Baked Potato Salad


Welcome to the SIXTH post of the Saving Second Base project!

Author: Amanda Tumpak

My mom always tried to get me interested in cooking when I was growing up. I never really had an interest in it. I thought I had plenty of time to learn, but when I met my husband-to-be it became a big interest of mine. Now it is not uncommon for me to call my mom with some cooking question or other every few weeks. I know she doesn’t mind!

My mom loves the holidays. She loves decorating her house for them, and she loves creating holiday-themed cheese-balls and desserts. She always puts out a big spread of food and one of the staples at every family get-together is baked potato salad. It is a delicious blend of potatoes, cheese and mayonnaise with a delightful little crunch from celery and onion. It is simply a must for all of our holiday meals. I hope someday I can do as good of a job entertaining as my mom does!

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in the sixth grade. My parents sheltered me a great deal from it so I didn’t really understand just how serious it is. As I got older, I always wished I would have known more about it so that I could have been there to support her. She has been in remission for 16 years now and I thank God for saving her. I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without her. She is an amazing, giving, loving, strong woman and I am so proud that she is my mom.

Baked Potato Salad

  • 6 – 8  Cooked Potatoes – Diced
  • 1 Cup Celery – Diced
  • 1 Medium Onion – Chopped
  • 1 LB. Velveeta – Cubed
  • 1 Cup Mayo

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix all items together and transfer to dish. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

Amanda is a wife and stay-at-home mom to two little girls with an interest in cooking and dance and she’s a big coffee enthusiast! You can find out more about her and her family at

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  1. Paula says

    Was so happy to read that your Mom has been in remission for 16 years! Very nice post and a beautiful picture of the two of you.

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