Sunday, September 18, 2016

German Potato Salad

An email from my sister Sue.

I was wondering on the blog about our mom's German Potato salad.  
Here is the email Sue sent.

It is as precious as the recipe.

I bought red potatoes last week to make this recipe.  I was too tired last week to make it...but I got around to it today.  My least favorite cooking job is cooking potatoes.
 (This salad will be for my school lunches.)  

Our mom was 17 when she married our dad.  She learned to cook as a young married girl with lots of children underfoot.  She learned from the women in her life.  I think she was a wonderful cook.

I need to ask Suzy what 'a lot' of potatoes is.  I also wonderful about the making more dressing part.

And so it goes.

Mine turned out pretty well.  I could use more wetness....hehe

I miss Sue.
I miss Mom.

Make this can thank Suzy and Esther Jean.

Donna Elsie

p.s.  My spellcheck says learned is not a word.
That is news to me.  Katie says it's learnt.
Can't be.


  1. So special. My goodness, friend, you take all the bitter out of bittersweet. I'm going to have to print this and make it. Thanks for sharing this memory.

  2. Anonymous4:43 PM

    I am definitely trying this. I can remember my mother's German Potato salad, and nothing at a deli tastes like it. I wonder if my mother got her recipe from your mother. I do have 2 recipes from my mother labeled "From Esther Glyman" One for beef stroganoff and one for butter cookies. I can send those on if you don't have them.
    My mother was 21 when she married my dad, and although I think she knew how to cook, I don't think she knew how to cook well. I don't think the Germans used a lot of seasoning. I am certain that my mother finally figured out spaghetti sauce from your mother. And funny, I learned most of my GOOD cooking from my girlfriends. Wish I could find my mother's pineapple upside down cake recipe!!!

    Kris Irving Schwarz

    1. I would love to see those recipes, Kris! I love hearing your memories. I agree with you... The deli salads just don't measure up. Especially German potato salad.

  3. What a wonderful, unexpected Sunday post. My G Grandmother was from Germany and she also had a potato salad recipe that included "boiling with the jackets on" !! Something about retaining the potato flavor. Somewhere along the way the recipe changed to using only Hellmann's Mayo. Seemed no one liked the vinegary taste. Yes, a full pound of bacon, onions, celery, and eggs. I was 17 when I married, and had done very little cooking. I am glad I know how now, as it is one of my favorite things to do. God bless you in your new job.

    1. Mayo potato salads are a thing unto themselves. I do like them...but like I said...the boiling potatoes is such a pain. That is the invention I want. Already peeled potatoes....boiled potatoes.

  4. Anonymous6:03 PM

    Thank you for sharing- your family German Potato Salad sounds wonderful. I have been meaning to tell you that our family now has a new favorite because of you and I am grateful...Greek Chick Pea Salad. I am so glad you posted that recipe because my husband and I both LOVE it and we are very happy to just have that with a good french bread for dinner. So delicious.

    Debbie Z.

    1. That is so great Debbie! Thanks for telling me :o)

  5. This made me cry so hard.


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