Do you have a recipe that is your signature dish…you know, the one everyone says that you will be responsible for bringing to the family get-togethers? I want to share “Kelly’s salad” with you today. Whenever we have a covered dish anything between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, this is often what I make, and I have been making it since 1987 when Southern Living featured it in their November issue. (Yes, that long.) Do you know how some smells or tastes take you back to places in your memory? Whenever I taste this salad, it tastes like Christmas to me. (The smell of tangerines does that to me, too.)
In the original recipe, Southern Living called for making it in many layers. When unmolded from a gelatin mold, it made for a beautiful presentation. But goodness, it took a long time to make! So over the years I simplified it down to making one layer. Let it set. Add the sour cream layer and then the final jello layer. Much easier. The Southern Living recipe also did not call for any sugar to be mixed with the sour cream. I felt like it was a little too tart without it, so I add in some brown sugar to tone that down. (My mother still thinks it is too tart, but my oldest son and I love it.)
In the news here this weekend, the large pine with the ladder leaning against it came down yesterday (with no injuries to anyone or anything. Hallelujah!)
And this beautiful evergreen got all dressed up in her Christmas attire.
And just a reminder for you that this is the last day to leave a comment on any of the Christmas Favorites posts to be entered in the drawing for a $25 Williams-Sonoma gift card. The contest is open until midnight tonight (12/8/13) and yes, you may enter more than once by leaving a comment on more than one of the posts (but only one comment per post, please.)
I want to leave you with a sneak peek of the Christmas tree decorations. If the sun will ever come out, blind girl here will take photos to show you the entire tree (and room!) this week. Yes, that is tinsel you see there!
And I will leave you with a question to get you started with a comment for entering the drawing.
Do you have a signature dish? If so, we would love to know what it is.
Looking forward to hearing from you on this rainy December day!
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