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American Macaroni Salad

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American Macaroni Salad

Warning: The following narrative is far from appetizing. If you are eating, just ate, or are thinking of eating while reading this, just skip to the recipe 🙂 Now for the strong stomached…

This is exciting parenting stuff: not a milestone for the faint of heart. We’ve been potty training Toddler Boy for the past week. Now that we are this far into it I can say it is going well, but if you had asked me last week – hahahahah. 🙁

Really though, he is doing really well(now). Mind you he is walking around naked from the waist down, but he’s got his little potty in the room and when he needs to go he just goes and sits down and does his business. This past Tuesday he made it the whole day without incident, and Monday he almost made it. He is very proud of himself, and we’re optimistic that soon he’ll be reliable enough to be in pants. (Don’t call the authorities, we clothe him when we go outside).

It was tough though, a learning experience as parenthood always is. Definitely brought back memories of the more challenging days when we first brought him home and were first trying to figure this whole parenting thing out.

We first started the potty training with the little toddler seat for the big toilet. Problem with that though is we had to pick him up and put him on it, he couldn’t get up himself. As a strong willed child (always has been – was lifting his head up and looking around hours after birth) he definitely fights if he doesn’t want to do something, thinks you badly want him to do something, or wants to do it himself without help. Which, when you are potty training, is not helpful.

After the young man verbally threatened to do unspeakable things on the floor (as he was playing the on-off-ON-OFF!! potty game), a foot in the toilet, and dangerous aim as he pretended to “slide” on the potty seat, things came to a head.

The next day we picked up a little potty he can go on himself. He was immediately interested in it and using it, and has been into it since (With some helpful encouragement form Curious George on the iPad and fruit loops as reward). Phew!


American Macaroni Salad

Anyway – enough with the potty talk (hah). It seems like so long ago now, with the evenings being cool and comfortable in NJ- but just a few weeks ago it was disgustingly hot and humid out. I believe it was a solid 7 days of 90+ degree temperature and terribly humidity. Needless to say we were not up for very much cooking. We did cooked everything we could out on the grill, including pizza one night (it wasn’t bad).

We wanted cold sides many of those nights, and this American Macaroni Salad from Food Network sure fit the bill. Like the Savory Pasta Salad we posted last month, this salad is not overloaded with mayonnaise – although it does have it. It’s super simple to make, but don’t assume that make’s it any less delicious.

We aren’t done with summer yet, and you shouldn’t be either! It’s still grilling season. So give this macaroni salad a try. 🙂

American Macaroni Salad

American Macaroni Salad


  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced vine-ripened tomato (optional)
  • 1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato, if using. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

Recipe from: Food Network

American Macaroni Salad

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