and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary on June 28th and went out to dinner. Then the next weekend we ended up going to Syracuse. This week it was back to the usual characters and a fun night. When we were in Syracuse we went to a place called Kitty Honyes Irish Pub and Restaurant. One of the items we had off of their menu was Reuben Fritters. These were the flavor of a reuben sandwich in a fried dough. They were delicious! They actually had Guy Fieri come to their restaurant from Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. The recipe for their fritters is at his website. I plan on making these and I will let you know how they turn out. However, while we were eating these fritters I thought about making a Reuben Pizza for pizza night. Most everyone enjoyed this pizza. Here is what I did;

Reuben Pizza

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1 cup sauerkraut
4 ounces corned beef
2 cups grated Swiss cheese
1/4 cup diced dill pickle
1 teaspoon caraway seed
1/2 cup Russian dressing


1.  Top pizza with Russian dressing.  (I made this dressing and it was delish.)  You could use Thousand Island Dressing too.
2.  Spread sauerkraut, corned beef, swiss cheese
3.  Bake at 475 degrees for 15-20 minutes
4.  Top with diced dill pickles and serve

Sadly, I did not take a pic with the pizza baked.  Point is, it was a very delicious pizza and you will really enjoy it!!  You can use the Russian Dressing on a wonderful salad too.  Everyone loved this pizza and when I make it this week I will take a pic with it baked.



No Photos Just Memories

Traveling back home from a quick trip to Syracuse. Eric and Rachel came with us this time. Eric hasn’t been back for a couple of years. I just realized 300 miles into our trip back to Green Bay that we didn’t take any photos!

It was a tough trip especially for Kent. His dad is very ill and he spent all his time with his parents. They had lots to discuss. No photos there either.

It got me thinking about photos. Do you really need them? I can think of a few moments when we were in Syracuse where my memory sparks its own “photo”. Here are a couple (I will write them down so I don’t forget!);

My moms favorite place to go for lunch is The Olive Garden. Dad didn’t want to go. Eric, Rachel, Mom and I went there on Friday for lunch. Mom was so happy to be with Eric. Her face was beaming. We had a great meal and wonderful conversation.

On Saturday we were at Tony and Becky’s (my brother and sister in law) for lunch with my parents. They have a nice pool. It was really hot out and Eric and Rachel went swimming. My dad, who has Alzheimer’s, sat on the deck and enjoyed watching those two swim around. I was sitting with him keeping him company. He seemed so content. He doesn’t talk much anymore. (He used to talk and yell a lot. 😉 You don’t know what you’re missing until it is gone.). He ended up turning to me and he said “those two seem to really like each other. So, when are they getting married?” It was a pleasant surprise to me that he still had that thought process!

Kent and I went out with Lisa and Mike (his sister and brother in law) on Friday. We had some serious discussions but were able to close the evening on a lighter note. We had an enjoyable time walking around armory square, having a few cocktails and dinner. We haven’t done that in years (too many) and it was nice to connect again.

We ended our trip with dinner at Kent’s parents. Lisa, Mike and their kids were there. Bill (Kent’s dad) was quiet. My memory of Bill is and will always be that he is kind, smart (he knows everything!), a man of few words yet many and a loving person. That memory will always be there for me because his son is just like him. I guess I am fortunate for that.

We are a third of the way home. Still no photos. I think I will keep it that way for now.