Wednesdays Unplugged – Potato Salad a la Tene

Every minute of joy makes you gain ten more days of life.

– Paulo Coelho

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It’s my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian ‘Quote Cup’ passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, along with an update and photos of what has been going on in our lives. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

It’s hard to believe it’s nearing the end of another school year, and we have another graduating senior this year. Maddie has been involved with theater sets and lighting since middle school, and She Kills Monsters presented by the Roseville HS drama department last week was her last show. It was a good one. I was especially impressed by the creative set, created almost entirely from shipping pallets. The lighting effects on those randomly painted pallets made incredible sets! Speaking of creative, note the congratulatory bouquet complete with lights created by Aunt Sara!


After all the rain we have been having our back yard/patio is now lusciously green, and it got me thinking of picnics. I grew up on a potato farm, but I never really liked potato salad growing up. But after I created a potato salad based on the likes of our family, I find myself craving it… I think it’s time.

I first published this recipe in 2008… here is what I said about it then…

This week’s recipe is one I have been throwing together for years and my family always asks for but I never had a recipe. When I think of it, it reminds me of my Grandmother. I remember asking her for her lefse recipe. She said she didn’t have one, just mixed and added ingredients until it felt right. This one I just mix together until it tastes right.

I grew up on a North Dakota potato farm. I remember visitors always raving about the potatoes and the wonderful black dirt but I could never figure out what all the fuss was about…we ate them every day, and wasn’t all dirt black? Now I realize that I grew up on some of the most fertile farmland in the world…the flat bottom of the former glacial Lake Agassiz…growing some of the best tasting potatoes in the world!

This recipe was developed to suit the tastes of my family, which doesn’t like ‘crunchy’ things in their potato salad and loves egg salad…it’s a blend of the two.


  • 5 pounds red potatoes, boiled and cut into pieces
  • 1 dozen hard boiled eggs, cut into pieces (I use an egg slicer – first slice one way, then the other)

Combine the following (adjust to taste) and mix together with the potatoes and eggs.

  • 1 1/4 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup Hidden Valley ranch dressing
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Sprinkle with paprika, chill and serve.

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