Big Ol’ Salad

Today is food day on the old blogaroo, so Imma post a kind of recipe.

My mother is in the hospital with pneumonia (much better, thank you, and all the better for your asking), and I was going to eat supper with her there yesterday, so I made supper for lunch so Charlie could have a home-cooked meal instead of his usual makeshift of Cheerios. We had fried green tomatoes (the queen of foods) and a big ol’ salad.


  • lettuce
  • carrots
  • celery
  • portobello mushrooms
  • raisins
  • SHARP white cheddar cheese
  • toasted almond slivers

We dressed it with Hing. In case you don’t know it, Hing is Ranch Dressing. When our big girls were little girls, the only dressing in the house was Ranch Dressing. One of them misunderstood “Pass the dressing” as “Pass the Hing,” and Ranch Dressing has been Hing ever since. We make it from the packet. Today, I had homemade mayonnaise with which to make it, and it was extra-special good. 🙂

WRITING PROMPT: Put a character in the hospital. Is the food good or bad? What does he/she dream of eating that he/she can’t get? Does he/she manage to get some? How?


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Big Ol’ Salad

  1. Leslie R. Lee

    October 13, 2010 at 10:41am

    Good to hear that your mother is doing better. Hope she’s out soon. Salad sounds good except for the celery.

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      Marian Allen

      October 13, 2010 at 12:22pm

      Thanks, Karen and Leslie! Mom should be coming home tomorrow. Now comes the hard part: keeping her from overdoing again!

      Okay, hold the celery on order #1 and red cabbage for #2. Got it. 🙂

      p.s. When I was little, my Mom told me red cabbage was orchids. “Somebody climbed up in a tree and risked breaking his neck, just so you could have some of those beautiful flowers in your salad.” It worked, too–I ate ’em and appreciated ’em.

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  2. KK Brees

    October 13, 2010 at 11:43am

    Red cabbage! A nice touch for color and crunch. Glad your mom’s feeling better.

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