Many Moons Ago I asked My Aunt for her Potato Salad Recipe. She Happily Obliged. She had been a School Cafeteria Salad Lady and made this Salad for probably 30 years. Side by side, I wrote as she explained the steps to making the best Potato Salad Ever. Of course My Mom would have disagreed. My Aunt and My Mom were Sisters and Never Agreed on Anything. Especially when it came to Cooking.
“Who Makes the Best Sauce…Baked Beans?…Salad?” And On and On.
In these Moments of Staying Home to Stay Safe, We have a bit of Time to Try New Recipes. To make a BBQ At-Home Dinner, Potato Salad came Front and Center. But as I read through the steps, I began to question if I had really accurately written the recipe. Perhaps My Cousin can Fill in the Gaps and Surely She’ll remember how her Mom Made the Salad.
And the Virtual Cooking Class Was Born.
We Connected. Giggles Filled the Kitchen. Questions Flew Across the Miles.
“Mommy definitely didn’t leave the Skin On.” “I think the Potatoes were Firm, not Mushy.” “She sliced, then Diced.” “No Mustard, ever.” “Good Italian Olive Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar.” “Balsamic Vinegar?, No I don’t think so.”
“Pop in the Fridge to Cool.” “She added the Sour Cream just before she set it out on the Table.” “How many Eggs is enough Eggs?” “I think One, maybe Two.” “Yikes. That looks like way too many Eggs.” “But this Kid likes Eggs.”
“She would gently turn the mixture.” “It always looked beautiful.” “Not gloppy.” “Your onions look too big.” “She wouldn’t have kept the skins on.”
“Too bad I can’t taste it. Then I’d know for sure if you got it right.”
A Picnic in the Butler’s Pantry during a Pandemic with Collaborative Salad.
Perfect! The Experience. Not so much the Taste.
Served with Over-Cooked Chicken Legs. But Delicious.
And the Crowd-Pleaser, Edamame.
My Baker was tickled to serve Corn Muffins. She Finger-Tested Each One.
A Starch-Laden Meal, Created by the DAUGHTERS of the SISTERS.
Creating Memories. In All the Craziness. To Find Magic Every Day.
Are You Staying Safe? Staying Well? Good. We Can Do This. Together!
You’re a great storyteller, Buddy…keep ’em coming – Love you.
Love you too!