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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

TUNA SALAD

TUNA SALAD
I am at a loss for material lately.  Well, it is the Holiday season, lots of people don’t have time to read blogs anyway.  I am going to experiment.  Out of the blue I have decided to post about tuna salad.  No reason, just an experiment to see if I can write anything interesting about a random, boring topic.

Here goes:

Mrs. Cranky works several nights a week and I am left to my own devices for dinner.  Often, I have left overs, sometimes I grill steak, chicken or pork.  Sometimes I just have breakfast for a dinner, grilled cheese or pasta are other choices. 
Then there is tuna salad.  Even mentioning it makes me think of an old Jackie Gleason skit where Alice serves him tuna fish.  Apparently, he was served it a lot. 
“Tuna fish! TUNA FISH!! I work all day long for TUNA FISH!!”
That’s as much as I remember from the skit.  I know it was funny, and every time I make tuna salad I hear that rant in my head.
As it turns out, I make a good tuna salad. 
Two cans of “Chicken of the Sea” packed in water (drained of course), add lemon juice, salt, pepper, chopped celery, tomato, and mayo.  Simple enough but then I mix in a secret ingredient.
Tuna in the can often has some unusual dark colored weird textured parts.  Probably just dark meat, maybe something that should not have been added in the packing process.  I don’t like to think about it, and I am not about to separate anything from the can because I am too lazy and also afraid to find out what a dark colored weird textured part really is.  My solution to the problem?
Raisins. 
That’s right, my secret ingredient is raisins.  They not only camouflage any mistakenly added ingredient from the packer, but they also add a nice texture and sweet flavor to the salad.
There you are, a 300+ word post on nothing.  Boring? Probably, but a post non-the-less.  Not controversial, not interesting, not funny, but it is a post, and maybe some of you will try adding raisins to your tuna salad.
Tomorrow…socks.  Unless I come up with something better.  

26 comments:

  1. Cousin Joe.. I'm going to have to take your word for it on the raisins... They are fine in chicken salad, but I can't imagine raisins in tuna... My special ingredient is chives...That, ir Texas Tommies...(sliced hotdog,filled with cheese wrapped in bacon and broiled..)They were a treat when we were kids..So there you go.. 2 new topics.. Hot dogs, and or other things we enjoyed when Dad was out of town...

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  2. Wow... Raisins?? Really?? Um, yeah.. I won't say anything about it because I haven't tried it so for the moment I'll take your word for it because there's a broccoli salad I like that has grapes in it. I buy the albacore tuna and I haven't seen any brown flakes - yet. Now I'll be looking.. Who knows. I might throw some raisins in. ;)

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  3. Interesting with the raisins with the tuna salad. Sadly I'll never get to experience the taste of the two together. In my 30s, tuna, which I once loved (and adored???) decided it would wreck havoc with my stomach causing terrible heartburn. I had to say goodbye to it and haven't had it since, though miss it terribly. Though in thinking about it, I can have seared ahi on a salad. Go figure?

    betty

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  4. Well, I've seen cranberries and grapes in chicken salad so why not? Funny, my wife and I just had a big discussion about socks, dress socks specifically. She maintains I need blue dress socks to wear with blue jeans or navy dress pants. I maintain that men really need only 2 colors of socks, white sweat socks and black dress socks!!!

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  5. Raisins? I don't think so. I add a couple of boiled eggs (chopped, of course) to my tuna salad.

    However...the Chinese buffet has some kind of broccoli salad with raisins in it, which is delicious.

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  6. Raisins with tuna? That way madness lies. Stop before it's too late. I won't be raisin this subject again. Have a good Christmas

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  7. I need your advice.... as I don't like tuna would raisins change my opinion? I need to know these things!!

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  8. That's a new one! I prefer a tuna melt with cheese.

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  9. Every time I see, hear or eat tuna salad I think of my Aunt Celia. She's gone now but that woman made the best tuna on eart (no offense). She used celery flakes and onion salt and Hellman's mayonnaise. Sounds simple right? Never ever have I been able to make it taste as good as hers.

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  10. Never tried raisins, but I do use a couple of boiled eggs and some dill pickles chopped up. I don't think there is a right or wrong way, but just personal taste. I might give yours a try next time. :)

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  11. Yes, I do raisins also but in addition I add chopped apple. Thanks, you just solved my "what's for lunch" dilemma.

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  12. We all have our way of making tuna salad. I don't use anything but albacore tuna so I don't have all those dark things in the can. I'm trying to imagine raisins in tuna salad. I can't imagine, but I'm trying.

    Have a fabulous day Joe. ☺

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  13. I like tuna salad but I've never had one with raisins in it.

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  14. I don't think I'd like raisins in my tuna salad, but I do enjoy mine with dill relish to punch up the flavor. This is an interesting experiment and I'm curious what you have to say about socks.

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  15. Raisins and tuna? Why don't you try them in a tuna casserole, and report back

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  16. I always put some sweet pickle relish in mine!!

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  17. We've put quartered grapes in the tuna salad for a long time, but never raisins. That's what we will try next.

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  18. Just the image alone was enough to be interesting. Of course, I'm currently hungry.
    Haven't had tuna in awhile. I'm now due for it and will experiment with the raisins or some of the other things your readers have suggested.

    Any mercury concerns? As I rarely eat tuna, I don't have much concern.

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  19. When I saw Tuna Salad, I thought I must hop over and pay you a visit ...
    I love tuna and great idea to add some raisins.

    All the best Jan

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  20. Never tried raisins in the tuna salad. Love raisins and sliced almonds in the chicken salad.

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  21. Very inventive, Joe. Maybe SWMBO could learn a thing or two.

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  22. The only thing I mix into tuna is mayonnaise, then I smear it on bread, top it with chopped lettuce and another slice of bread and voila! Tuna sandwich.

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  23. Raisins in tuna fish? Interesting, but it doesn't immediately grab me. . .

    Where I come from, tuna is made with diced onions and dill pickles, and mixed in with mayo (altho, in my 'healthier' days, I've done it with yogurt, which ain't too bad). Some folks put chopped celery in it, too, but I don't prefer it. Sliced tomato and/or avocado makes a nice accompaniment, but aren't considered to be part of the actual tuna.

    And, what Bijoux said - we like an open-faced tuna sandwich, grilled with cheese melted on top. We called 'em 'Tuna Cheesies'. . .

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  24. Yeah, the raisin idea in tuna does not sound appealing. Tomatoes yes, raisins in tuna perhaps on an episode of Bizarre Food. Me thinks you got the raisin idea from Waldorf salad.

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  25. Raisins in a tuna salad does not sound good to me. It's part of that American weird habit of putting fruit together with meat. *Slight shudder* It always reminds me of the "Friends" episode when Rachel made trifle and put beef in it.

    But...I'm open minded enough to understand that people like food that do not sound appealing to me.

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  26. okay, 1st of all, we will never have 'chicken of the sea' tuna in this house. its bumble bee!!!!
    2nd, I read these backwards, ceilings, socks, tuna.
    really?? do I need to start doing stupid things in order to make your blogs interesting? I'm guessing you don't remember that carrie bradshaw (sex & the city) did a post comparing people to socks when she was 'reaching' for things to write.
    lets hope 2017 finds you more inspired ...

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