Monthly Archives: December 2013

Schmuhl Potato Salad

This recipe has been passed from my Oma to my father to me and is a family favorite that will always remind me of July barbecues and Schmuhl family parties and funerals. It’s not a traditional German potato salad, but where it lacks in pedigree it makes up in flavor and texture. Serves about 15.  Enjoy!


  • ~3/4 jar of mayonnaise
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5lbs potatoes
  • 10 boiled eggs
  • Squirt of mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Minced garlic



  1. Boil small pieces of peeled potatoes until soft (smaller and longer means creamier)
  2. Drain the potatoes and dump them in a large bowl
  3. Dice the onion and add to the potatoes
  4. Stir in about 1/2 of the jar of mayonnaise
  5. Mix in the seasonings to taste
  6. Peel and dice 7 of the eggs and softly stir them in
  7. Let sit overnight.
  8. Add the rest of the mayo and season again to taste
  9. Slice the remaining 3 eggs and lay them out across the top of the bowl
  10. Sprinkle the top with paprika for color

The key to this dish is that that it always tastes better the next day.  Prepare it at least a day before so that you can add more mayo and seasonings as the potatoes suck in that flavor over time.  The texture and creaminess is determined both by how long you cook the potatoes and how much mayonnaise you end up adding.  I generally push it close to the boundary of mashed potatoes with good results.


Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 10.32.56 AM

I’m learning Python and needed a decent IDE to get my work done – I’m so spoiled! I installed PyCharm and have found it sufficient. Today, after several days of using it, I finally noticed that the tip of the day is blank! This is fine, I unchecked the box, but what I wanted to point out was the missed opportunity: the tip of the day is your chance to educate the user on helpful functionality, to increase product retention through brand loyalty. And what is done with this opportunity?

Tips not found. Make sure you installed PyCharm Community Edition correctly.

Nope I won’t. If you can’t take ownership of this problem (first take: don’t show the tip by default if it isn’t working) at least in the tone of the presentation, then I know enough able you to move forward.  Disable the feature and wait for the functionality to be proven in the future.  This is a very matter-of-fact approach that could be softened by different messaging:

Woah.  I can’t find any tips!  Click _here_ if you have some time to help diagnose what happened with your install.  In the meantime we’ve disabled this feature, you can get to it again from the Help menu.

See, I already want to buy whatever software would give me this kind of lip service!