Thursday, November 25, 2021

Traditional With A Twist

When Hubby Tony and I married in 1980 our house became the gathering place for Thanksgiving dinners. A year or two later my mom brought a Pyrex cake pan with a filled with a recipe she got from a co-worker. The Cranberry Jello (a two-layer concoction of red: cranberry sauce, crushed pineapple, walnuts, and white: whipped topping, cream cheese, and miniatures marshmallows) was a hit. After she died I became the designated maker, and now that the family is scattered around the country the recipe has been equally dispersed.

This year I had to make two changes to the recipe. Because of some nut allergies, 'safe' macadamias took the place of problematic walnuts. Those round macadamias were challenging to work with, because they kept rolling around the cutting board, but eventually I managed to chop them into small pieces. Miniature marshmallows were impossible to find, so Tony and I tore conventional sized marshmallows into appropriate-sized pieces. The pieces were messy to work with; they stuck to our fingers and each other, but mixed well enough into the other white ingredients.

The final dish was deemed a success. We may have started a new tradition.

Five years ago today: Thanksgiving Groaners

12 comments:

  1. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful

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  2. We have enough leftovers to last for a week. You?

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    1. Actually we went through much of it. Not even enough for an entire dinner without supplementing some of the sides.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving and it is good to start a new tradition.

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  4. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We went to a family gathering, but I will cook our fest this weekend.

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    1. Our Thanksgiving was the best. Hope your fest isn't too much work for you.

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  5. Wow, that sounds like a fantastic creation!

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  6. A true example of necessity being the mother of invention.

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    1. I hadn't thought about that before, but you're right!

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  7. This sounds wonderful. I hope you'll share that recipe with us someday.

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  8. Great article. Happy Thanksgiving. I followed your blog now. Thx

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