Potato Salad Recipe (& question about biographies)

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LEarringsYesterday we went to the mall and our 15 and 17 year old daughters had their ears double-pierced.   Their ears were first pierced when they were little girls in Ethiopia, so it was really fun for me to be there when they had this second set done.  They’d been wanted to do it for awhile and were thrilled that Dad said yes.

Today we’re scurrying around getting ready for a barbecue after church on Sunday– our usual clan, plus some of our college-sons’ friends from church.  Should be good fun!  I’m going to try this potato salad recipe recommended by my MIL.  Since I despise mayo with a passion, I rarely make potato salad, but this one is mayo-free AND has bacon in it!.  We’ll give it a whirl.  I’ll add a picture once I make it.

German Potato Salad

Serves 10-12

  • 8-10 medium potatoes (white or red) baked in their skin
  • 2 T. chopped fresh parsley
  • 10 strips of bacon, diced and cooked until brown
  • 1 large white onion, minced, and fried in bacon grease til tender
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. black pepper

Peel and cube potatoes once they’re cooled enough to handle. Combined  potatoes and fresh parsley.  Fry diced bacon in skillet until just brown and remove bacon to a bowl.  Leave about 1/4 cup of bacon grease in the skillet and fry onion until soft.  In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and water.  Add to onion mixture in skillet and cook until it thickens.  Pour hot dressing over parsley/potato mixture.  Add bacon.  Serve at room temperature.

Finally, I have a question about biographies for you all.  One of my daughters just read The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day, a slightly fictionalized biography about William Tyndale.  I thought it was a really worthwhile read, and would love to find other similar biographies for my teenagers to read.  Do you have any recommendations?


  1. Missionary Bios are my favorite. I have a shelf devoted to them… here’s my list:
    -Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman
    – The Small Woman (also Aylward
    -A Chance to Die (Amy Carmichael)
    – Evidence Not Seen (Darlene Diebler)
    -Through Gates of Splendor (story of 5 missionaries martyred in Ecudor)
    -Shadow of the Almighty (Jim Elliot)
    -Ruth: A Portrait (Ruth Bell Graham)
    -No Compromise (Keith Green)
    -A Man Called Peter (Peter Marshall)
    -Beyond the Great Darkness (Barbara Reed and her husband)
    -Jungle Pilot (Nate Saint)
    -The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)
    -Tramp for the Lord (also Ten Boom)
    -Living Water (Brother Yun)
    -Golden Boats to Burma (Anne & Adoniram Judson)

    I have also enjoyed: God’s Smuggler (Brother Andrew), The Heavenly Man (Brother Yun), and any of the bios put out by YWAM.

    Not sure what would pique your dauughter’s interest, but I’ve enjoyed all of them. I’m always on the lookout for new Christian bios, so I’ll have to check out the one you listed. Thanks!

  2. Good luck with the potato salad! I prefer a vinaigrette on potato salads, too.

    Not Regina (also marketed under “Escape from Kyburg Castle)is a fictionalized account of Anabaptists by Christmas Carol Kaufman.

    Alone, Yet Not Alone is a fictionalized account of two sisters carried off in the Penn’s Creek Massacre (similar to Calico Captive, but with a distinctly Christian theme)

    White Queen of the Cannibals: The Story of Mary Slessor is another favorite that’s free for Kindle, too.

  3. The potato salad recipe sounds delicious. I am very big at trying new recipes and feeding them to my guinea pigs as I say LOL. The great thing about recipes like this is that you can substitute ingredients when needed (I’ve learned that since I was diagnosed with hypertension at 20 weeks gestation and now my daughter is 15 months old. I will probably change it a bit however it does sound delicious. It is always a joy to use mom’s or MIL’s recipes (my MIL is a great cook!).

    As for books, we read many biographies, especially missionary stories. Some already are listed above……………….Since we use the Charlotte Mason Style method of homeschooling, my oldest boys usually read lots of biographies on history, historical figures, great composers and scientists (pretty much everything!). They read lots!! Enjoy fellowshipping Sunday…….

  4. Question…when do you add the bacon you fried and set aside? Sounds tasty and I’d like to try the recipe. I would guess you add the bacon after the dressing is mixed in, but maybe not? Thanks!

  5. I enjoyed the Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day. Here are a few others I have enjoyed.

    Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women (you might want to scan through this one – there is a time in Louisa’s life where there is great family stress because her father considers joining a religious group (shakers?) where the family unit would have been split up. Always good to know that there are those things that might bring up questions.)

    Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller

  6. I think I read Invincible Louisa when I was a kid.. thanks for the reminder!

  7. Great book suggestions! We love biographies. Thank you all! 🙂

    We’ve just finished George Mueller: Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans which was excellent. It’s part of the Christian Heroes: Then and Now series by Janet and Geoff Benge.

    Others we’ve enjoyed:
    The Sower series (I believe they center around American people)
    Run, Ma, Run, a picture book about Mary Slessor for younger kids
    The Trailblazer series (missionary stories that are true, I think?)

    For your oldest kids, I found the autobiography of Colin Powell, My American Journey, to be very interesting. I believe it does have some language and controversial political topics in it which is why I would recommend it for adults and near-adult age only. It is, however, an example of what makes our nation great. He came from poverty, and through perseverance and hard work, rose all the way to becoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Another good one for older kids is It’s Easier to Succeed Than to Fail by S. Truett Cathy (the founder of Chick-Fil-A). While not as riveting as some of the missionary adventure stories, it does provide an excellent Christian perspective on hard work and business ethics, as well as living generously.

    Thanks for the potato salad recipe too! 🙂

  8. Just wanted to mention our favorite potato salad. It’s modeled after a ‘loaded’ baked potato and includes hard boiled egg, bacon, chives, shredded cheese (and whatever else you might top a baked potato with). So it’s still not the healthiest but the dressing is half sour cream and half mayo (or to taste) and it really lightens that greased, heavy mayo taste.

    It’s been quite a while since I read a biography, and have been itching for something new so I’ll definitely be taking suggestions from these lists.