I was originally going to cook pork chops for dinner tonight, but midway through the day, I got a hankerin’ for a cheeseburger. And I do mean cheeseburger. A hands-down-ten-napkin-cheeseburger.

My meal-mates this evening weren’t quite as adventurous as moi… Nonna had a burger – sans bun and cheese – with just sliced tomatoes. Victor went for bun, bacon, cheese, and mayo.

I went for the gusto – from the bottom up:

  • whole wheat bun
  • mayo
  • iceberg lettuce
  • tomato
  • bacon
  • pickles
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • burger
  • cheese
  • avocado
  • onion
  • mayo
  • the top of the whole wheat bun

Absolute heaven.

And, I made potato salad. Mom’s potato salad… My favorite. For folks who had a mother who cooked, there are some basics that always stick with you – and potato salad is definitely one of them, for me. Others can be very good, but none will ever top Mom’s…

And it’s a pretty basic recipe:

  • potatoes (russets, yukon gold, red bliss)
  • pickles
  • hard-cooked eggs
  • celery
  • shredded carrots
  • mayonnaise
  • catsup
  • mustard
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Mix and chill.

And I worked the pork chops into a baked ravioli dish for tomorrow night.

Plan ahead…