Saturday, September 24, 2011

Big Yellow Bowl

Big Yellow Bowl.....In my mind it goes with the Big Yellow Bird.  The two go hand in hand with me. 
This particular Big Yellow Bowl has seen some stuff.  Traveled from Sacramento, to many a Family Reunion in Northern California....Burney, Grass Valley, this is what Grandma would package her extra special Potato Salad  in.  This was found in Grandma's Garage after she passed, due to the amount of dust, I don't think it has been used for years.  I think its only fitting to fill it back up with Potato Salad!  I don't have my Grandmothers recipe, but I found one, and doctored it up a bit.  I think its pretty good. 

Tomorrow is Mrs JellyMan's Grandfathers memorial.  I never truly got an accurate head count, so I am going to show up double fisting Potato Salad.  One with Egg, one without.

Looks good don't it?  =)


  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 cup chopped white onion ( or red for a different flavor )
  • 1/2 cup green onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olive
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • sea salt to taste
  • 8 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 3 dill pickles, chopped (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and place in a serving bowl.
  2. Stir the onion, salt and pepper into the potatoes while they are still hot. This allows the potatoes to absorb the flavor. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, celery, black olives and horseradish to the salad, and mix well. Gently stir in the eggs and dill pickles. Garnish with left over sliced eggs.  Finish off with a generous grinding of black pepper on top. Chill for about 30 minutes before serving.
I thought I would be slick and just double the whole thing.  You really have to have a pretty good sized pot to cook 10 cups of chopped potatoes!  So I did it in batches. 

I really like the horseradish.  It adds just a bit of zip! 

As you can never have enough food at a funeral, I also decided to whip up a couple of batches of Persimmon Cookies.  The recipe was Grandpa Archies sisters, so I figure I am good.

Been in the kitchen most of the day, so I have no complaints!  Any day spent in the kitchen is better than a day working in the office!  The sink, the floor, and the oven timer are calling my name, until next time!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lost Treasures

Just a quick one tonight.  No cooking, no witty story's.  Just a thought running through my head.  You are probably asking yourselves about " Lost Treasure "?

Today Mrs. JellyMan lost her Grandfather ( No she didn't miss place him like she does most of her stuff.....sorry couldn't help it ), and the boys lost their Great Grandfather.  We all know our loved ones will pass on sooner or later, but it always seems like it is sooner than we want. 

When they go, we always think of things that we did with them, conversations we had with them, then somewhere down the road we then think of things we didn't talk about with them.  What this generation has seen, we will never see again.  Think about it.  How many of us have lived in a house heated by wood, had visits from the Ice Man, ( The guy who would deliver blocks of ice wrapped in burlap and sawdust ), one room school houses, World Wars.  We always ask about the cool stuff, the low hanging fruit.  I had many conversations like that with my Grandmother over the years, but now I can think of at least 101 questions that I should have asked....but didn't.  Ehh...I'll ask her next time I talk to her.  Well, there will come a time where there is no next time.  I lost 3 of my 4 grandparents before I found out that old people are cool.  Cool for many reasons, but cool manly because if you think about it, the amount of steps they have taken in their lifetime, what they have seen with their eyes, what they have heard with their ears, hugs and kisses they have given or received.

Its not too late.  Find an old person, ask them about their lives.  Write it down.  I have a bunch of stuff in my head, conversations long since past, but over time they dull, you forget, or stories run together.  I can 100% guarantee you that you will both walk away with a great feeling.  You with a feeling of WOW, that Guy/Girl saw some STUFF!  And them being glad that you could stop your fast paced life for a couple of minutes to talk to them, to give them the time of day.

Till Next Time!