Potato Salad Recipe Revisited

It’s Summer and I want to revisit my potato salad recipe and update it a bit. Because who doesn’t like potato salad, especially in the Summer?

My first update is about peeling hard boiled eggs. It’s so frustrating when the shell doesn’t lift off the egg white and you end up losing most of it. So I did some research and I learned the best way to cooked “hard” boiled eggs is with steam, that’s right, steam.   Steaming Eggs for Potato SaladThis is how I steamed them. I put my collapsible steaming basket in a pot and filled it with enough water so that it is just barely up to the basket. Just like steaming vegetables. Place the eggs in the basket and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, cover and steam for 20 minutes.  Even these brown eggs cooked beautifully and were extremely easy to peel.Steaming Eggs for Potato Salad  Here’s the proof!   Steaming Eggs for Potato SaladMy next update is about potatoes. I found Ruby Sensation bite-sized potatoes at Kroger. They are pre-washed, fast cooking potatoes that don’t need any peeling. How convenient is that? These potatoes significantly cut the prep-time. My kind of potatoes!Potato salad

I hope these new updates make you as happy as they’ve made me. (That’s all it takes, you ask? Sheesh!) Enjoy some potato salad at your next BBQ or picnic. Happy Summer!


Let’s revisit salads

I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my salad recipes and make a list of them all in one place. Enjoy!

Tuna Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Tuna Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Driscoll’s Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad

Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad

David Rocco’s Panzanella

Recipe of the week: Beet salad

Beet Salad
Beet Salad

Shortcut: Greek Salad Dressing


Potato salad

Christos Anesti 2012

It was a beautiful day celebrating Easter with family and friends. A lot of preparation goes into our annual Easter feast. I baked bread.Tassajara Yeasted Wheat BreadI dyed red eggs. (And inadvertently, my hands as well.)Traditional red Easter eggsI made my family’s favorite potato salad. The menu also included roasted potatoes and carrots, Greek salad, orzo salad and spinach pie. potato saladAnd of course, a leg of lamb. (You can see last year’s Easter lamb & festivities video here.)preparing the leg of  lambThe table was set early. (A little guy needed some blueberries fast.) We started the meal breaking Tsoureki, the traditional Easter bread. We read St. John Chrysostom’s Paschal Homily (c. 347–407).Table is set The egg cracking contest was underway…
Egg cracking

…and it’s Benjamin for the win!Benjamin FTWThe feast is abundant, eat your fill! All of you enjoy the wealthy banquet of the faith and mercy of God.

Greek Easter 2012

Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, and life reigns! Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
Christos Anesti!

Jason’s 40th birthday dinner

My step-son, Jason Hammond, turned 40 on June 3rd. Here he is with my grandson Maxwell. To celebrate we had dinner al fresco [on our deck]. I marinated chicken and Yianni grilled it. [Here’s the recipe.] To go with the chicken, I also made a few really easy, healthy summer salads that you can make too.I started with a fresh fruit salad of strawberries, blueberries, grapes and pineapple.
I also made cole slaw with green and red cabbage, radishes, carrots, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. I love this new “Simply Dressed” cole slaw dressing and I recommend
you try it. It has simple, natural ingredients, is very light and has great flavor.

Of course, no BBQ at my house is complete without my potato salad. [Here’s my how-to video.]
My potato salad ingredients are red skin potatoes, red onion or scallions, hard boiled eggs, radishes and celery. I make the dressing with Hellman’s mayonnaise, mustard, and sour cream.

Jason’s wife Erin bought an incredible peanut butter cup birthday cake from the bakery shoppe at Holiday market. Unfortunately, I took the photo of it a little late!
As you can see, we all really enjoyed it.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by my grandson, Benjamin, who wanted to grab my camera each time I tried to take his photo.
It was a beautiful summer night and we all enjoyed ourselves. Happy birthday Jason!