Potato Salad


 Do certain foods remind you of certain people?  Potato salad reminds me of my Mom.  She would make it for cookouts, cook-ins and some holidays.  No other potato salad tasted the same.  Shirley Marie (Castle) Howard was born August 17, 1938 and she passed away on February 27, 2001.  Small cell lung cancer.  She had been a smoker for decades.  Stupid cancer.  She was diagnosed in January and died in February.  She was one of seven children.  She was born with a cleft palate and a cleft lip (also known as a harelip).  She endured countless surgeries as a child to repair what didn’t form correctly when she was growing in her mother’s womb.  I’m sure she endured being bullied, being called names and feeling different from others.  She even had to endure reconstructive surgery in the mid to late 70’s because what had been done in the late 30’s and early 40’s was coming undone.  She always said she was ugly.  That she had an ugly nose and mouth.  What is beauty any way?  Is it only the shell of our exterior?  I don’t believe that for one minute.  Some of the most physically beautiful people have the ugliest of souls.  Beauty is a light that shines from within.  It’s a spirit that won’t be broken.  It’s a wicked sense of humor.  It’s a soul that is giving and forgiving.  It’s the mischief that shines in the eyes.  It’s the glow of joy from a new mother gazing lovingly at her child.  It’s being the singer of your own songs whether anyone wants to hear them or not. My Mom was a mighty woman who stood 4′ 11″.  One thing I wish she knew before she passed away was how beautiful she truly was.  I love you Mom.

Potato Salad

2 large potatoes

2 large eggs

1/4 cup onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup peeled and shredded carrots

1/4 cup sweet pickle relish

1/2 cup mayonnaise (or miracle whip if you prefer)

1/3 cup yellow mustard

1 Tbs. sugar

1 Tbs. vinegar

1 Tbs. honey

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 – 1/2 tsp. celery seed

Peel and cut potatoes into about 3/4″ cubes.  Boil in salted water until cooked through but still firm enough to hold their shape. Drain, place in a medium sized bowl and set aside.  Boil the eggs in cold water with 1/2 tsp. baking soda.  Drain and place in cold water.  When cool enough to touch, shake eggs in the pan with a little water to break the shells.  The shells should come off easily now.  Chop the eggs and add to the potatoes.  Add chopped onion, shredded carrots and relish. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper and celery seed in a small bowl.  Whisk until smooth and well combined.  Pour over the potato mixture and stir until sauce is evenly distributed.  Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate until cold and serve.  Enjoy!

Wishing you love, laughter and cake,



About glendaclark

Hi there! My name is Glenda and I love food. Cooking and baking are my creative outlets. You'll find me in the kitchen laughing, singing, dancing and cooking or baking. I'm wife to my green eyed Irish guy, mother of four and grandmother of four. These are the chronicles of life as Glenda, the good witch of cake. Warning: may contain cartoon moments, butter and sugar.

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