Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mom's Vintage Potato Salad & Franciscan Earthenware

Mom’s Vintage Potato Salad & Franciscan Earthenware

Franciscan Earthenware was a wedding gift to my father and his first wife. My mother “inherited” this china when she married him. We’ve enjoyed her home-cooked meals on these dishes for well over a half century.

We still have most of the pieces, a few are chipped, but overall a fine collection in great condition. This china has proven to be very durable. Back in 2008 Ma graciously lent me several pieces from her collection. As you may have read earlier, I am addicted to dinnerware. Now, with her passing, I am the keeper of the entire collection. And I will cherish it forever.

Joyce & Len

Joyce & Len – Sept. 1955

Franciscan Apple is one of the most popular raised-relief hand-painted patterns from Gladding, McBean & Co., which began production of Franciscan dinnerware in 1934 at their plant in Glendale, California. This pattern first appeared in 1940.

The name Franciscan is an allusion to Franciscan Friars and reflected the simple, informal style of Mexican folk pottery. The Franciscan Apple pattern has become a darling of collectors with its branches, beautiful green leaves and red harvest apples painted on cream-colored porcelain reminiscent of days gone by.

Mom's Vintage Potato Salad & Franciscan Earthenware

American production of Franciscan Ware ceased in 1984, following the announcement to relocate all Franciscan production to England. Franciscan Apple pattern is still made today under the Wedgwood Group. It is slightly different now and many pieces are larger than the originals, but still charming as ever.

Mom’s Vintage Potato Salad Recipe

Mom's Potato Salad & Franciscan Earthenware

She requested that her ashes be spread at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine dedicated by Paramahansa Yogananda in Pacific Palisades, California. She couldn’t have chosen a more serene, spiritual location.

Along with my brothers Bill and Don and my sisters Randi and Paula, sister-in-law Kristy, brother-in-laws Ron and Mark and nephews Stone and Jett – for her final resting place, we discreetly found places along the banks and among the trees and flowers, swans and turtles, and near the memorial that contains a portion of Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes as well.

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Her potato salad was always one of our favorites, so when we planned a picnic at Will Rogers State Park after our service, I knew Mom’s Potato Salad had to be on the menu.

Mom's Vintage Potato Salad & Franciscan Earthenware

Her recipe includes russet potatoes (not heirloom, red rose nor yukon gold), a high ratio of hard boiled egg to potato, the addition of green bell pepper and celery salt, and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise (or Best Foods Mayonnaise after she moved west from Chicago). And never Miracle Whip, oh heavens no!

Mom's Potato Salad Recipe

  • 4 large russet potatoes, cooked and cooled, large dice
  • 8 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 c. green bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 c. yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 c. celery, chopped
  • Hellmann’s/Best Foods mayonnaise, enough to well-coat all ingredients
  • celery salt, salt and white pepper to taste

Mom's Vintage Potato Salad

In a large bowl, coat potatoes with a good amount of mayonnaise. Season with celery salt, salt, and white pepper. Fold in hard boil eggs, bell pepper, onion, and celery. Add more mayonnaise and seasonings to taste. Fold gently to keep from breaking up the potatoes. Transfer vintage potato salad to a vintage bowl and finish with a sprinkle of celery salt.

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

Rest in Peace, Ma. We will always love you…

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

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21 Responses to “Mom’s Vintage Potato Salad & Franciscan Earthenware”

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  2. Dee says:

    Lori, this post was very special. I thought you might enjoy knowing that I inherited my grandma’s Franciscan Desert Rose china, also with a few chips but in great condition! xo

  3. I am so sorry for your loss Lori Lynn, but I know your mom is thrilled to have you share her potato salad recipe especially when it is featured in her beautiful dishes. I love that pattern and I am glad you and your family will have many more holiday celebrations with the festive plates!

  4. FA says:

    I know that you have cherished your Franciscan long before your mother’s passing. But, now, it holds even more precious memories for you. At each use, may it remind you of your mom’s loveliness and graciousness. I am so privileged to have known her. Great picture of you mom and dad!

  5. I am sorry to hear of her passing….I know how you feel. Enjoyed your post…

  6. Lea Ann Lord says:

    I really enjoyed your story. That is exactly how my mother fixed our potatoe salad! interesting to say the least. Good Luck and God Bless. Lea Ann

    • Lori Lynn says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Lea Ann. Yeah, the recipe is nothing fancy, but it holds a world of memories. And it is really really good.

  7. Thank you for sharing your mom with all of us and her wonderful recipe. xo

    • Lori Lynn says:

      Thank you Elise. My mom was a fan of my writing and my blog. She would mail my articles to my aunt (her sister) who was not on the internet.
      So glad to get to know you through Food Network…

  8. Eha says:

    I feel with you and for you. Having slowly converted to Buddhism over the past few decades . . . I more than understand the beauty and peace . . .

    • Lori Lynn says:

      You would adore the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Eha…make sure to put it on your list whenever you visit Southern California. Thanks for your continued support.

  9. Oh I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom certainly was a beautiful woman, judging from that photo. How apropos that she had beautiful dinnerware too, and now you have inherited these treasured pieces from her. You did them justice by making her potato salad recipe to commemorate her.

    • Lori Lynn says:

      Thank you Linda – yes, she was beautiful, had beautiful dinnerware, and we were all in awe but not surprised at the beautiful place she chose as her final resting place. I always appreciate your eloquent comments, thank you so much.

  10. cheri says:

    What a lovely post, so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Great recipe for the potato salad. I do believe my mom has the same tableware. Gorgeous pieces!

  11. Adri says:

    Oh my, but this is truly a sweet article. I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I send my sincerest condolences to you and your family. It’s the SRF, your mom and her china that really tug at my heartstrings. I grew up right near the SRF on Sunset Blvd., visited there often and attended may weddings and other celebrations there. As for the china, Franciscan Apple is my husband’s and my every day china and has been for the last thirty-four years. I also grew up with it. It was one of my mom’s favorites, so I always love seeing it.

    It most certainly is durable. I much prefer the colors of the older versions, the one made right here in Southern California. The newer version, made in England , lacks th vibrant, saturated colorr of the older glazes. Mind you, I am not talking about the ones with lead. Those were relegated to “Display Only” status ages ago. It is always a pleasure to come across someone else who treasures this wonderful Franciscanware. May each use summon up wonderful memories of life at home with Mom!

    • Lori Lynn says:

      HI Adri – thank you so much for your comment, it makes me smile. SRF is so beautiful, we immediately knew why why mom picked it for her final resting place.
      So neat that you use Franciscan Apple as your china. I don’t think it will be my everyday china – but I will definitely use it often, especially when entertaining. Perhaps the next time you’ll see it on my blog is when I make my mom’s famous casserole we called PC&S. Pork Chops and Spaghetti.
      Thanks for taking the time to connect.

  12. […] Crust Bites Domesticate Me: Fiesta Baked Eggs with Farro and Black Beans Taste With The Eyes: Mom’s Vintage Potato Salad Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Rice and Beans Casserole The Sensitive Epicure: Salmon and Brown […]

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