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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Potato Salad: The Secret Ingredient

We had a cookout last Monday for Memorial Day.

You know, burgers on the grill, corn on the cob, watermelon, potato salad, banana pudding pie....

And I would like to share with you how the potato salad came out.

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First I had all the kids peel and cut up the potatoes and I put 'em on to boil (the potatoes, not the kids).

When they had cooked and drained, they were set aside to cool while I went to work on the rest of the ingredients.

I diced up a pepper and an onion and some celery. I chopped up a hard boiled egg.

I threw all of that into a bowl to mix together with the mayo, and a little brown mustard, and some seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic powder, celery salt....

Lastly, I went to the pantry and grabbed the vinegar from its spot on the shelf.

I took it back to the kitchen table, opened the lid, and poured some in.

That's funny, I thought.

What's that smell?

And then I knew what the smell was.

I turned the white plastic jug around, only to confirm it was not vinegar.

Guesses, anyone?

It was ammonia.

SOMEone (cough - youngest child - cough) used the ammonia in some sort of project or experiment of God only knows what, and put it back not with the cleaning supplies, but on the shelf right next to the other identical (except the label) white plastic jug.

All I can say is thank God I didn't have a stuffed up nose from a cold or allergies or something, as I might never have known the error of my ways till they all gagged and/or keeled over dead.

From here on in they have free rein to tease me for my cooking.

I shan't say a word in my defense.


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1 comment:

  1. Made me laugh and remember the time my sister was making split pea soup and somehow distractedly picked up a bottle of detergent rather than the water bottle. I told her I personally would have served the BLUE soup to see what reaction it got, but she's much nicer than me. ;)



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