God bless my Auntie Linda. From my earliest memory, there was only one time that I looked forward to potato salad: when hers were the hands that made it.
After we moved from the Pacific Northwest, I had a potato salad sized hole in my heart. This hole has only been filled the few times we went back home and there happened to be a cookout or holiday meal where my Auntie would be present. In other words, in nine years I have only been able to enjoy my Auntie’s potato salad a handful of times!
On Father’s Day weekend, it dawned on me that I could just call her for the recipe! Mind you, if you can cook or have experienced food from anyone who put their foot in it, you know that “recipe” is a loose term, and there will be a LOT of winging it by taste and by eye.
When I called my Auntie, she began with vagueness. “You know, cook ’em til they’re done” and “put the amount you like”. I had to stop her and say, “NO. I want to know how to do it the way YOU like it!” and then she let loose. “You better not be trying to use that healthy mayo, either. The cheap kind!” and “Use a cup of mayo…. Actually about half the jar.. Girl, you know, like you broke your wrist!” And to my surprise, a couple of hours after our convo was over, I picked up my phone to this text:
It’s the use of emojis for me 😂😂😂
After I made the salad (of course it wasn’t exactly like hers but it was CLOSE) I called to ask a few more questions before I put it on the blog. And as she answered, she gave this potato salad a couple more names:
“You could call it ‘Drunken Potato Salad’… like you’re drunk and you put everything in it. Or ‘Tavern Potato Salad.’ You know, some people make a nice little potato salad like you’re having a tea party. This ain’t it.” That one took me out!
Anyway, she went on to tell me that after her baby brother (my dad who passed away December 2019) tasted her potato salad for the first time, from then on it was always his request.
I am happy to carry on the legacy. This “Broke Wrist Drunken Tavern Potato Salad” will be at every cookout, holiday and birthday from here on out.
Without further ado, here’s the “recipe”:
I hope you enjoy this recipe and please tag me in stories when you make it- I want to show my Auntie Linda how much of an impact she’s having!
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