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Subject: Potato Salad
Newsgroups: rec.food.cooking

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From: Fargo 
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 18:46:10 -0700
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In search of recipe for a dressing for potato salad.  Mom passed without
writing it down and Pop misses it so much.  I didn't like it so have no
"taste" to go by.  I do know that she cooked a dressing.  She used vinegar,
sugar, mustard powder, celery seed (I think).  I am not sure of what else or
the combinations.  It was a glassy, thick yellow mixture when cooked and
then she would pour over chopped potatoes.  I believe she had pickles in
there.  Any recipe that fits this poor post would be greatly appreciated.
Pop is 80 and I would like to give a taste of something he used to really
enjoy.

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From: catmandy99[at]aol.comcrap (Sheryl Rosen)
Date: 24 Jan 2001 02:11:35 GMT
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That's so sweet of you. My mom is gone almost 11 years now, and my dad loves
when I make foods my mom made. 

I wish I had the recipe you seek. I would be interested in it, so I hope
whoever can come up with something close will post it, because I think I'd
enjoy it.

Good luck.
Sheryl

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From: food4thought[at]my-deja.com
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 02:47:42 GMT
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Fargo wrote:
>I do know that she cooked a dressing.  She used vinegar,
> sugar, mustard powder, celery seed (I think

You're right on target--what your Mom was making is called old-
fashioned "boiled dressing"  Here's a basic recipe--hope your Dad
enjoys it!

BOILED SALAD DRESSING

Dissolve:

1/2-1 teaspoon dry mustard
1-2 T sugar
1/2 t salt
2T flour
1/4 t paprika

In:  1/2 cup cold water

In top of double boiler, beat 1 whole egg or 2 yolks and 1/4 cup
vinegar. Add the dissolved ingredient mixture and cook over boiling
water until thick and smooth.  Add 2T butter and chill well.  Can be
thinned with sour cream...or buttermilk.

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From: Fargo 
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 17:42:13 -0700
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Thank you so very much.

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From: mr_potter[at]my-deja.com
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 01:55:00 GMT
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In playing around with fixing potato salad, I've discovered a way to make it
really creamy.	I like an "eggy" salad, and I usually just did the same old -
same old, e.g. toss in some chopped hard - boiled eggs....

I tried putting the hard - boiled eggs in a food processor along with the
other dressing ingredients (you could use the usual mayo, a vinaigrette, or
whatever) and pureeing them all together.  The result was a *great* dressing
that also incorporates the taste of the hard - boiled eggs.  People went
*nuts* the last time I made it (for a b-day bash at a local watering hole) --
it's really rich and creamy.  I also use a lot of stone - ground mustard in
the dressing...I like finely chopped celery, red/green bell pepper, chopped
green onions, and flat leaf Italian parsley, in addition to the red potatoes
(which I don't peel).  I've variously garnished it with steamed asparagus
spears, red/green bell pepper rings, sliced olives, etc.  Paprika or Tony
Crachere's Creole Seasoning sprinkled on top...some of the Penzey's blends
would also work nicely....

I'm making a 10 lb batch of it for Superbowl Sunday, lol....

Best
Greg

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From: ndooley[at]blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Nancy Dooley)
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 20:11:21 GMT
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Exactly what my mom used to make - Here's my mom's - we loved it on
potato salad; when I am missing her, that's what I make, and it
reminds me of her.

Boiled Salad Dressing

1/4 C. vinegar
3/4 C. water
1 tsp. butter
1 egg
1/4 C. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper

Mix together dry ingredients and add to beaten egg.  Combine with
vinegar, water, and butter which have been heated.  Cook and stir
until thick.  Keep refrigerated.

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From: Fargo 
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 07:48:04 -0700
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Thank you.  I'll try each of those posted and let you know which puts the
biggest smile on the old man's face.  :o)

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From: zxcvbob 
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 10:18:19 -0600
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Fargo wrote:
> Thank you.  I'll try each of those posted and let you know which puts the
> biggest smile on the old man's face.  :o)

Don't forget the celery seeds you mentioned earlier.  You can either
add them to the dressing or sprinkle them in the potatoes.  And ask
him if the potatoes need a little minced raw onion.

Best regards,
Bob

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From: Fargo 
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 07:43:12 -0700
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zxcvbob wrote:
> Don't forget the celery seeds you mentioned earlier.  You can either
> add them to the dressing or sprinkle them in the potatoes.  And ask
> him if the potatoes need a little minced raw onion.

Thank you.  Will do.

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From: Fargo 
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 18:42:58 -0700
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Some wonderful people posted me some recipes for a dressing for potato
salad.  I saved it in a file and was waiting for payday...  Today I
accidentally erased the file.  Would you mind terrible reposting the recipe.
I had ton of recipes saved but this was the most important.

Thank you,

Fargo

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From: Carole 
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 10:41:09 -0500
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Fargo wrote:
> Some wonderful people posted me some recipes for a dressing for potato
> salad.  I saved it in a file and was waiting for payday...  Today I
> accidentally erased the file.  Would you mind terrible reposting the recipe.
> I had ton of recipes saved but this was the most important.

Hello,

I am not one of the persons that gave you this recipe before.  However,
when I make potato salad this is what I do, it is easy and delicious.

I add to it, a little bit of olive oil, a few tablespoons of mayonnaise,
thym, paprika, salt and pepper.

