Earlier this week, some friends and I were being nostalgic about food we ate, and loved, as kids, but as adults we know how weird it really was.
Who remembers Green Stuff, that ubiquitous family potluck dish Great Aunt Millie’s would always bring? That stuff made of lime jello, crushed pineapple, pecans, cottage cheese and if you were lucky, maraschino cherries on top. If you were really lucky, instead of cottage cheese, it was made with cream cheese. Fancy!
Separately, none of those ingredients are bad, mixed together…. they are a-guilty-pleasure delicious. I’ll admit it, I get an extra spoonful whenever I get the chance.
Try to find a recipe for Green Stuff online. There are 100s of variations. Pick one, and give it a try if you’ve never enjoyed the indulgence. (Hint: go with the cream cheese versions – better texture, unless you like tiny cottage cheese lumps in your jello.)
The only thing better than Green Stuff, IMHO, was Ambrosia Salad… a sugary concoction of fruit cocktail, pineapple chunks, red grapes, mini marshmallows, sliced bananas, shredded coconut and vanilla yogurt. The marshmallows gave it a squeaky fluffiness. Even the name is decadent.
I did inherit from my Dad a penchant for peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches – on toast, so the peanut butter gets all melty. The Mister said something once about peanut butter and mayo sandwiches, but I shut that shit down real quick.
The Mister and I do share a taste for a different childhood treat… canned pears and shredded Velveeta. My mom would add a little dollop of mayo in the bowl of the pear. I though it was snazzy.
I haven’t tried to make any of these delicacies for my family. It seems almost sacrilegious to attempt it without Aunt Millie’s secret recipes. I did make egg gravy for my kids when they were little, but then I have their Nana’s recipe for that.
“Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.” – Joss Whedon
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Using “delicacy” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.