Just before this cold snap hit, we got all salady one night. Charlie said, “You know what I haven’t had for a long time? Do you remember salads made out of Jell-O with cottage cheese in them?” Well, EVERYBODY who lived in the American Midwest during the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s remembers Jell-O and cottage cheese salad. So he wanted some, so I made some.
Yes, it was good. It always was. It’s good, no matter what you put in it. It’s just good, that’s all. This one was lemon Jell-O, mandarin oranges, large curd cottage cheese, a touch of mayonnaise, and pecans. Hit the spot. NOT VEGETARIAN, because: Jell-O. You can probably make it with fruit juice and agar powder, instead.
While I was on the kick, I made pea salad, another of Charlie’s favorites. Again, it’s pretty flexible.
The thought of cold salad makes me shudder today, but that was then.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What food was typical in your main character’s childhood? Did they love it or hate it? What do they think of it now?