Spicy Smashed Potato Salad With Colman’s

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Colman’s.

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Question: How do you take a nearly perfect summer classic dish, and make it even better? Answer: HEAT!

When I was a kid, my parents would throw the most epic July 4th parties. Along with the seven of us in total, what seemed like hundreds of loved ones would arrive in twos and fours – armed with coolers, freshly baked pies, and cold summer salads. We had a giant, kidney-shaped pool and people would put out their towels on our lawn. I don’t think you could see even an inch of green lawn – because the entire lawn was covered by colorful towels and happy people. The food was memorable!

potato salad

After the sun went down, we would light sparklers and small fireworks. We would eat melting ice cream and then spoon up all the rainbow sprinkles that had sunk to the bottom of our “ice cream soup.” My dad would blast 38 Special out of the speakers he kept under our deck, and we’d all be swatting mosquitoes and enjoying shared stories. Sometimes, people would even go night-swimming. It was summer in a nutshell! Those are the memories I strive to make with my family.

Summer memories.

My sister loves macaroni salad, but potato salad was always my weakness. I remember the different variations of it over the years. I’d have the classic kind – with potatoes, mayo, and dill – and not much else – but then I remembered even more of the potato salads with a little (or a lot) something extra. I’m talking green crunch, and the potato skins still nearly intact.

Potato salad is a lifelong classic, but I’m all about taking things to the next level, and making a big mess doing so! Colman’s Mustard is no condiment – it’s a next-level-inducing active, HOT participant in your favorite summer dish. Whether you add a pinch to pasta or pizza, or to your potato salad, you are in for a treat. This recipe is your perfect summer party dish:

Spicy Smashed Potato Salad

Yield: 4-6

Spicy Smashed Potato Salad


  1. 2 lbs red potatoes, scrubbed and chopped
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 1/4 cup sour cream
  4. 1 tsp Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder
  5. 1 tsp Colman's Prepared Mustard
  6. 1/2 cup chopped celery
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1 tsp pepper
  9. Scallions, carrots, peppers, etc. for garnish
  10. Dill for taste


  • 1. Bring potatoes to a boil in a pot of salted water and cook until tender and easily pierced with a knife
  • 2. Drain potatoes and return them to pot
  • 3. Add mayo, sour cream, Colman's Dry Mustard Powder, Colman's Prepared Mustard, celery, salt, pepper, and garnishes
  • 4. Smash using a potato masher
  • 5. Put in the fridge until chilled
  • 6. Adjust seasonings before serving
  • 7. Enjoy!
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You may need to adjust your seasonings until you get your perfect taste. Start slow with your Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder and then work your way up to more. You won’t be disappointed!

I don’t know if this is the exact potato salad recipe of my youth, but it’s more like a combination of everything I ever loved about potato salad. Crunch. Creaminess. HEAT. And love – lots of love. What do you put in your potato salad?


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Lightning McQueen OREO Treats

Have a Disney Pixar Cars fan in your house? With Cars 3 coming out, we're celebrating my son with a Cars birthday party. This #recipe is a hit with everyone

This week has been full of weird grownup moments.

For example, I bought my first refrigerator with all my own money! How cool is that? Much cooler than the fact that it broke, and we only knew it because our beloved ice cream and popsicles couldn’t retain their form. Then there was ordering Des’ birthday cake on a break from editing photos, only to run into the client the photos are for – right there at the bakery!

The chances are small, don’t you think?

Then there’s five more days of having a four-year-old, perhaps ever. Time to do it up right!

Lightning McQueen

Then there’s getting the groceries and gathering up the emotional stamina for the kindergarten potluck picnic today. I don’t need them all to know how insane I am, the way they surely did by this time when it was Scarlet’s turn. There’s making last minute decisions to enroll Des in a drop-in morning at school today, before his grandmother comes to play. There’s only three more weeks to have this luxury, and then it will be public school for two kids. I might miss preschool tuitions?

Then there’s getting ready for a birthday party! We’re throwing Des a Cars 3 party and this recipe will be a hit:

Lightning McQueen

Fun Tamara Fact. I think chocolate-covered or chocolate-dipped OREO cookies are an immeasurable upgrade.

Lightning McQueen OREO Treats:

Yields: 1 dozen (8 Lightning McQueen and 4 Lightning Bolts)


Cookie mold
12 regular OREO cookies
12 oz bag Wilton red candy melts
2 large white Airhead candies
2 large blue Airhead candies
20-22 yellow taffy pieces
Wilton black decorator icing


1 – In a double boiler pan (or Wilton candy warmer), heat the red candy melts under medium heat. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.

2 – Place 2 tablespoons of the melted red candy into each of the cookie molds and place a cookie on top of the melted red chocolate.

3 – Cover up each Oreo cookie with additional melted red chocolate, up to the top of each mold.

4 – Chill for 45 minutes to allow the red chocolate to completely harden.

5 – Unwrap the white Airhead candies. With a kitchen scissors, cut each piece in half. Then, cut all of the pieces in half, lengthwise. You should have 8 pieces (4 from each candy). Set these aside right now.

6 – For the eyes, cut out 8 small circles from each blue Airheads piece for a total of 16 circles. Set aside.

9 – Unwrap the yellow taffy candies and place on a hard surface . Using a rolling pin, press down firmly on each taffy piece to flatten.

10 – Cut out 16 small lightning bolts and 4 large lightning bolts from the flattened taffy. You may find it easier to use a small scissors instead of a knife but either way works. Lay the lightning bolts on a tray lined with wax or parchment paper and chill for 15 minutes to harden the taffy.

11 – Remove the chilled Oreos from the refrigerator and gently pop them out of their molds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.

12 – For the windshield, apply icing to the back of each white airhead piece and place across 8 of the Oreos. You may have to cut the ends a bit to fit the length of each cookie.

13 – For the eyes, dab a small amount of icing on the back of two blue airhead circles and place on each windshield. Pipe black icing in the middle of each eye for the pupils.

14 – Apply icing to the back of the small lightning bolts and attach to each side of the 8 Lightning McQueen cookies.

15 – Pipe a smile with the black icing gel towards the bottom of each cookie.

16 – Apply icing to the back of the 4 large lightning bolts and place on top of the 4 remaining Oreos.

AMAZON LINKS – not affiliate – just for help!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KBUGQNY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_YScjzbT8BK7CG”>Wilton Chocolate & Candy Melts Melting Pot, 2104-9006

Cybrtrayd Life of the Party AO138 Plain Cookie Chocolate Candy Mold in Sealed Protective Poly Bag Imprinted with Copyrighted Cybrtrayd Molding Instructions

Wilton Red Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Perfetti Van Melle Airheads Candy Theater Box, 3.3 oz

Wilton Black Gel Tube, 0.75 Oz.

Have a Disney Pixar Cars fan in your house? With Cars 3 coming out, we're celebrating my son with a Cars birthday party. This #recipe is a hit with everyone