The weather has been nice so far this summer, at least here in North East Ohio that is. So far hasn’t been very hot, it actually been very pleasant. Perfect weather for a picnic actually. I admit I love picnics. Growing up I can remember going to school picnics at Kennywood Park and I remember doing a family picnic at White Swan Park. Then the last huge family picnic that comes to mind was a picnic for my dad’s union at Idlewild Park. Yes, all three are amusement parks, except White Swan was torn down to make room for the highway.
I remember my mom would pack this cooler with stuff. I have this vivid memory of a school picnic at Kennywood, and somehow in the grocery bag my mom brought home, we had someone’s BBQ chicken. How it ended up in her bag she wasn’t sure so she just packed in our cooler, along with the other things she got and her homemade potato salad. My sister had a friend come with us that year and all I can remember about this friend was she was a pain in the ass. She drove us up the wall.
My mom was known for her potato salad, everyone liked it because was different. Why was it different, well she used olives in it, so it stood out. People liked it, some people use a relish to make potato salad, not my mom, she used green olives. Anyway, after riding the rides, we were to meet at a certain time at the picnic pavilion for lunch. What was nice back then, you could leave your coolers at a table and no one bothered with them. I know most likely not that way anymore, but growing up and going to those school picnics, that was how it was.
In fact, want share a clip with you I found on YouTube. It is from an OLD WQED special called Kennywood Memories, yes you can tell it is dated by the style of clothing people are wearing, but it talks a little about those picnics:
Picnics are enjoyable and they should be special too, so I decided let’s have a little fun and organized with a few other blogs a “Virtual” picnic blog train. Each blog I got listed has something special for you to enjoy during this special picnic. So make sure you hop on board and visit each one to see the delightful recipe they have waiting for you in this picnic.
Myself, well this isn’t my mom’s potato salad, but it is a different type of potato salad like hers. I been on this Hawaiian kick and saw a version of this salad online and they used sweet potatoes. What a great idea, so I played around with it and I came up with something that is actually really good. It a little different but still very tasty.
A taste of Hawaii! A different type of potato salad, a recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
- 8 strips of bacon crumbled
- 3 cups sweet potatoes cooked and chopped
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts chopped
- In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, and pepper, then set it aside.
- Next combine the sweet potatoes, bacon, pineapple, and macadamia nuts. Mix them together, so they are evenly mixed up.
- Pour the mayonnaise dressing over the yam mixture and mix everything till well coated.
- Let the salad sit in the fridge for about and hour and the ENJOY!