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July 1, 2003 |
How about publishing your recipe for potato salad! Both my daughter and I have been drooling for "good, old" potato salad since your informative description on your Tanglewood show.
Steve, I was in Juneau last week and walked up the hill and looked out at the bay and recalled a radio show I did there years ago and a great fishing trip on which my stepdaughter caught a salmon and konked it and cut off a little slice of it and ate it—fresh sushi—and also a terrifying plane landing through heavy overcast between mountains. Three vivid memories of one small town. That's a good reason to keep travelling back to the same places, to recall all the previous times. And a good reason to make a great potato salad, too.
There is no recipe, exactly; it's more like a melody that one improvises on. Though you can find plenty of recipes for homemade mayonnaise, and it's worth the slight additional trouble—you just blend eggs (with some extra yolks, I believe) and oil and mustard, it takes seconds to do (but get the exact measurements somewhere, please)—and then you assemble your ingredients: potatoes of course, probably the little red ones, and boil them in their skins until they're cooked but not soft; chopped celery, a chopped pickle, boiled eggs, chopped onion, and dill. And salt and pepper of course. And you pour the mayo over it and moosh it around, and you've got yourself potato salad.
There's room for creativity, of course. A little salmon, maybe. Some humpback whale. In Juneau, some juniper berries or June bugs. Worth the trouble, especially compared to the glop they sell in gallon containers in supermarkets. If you're too busy to make potato salad, Steve, you're too busy.