I've been making this potato salad for over 25 years. The recipe comes from a small Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook that I bought in Lancaster, PA so many years ago that it is tattered and torn. Funny thing is, it's the only recipe I've ever made from this cookbook, and it is a crowd pleaser.
I thought maybe you might enjoy trying it too for a 4th ofJuly picnic or family gathering.
Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad
8 - 12 medium sized potatoes
1 - 2 stalks celery, diced
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
1 onion, minced
4 slices bacon
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon minced parsley
Cook potatoes in their skins.
When tender and cool, peel and dice. Add the celery, hard-cooked eggs,
and onion; toss lightly.
Fry the bacon in a skillet until crisp and brown.
(I used 5 slices because they were very thin slices.)
Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
Beat eggs in a small bowl and add sugar, salt, pepper, mustard, and a mixture of vinegar and water; mix well. Pour egg mixture into the hot bacon fat and stir until mixture thickens (about 10 minutes).
Pour over the potato mixture and toss lightly to mix thoroughly.
Garnish with parsley and serve.
The recipe says to chill several hours before serving, but I love this potato salad served immediately still warm or at room temperature. In fact, I don't even care for it that much if it is chilled.
My family requests this potato salad every time there is a summer gathering and I rarely have any leftovers to bring home. That's how much they love it and I guarantee your family and guests will too!
If you're anything like me, you love spending time at the beach in the summertime. When I lived in Maryland, it was only a 3 hour trip to the ocean, but now that I live in Ohio, it's a much longer trip.
If you can't get to the sea, then invite the sea and sun into your home with accessories that bring the waves right up to your toes.
My office (our smallest bedroom) is where I escape to the sea . . . and accessories are everything. From sea-colored pillows with nautical stripes and sailboats . . .
to a beautiful blue chenille bedspread that I use as a throw on the sofa.
Beach decor can come in many colors, but I chose to keep my palette to blues and white because they are such crisp colors and yet calming.
One of my favorite items in my office is the lifeguard chair lamp that is near the sofa.
Seashells are another necessity and I use them in varied ways all over the room . . .
and blue glass . . .
This lovely item is a candlestick I found on clearance that looks like it came from the sea with a large piece of coral that I glued onto the top of it. It's textures are exquisite.
On top of the armoir is a collection of odds and ends that speak
to me of the wind and waves.
Even the lovely blue and white sheers speak
of ocean breezes when they blow in the wind . . .
When I'm in this room . . . I am free to dream.
No matter how far you live from the shore . . . you can always dream of the sea.
At long last my daughter, Kate, is coming home on Sunday.
At the beginning of January, she left on her big adventure, traveling to Cusco, Peru. She wanted to do something for others less fortunate than herself, so she found an agency in Cusco where she could volunteer, booked a flight, and applied for a visa, all before I knew what to say.
To be honest, I wasn't originally very happy about it, but she picked Peru because her father, that she barely knows, is from Peru, and she wanted to experience the other part of her heritage.
Here she is with a local young lady who is dressed up for a festival.
Cusco is surrounded by mountains, and although it was summer when she arrived there, because of the elevation, it was still
somewhat cool and often rainy.
Kate was quite taken with all the dogs that roamed the streets and captured a few of them in photos.
Her first placement work was at a home for teenage sexually abused girls. Her job was to teach them English, but that's not especially easy to do when you don't know much Spanish. Regardless of the language barrier, she bonded and fell in love with these girls.
Here she is with her roommate, Genevieve, who arrived at the same time as Kate and just left for home last week. Genevieve is from Boston, but volunteers came from numerous countries, and friends were made from all over the world.
There was a lot of sight seeing on weekends with a trip to Sacred Valley . . .
. . . a jungle trek to Machu Picchu
. . . a trip to Bolivia to see Lake Titicaca
. . . the world's largest salt flat - Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
. . . and a trip to the jungle.
The second part of her time there she worked at a daycare center and had tons of fun with the kids.
Last, but not least, was a trip to Lima to meet aunts, uncles, and cousins. This may have been the high light of her trip to meet the family she never knew and see beautiful Lima on the Pacific Ocean.
Welcome home Kate, my daughter and best friend! So glad to have you back. Lots of yard sales and flea markets waiting for us to explore.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.