Boyfriends and Baked Potato Salad

You can never make assumptions in medicine.

I once walked into my elderly patient’s room, where she was accompanied by a gentleman sitting there caressing her hand. I went through the general questions of the admission: what brought her here, what other medical conditions she had, what drugs she took.

And then, I said the wrong thing.

Mind you, this patient was a fairly spry 98 year old woman who didn’t look a day over 80, accompanied by a man who looked to be approximately 60 (though I had no idea of his real age).

Me (to patient): And I’m assuming that this handsome gentleman here with you is your husband?

Patient (appalled): Excuuuuse me, missy, this man is my boy-friend.

Me (stuttering): I’m so sorry for making that assumption, ma’am. My most sincere apologies.

Patient (proudly): Yup, at my age I can still bag ’em and tag ’em. But I’m just here to have fun, you know? No need to waste good money on a wedding when we can waste it on other things, right doll?

This last bit said to the patient’s boyfriend, who had not yet spoken, but found it wise to answer a simple “yup”.

Bag ’em and Tag ’em Baked Potato Salad

Perfect for obtaining that significant other…no engagement ring required


  • 3 lb redskin potatoes, cut into 1-in chunks
  • 1 c reduced-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c fresh chives
  • 1/2 c light mayonnaise (I prefer the olive oil versions)
  • 1/2 c fat free sour cream
  • 1/2 c fat-free plain greek yogurt
  • 1/8-1/4 c fat-free milk
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)


  1. In a large pot, cover potatoes with cold water. Add a liberal amount of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Cook for approximately 15-20 minutes or until you can pierce potatoes with a fork (not a knife!!).
  2. While potatoes are cooking, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, and greek yogurt in a large bowl. Thin out with 1/4 c milk. Stir in cheddar cheese, chives, garlic powder, and bacon (optional).
  3. When potatoes are finished cooking, drain and rinse twice in cold water.
  4. Add potatoes to dressing mixture. Add additional milk if necessary to thin to desired consistency.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Chill potato salad for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to meld. Taste again and add additional salt and pepper if necessary before serving.

Feel free to halve recipe if you aren’t serving a crowd!

44 thoughts on “Boyfriends and Baked Potato Salad

  1. Looove this. I’ve actually created an email folder called “FOOD” just for all your recipes.

  2. Looks great. Love your stories doctor.

  3. Your stories are so great – you’re a great writer. And the recipes always look delicious πŸ™‚

  4. WHY is Olive Oil mayo so much better?! Especially in mayo-based salads! This sounds delicious, and I can’t wait to try it!

  5. Yummy! I am making this tomorrow!! I love potato salad, but don’t like all the fat and calories in most:)

  6. What a cougar! I want to hang out with her.

  7. Too funny! And the potato salad looks delicious!

  8. Love the recipe almost as much as I love the story. lol

  9. That lady … can join my club any day. *smile – love a good potato salad too – so this goes on file. Have a great weekend.

  10. Baked potato?
    ANyways, that story is great… wise old lady…

    1. More like loaded baked potatoes that you get at steakhouses- you know the ones with chives, cheddar, and bacon?

      1. I was asking because in the recipe they’re boiled… πŸ™‚

      2. Lol I know- I tried using baked potatoes for it and it just didn’t turn out the same! But I figured it had enough flavors like a loaded baked potato so I kept the name πŸ™‚

  11. Love it! Love the story too!

  12. Funny story but spoilt by the mention of garlic powder that makes me gag a little more than the thought of 98/60:)

    1. You can use real garlic too- normally I do, but I feel like the garlic powder actually works better in this dish (and I’ve tried both)

  13. You always seem to have the best stories! πŸ™‚

  14. Don’t you just love our new “elederly”…so full of spunk and life…Potato Salad sounds like the kind I really like…~mkg

  15. Charming story! and I’m adding the recipe ingredients to my shopping list. Thank you! ~Beth πŸ™‚

  16. So funny! Love the addition of cheese- never thought of that before!

  17. Love your stories … always make me laugh. Thank you!

  18. That’s such a fabulous story – some of my elderly residents were a bit like this lady, and my Nan certainly was!

    Also, that potato salad sounds delish. I wish I could convert the husband-shape, but he’s not budging on his dislike for spud salad!

  19. that story is priceless!

  20. Omg my boyfriend makes the best potato salad every, I love this story too, its always great to find like minds

  21. Love this story. Made me smile and laugh.

  22. Love the story! Thanks for following my blog.

  23. Oh, you make me laugh, Diva!! I wish I had as much fun as you while working. Bag em and tag em…sounds an instruction you’d give someone at the produce section at Carrefour!!

  24. No engagement ring needed. That is hilarious. Great recipe. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  25. Haha! And I just lol’d. That’s a delightful story — and the potato salad looks delightful, too. Gotta try that one soon!

  26. I found you through RAD and I’m so glad I did. What a treat!I

  27. P.S. I Love Soap Co. September 10, 2012 — 7:57 am

    That was Great!

  28. Very funny. Just shows that you can never make assumptions! πŸ™‚ The potato salad looks wonderful.

  29. Bag ’em and tag ’em…how do you keep a straight face when a 98 year-old says that…?

  30. the potato salad sounds DELISH! And your stories are always awesome. Keep ’em coming!

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