So, lately I've been going to LOTS of covered dish fellowship meals - COULD explain the tightness of my pants - nahhhhh
I have found that living in different parts of the country brings different varieties of food with varying tastes and textures.
One thing I have noticed here is that at almost every meal someone brings a meatloaf. I grew up with meatloaf, but I never considered it as something to take to a covered dish. It was mainly a last resort type meal. But, I have grown to appreciate a good meatloaf (I stress the "good" part).
Last week someone brought a pink fluffy something. I love fruit salads so I got a nice helping of it. I was surprised when I took a bite - it was like nothing I had ever tasted. It was good and interesting. I watched closely to see who brought it. When I found out I asked "what is this?"
Well.. are you ready? For lack of the official name, I'm calling it;
" South Town Salad". You start the day before and open a can of crushed pineapple with juice. Add a 1/2 cup of red hots and let it sit. Stir through out the day. The next day mix in a carton of Cool Whip. That is is! Hot, sweet, sour, cold, fluffy.... all in one dish.
Last night was another adventure. First of all, we walked in late. The blessing had been said and half the people had already gone through the line. So, I had to walk into a huge room of strangers, LATE and carrying my dish - which was NOT my half cake, by the way. I made a fresh fruit salad of cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries and grapes. (It was inhaled and not a crumb left).
There were all sorts of different salads. Lots of the old standbys - broccoli, slaw, potato, tabbouleh, and things like that. But one really stood out and I got a big helping of it and wished I had gotten an even larger one!
For lack of a better name, I'm calling it "Jan's Corn Salad" (I made a new friend, Jan, and fortunately, it was HER salad!) She very willingly shared the recipe and even waited for me to find a paper and pen to write it down.
2 cans whole kernel corn (drained)
2 cups grated mexican mix cheese
1 cup real mayonnaise
1 cup chopped green peppers
1 small onion chopped
Mix well, cover and chill overnight.
Just before serving crush a 9 oz bag of Chili Cheese Fritos and mix into salad...
It is wonderful!
Update on my mother-in-law...
She is off ventilator and has oxygen only. Last night her heart stopped, but they started it again and put her on the ventilator. Today the siblings decided to take her off and allow nature to take it's course. She did not want any life support systems.
Thank you for your prayers.