Now I don't know if it stemmed from being cheap, a desire to be cost effective, or a desire to be as unique and "homey" as possible, but my parents made almost everything themselves. I can remember a banquet table in our kitchen, completely covered in pizzas being created in assembly line fashion. They bought ground beef in huge packages, and a fairly good part of my childhood was spent using a metal hamburger press & little sheets of wax paper (to separate the patties) creating stacks upon stacks of hamburger patties. The bags of potatoes we kids peeled, OMG it was crazy. Whatever the reason, we were located in the middle of bumf*ck (no really, here's a map, and a satellite picture (keep in mind, this a recent picture, we lived there almost 30 years ago, and that housing edition you see..? That was a pond. There were a total of 8 houses at that time...) and the place was always packed. People came from quite a ways away, on a regular basis, just to eat there, so whatever my parents reasoning, it worked :)
My Mom also made all of the salads on their salad bar by hand...coleslaw, macaroni salad, Hell she even made her own tartar sauce & thousand island dressing!
Today's recipe is one of the salads featured on their salad bar. Needless to say, I have adapted it to family size, as opposed to the large quantities it was originally made in.
Mom's Salad Bar Fruit Salad
1 - 16 oz. container of small curd cottage cheese
1 - 16 oz. container of Cool Whip, thawed
1 - bag of colored mini marshmallows
1 - can of fruit cocktail
optional - half a cup of shredded coconut
In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese & cool whip. Mix thoroughly. Add the fruit cocktail, and mix well. Finally add the colored marshmallows, and stir in gently. (If you chose to add coconut, add it before the marshmallows)
For best results and flavor, this should be made the "night before" and allowed to cool in the refrigerator overnight.
Well, there it is. Enjoy!Disclaimer: No one involved in this blog or its contents may be held responsible for any adverse reactions arising from following any of the instructions/recipes on this list. It is the reader's personal responsibility to exercise all precautions and use his or her own discretion if following any instructions or advice from this blog.