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From: baranick[at]shen-heightsaccess.net ()
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 17:43:21 GMT
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Personally, the best potato salad recipe
is printed on the back of Hellmanns Mayo jar....

( maybe a bit more vinegar than I would use )

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From: zxcvbob 
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 12:02:14 -0600
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Fargo wrote:
> Some wonderful people posted me some recipes for a dressing for potato
> salad.  I saved it in a file and was waiting for payday...  Today I
> accidentally erased the file.  Would you mind terrible reposting the recipe.
> I had ton of recipes saved but this was the most important.

I vaguely remember your previous posts.  Try searching for a "boiled"
salad dressing, and add celery seeds to the cooled dressing. Maybe add
some minced onion or pickle relish to potatoes before you dress them.

Here's one that looks about right:
http://SOAR.Berkeley.EDU/recipes/dressings/recipe279.rec

Best regards,
Bob

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From: amandian 
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 21:54:01 +1000
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In my humble opinion, the one and only imperative ingredient in potato salad
is RADISHES!

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From: Young 
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 08:36:56 -0500
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amandian wrote:
> In my humble opinion, the one and only imperative ingredient in potato salad
> is RADISHES!

(laugh)  I knew before I checked, you're from Australia.

Next you're going to say you put beets on your hamburgers, but you'll
oddly call it beetroot.

nancy

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From: The Trinker 
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 06:36:50 -0800
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Young wrote:
> (laugh)  I knew before I checked, you're from Australia.

THEY MAKE A *HABIT* of doing this in Oz?!

Oh dear.  I love radishes, but not *that* much.

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From: ndooley[at]blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Nancy Dooley)
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 22:51:31 GMT
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I always put radish slices in my potato salad - or if they're too big
around, then I quarter the slices.  Celery, cucumber dices, radishes -
required!

N.

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From: Thierry Gerbault 
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 02:15:45 GMT
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My mom always put radishes in her potato salad.  She was from 
Mississippi.

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From: Nancy Howells 
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 23:19:51 GMT
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My mom only put onions and eggs in the potato salad (with potatoes, of 
course!) -- and paprika.  A lot of paprika.  I have come to enjoy adding 
a little celery, some stone-ground mustard and a little horseradish 
sauce into mine as well... but I'm not fond of radishes, I have to 
admit.  In general, not just in potato salads.

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From: mr_potter 
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 07:40:10 GMT
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I like eggs in my PS and I've lately been doing something  new (I'm a PS
"veteran"):  I take the hard boiled eggs, chop them very coarsely, put them in a
food processor or blender, and include them in my mayo - based dressing (use
your own recipe); the dressing is really rich and creamy, and almost approaches
the taste of home - made mayo....

I've been making it this way now for a few months and people *rave* about.  I
also sometimes found the task of chopping the eggs finely somewhat tedious, so
this method solves *that* problem....

Dill is a must for me, and I also like finely chopped red and green bell peppers
(you can use bottled Italian roast red peppers, too, or pimientos).  I get lots
of compliments on the color of my PS, too -- regular ole' PS can look pretty
blah, so jazz it up a little!

Best
Greg

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From: ndooley[at]blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Nancy Dooley)
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 17:01:13 GMT
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>>> My mom always put radishes in her potato salad.  She was from 
>>> Mississippi.

I'm from Iowa ;-)  Never had a relation in the South.

>>My mom only put onions and eggs in the potato salad (with potatoes, of 
>>course!) -- and paprika.  A lot of paprika.  I have come to enjoy adding 

I use someone else's idea about the onion - if you put it in the
salad, it becomes too overpowering if you have leftovers for a day or
so - so cut one in half or use a quarter of one - stick it in the
center top of the potato salad - when you serve, take it out.  That
gives the onion flavor without making it too strong.

>I've been making it this way now for a few months and people *rave* about.  I
>also sometimes found the task of chopping the eggs finely somewhat tedious, so
>this method solves *that* problem....

Tedious?  Do what I do - use a pastry cutter - you know, one of those
mezzaluna type thingies with multiple narrow blades or sturdy wires -
does the job in seconds.

>Dill is a must for me, and I also like finely chopped red and green bell peppers

Yeah, dill. ;-)  I must confess, I put in stuff if I have it in the
fridge - always hard-boiled eggs, radish, cucumber - sometimes celery
& pepper - always sweet pickle relish (or dill, if that's what I've
got).  Celery seed, salt & pepper, and garnished with small tomato
wedges.

N.

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From: moosmeat 
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 10:37:17 -0800
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If there was ever to be an eleventh commandment I'm sure it would admonish us as
follows;
"Thou shalt never-ever-under any circumstan-
ces put radishes in a potato salad.
'nuff said!

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From: ndooley[at]blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (Nancy Dooley)
Date: Wed, 07 Mar 2001 22:32:00 GMT
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moosmeat wrote:
>If there was ever to be an eleventh commandment I'm sure it would admonish us as
>follows;
>"Thou shalt never-ever-under any circumstan-
>ces put radishes in a potato salad.
>'nuff said!

Phhhhhhtttttttt!  ;-)

N.

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From: Thierry Gerbault 
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 16:21:39 GMT
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amandian says...
> In my humble opinion, the one and only imperative ingredient in potato salad
> is RADISHES!

Gee, I thought it would have been POTATOESS!

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From: Hnolla 
Date: 13 Jun 2001 14:35:07 GMT
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My dad always used to add a tart apple to his potato salad.  He would peel the
apple and cut it very fine.


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