The Family Cookbook
Culinary Heirlooms
by Doug Anderson

      It appears that my psychology courses were of some use, after all. After laying it on thick and threatening to discontinue my column, I was inundated with wonderful recipes from family members who had, up until then, been a part of the woodwork. I am considering adding a new feature at the end of each column where I "single out" a family member that has not contributed yet. I trust my faithful readers will not make me result to such totalitarian tactics.
      This week it is my special privilege to feature a recipe from our star Patriarch, my own loving Father. His culinary panache is only exceeded by his disarming humility, as you will see. So have a tissue handy and be prepared to be moved by:

Great Grandpa Anderson's Gold Nugget Potato Salad

      (Hey, potato salad lovers: I have put together a salad that is second-to-none. I hope you give this a try and let me know what you think. Now, I shouldn't give this away to just anyone, so I hope you feel honored. It's truly the best, I think.) DWA

4 lbs. baking potatoes (8 Large)
(The Author suggests GOLD NUGGET potatoes.)
3 hard-boiled eggs, grated
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook potatoes in boiling water 40 minutes or until tender.
Drain and cool potatoes.
Peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch cubes.
Stir together potato and egg.
(The Author suggests white eggs.)
Combine mayo, mustard, salt and pepper.
Slowly blend above mixture with egg/potato mixture.
Serve immediately.
(The Author suggests RIGHT NOW!)

Red Potato Salad:
Substitute red potatoes.
Potato Salad with Sweet Pickle: 1/3 cup sweet pickles, cubed.
Potato Salad with Onion and Celery: Add 2 celery stalks, diced
and one half smaller, sweet onion. "This will give it a bit of zip," says The Author.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes, "Depending on your speed!"
Cooking time: 40 minutes.

      Whew! That was a very passionate performance, don't you agree? Bravo! Now we have seen Potato Salad elevated to its highest pinnacle, I'm not sure what can possibly follow. I'm sure we'll come up with something. "Happy Father's Day" to all of our Dads, and keep those recipes rolling in!
      Next week: Something very seasonal from a proud new ND Grandma!

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