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Solid Potato Salad

Okay, potato salad lovers, you have got to SEE THIS.

And while you watch it, just imagine how much more fun it would be to cook dinner if the Ross Sisters could come over every day around 6pm and perform a few food-related numbers to power you through your cooking tasks. I, for one, would never be crabby again.

My guess is, however, that the Ross Sisters are either no longer on the planet or a tough act to book, so I will simply view this video whenever I make potato salad and I suggest you do the same.

A caveat: don’t attempt any of the things the Sisters do in the 2nd and 3rd minutes. Although you may burn a few potato-related calories, you will most likely end up in the ER.


1 pound new potatoes, cut in half (or if they are big, cut in 1-inch chunks)
½ pound string beans, cut into 1 ½ pieces (try to find the tiny, French kind)
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup creme fraiche
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¼ cup fresh snipped chives
¼ cup finely chopped parsley
¼ cup finely chopped basil or dill
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Dump the potatoes in boiling, lightly salted water to cover. Simmer until the potatoes are just about tender, about 15 minutes. Then throw in the beans and continue cooking until the beans are crisp-tender, about 3 more minutes. Drain the vegetables and set them aside to cool. (If you are getting crabby, replay the Ross Sisters video.)

2. Whisk together the mayonnaise, creme fraiche, lemon juice and mustard. Stir in the herbs, salt and pepper.

3. In a large salad bowl, gently toss the potatoes and beans with enough dressing to coat the vegetables well. Correct the seasoning if necessary.  Let the salad sit for an hour or so before serving. Or refrigerate and serve it later, but bring it to room temperature before you serve it.

Serves 4, or the Ross Sisters.

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9 Responses to “Solid Potato Salad”

  1. Scot Colford Says:

    I love that you posted that video! My office has been rocking out to that for weeks now.

  2. Hannah Hempstead Says:

    Dear Jessica:
    LOVED the Solid Potato video and the ENTIRE blog.
    I need to get one of those flower thingys from Crate and Barrel, a must have!
    Keep up the fab writing.
    Hannah Hempstead

  3. Alex Alonso Says:

    Hello,i know you must be very busy but i just want to say that i am a big fan of your music and your movies, congratulations, i really like your work, im sorry for disturb you, and sorry two for my bad english, i am from Brazil.

  4. chris loeb Says:

    the world would be a better place if everyone got the Blah blah blog.

  5. Jamie A. Says:

    This is a prime example why personal hygiene is so important in the kitchen and the contortion mat….

  6. Lloyd Says:

    I love getting your blogs Jessica, you make my day, I still like the panini photo you sent me by ‘mistake.’

  7. Lloyd Says:

    Jessica, that video is PRICELESS! Thanks for finding it and for sharing it, wowzers is all I can say, wowzers!

  8. Joe Says:

    There will be more than potato salad going on in my house. When I see a preformances like in that video It just makes me happy to be alive. We live, we see, we covet. Thanks for the recipe. After I whip this Salad together I will sit down eat and enjoy watching The Ross Sisters do that great song and dance. I wonder? do you think Ice Cream will go good with this Salad.

  9. Dave Paye Says:

    Two of the sisters are still alive,the youngest one died some years back, think she was married to Dickie Henderson a british entertainer whoes sisters the Henderson twins also were very talented,they made a couple of records with Al Bowlly back in 41. Must have been great fun at the extended family parties!

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