Growing up, Memorial Day was only noteworthy because we got a day off of school. Also, it meant that for family night (family night is every Monday) Mom would drag us all to the cemetery, despite the fact that we had no deceased family to visit in Washington. Instead we’d wander the cemetery, playing games we developed over the years, like finding the oldest grave, or the most unique name, or the funniest epitaph.
(This year’s best was a quote from Aladdin: “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER little bitty living space.” Made me smile.)
Memorial Day means more to me now that I live near family and family graves. We get to spend time with both my mom’s family and dad’s family. Mom’s family – her aunts, uncles, cousins, and children – gathers at the cemetery and we all lay flowers on the graves of our loved ones, while catching up with each other.
Dad’s family does the same thing, though on a smaller scale, but they also do a Memorial Day barbecue. Family gathers for an evening spent together. Aunts come bearing side dishes. Granpdpa takes out his guitar. Uncle Ard grills endless burgers and hot dogs, all the toppings included. There’s potato chips and watermelon and chocolate dipped strawberries and, of course, potato salad.
What Memorial Day celebration is complete without potato salad? None.
Now, I’m not a huge potato salad fan. HOWEVER…this is the best potato salad ever. Pretty much the only one I’ll eat. And eat. And eat. And so will you, probably 🙂
- 5 potatoes, cooked and diced
- 5 boiled eggs
- 1 1/2 cups mayo (NOT Miracle Whip)
- 1 Tbs mustard
- Dill pickle juice (the secret ingredient!)
- Salt and pepper to taste
When cool, peel and dice eggs and put in a mixing bowl with cold diced potatoes.
In a separate bowl, whisk mayo, mustard, and just a splash of pickle juice together until smooth. Consistency will be slightly less thick than regular mayo, but not much. Pour over potatoes.
Add salt and pepper. I prefer a “heavy sprinkle.”
Mix together well and eat up!
Best eaten cold from the refrigerator.