I got tired of using other stuff I found on the internet. Plus, I take pride in not just re-hashing what you can find elsewhere.
So I found some antique shops, bookstores, yard sales, you get the idea. I flipped through old cookbooks. I gave the charitable associations a pass: we know 90% of the recipes in those are horrible and people ONLY buy them to support said organization. If it was 1990 or later, I skipped it.
My first find was poor old Betty Crocker’s 1983 Christmas Cookbook. There a few bad ones, but I was going to give them a pass- after all, it’s Betty Crocker!– until I saw the “Holiday Salad” in all its horrible glory. (And the ham loaf with tomato soup in it…I’ll get to that in a couple of weeks).
Why is this holiday salad so horrible? It’s not the molded salad- we know people spent two decades making those things. It’s not the first ingredients: lime jello, crushed pineapple, cream cheese, whipping cream…we actually have a pretty good base there. Why couldn’t they stop there?
Nope, they had to add celery and mayonnaise! You could substitute salad dressing for the mayo…because French dressing would be better. I think not.
AND they recommended the lettuce “ruffle” to dress up the plate. I must stop now.
And if any of you are insane enough to want to make it….