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Local Dish: Leonore’s Potato Salad

St. Clair Shores Sentinel readers share their favorite recipes

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 1, 2018

 Leonore’s Potato Salad is a popular dish for family and friends

Leonore’s Potato Salad is a popular dish for family and friends

Colleen Maciejewski, a St. Clair Shores resident for 15 years, discusses her godmother’s potato salad, which is requested by name by friends and family for Memorial Day parties and large family gatherings, as told to Kristyne E. Demske.

“It started in the ‘60s. Leonore was my grandmother, Nora’s, neighbor across the street, and back then it was a brand-new subdivision in Royal Oak, and it was potlucks and progressive dinners and parties, and everyone brought a dish to pass. This was one of the dishes that Leonore brought. She is my godmother.

“As time went by and families grew bigger, we used to have a Memorial Day party every year. She used to bring the potato salad, and I don’t like potato salad, but I like this. My mom babysat her three children, so it’s like extended family. Her daughter stood up in my mom’s wedding. Her grandchildren stood up in my wedding, and I’m one of her grandchildren’s godparent.”

• 5 pounds russet potatoes
• 1 medium white onion, diced
• 1/2 tsp black pepper 
• 1 cup mayonnaise 
• 1/2 cup Miracle Whip
• 1 cup celery, chopped
• 4 hard-boiled eggs, cut up
• 2 Tbsp yellow mustard 
• Salt to taste

Peel potatoes and boil potatoes in salted water. Cook until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Drain. Cut potatoes into cubes and place hot potatoes and onions into a bowl. Cool completely. Add celery, seasoning, mayonnaise, mustard and Miracle Whip. Toss until well-coated. Stir in eggs. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving. Serves 8-10.

If you would like to submit your recipe as part of the St. Clair Shores Sentinel’s Local Dish feature, email Kristyne E. Demske at